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LevelUp For Photoshop Turns Work Into Play

We live in a gaming culture, where everything is marked with achievements, badges and trophies. Not only has this service been brought into video games everywhere, but websites such as reddit, eBay and various forums everywhere have a scoring and achievement system that encourages interactivity. It was only a matter of time until programs such as Photoshop got on board with this idea. [more]

Let Me Throw You A Curve and Get You Away from Prepackaged Presets

The hottest trend nowadays is Photoshop presets. Presets to mimic the look of films past, to add a bit of editorial edge to those mundane studio shots, or to just expedite the editing process. Many companies have come out with pre-packaged presets, treatments, and plugins to help users reach a new level of creativity. [more]

How To Change Your Lighting Setup (After The Shoot)

When was the last time you looked back at an image and noticed something about the lighting that you wished you could tweak or alter slightly? I’m sure most of us have been in this position at one time or another. Up until now, it’s simply not been possible to even imagine being able to do this. Welcome to the strange new world of “computational lighting design”

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Behind the Scenes: Creative National Ad Campaign with Michael Herb

A few months ago we featured one of commercial photographer Michael Herb’s tutorials on masking and composting. Michael is back with an awesome behind the scenes video of a national ad campaign he shot for Textile Designer Patty Madden. Michael set out to create some creative photos to showcase the unique advertising that hasn’t really been seen before in a nation ad campaign for furniture. [more]

Preparing Yourself And Your Model For A Beauty Shoot

A few years ago when I was still new to the world of beauty photography and digital photo retouching, I prided myself on the ability to “fix it later in Photoshop.” I would welcome retouching challenges as I was still learning, but things changed forever after I started working with professional teams and shooting for commercial clients.

There are a few unarguable reasons for getting it right in camera. [more]

Tutorial on Creating a Realistic Underwater Scene from Stock Images

Based on what we’ve published in the past, I think it’s safe to say you guys really appreciate detailed tutorials showing how to make impressive composite scenes. My buddy at TutsPlus just showed me this amazing composition and I just had to share it. The artist combined 23 stock images to make one fantastic underwater scene. [more]

Photos Re-Envisioning History in Color

Almost everything we know from history is in black and white. We are so used to seeing everything in the past sans color, but recently a Reddit group called ‘Colorized History‘ was discovered that has changed the way we can view it. It’s a group of talented individuals who get permission to colorize old photos. They take political figures such as Abraham Lincoln to actors like Clint Eastwood and turn simple black and white photos into dimensional colorized works of art. Along with the photos listed, each of their links have a plethora of images they have converted as well.

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Fstoppers Reviews: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by: Martin Evening

Photoshop for any photographer can be a Goliath of a program to learn and especially to master, and now with the new Creative Cloud aspect to Adobe’s line of programs it’s only going to be more difficult to keep up with the innovations made. Martin Evening‘s new book Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers is a detailed guide for all of your editing and retouching needs in this new age of photography. [more]

Rescue Highlights By Using a Luminance Mask

Many times when shooting objects in an uneven light (usually outside), we have to choose if we want to expose for the darker areas, or for the brighter areas. This means part of the image will be exposed ‘correctly’ while the other parts will be overexposed (or underexposed). There are few solutions that can help us avoid these issues like shooting HDR or adding artificial light. But these solutions are not always handy and not always something that can be done. This great tutorial shows you how to fix overexposed highlights in only few minutes. [more]

Is A Graphic Tablet Really Necessary For A Photographer To Have For Retouching?

How important is it to have a graphic tablet and do I really need it? This is a question that I get asked quite often and wanted to elaborate on it. It may be that you’ve never tried one or perhaps you never got used to it and did not like the experience. Is that normal and how imperative is it that you get used to using one?  [more]

The Difference Between Curves and Levels

In this super useful video by the good folks over at Phlearn, we delve into what separates ‘Curves’ and ‘Levels’ adjustments in Photoshop and when to use one over the other. These reasons ‘when to’ and ‘when not to’ use aren’t the end-all-be-all, but you will definitely walk away with a better grasp on these two types of adjustments after watching. [more]

The Client Blog: A Look into the Mind of Clients

In the past week, here on Fstoppers, we’ve been talking a lot about blogs for your business. But recently Joey L sent us over one that caught our eye called The Client Blog. It has been started by Andy Baker, Group Creative Director for the National Geographic channels. Andy has been writing, editing, producing and Creative Directing promos and print ads for the last 19 years. Andy decided to start the blog as more of a personal creative project and it’s starting to evolve into something much more. [more]

5 Ways to Make Hours of Editing Endurable

Recently, fellow Fstoppers writer/astounding editor Pratik Naik posted a status on Facebook asking what people’s editing routines were, you can read the discussion that followed here. With his permission I’ve decided to spin this off into a post, and offer some suggestions for our readers facing hours of repetitive retouching in their future. I’m writing from the perspective of a photographer, but I’m sure many if not all of these will carry over into the video world as well. Note that these aren’t in any particular order.

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To Shoot Better Video, Focus on Photography

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.

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A Great Demonstration Of The Difference Between Raw And H.264 Video

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]

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