Zoom blur adds interest to images through movement
Blurry pictures are usually an unwanted side effect of an improper exposure. Sometimes, though, creative photographers rely on motion blurs to help tell the story. One of the best in-camera blurs is the zoom blur.
A decade ago, in the pre-dawn light of the digital revolution, creative photographers were utilizing every method under the sun to keep their images from getting stale. One of the most popular color techniques in fashion, advertising and commercial photography was the art of cross processing—developing color print film (c-41) in slide chemistry (E-6), or vice versa.
There seem to be a million mode settings on most digital cameras, including the tiniest of point-and-shoots. One of those modes is likely to be represented by an illustration of a flower. It’s Macro Mode.
The Rule of Thirds is Sometimes Better to be Broken
There are some unbreakable rules of photography: always use the correct exposure, never allow blur to ruin your shots, and adhere to the rule of thirds to ensure you create crowd-pleasing compositions. Of course, the best part about all of these rules is breaking them—especially the aesthetic ones.
Every new iteration of digital cameras seems to be light years ahead of the previous generation. While it makes the selection of cameras much better, it doesn’t make it any easier to answer the simple question, “Which one is right for me?”
Customize with Channel Mixer for Grayscale Conversions
Converting color photos to black & white is a tricky proposition. On one hand, it’s one of the easiest one-click changes to accomplish in Photoshop: Image>Mode>Grayscale. Done. Now you’ve got a black & white version of your previously color photo.
Master Traditional Darkroom Effects with Photoshop’s Duotone mode
The digital darkroom was a giant step forward in retouching and printing for most photographers. The one area that has always lagged behind, however, is black & white (or monotone) printing. Sure you can make great black and white images in the computer, but it has always been a challenge to get them out effectively.
Make every image great with the simple beauty of window light
Almost no light source is as flattering for portraits as a soft light. Studio professionals use softboxes and bounce cards to achieve this look, and it occurs naturally outside on cloudy days too. On sunny days this soft light can be found in open shade. This great light is all around, but what do you do without resorting to watching the weather or purchasing expensive strobe lighting and accessories?
Read the fine print of user agreements before uploading your photos online
Issues of copyright and protecting photographers’ rights may seem like they’re only pertinent for professionals who make any or all of their income from the sale and licensing of their photographic talents. But amateur photographers should also be aware of the ways in which photo contests, online communities and forums license a user’s pictures when they’re uploaded to a Web site.
Emulate the Look of Polaroid Transfers…without all the fuss and muss!
Polaroid film is slowly disappearing, and with it goes some wonderful photographic techniques. One of the most popular and beautiful effects is the Polaroid dry transfer. The original effect is created by rubbing the colors from a processing Polaroid onto a sheet of watercolor paper. The imperfection of the process is part of its charm, and its look is unmistakably unique.