Tuesday, 20 May 2014

New: Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorial

New: Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorial

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New: Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorial

Posted: 19 May 2014 07:27 PM PDT

Learning how to post-process your images can make the difference between bland and amazing. But how to get there isn't always clear. It's not just a matter of knowing what tools are available to you. You also need to know when to use them, and why. And that's where this new tutorial comes in. You'll get to watch the transformation of 11 images, and discover the thought process behind the decisions that are made. We were able to arrange a 30% discount for PictureCorrect readers which expires next Tuesday. Now available here: Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorial

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New! Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorials (Click to Learn More)

Great post-processing is often very subtle. It quietly enhances the image, helps communicate the photographer’s message, and directs the viewers’ eyes to the right elements in the frame.

In the images below, much of the post-processing work isn’t super noticeable. But once you spot it, you can see how it helps to improve the photo:

#1. Grand Canyon


Shooting the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime experience, but the photos don't always match up with what you see – Lightroom can help with that.

#2. Couple in Field


Golden hour is great to shoot in, but can result in tricky exposures, and flat, washed-out tones. Post-processing is a must to get the full benefit of this type of light.

#3. Gas Pumps


Lightroom can let you get super creative with your images. By playing with colour and tones you can get hyper-realistic, HDR style photos that really stand out.

#4. Family


Even well-exposed, pretty photos need some post-processing adjustments to make them look their best. A few easy adjustments takes this one from dull to stunning.

#5. Dandelion


Learning how to create custom black and white conversions is an essential skill for anyone who enjoys the drama that comes from this type of processing. The default conversion just doesn't cut it – learn how to make it really stand out.

#6. Wedding Couple


Look really closely here. Do you see the subtle changes in the lines? Check out that disappearing graffiti. Lightroom is so powerful, you won't believe how easy it is to make these amazing changes.

#7. Binoculars


You can even get the popular film-look in your images by learning about all the creative tools Lightroom has for your post-processing.

#8. Newborn


Softening up the tones, and bringing more attention to the subject has a dramatic effect on this image. But you'd hardly know it was edited at all. That's the power of great post-processing.

#9. Dog


A great black and white conversion can take an image from snapshot to award-winning. There are a lot of tools you can use to make that happen for your images.

#10. Couple in Trees


Being able to control your viewer's eye is a huge benefit of post-processing, but often goes overlooked. Once you figure it out, you'll be able to use Lightroom to take your photos to the next level.

#11. NYC


Shapes and lines come alive in black and white, but you have to know how to accentuate them.

The tutorial includes 11 videos, totalling over an hour of content, where the instructor guides you, step-by-step, through the processing of 11 different photos.

“Part of being a great photographer is being able to see the potential in an image. Then, with the right post-processing skills, you can bring that photo to life, and share your vision with the world.”

How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:

Our readers can receive 30% off until Tuesday, May 27.  It also carries a 60 day guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the tutorial just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.

Deal found here: Before/After Lightroom Processing Tutorial

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First Person View of a Photographer Working in a Concert Photo Pit (Video)

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:06 PM PDT

Some things you should always bring to a concert pit: dancing shoes, ID, a good attitude. Other things, of course, you just shouldn’t: an $8,000 Nikon 200-400 f/4 VRII lens, for example. Jared Polin learns this the hard way, and doesn’t let himself off the hook for it, spending most of the following 18-minute-long first-person video beating himself up for bringing this behemoth super-zoom into the photo pit of a recent Arcade Fire show:

To Polin’s credit, much seems to have gone wrong with this gig. For starters, he believed he would be shooting from the soundboard, much farther from the actual band—and was thrown into the pit beside a dozen other photographers.


His pit time was also cut down from three songs to two, and the uneven blue stage light made lighting wide-angle shots tricky, and kept him crossing his fingers for decent close-up exposures.

Polin’s advice for dealing with awkwardly dim blue lighting? Convert it to black-and-white. Blue light lends itself well to filling in the dark tones, and you can play around with evening out the exposure more easily in post-production:


On top of all that, for all Arcade Fire’s talent, they’ve never been known to tear the roof off a live show. Lead singer Win Butler is, shall we say, no Bruce Springsteen.


Despite the problems (or even because of them), the video is a great inside look at what concert pit photography is really like. Polin shows what works, what doesn’t, and how to make the best of a raw deal.

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How to Create and Photograph Your Own Hologram (Video)

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:24 PM PDT

Holograms have long been a source of wonderment and amusement for all ages around the globe. Coined in 1949 by scientist Dennis Gabor, the hologram is a three-dimensional image projection created by a photographic technique using diffracted coherent light beams.

Once seemingly only available for the likes of Jedi Knights, the use of 3D projections in our everyday lives is becoming a fast approaching reality. Joey Shanks, of Shanks FX, shows us how to create our very own holographic image (or at least the illusion of one) in the midst of the age of technology:

Although it doesn’t produce 'real' holographic results, the Pepper's ghost technique creates the illusion of a hologram. A subject's image is reflected onto a glass pane set at a 45 degree angle. Viewers do not see the subject, only the partial reflection of it on the glass, which allows it to appear as a ghost-like figure in another spot. The effect is comparable to seeing a reflection of something in a window on a bright day, and still being able to see into the space beyond the glass.

The optical illusion was developed by inventor Henry Dircks in the late nineteenth century but was later popularized in theatrical production by Sir John Pepper, for whom the illusion is named.

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A bird’s eye view of the setup for a Pepper’s ghost illusion

By slightly tweaking the original setup of Pepper's ghost, we can create astounding holographic-like images at home using a projector, a mirror, and a glass pane. Creating these 3D projections is actually surprisingly easy.

How to Create a Hologram

  1. Set up a projector from above so it faces the floor.
  2. Place a mirror on a 45 degree angle beneath the projector.*
  3. Place a glass screen or other reflective transparent surface a few feet away from the mirror.
  4. The projection image to be used should be set against a dark background. For best results, try a moving image in 3D animation.
  5. When powered up, your projected image will bounce off the mirror onto the glass screen and appear as a ghost-like image.

*For the classic Pepper's Ghost illusion, place the mirror horizontal to the projector and place the glass at a 45 degree angle.


Pepper’s ghost diagram

Enhancing Your Hologram

It's the added lighting techniques that really help bring a hologram to life. Shanks gives his first tip for improving the look of projections:

"Try to light a background to sell the effect even more. When it's a dark background you're just going to have no perspective, no scale."

You can also add steam or mist to enhance the 3D effect of your projection. Adding a baseplate for your subject to dance, balance or roll on will help take your illusion to the next level.


Miniature robot hologram dancing on a base plate.

Photographing Your Hologram

Surely after creating such a cool hologram, you’ll want to snap a few pictures of it. Luckily, the techniques used to try and sell the look of the hologram will also help you to create stunning pictures of it. Lit backgrounds and steam help to create depth and perspective.

Using projection subjects which are lighter in color set on dark backgrounds help to create definition and contrast. Relative to how dark the area you are photographing is, try using a higher ISO and an open aperture with shorter exposures, e.g. 1/125 sec @ f/2.8. Set up on a tripod.

Here's where your creativity as a photographer comes in; experiment with the lighting. Why not swap the white lights for colored ones, change the intensity or angles, or even change up the mist for smoke?


Try using a hologram as a backdrop.


Add a ghost to your images.

You may also use the Pepper's ghost technique at its simplest. Reflect something from above or beside your camera onto a reflective clear sheet placed at a 45 degree angle in front of your camera lens. Small ghostly images will appear in your photographs without any photo manipulation.

That’s all there is to it. Have you tried making or photographing holograms yet?

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Powerful Photography Exhibit Asks Convicts to Write Letters to Their Younger Selves (Video)

Posted: 19 May 2014 11:16 AM PDT

Early last year, commercial photographer Trent Bell learned that a professional friend of his was sentenced to 36 years in prison. Bell wasn’t just haunted by the loss of his friend, but also by the similarities in their lives. Bell could have very easily taken a similar wrong turn at several points in his life. The result of his contemplation was the REFLECT Project, wherein he asked 12 convicts in a Maine prison to write sincere, handwritten letters to their younger selves:

“It was… very emotional, very enlightening to be in that situation and to talk to those guys. Gives you time to stop and think about your own life, and appreciate where you’re at. They’re all pretty normal guys that have just made some bad decisions. And quite a bit of an awakening to realize that we’re all kinda capable of what those guys have done.” – Trent Bell

As you can see, the final products are especially haunting:

The process wasn’t easy, either. Bell and his team had to allow security to check every single piece of camera equipment at the door before any shooting even began. After the full day-long shoot, they went into post-production, where they touched up the convicts’ faces in Photoshop to draw out more depth and drama from the lighting.They also dulled the background and had to divide the letter text into sections that fit perfectly around the portraits themselves.


The gallery opened to universe acclaim, even though they were expecting some anger or backlash at this sympathetic view toward criminals.



Near the end of the video, there’s a small twist: one of the convict’s fathers is in the crowd. He hits us with the final emotional punch of the entire project, reflecting fondly on this otherwise crummy situation:

“I think, probably, the biggest emotion is pride. That might be odd to some people. It’s hard to stay without emotion, because with the mistake that my son made to get him in prison, he’s done so many different things to help others in his situation. And as I see his portrait on the wall and the letter that he wrote, it’s sincere. It’s, it’s… it’s my son. It’s all him. And for that I’m proud.”

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