Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Impressive Product Photograph Captured with a Smartphone, a Lamp, and a Few Flashlights

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Inspired by Alex Koloskov’s popular iPhone vs. Hasselblad whisky glass video, photographer Tilo Gockel decided to give cheap gear professional product photography a try of his own — and he knocked it out of the park.

Using just an old iPhone 4s, an IKEA lamp, two LED flashlights, and a few Translumfoil cards (you can use parchment), he captured the photograph you see above. Read more…

Using Clipping Masks and Drop Shadows to Turn Any Portrait Into a Sculpturesque Image

Although they often get overlooked in the Photoshop workflow, clipping masks can make for some very interesting effects in images. A perfect example is the work of Roderique Arisiaman, whose portraiture includes intricately overlaid designs to make for intricate, unique images.

After being asked enough times how he goes about making these images, Arisiaman finally decided to create a tutorial for DIY Photographer and show the world how he uses clipping masks and a multitude of layers to create elaborate portraits.

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Tutorial: How to Capture a Motion Time-Lapse of the Milky Way from Start to Finish

Ian Norman, the astrophotographer behind Lonely Speck, is a good friend of the blog and an incredibly generous photographers when it comes to sharing his years worth of expertise with the world.

His latest video tutorial is no exception, as Norman shows you, step-by-step, how to create a beautiful motion time-lapse sequence of the Milky Way inching its way across the night sky. Read more…

Extreme Weight Loss, Photoshop Edition

How much weight loss can Photoshop do? As you’ll see in the video above, the answer is “a whole lot”.

It’s from one of the stranger Photoshop retouching channels you’ll find on YouTube, called Real Retouch. The “Photoshop diet” walkthrough starts with a portrait of Japanese TV personality Matsuko Deluxe and proceeds to show how various Photoshop tools and tricks can be used to shed tens or hundreds of pounds off a person’s photograph.

A Photograph of Your Face in a Jar Makes for a Creepy Halloween Prank

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Looking for a personalized photo-related gag to pull for Halloween this year? Look no further than this head-in-a-jar prank. It’s quite easy to pull off and doesn’t require too much time or money.
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How to Capture a Complex 5-Light Beer Bottle Product Shot from Start to Finish

Have you ever wondered how those beautiful beer bottle ads in magazines are shot? Product photography is one of the more complicated genres out there, packed full of neat ‘tricks of the trade’ and lighting techniques. And if you wanna learn a few of them, this beer bottle product photo tutorial is a great place to start. Read more…

Halloween Tutorial: How to Carve a Realistic Looking Jack O’ Lantern in Photoshop

Love carving Jack O’ Lanterns? Hate the mess? No problem. We are photographers after all, which means we don’t need to actually go out and DO things like this… we can just ‘fix it in post.’ Jokes aside, this short and simple tutorial will show you how to carve a simple Jack O’ Lantern entirely inside of Photoshop.

No seeds, no sharp objects, no mess, just a bit of digital trickery. Read more…

How to Post-Process Almost Any Aspect of a Single Exposure Landscape Shot

Most tutorials tend to focus on one small aspect of the photographic process — be it tweaking a minor adjustment such as white balance or showing you how to properly sharpen an image — but this Lightroom 4 QuickStart tutorial goes way beyond this.

It, instead, opts for a more comprehensive approach, showing you how to properly edit almost any landscape image from beginning to end.

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DIY: How to Create a Simple Homemade Softbox for $20 or Less

Light modifiers don’t come cheap, especially softboxes. But, if you have enough DIY talent, some patience, and $20 bucks to spare, you’re only an hour or so away from having a custom-made softbox of your own.

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ColorChecker: How to Get Perfect Skin Colors With Every Camera

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One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge.

In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker. But not just a simple ColorChecker workflow with the standard, bundled software. No, there’s a neat trick which saves a lot of time and a lot of custom color editing (and desaturating) of skin tones.

It’s a quick, transparent automatic workflow, once set up and created. Your camera needs to shoot in RAW. Read more…