photo-processing for a film look – Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Photoshop plug-in for a film look - Nik Color Efex Pro 4

For a part of the individual workshop we did yesterday, Anelisa wore this cute outfit with a bit of a retro look to it. I loved her spontaneous pose here as well. In editing the image, I thought that an "old school" film look to it might suit the final photograph very well. In previous examples shown here  Read more inside...

Lightroom tutorial – local adjustments

Get it right in camera? ... sure, but on occasion some post-processing helps

This photograph of the outdoor wedding venue gives a great sense of what it looked like there at the time. But the original image looked a lot more dull. There just isn't a way to capture the deep shaded areas and the bright sky with a single capture, in camera .. without some post-processing  Read more inside...

Photoshop tip – easy effect for more punch to your images

Photoshop tip - easy effect for more punch

Here is a well-known Photoshop technique - one that I like and use on occasion. It desaturates the photograph, while also compressing the tonal range. It creates a modern look that also looks quite trendy. It is also quite easy to apply, by dragging the layers from a reference image once you've set it up. Starting with the  Read more inside...

Photoshop actions – the secret sauce to make your images pop

Photoshop fairy dust / Neil's secret sauce

As much as I believe in the "get it right in camera" ethos, it is near inescapable that most images can use some sweetening in Photoshop. My own preference is for fairly subtle retouching of photographs. The photograph above is one I've shown a few times as a great example of how good on-camera bounce flash can look. I did  Read more inside...

Photoshop actions to help with Post Processing after RAW conversion

Adrian, a regular follower of the Tangents blog, (better known as the ever-helpful Trev in the Tangents forum), has the guest spot this week. Adrian has expanded on his explanation of the actions that he mentioned in the comments section of the recent article on Selective Sharpening in Photoshop. Even better, he has made it available as two downloadable actions as well.

photo session – vintage pinup style (on location)

photo session - vintage pinup style (on location)

When the hot-rod show which didn't offer as much in terms of photography as I had hoped, Jill and I moved over to the pier in Brooklyn. Having a model in a retro sailor-suit type outfit ... well, it just seemed to good an opportunity to waste. I thought of perhaps using the Ice Cream Factory there as a backdrop to a  Read more inside...

post-processing a photo – that summery feeling

post-processing an image - that summery feeling

A hot rod show & hot girls dressed in 50's retro outfits .. it all just has to look good! Well, not necessarily. Sometimes the way you feel something should look, just isn't quite there in the actual setting. At a hot rod show today in Brooklyn, though there were the usual awesome cars (and girls), but the show was  Read more inside...

Photoshop action – selective sharpening (download)

Photoshop action - selective sharpening (download)

Jim McGuinness, a regular follower of the Tangents blog, has made available a tutorial on how to do selective sharpening in Photoshop. Even better, he has made it available as a downloadable action as well. You can download the action and the instructions on how to use it, from here. Right-click & save-as, 2  Read more inside...

so I shot in RAW format, now what?

a RAW workflow - the first step - changing your default settings

As a bit of a forward nudge to those who are entirely new to a RAW workflow, or who hesitantly moved to shooting in RAW - here's the next step forward - changing the defaults for your RAW file. Before we even get there, shooting in RAW is very much part of the serious photographer's environment.  Read more inside...

RAW vs JPG – the final discussion

RAW vs JPG - the final discussion

The RAW vs JPG debate has raged on to the point where pretty much every photographer has been worn down, or left confused. It's been done. But bear with me on this one. It'll be quick. And convincing. Then we really are done with this. Here it is: There is NO photographer on this planet who is good enough to get: - correct white  Read more inside...