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Dodge and Burn Like a Boss: Using Apply Image

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Nov 12

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Last Week’s Photo Contest Winners

For last week we had a great photo contest featuring self portraits! We had over 100 entries, and picking the winners was very tough. We decided to choose 5 people to win the contest! If you are one of the winners please contact us for your PRO!

This Week’s Contest

The contest for this week is Show motion/action. That means that something in your image should be moving or doing something. This is a great theme and allows for many different interpretations.

A great way to show motion is through motion blur using a slower shutter speed. Don’t worry, if done intentionally there is nothing wrong with a little blur in your photos.

You can also use lighting and light streaks to imply movement. Have fun and submit your images below!

Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

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  • Nick cardona

    Pick me for Motion! Having fun with my Daughter BrookLynn.

  • jason flynn

    my first Phlearn contest submission!

  • Hyns

    Here is my submission, taken of a DJ friend.

  • Guest

    A little side-take from the shoot tonight. It’s noisy…reeeeal noisy :

  • Shantel Crawford Rich

    Grumble, grumble…had to resize it. Here it is……

  • Shantel Crawford Rich

    :sigh!: I’ve tried to upload this two times but it isn’t working, sorry for cluttering up the thread here! Just gonna put the Flickr link and see if that works. This is a side-take from the shoot I did tonight.

  • Steven Heldenbrand

    Here is my entry. The picture was taken back in college when I was on yearbook. I loved being close to the action!

  • Filip Karlsson

    Some street light with long exposure and shake you camera! Awesome motion!

  • Julian Love

    Shot earlier this year in Switzerland.

  • Chris Chavis

    Took a series of shots with my son. My daughter, didn’t have as much fun – she hated it.

  • Matthew Lindén

    Here’s my submission, first ever actually. Eek! It’s a family on a rickshaw, in India :)

  • Fergville

    “Still Life”

  • Berit

    My submission for the motion :) done in camera, just changed a bit of colours in photoshop

  • Guest

    This is my shot :D

  • Sahil Mohan

    This is my shot :D great episode :D :D :D

  • babas022

    contest submition for motion & blur. just switched to B&W and adjusted some contrast via photoshop

  • Stephen S. Reardon

    Girl Can Dance

  • Kārlis Briedis
  • Reem

    here’s my submission

  • Martin Barker

    Submission for action/motion.

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    RUN! run before they make you one of them

  • Maria Dolgopolova

    Here is my entry

  • Carolyn

    Motion blur. Panning technique. No editing.

  • Carolyn

    it won’t let me upload the picture? :C

  • Carolyn

    Unedited motion picture. Panning technique.

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    this should be a 120 t-max 400 iso, shot with mamiya rb67, double exposure. i just adjusted levels with photoshop

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    the title is “non era il cuore, non era il cuore, trallalalalla tralallallero”, inspired by a song by Fabrizio de André, a great italian musician. the song is called “Ballata dell’amore cieco o della vanità”. it is about a man who did everything for love, until he kills himself because she asked it, and he died smiling because he did it for her love. here is the song: and i suggest you to read the translation to truly understand the photo and the deepness of the song. here’s the lyrics

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    and this is part of a 4 photos set, here’s the link

  • Rebekah Westlake

    Does a “vacuuming my hallway in the middle of the night” self portrait count as an action photo? ;-)

  • Anthony Chang

    Another chance to throw my hat in the ring. This one is another self portrait of myself reminiscing about my youth back when I use to box much more frequently.

    Also heres the same shot on my Flickr if you want to read a bit about this shot.

    Guess You Fought, You Could’ve Just Watched

  • Sergej Lysionok

    From vacation in Barcelona

  • Guest

    my shot

  • Guest
  • curtis parratt

    my shot

  • Isaiah Vaba

    Heres a pic of my family at the famous Hanks Haute dog in Waikiki.

  • Joerg Calvis

    Very nice!!! Cool action shot :)

  • Peter Koerhuis

    Here’s my impression of a light saber:

  • Darius Gudukas

    Running marathon

  • andrewbharris

    hey! he did a video on this! hahah

  • User

    that’s a really cool image!

  • Pingback: I just learned a very cool dodge/burn technique

  • Kim Kämmerling

    For the “Motion” contest! Listening to “can’t stop the rain” by James Morrison. All i’ve edited was the contrast. sometimes it’s the timing that matters :)

  • Cormac McGloin

    Hey Aaron, great tutorial! I know this was posted over a year ago but I just thought I’d mention that there’s another (quicker) method to get the exact masks for the curves layers that you created:

    Simple ctrl/cmd click the RGB channel (while the background layer is selected) to make a selection of the highlights, then create a curves adjustment layer and the mask will automatically load into it.

    Then for the Shadows mask either, do the same thing again but hit ctrl + shift + I before creating the curves layer, or simply duplicate the highlight curves layer and invert the mask (ctrl/cmd + I)

    I thought that maybe the multiply blending mode within the ‘Apply Image’ dialog would affect the mask somehow but, as it’s applying it to a curves layer, it doesn’t (try it out – before going into ‘Apply Image’ alt-click the mask and then within the dialog box switch between the ‘Normal’ and ‘Multiply’ blending modes.

    Using the image itself to create proportional masks in which to make adjustments is definitely a winner, the results are often far more natural and, luckily for me, it also means I can get away with being a bit more free (sloppy) with my brush strokes.

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