Here we are with another Mark Wallace tutorial! This time Mark is going to show us how to make our images much punchier, working with the saturation, vibrance and adjusting levels. Personally I use Lightroom 4 a lot, it's a great tool a often you don't really need to use Photoshop to develop a picture. For example I never used Photoshop for any of my gigs photos, all done in Lightroom.
If your question is: "What the hell is an hyperlapse? Some sort of Star Trek bullshit?!?". No is not, and Star Trek is cool, and the Warp Drive is actually studied by NASA.
Hyperlapse, using simple words, is a timelipse in movement, but not a simple slide, but actually moving, on a car. And while it could be something really complicate and time consuming to do, the guys in Teehan+Lax have made something really cool without moving from their chairs. They just used Google Street Maps, and they build this timelapse by simply using Google giant library of photos of street. The result is simply amazing.
You can find the detailed story on their website.
Yes, another fuckin timelapse. But I love them, even if I didn't really try to make one, I'll do one this summer, which I heard is going to be a friday this year (only if you live in Ireland you get this joke). Anyway, this is a great timelapse I saw last year, which features one of my favourite artists, M83, for the music, made in the Yosemite National Park by Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty.
If you want to see the BTS (if you are looking this acronym with a weird face, it means Behind The Scenes), just watch the video down here.
Masking hairs in subject is something that I hate, and most of the times I end up with a not-that-good result and it really disappoint me most of the times, so in this interesting video, commercial photographer Michael Herb shows us an interesting technique to quick mask our subject out of the background with great results.
I'm not sure if I will ever want to do something like that, it gives you interesting abstract pictures, but also a very dirty sensor, but if you have a film camera (where there is no such problem as dust on the sensor) or and old DSRL that you don't use it anymore, why not? Anyway, this is an interesting tutorial by Rob Turney, who is going to introduce you to the art of Refractography, and you can see some of his creations by clicking here.
Back in the 2010 most of European airports were forced to shut down due to the eruptions of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Hundreds of thousands of people probably hated this bloody volcano, and I'm one of them, as they couldn't go home or in holidays. But there is someone who have seen an opportunity on this, and one of them is Sean Stiegemeier, who managed to close enough to the volcano and shoot this amazing timelapse.
In my previous blog I've been featuring Aaron Nace of Phlearn.com many times, simply because he is a master in photo retouching and he is really good to teach us pro tips in that amazing tool but some times not so easy to use called Photoshop. So here we are with yet another great tutorial from him, that shows us how to remove any skin blemishes using an adjustment layer.
With only four videos she already become quite popular with her tutorials (yes, we are talking about Elena Jasic again), and this time Elena will show us how to color tone using adjustment layers in Photoshop. Personally I love her video, well made, simple and effective, way better than most of the tutorials you can find online IMHO.
Yet another great video from Joe McNally, which shows how he shoot a great portrait at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.
Lighting diagrams are very handy tools when you plan to do a portrait shoot, or any kind of shoot where you need to know exactly how to set up your lights. And there are plenty of websites that does this job on the web, or psd templates if you prefert to play with photoshop, or even apps for your phone / tablet.
And while I was searching for one of these sites around the web, I found this interesting website: Sylights. On this site you can create on the fly lighting diagrams, like many others does, but I have to say that unlike the others, with this tool you have much more control in the space you can use, a much more complete list of items to put in the diagram, and a lot of options that most of the other sites don't have. Plus it has a gallery of other users photos with related diagrams, which is really helpful for whoever is learning how to use studio lights. Plus if you register on the site you can share your diagram, you can save it an image and more.
So it's definetly a site to bookmark on browser, and I hope I will be able to use it myself soon!