All posts tagged: Tutorial


UfD: Black and White Photography My Way

A few people yesterday expressed an interest about me doing a tutorial on how I do black and white images. There are so many different ways of doing this, and so while I’m going to show you what I do, this is only part of it. This is going to be an easy way, I hope.  Just a few steps, though the first part you can do and leave it there if you choose. Here is the final image and then I will show you how I did it. The first step is alway going to choose the image. The best types of images are ones that have lots of contrast, which is lots of darks and lights.  If you choose one that is very colourful but with little contrast it won’t convert to monochrome very well. I choose an image that was taken in at the Docklands recently of the Melbourne Star. I have opened it in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), which you can do by using the o Browse in Bridge. Click on the image then …


Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Another Week Passes

Things are happening and it is great to have plans and ideas.  I have another article that has been published on Digital Photography School, the magazine is coming along and so are my online classes. Digital Photography School I have had another article published at the Digital Photography School, it is Applying a Texture Overlay to Your Images to Create an Antique Look. I do hope, and ask you, to go and take a look, then if you would share it with people you know or on your social media that would be wonderful.  I also hope you learn how to use textures, if you don’t know already. The Magazine The name has been decided, I believe, and I know I am very happy with it. Dynamic Range I like it, it is not gender biased and won’t look silly if a man reads it. With the name decided it is now time to start looking for women to write for it and make sure we get some great articles. Looks like I have people already, …


Using Textures

So after quite a few people asked me how to make textures, I have attempted to do a video tutorial on how to apply a texture to an image.  I am going to post, but you need to be warned it isn’t very good.  My computer did not behave and Photoshop wouldn’t work properly.  I don’t know what the issue was, but hopefully you will get the general idea that the trick to using textures is all about blending. I hope you can work it out, but remember that the library of textures is growing at Public Domain Textures, and you also see some work by people who have used some textures from the site.  So if you want your work shown, put a link to the texture you used so we get a pingback. As I said the video isn’t great, a few problems there, I am also not sure about the quality, I tried to get as good as possible.

The Trees - 2

Doing Some Trees in Infrared – Tutorial

Over the weekend I received a request from Jim.  He wanted to know if I could help him with a couple of images.  He had taken some of lots of birds in tree tops. He was thinking black and white, and maybe infrared.  I have never does this before, but I was up for a challenge.  I had an idea of what I could do, looked up some tutorials, but in the end did it my own way. I started by opening the image up in Camera Raw, I like the different changes you can make in there. Hopefully you can see the changes I made there.  I have lightened it up a lot, and I tried to lighten the shadows as much as possible. The image was opened in the Photoshop CS6 and saved, image 1. The next step was to click on the Invert Adjustment Layer, it will do this to the image.  This was saved as well, image 2. Both versions were opened, then image 2 was selected, copied (Ctrl A, Ctrl …

Venice by Sandra - Version 2

Editing Venice – Tutorial

Looking for photos to edit and my friend saved me by sending some photos of her recent trip to Venice.  At least I think that is where they are from.  The image was opened up in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.  I’m sorry I have done this tutorial in Photoshop again, mainly because I wanted to use some things that you can’t do in GIMP, though there isn’t a lot. One of the first things that struck me with this image is all the shadows and how dark the bottom half of the image is.  It needed some light and life put into the bottom of it. In Camera Raw the shadows have been lightened up, and the blacks have been lightened as well.  The image doesn’t look as dark now.  There is more interest in the water right now. Once the image was opened into Photoshop the Levels were adjusted.  You can see what I have done in the image. Since the water was becoming the focus of the image, I used the Quick …

Editing Rialto’s Reflection – Tutorial

The image that was up yesterday has been given a lot of praise by so many, so today I thought it might be nice to do a post on how I edited the image.  I haven’t really done that much, so I hope you don’t think this is self indulgent. There is the image again.  As stated yesterday it was a HDR image, five images were used and it was processed in Photomatix Pro. The image was opened in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6, and most of the adjustments were made in there.  The image was also manipulated to correct the problems that you get with wide angle lenses.  You can see how the image is below. The image was opened into Photoshop.  Did you notice the large triangle of concrete in the left hand bottom corner?  It is too big and needs to go.  The content aware tool was used.  I drew around the triangle, then pressed backspace and enter. Hey presto, it is gone.  Some more work needed to be done, because a …