June 8, 2016

20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong

I recently watched an episode of a podcast I follow that I think that anyone who is new photography should watch. It’s called  "20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong" It’s from a weekly podcast of a show called “Tony and Chelsea Live”.  The show is hosted by Tony Northrup and his wife Chelsea. Maybe you’ve seen the show yourself? They cover all sorts of topics on their program. Seriously, even if you’ve been shooting for years I think you could pick up a tip or two. 

You could be new to photography or maybe you’ve been shooting for years, either way, this video will smash some of those age old photography myths that we’ve been told since the days of film. Film? Whats that? Some of the things they cover on this episode will surprise you. Tony will also give you some practical advice on certain photo gear that could possibly save you some money or frustration. Maybe you’ve been thinking about purchasing some new gear yourself? 

Tony is a professional photographer, author and video instructor. He has published 32 how-to books covering Windows systems and software development and photography. He’s often been called a technology expert and I think you’ll agree.

Maybe you already watch his show and have not seen this particular episode?  Each episode is about 45 minutes long and Tony and his wife Chelsea cover a wide range of topics on photography and photo related things.  Tony and Chelsea now have over 400 episodes online, so a lot of other people also like the show.  Here’s another link to the episode called "20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong"  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

May 5, 2016

Customizing the info I see in Loupe View in Lightroom

When you’ve got an image open in Lightroom and you double-click on it, you enter into Loupe View. Loupe view is nice because you can zoom in and scroll around to check out your image which is really handy before you take it into the Develop module and work on it.  The information you see hovering over your photo is called Info Overlay. If you don’t see any info here just tap the Letter I on your keyboard. If nothing happens you might have to  hold the Shift key and tap the I key.  I always took this for granted but some people do not know they can actually choose what info appears over your image. This info shown here can be very helpful. You actually have three choices here that you can scroll through. 

The first one is usually just your image with no data, then you have two other views that you can change to your own personal preferences. I have one set up with shoot date, time, and camera and I have the other one set up with shutter speed, ƒ- stop, ISO and lens settings. There are a ton of different settings that you can choose from.

To change these settings, press and hold the Control key and tap the letter J on your keyboard. A dialog box pops open and up on the top you’ll see Grid View and Loupe View. Make sure your in Loupe View you see two sections called Loupe Info 1 and Loupe Info 2. Click on the dropdown menus and play around with them, I’m sure you’ll find options that will work great for you. Just find something you like for each and close the dialog box and your all set…..Nice huh?

April 4, 2016

Changing eye colors in Photoshop

Every now and then I’ll take a photo of a person, usually a woman, and when I open it up later, I wonder what they’d look like with if their eyes were green instead of blue or brown instead of green etc etc.  

In this photo, my barmaid friend had sort of grayish pupils and I wanted to see how she’d look with green eyes or maybe blue ones. Sometimes their eyes just don’t have that special twinkle if you know what I mean? Does this ever happen to you? In this tutorial, I’ll show you a quick way to change the color of a person’s eyes to any color you’d like quickly and without the use of masks.  If I were going to change my final image, there would be a few more steps involved,  but for this tutorial we just want to see how this barmaid would look with different colored eyes.  For this to work best you should find a photo with a lot of detail in the iris and work from there. 

This photo was taken on a charity motorcycle run I was involved with a few years back and I really liked the photo. I asked the barmaid is she'd mind posing and she was more that happy to oblige. This lady had a beautiful smile and pretty eyes, but after opening it up in Photoshop I thought her eyes were kind of dull and thought they might look better blue? Like I said, I like the photo and for this lesson it'll work just fine. 

The first we have to do after bringing it into Photoshop is to select the eyes. I like to work on a duplicate layer so I click  (Ctrl + J) to make a copy of my background layer. Like everything in Photoshop, there are many ways to make selections, but I usually like to use the pen tool most of the time because it’s precise and with a little practice, it’s pretty quick. Choose your favorite method.

After we select the eyes, I’ll pop them onto their own layer (Ctrl + J) While they’re still active, I’ll feather the edges a little bit. If your eyes aren’t active, hold the Ctrl key and tap the eye layer. Now go up to the Select menu, scroll down to Modify and click on Feather. Depending on the resolution of your photo will determine how much to feather, but here we’ll do about 2 or 3 pixels just to soften the edges a little bit.

Now I go to the bottom of the Layers panel and add a Hue-Saturation Adjustment layer.  This will put an adjustment layer right on top of the layer with my eyes. To make sure I don’t change the colors of the other layers in my image when I change my eye color, I’ll clip it to my eye layer by holding the Alt key and clicking right between my eye layer and my adjustment layers.  You’ll see a funky symbol like in seen here to let you know you’ve got them clipped together. 

Blue Eyes

Brown Eyes

Green Eyes
Now, you can just play around with the sliders to tweak your colors. If you’re not getting enough oomph, you can click on the Colorize button at the bottom of the Hue-Saturation layer.  I tried out some Green eyes, the some Blue eyes and finally a set of Brown eyes. Which do you like better? Check it out for yourself, it’s quick and easy. 

As alway, remember to keep shooting and have some fun!
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