We can often get swept up in the world of digital video. Topics like ‘What it will mean for the future of photography when we can pull stills from video?’ occupy a lot of time and thinking.
Discussion like this is relevant but I sometimes think we miss the most important element of all. The single biggest contributor towards great video is actually making sure we understand what it is that makes a great still image in the first place. To go faster, we should actually slow down. Maybe even stop.
Dave Dugdale of LearningDSLRVideo.com just published this great demonstration of the differences between recording video in raw and H.264 formats using Canon DSLRs and free Magic Lantern firmware. The difference is pretty astounding to me, as someone who has only ever shot video in H.264. [more]
There have been many books written on the subject of face anatomy and how it impacts not only our perception of someone but our reaction to them as well. There are features we deem as authoritative, feminine, funny, somber, and so on. With over 7 billion people in the world we’ve got quite a few unique faces out there, and yet, certain features and proportions are universally and subconsciously interpreted as “appealing”. [more]
Yesterday, I showed you the process of pre-producing a successful photoshoot and used a recent session as an example on all the steps it takes to put together a successful session with a large team. Today, I put together a breakdown of the entire production and post production process on creating a successful portrait session and a behind the scenes look into what all goes into it. [more]
Ever spend hours editing photos, only to review them later and wonder what you were thinking? The environment and mindset we’re in will greatly effect the final results of our work, and can lead to countless hours of re-editing simple mistakes. Here are a few steps I’ve put together that help me ensure that my final product is always the best representation of what I’m capable of, simply by recognizing the conditions that my mind and eyes need to work properly, and incorporating it into my work strategy.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work with a retoucher on a concept you’ve had in mind, this may be just what you’re looking for. Photographer Justin Bettman wanted to create a concept but didn’t have the ability to do so on his own, so he teamed up with creative retoucher and manipulator Krzysztof Rejek to bring his idea to life. [more]
Color reproduction, loading color profiles and calibrating monitors & printers can become an endless tangled mess that leads to frustrating headaches.
Proper use of a color chart can get you a lot closer to actual colors and save you a lot of time dialing in your post production work by adding a simple step to your workflow.
A couple years back I pickup the X-Rite ColorChecker Card and by doing so I have saved a ton of post processing time. [more]
About a year ago, Lee Morris stated that Alien Skin Exposure 4 was his favorite photo enhancement plugin for Photoshop. Claiming that all of its film presets makes it stand out above the rest, and the clear winner in the plugin world. Just a few weeks or so ago, Alien Skin released the latest installment, Exposure 5. But is it still the champion and must have plugin that Exposure 4 was? [more]
A Facebook page out of Korea, We Do Photoshop is somewhat of a…well I don’t how to describe this exactly. After looking at the page, words have become difficult to muster on how to properly explain in detail what’s going on over there.
It seems that the Facebook page (with over 36,000 thumbs up) was put together around the end of June so that people can upload their photos and request free photo manipulations. [more]
The summer zombie blockbuster film ‘World War Z’ starring Brad Pitt was rolled out to theatres everywhere a couple weeks ago, and showed the world some of the most in-depth special effects used to date. Hordes of tens of thousands of zombies showed us, perhaps, a realistic view of what the surely impending zombie apocalypse would really look like. Now they want to show us how it was done. [more]
I’ve written about Glyn Dewis before on Fstoppers. He’s a fellow Photoshop World Instructor, UK-based photographer, and has an amazing blog and youtube channel filled with great image post-production tips. In this tutorial, Glyn teaches how to add nice detail and grit to your portraits, as he did with his boxer portrait series featured here. Click to see the entire post to watch another tutorial video on this shoot.
Editing takes time, quite often it takes a lot of time and many of the steps can be quite repetitive and boring. The best thing I’ve ever done for myself to speed up this process is memorizing keyboard shortcuts, so I’ve put together this list of five resources (in no particular order) that I’ve found to practice familiarity with these shortcuts and become more comfortable with the programs themselves. In order to cater to the largest audience I will be focusing on Adobe-tailored tools, however some may crossover into other programs.
I was driving to my studio on a Monday morning after a long wedding weekend, ready to bust through some culling and rock the socks off my clients with how fast I would turn around their images from their wedding, then I got a phone call. “Matt, there’s been a break in at the building, are you on your way?” My heart sank, my brain went into turbo mode, and my mouth got all clammy… you know that feeling before you’re about to throw up? That’s exactly how I felt. [more]
It’s easy to overlook just how powerful the RAW processing engine can be. It’s also pretty easy just throw an image into Photoshop and deal with it there, but RAW is where all the information is – and a dynamic RAW file is the most important aspect of developing your image. You will never have more information to work with than what is in your RAW, so it is important to draw every bit of tone out of it that you can – especially when it comes to maximizing the tonal range in the shadows and the highlights. [more]
Apple Computers has become the staple for photographers, videographers, and graphic designers everywhere (Stay strong, PC friends). In their recent press conference, Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro, and the design was considered eccentric to say the least. It didn’t take long before the Photoshop users of the world to get their hands on the images, which make for some pretty hilarious results. [more]