- Perfect Surface Texture in Photos: Topaz Clean at 50% Off
- Flash Sync Speed and High Speed Sync Explained (Video)
- A Day in the Life of a Timelapse Photographer (Video)
- Photographing a Body Painted Human Temple (Video)
Posted: 13 May 2014 05:33 PM PDT
If you’ve ever post-processed a portrait for flawless skin texture, or made a car look clean and polished, or created the perfect sky… you know how difficult it can be. There’s a fine line between “too much” and “not enough” post-processing – and you have to get it just right to make a great image. Topaz Clean is designed to make it easy and fast to create perfect image texture. They are offering it at half off until the end of the month, simply remember to use the voucher code MAYCLEAN at checkout. Deal found here: Topaz Clean at 50% Off
One of the most popular uses for clean is portraiture because it allows you to easily create smoother, cleaner and clearer skin. Topaz Clean can improve skin appearance, while preserving major facial features and tiny but important skin detail.
Topaz Clean offers a simplified workflow that features 9 intuitive sliders that make it easy to achieve a variety of smoothing and edge enhancement effects. These controls are divided into three groups: Clean, Edges, Color, and Texture.
Clean tab – where you can flatten texture, smooth out features and remove weak details from your image. Even when removing the undesired textures and features from your image, Topaz Clean is able to preserve structural integrity of your subject. The sliders in the Clean tab are the main ones used for portraiture and skin cleaning. The smoothing capabilities allow for a fresh, clean look.
Edges tab – used to enhance and stylize the edges and lines in your image. The sliders here make it easy to create well-defined lines by sharpen and accentuating key edges in your image. Also, increasing the Sharpness slider will allow you to create curly, vector-style effects for a creative or more dramatic look. It will also produce more pronounced edges with higher contrast.
Texture tab – unique because it allows for additional texture refinement. The sliders in this tab are used to reintroduce original image detail back into the image – after the smoothing and edge enhancement process. What’s special about this technique is that it refines image features, yielding natural and impressive results in your photos.
Clean’s ability to preserve the contours and overall skin integrity make it a great tool for enhancing skin appearance. Use Clean to optimally removing the less desired details such as: medium-sized discolorations, blotches, wrinkles, scars, crows feet and under-eye bags. Instead of creating 5 different layers in Photoshop, just drag a few sliders in Clean and you’ll get a great result in seconds. Here’s a good example with skin:
Topaz Clean made the overall skin texture smoother and cleaner, but also preserved fine skin detail. And it’s not just for portraits either. This same technology works on any part of your image with prominent surface texture. For example, Clean works really well on cars, water, clouds, and much more.
It is a powerful detail smoothing and edge stylization plug-in that simplifies advanced techniques typically used for creating smooth, flawless skin and curly, vectorized effects – allowing you to quickly and easily reduce or remove the depth of detail within images, while maintaining important structural detail and enhancing edges.
How to Get a Discounted Copy:
The tool is very easy to install and then appears under your filters menu in Photoshop or other programs. Currently 50% off until the end of the month, simply remember to use the voucher code MAYCLEAN at checkout.
Deal found here: Topaz Clean at 50% Off
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Posted: 13 May 2014 02:41 PM PDT
Getting proper exposure on both the background and subject can be tricky, even when using flashes. Part of being able to do so involves understanding what the terms sync speed and high sync speed refer to and how you can use them to your advantage. Take a look at Michelle Ford‘s quick video below for a primer:
What Exactly Is Flash Sync Speed?
Essentially, your camera uses two curtains every time it is fired. One curtain opens to the reveal the sensor, then the second curtain snaps shut at a predetermined amount of time–your shutter speed setting. If your shutter speed is longer, the entire sensor will be exposed, but when using shorter shutter speeds, only a small band of your sensor is exposed at one time. With a fast shutter speed, because the second curtain is generally already closing before the first curtain has fully opened, the flash may not expose evenly on your camera’s sensor. This can lead to bands of black in your image.
This is where flash sync speed comes into play. Every camera has a maximum shutter speed sync, which generally varies between 1/180 to 1/200 of a second. That number is the fastest shutter speed you can use before the curtains begin to close so quickly that the flash only exposes parts of the image.
Avoiding Black Bands
To avoid the dreaded black bands on your image, you may need to adjust your ISO and/or aperture to allow for a slower shutter speed when possible. Alternatively, some higher end cameras come equipped with a special feature that helps to eliminate black bands when shooting at fast shutter speeds by telling the flash to fire multiple times in rapid succession, creating a strobe-like light. On Canon cameras this is referred to as High Speed Sync–or HSS. Nikon calls this feature Auto FP.
While often a great solution to using flash with fast shutter speeds, remember that HSS and Auto FP require more battery power, so you may want to keep a fresh battery on reserve.
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Posted: 13 May 2014 12:45 PM PDT
Joel Schat is a photographer on the move. He travels around the US to shoot timelapse landscapes of some of the most beautiful locations in the country. You can follow a day in the life of Schat in the video below as he explores the Grand Canyon. His setup is fascinating, and you can see the techniques he uses to get such precise and impressive timelapses:
Using his Canon 6D and a Canon 5D Mark II, Schat photographs his first timelapse using just a stationary tripod over a set length of time. He uses an intervalometer in order to maintain consistent lengths of time between photos. The intervalometer can be set to a certain time interval and then trigger the camera to shoot images at each interval.
In his last set of images, Schat uses a Dynamic Perception Stage Dolly in order to give a feeling of motion. The six-foot rail allows the camera to slide along it while capturing images at regular intervals. The final image does not do this time-lapse justice; it is the set of images that truly are impressive.
Schat often talks about how fortunate he feels to be able to make a living as a photographer on the road. He has traveled to over thirty locations near the West Coast and has no plans to stop anytime soon.
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Posted: 13 May 2014 11:14 AM PDT
In an effort to bring awareness to the Beyond The Four Walls project, artist Trina Merry has created a new photograph of a living temple. Merry is known as a body painter from her work on the Human Motorcycle and Fiat car ad campaign, both of which were featured on PictureCorrect. In the video below, you can watch behind the scenes footage of the artist at work on her latest piece, Human Temple:
The structure you see in the final photograph is a result of a perfectly posed group of 17 dancers and circus performers who underwent hours of makeup time to be painted for the piece of “living” art.
The group was constantly repositioned as they were being painted to make sure all the details lined up correctly in the formation.
The crew was in the company of a Buddhist monk throughout the recent live performance at a San Jose, California art gallery. It took nine hours of preparation to assemble the temple.
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