Learn how to improve your layer effects and styles with these 10 tips.
For more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, check out Julieanne’s blog.
Feathering a light is so much more than simply turning it away from your subject.
In this video photographer, Gavin Hoey takes you through why feathering light is an essential studio lighting skill and how he uses it to control light in his small home studio.
Although the most common way to feather a light is to move it horizontally, Gavin also shows you how vertical feathering can open up more lighting options.
He also bursts a popular portrait myth that feathering a light will give a softer light.
If you're looking for a simple stay at home photo project then Gavin Hoey has the perfect technique for you to try.
All you need is a glass or two of filled with water and some of Gavin's custom made backgrounds.
The technique uses a little bit of simple science.
When a curved glass is filled with water it becomes a basic lens and will reverse anything seen through it.
Which means if you place it in front of an object, the image seen through the water will the backwards to the real world.
When that object is a bold, graphic background you have the potential for some amazing photos.
Canon Ambassador Ulla Lohmann would normally be out in the world.
Now, spending time at home, she explains how to create the same sense of adventure and narrative, shooting the people and places nearest to you.
She says: "Since I left school, I never spent this time at home."
Get an insight into how she is using her time at home to tell her own story, and how you can tell stories that are close to your heart.
Are you ready to share yours?
We'd love to see it. #CanonConnected
Sometimes it’s the little things that can be the most rewarding to photograph and in this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to capture the hidden beauty contained within a tiny drop of water.
Using nothing more than the gear he would normally use to light portraits and a few everyday items from around the house and garden, Gavin shows you how to set up and use a miniature splash studio.
Once you’ve watched the video, grab your towel and tripod and have a go yourself.
You don’t need the exact same kit to achieve similar images and making use of what you have around you is actually a great way to create images that are similar but also unique to you.
Don’t forget to share your best shots and remember to use the tags #createnomatterwhat #adorama
Want to create dramatic results more consistently? The Miops Splash Kit makes it easy to capture splash patterns with up to 4 drops released at precisely the intervals you specify.
What is focus stacking, and how does it work?
In this product photography tutorial, Jake and Bobby show you how taking and processing multiple images at different focus distances can produce a greater depth of field than a single image is capable of.
The final effect being the full image in sharp focus.
Note from Sean: I often use focus stacking when photographing flowers and highly recommend giving the technique a try when photographing small [motionless] objects.
In this video Gavin Hoey takes you through his process of using fake walls, made of fabric, for a portrait shoot in his small home studio.
Gavin's idea is to create the feeling of depth by lighting his model but letting the far corner drop in to dark shadow.
It sounds simple enough but in order for the set-up to work, Gavin will have to compromise on his vision and come up with some creative lighting solutions.
Problem solving and compromise, it's all part of the photographic process.
With the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop, you can automatically create patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images.
For more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, check out Julieanne’s blog.
In this episode, Mark Wallace explains how and why you should be using collections in Adobe Lightroom Classic.
Mark demonstrates how to create normal collections, smart collections, and how to set your target collection.
You'll learn how to use collections to publish your photos and sync them with Lightroom.
Shoot through or translucent umbrellas can be cheap, quick to set up and ultra portable light modifiers.
Compared to just the basic flash, an umbrella can radically alter and dramatically improve your lighting and in this video photographer Gavin Hoey shows you exactly how it's done.
Starting with a simple lighting set-up that would work great for moving subjects (such as pet photography or fast moving kids) Gavin refines the position and power of his single umbrella and speedlight to get control over the light on his model and the background in his small home studio.
In total Gavin shares four different looks that you can easily achieve using just one flash and a single shoot though umbrella.
In the past years, not only have smartphone video capabilities got a lot better, but the way these companies communicate and showcase their products to us has also improved hugely, creating this immediate feeling of “I want that” as soon as you watch one of their ads.
They figured out how to make that emotional connection between the product and you, the consumer.
The fear of missing out is a powerful force that all smartphone brands leverage over and over again.
But there’s one brand in particular that does it especially well: Apple.
Their marketing campaigns keep getting better and same goes for their storytelling.
But there’s something impressively unique about their product shots.
They always capture beautifully clean, crisp images and then take it to a whole new level by adding motion.
In this video, we replicate from beginning to end three of the most popular product shots used in Apple commercials so you can do the same: the hero shot, the detail shot, and the context shot.
Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver and automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies and automotive TV shows, transforms Nissan's sports car into a high-performance camera rig.
Nissan developed the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO to be the pinnacle of the iconic nameplate.
For maximum performance, the engine was upgraded, its aerodynamics further enhanced, and weight was shed through the meticulous use of exotic materials.
While Nissan helped locate a suitable GT-R to be transformed into a purpose-built camera car, Calo was already working on the design.
Once the car arrived, he and his team fitted a bespoke tubular structure that was welded to the chassis and able to hold the weight of the professional carbon-fiber gimbal camera mounting system.
I'm pretty sure we've shared this tip before on a video posted to the site, but this tip is valuable enough to warrant reiteration.
Years ago I assigned a custom shortcut (ALT+F1) to the Trim tool in Photoshop and it has definitely helped to streamline my typical worklow with the site.
Over time, the seconds saved add up nicely. [Sean]
Last week, Pye taught us the first 5 couples poses every photographer should know.
In Part II of his Couples Crash Course, you'll see how you can achieve 20+ couples poses using the Foundation Posing Framework.
In this lighting tutorial, David Flores shows you indoor and outdoor studio lighting setups for portrait photography. You'll also learn strobist photography techniques, such as camera settings to balance studio strobe light with ambient light.
In this episode of #PHOMO, Paul Trani explores the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop. Watch how Photoshop automatically creates patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images using the Capture functionality. Watch this video for helpful tips and tricks to end those feelings of #PHOMO when it comes to design.
A textured wall in your studio could well be the perfect background for your portrait photos.
Even a slight texture can add the feeling of depth and interest to a portrait that a plain wall often can't.
Of course not many photographers have the space of a permanently textured wall, so in this video Gavin Hoey walks you through a shoot in his small home studio, where he plans to replace a simple, smooth fabric background with some texture.
After the shoot, Gavin takes you into Photoshop where he passes on some simple tricks to add a gentle texture over the original portrait.
He then goes on to blend everything togther by means of a quick color toning technique.
If you're looking to enhance a smooth background with a small amount of texture, this technique opens up a whole new world of background styles.
Flash duration is an important concept to understand.
The duration of your flash can vary widely based on the gear you use and the power settings you're using.
In this episode, Mark Wallace explains flash duration, how to measure it, and why it's essential to understand.
Mark explains the difference between T5 and T1 flash duration measurements.
While this entire B&H video is worth watching if you're interested in what the newly introduced EOS-1D X Mark III has to offer, you may want to skip to roughly the 3:10 mark to see the new AF-On Smart Controller in action.
As the 1-series's number of focus points grew, using the traditional joystick to switch between AF points became less practical.
The new AF-On Smart Controller seems to be a great solution to the AF selection issue, enabling very fast movement between AF points.
On cold winters day, being in a warm studio is very appealing.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey shows you how to add warmth to a small home studio shoot by making use of a warm tone wooden background, fabric flooring and and orange colored gel.
Gavin also balances the brightness of the flash with 200 battery powered Christmas lights to create a festive feeling portrait.
After the shoot Gavin takes you into Photoshop to do some fine tuning and covers non-destructive cloning to hide the fairy light battery boxes with extra LED's and adds a creative lens flare effect.
From the Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd YouTube Channel:
Volodya Voronin is an action, adventure and sports photographer, mainly focusing on extreme sports.
Sometimes he gets to dangerous places like mountains and abandoned buildings and works in some really harsh conditions.
For him, easy to use, compact flash units from Godox were a good choice for these condition.
In this episode of Godox Photography Class, he will show you how these super cool images full of action were all shoot using the Godox AD200Pro and AD600Pro.
Welcome back to 3, 2, 1…Photoshop! In this episode, Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost shares how to create a simple stop motion animation using Photoshop. Watch this video to learn how to make your static images come to life.
If you're looking for a dramatic, low key portrait idea then Gavin Hoey has you covered with this amazing rim light tutorial.
Starting with two bare flashes, Gavin walks you through how to improve the photo by softening the light with a stripbox .
Once you've mastered the basic lighting technique, why not give Gavin's advanced lighting tutorial a go.
Getting perfect rim lighting on a bubble is the challenge and Gavin has some great tips to help nail the look.
He also has some top Photoshop advice to add extra bubbles after the shoot.
Welcome back to Photoshop’s newest tutorial series, #PHOMO!
In this episode, Adobe Evangelist Paul Trani shares how to integrate text, logos or designs into your photos and make them look realistic within a scene using Photoshop.
Watch this video for helpful tips and tricks to end those feelings of #PHOMO when it comes to design.
In this episode, Mark Wallace explains how to create a simple gobo to create patterns on a white background for more interesting portraits.
Mark also goes into detail about setting up lighting for beautiful portraits using an octobox, grid, and a white panel to bounce light.
This episode is packed with lighting tips.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates dappled patterns of light for a fun portrait look.
Often times when we are using natural light, we see patterns coming through trees/fences etc and use that light to accent our portraits.
With this technique you can do it in a consistently repeatable fashion.
Battery powered flashes are great for shooting portraits on location.
There's plenty to choose from and they vary between small speedlights and bigger, more powerful monolights.
In theory more power means more light and that's usually a good thing for location portraits but can a speedlight be used to light location portraits like a monolight?
That's the question Gavin Hoey puts to the test in this video.
Gavin sets each flash the challenge of being used as a simple fill flash, creating dramatic skies by "over powering" the ambient light and finally getting some beautiful shallow depth of field portraits using HSS (high speed sync) flash.
The results might surprise you!
Here’s a sneak peek at an intelligent, Adobe Sensei-powered feature headed to Photoshop soon.
Meredith Stotzner shares how the new Object Selection Tool speeds up your selection workflow by snapping to the object you want to select using machine learning technology.
Branding has a lot to do with psychology and consistency.
Do you know what your brand colors are saying?
Are you the same person on every platform?
Discuss branding with Vanessa Joy and wedding industry expert Kaleigh Wiese (who is currently rebranding Vanessa's wedding business!) and find where you need to make adjustments in how you're being perceived.
If you use flash in your photography you might be aware that the shutter speed plays a vital role in controlling the amount of ambient light that's captured in an exposure.
Usually when shooting in a studio, the cameras maximum flash sync shutter speed is fast enough to control the ambient light but if you love shooting with fast glass and wide apertures you need to master HSS flash aka high speed sync flash.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey explains why and when HSS flash is helpful and then goes on to share his simple tips and tricks to make setting up HSS flash really straightforward.
Once Gavin has everything ready he uses the set-up to shoot some eye catching portraits of a medieval knight!
New York Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius wants to prove that not all baseball players are created equal. The Bronx Bomber talks to B&H about his love for all things creative, from photography to digital illustration and how there is so much more to him that just being a baseball player.
Workshop instructor Keith Birmingham conducts a hands-on class on rigging backboard and post remote cameras for capturing a unique angle for covering basketball.
Thanks to PocketWizard for providing loaner gear for SSA participants to use during the workshop.
The Sports Shooter Academy workshops are sponsored by Nikon Professional Services.
Video shot with a Nikon Z and Nikkor lenses.
Video produced by Myung J. Chun for Sports Shooter Inc.
Today we show you how to create a beautiful double exposure effect in only a few minutes!
Learn how to use Levels to change a light background into a pure white background and then blend two images together using the magic of Blending Modes.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates an image with the look of end of day sunlight using studio lighting and some knowledge of how the “real sun” works.
One trick to creating light that feels natural is to study and understand existing light.
Then when the time comes that you must make it, you will be ready to create your own sun or moon as the case may be.