Lightroom is a software full of useful tools, but more often than not I see photographers not taking full advantage of them and resorting to do simple edits in other programs such as Photoshop. I put together this short 7 minute video covering some useful tips on using one of my favorite tools to quickly enhance my photos in Lightroom – The Adjustment Brush. I have also included a list of keyboard shortcuts below for those who enjoy them as much as I do. [more]
With filmmaking it’s not just the camera operators, directors, actors or even the composers that bring a good well-rounded film together, you also have to have an amazing sound team. It seems to be such an insignificant thing when creating a film, but in reality sound mixing can create the mood of the film just as much as the acting or lighting. Follow the team behind Zach Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ as they discuss how they created the mood for the ‘super’ blockbuster. [more]
Preston Kanak has released another highly informative video, this one on the subject of capturing successful day to night timelapses. In this long video, he covers different methods for achieving good results, such as bulb ramping, aperture priority, or blending it in post. Each of these methods is a bit different, and Preston shares many tips along way while showing plenty of examples. [more]
It is one of those controversial subjects that has been covered many times before. Creatives, marketing directors, and consumers all fighting over whether or not we should be airbrushing photos of models used in advertising and the effect it has on our youth growing up viewing images of flawless unrealistic body shapes. One large retailer is finally putting their foot down announcing publicly that they will ban all airbrushed images and are asking other retailers to follow. [more]
You are probably familiar with Natalia Taffarel as we’ve featured her in the past. In case you aren’t, you can check out her work here. What I love about Natalia is that not only is she a great retoucher but she’s also very open and giving. Ever since I’ve known her when she started, she’s always had a great attitude about sharing and helping others grow. This video really shows her character come through. [more]
With a brilliant display and talent and planning, street artist Sofles and Selina Miles from Unity Sound and Visual joined efforts to create an epic dubstep music video. While Sofles spray paints the walls of abandoned buildings, a hyper time lapse precedes him, wrapping around walls as he works through different areas. How did they do it?
Then & Now is a project from Marc Ghali, which explores the statures of famous faces from previous decades and infuses them with their modern counterpart.
Each generation has their own iconic faces of actors, politicians, musicians or celebrities. In this mix of throwback figures and current icons, Ghali creates a new look at comparing both of the individuals and blending them into one image. [more]
The debate on retouching is definitely a heated one, and none so much more than the retouching done on celebrities. Just recently Noam Galai posted about the unrealistic retouching done on the new Beyonce ad from Cavalli. Keeping the topic open take a look at these animated .gifs of celebrities before and after the royal Photoshop treatment. Do you think retouchers sometimes go too far, or do they look acceptable to you? [more]
Designer Roberto Cavalli recently designed a gown for Beyoncé, exclusively for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. In an official press release that was sent out by the Italian fashion house on Tuesday, one very controversial photo of Beyoncé wearing that dress was attached. In what looks like a heavily Photoshopped image, the company behind this ad made her look very thin, unrealistically thinned and stretched her legs. As art it’s interesting, but it wasn’t received well by many viewers. [more]
Late last night Adobe announced Photoshop Lightroom 5 to much fanfare. Though some of course have complaints, the general consensus has been pretty positive. Following the release, we posed a few questions to Adobe, and they got back to us on what they learned from the Beta, new features and the differences between Creative Cloud and perpetual licenses. [more]
In the world of digital photography, retouching often plays just as much of a role in the final image as taking the photo(s). There seems to be an even split of professional photographers who do it all themselves vs those who hire it out, and lately I’ve been noticing some discussion based around where credit is due when a photo’s final appearance relies more on editing than setting up lights and pressing the shutter. [more]
First 5 is a government agency in California aimed at – among other things – curbing obesity in children. It’s a great cause, no doubt. They are, however, getting a little bit of backlash over a campaign that is currently featured on posters around California. The ad features an overweight, little girl drinking from a bag of sugar with the caption, “Sugary drinks like juice, sports drinks and soda can cause obesity. Choose milk and water instead.” But some people are a little upset over the fact that the girl in the image isn’t actually overweight – she’s been photoshopped. [more]
I love creative videos that are just plain fun to watch. In this video, one Photoshop “magician” uses hidden cameras and a specially rigged advertising board at a bus stop to entertain bus patrons with retouched images of themselves, done in real-time. I have to admit, if I was sitting at that bus stop and they did this to me, I would be pretty amused. [more]
Sometimes those obligatory travel photos snapped on location are great on their own, but (at least for me) a lot of them aren’t visually dazzling. Luckily, that can be rectified. Jonas De Ro recently published an absolutely breathtaking composite image psd.tutsplus that is jaw-droppingly amazing. Best part is, he shows you how to make it so all you Photoshop fans can try a similar project yourself. Turn ordinary into fantasy! [more]
Although I am invested into the world of retouching, the world of creative retouching and composite work is another world. They create entirely new worlds seamlessly. We see them everyday in the form of advertisements from big companies for the most part. Check out a few videos of what goes into Matt’s work along with an in depth interview about the industry. [more]