Portraits of athletes are a great place to experiment with using a contrasty, high energy, dramatic Retouching technique. Here are a couple of our favorite methods to achieve this look.
Photoshop has a built in Lens Flare but the options for using it are pretty slim. There are workarounds that will get you a much better result and we go over them in this episode. We start by applying the Lens Flare to a black layer and changing the layer Blend Mode to Screen. This makes the black invisible and just lets the flare through. From here you can change the Color of the flare using Curves to better fit your image.
Dodge and Burn
There are many ways to Dodge and Burn an image, in this episode we cover a very quick method. We start by creating a Stamp Visible Layer and desaturating it. Then we change the Blend Mode to Overlay which will accentuate the Lights and darks. Next we apply a High Pass Filter to the layer bringing detail to the Highlights and Shadows. From here all you need to do is use a Layer Mask to paint in the areas you want to be visible.
Unlike most professions, photography starts easy and gets harder the more you care about doing it right. It can be a frustrating process, but here’s how to avoid the most common mistakes photographers make and a few tips on how to rise above them.
Photography has changed a lot over the years. There are always new concepts to learn and creative techniques to explore – and there’s no better way to do it than by picking up an inspiring book. Here are our top 20 picks for the best photography books of all time to get you started.
Shooting in RAW has its ups and downs, but the flexibility it offers is a big plus for photographers. And, while it’s often the preferred format for pros, should you always shoot RAW? Here are some myths and realities of RAW vs. JPEG.