Post Production Tips

How To Not Be A Photographer: Instagram

When writing my previous How To Not Be A Photographer I realized I did not do proper justice to the form of iPhone Photography that I loath the absolute most. While I did briefly cover editing on a cell phone in that article I fell I should be more in depth about a...

How to Add a Soft Touch to Photos

I've covered airbrushing and blurs in photos before, but those are not always good options for enhancing a photograph. One way I've learned over the years to enhance a photograph that only needs a slight tweek to make it perfect is by adding a soft touch the image. A...

Using the High Pass Filter

Perhaps it is because of the name, but the High Pass filter is often overlooked by photographers. It is impossible to know what it does by the name alone. Nevertheless, it is one of the most versatile filters in Photoshop because it can both sharpen and soften an...

How To Not Be A Photographer: iPhone Photography

Expanding on my 5 Ways to Not Be A Photographer article, I feel the first thing I should really delve into is the usage of cell phones as "professional cameras". As I stated in that article this is the most annoying ideology I have ever encountered as a photographer....

Massive Landscapes (What the “Eye” see’s)

9 images      Photography By: Douglas Lee Coon      Often times I have been unhappy with my final image and its missing parts.  I compose an incredible image, fire the shutter and look at the LCD.  More times than not I don't see the same image on the screen, or that...

Layer Masks (A Real “How-To”)

I have been a product photographer for a few years now and been working as a photographer for over a decade now.  I have found in this time that there are very many tools in this industry that are misused and not explained very well.  The biggest repeat offender is...

Chroma Key: How to Replace a Photograph’s Background

This is a continuation of my Chroma Key series. I suggest reading Chroma Key: A Beginner's Guide, How to Shoot Green Screen Photography, How to Light a Green Screen, and How to Create Digital Backgrounds to read more in depth about shooting and preparing chroma key...

Chroma Key: How to Create Digital Backgrounds

As I discussed previously, chroma key is one of the greatest instruments a photographer can harness, especially when they do not have the capacity to maintain or house a variety of backgrounds. Shooting on chroma key is only one step in the process of chroma key...

Photoshop CS 5 Verses Photoshop Elements 10

You can divide photographers into many different kinds of groups—amateur, professional, serious hobbyist and so on. Another way to compare photographers is by the software they use, which leaves you with two groups—one that uses Photoshop CS5 and the other which uses...

Photographers Can Make Good Use of the Cloud

As a photographer you’ve probably heard about cloud computing. You might wonder how it affects you now and what will happen in the future. If you type in “cloud photography” into Google, you’ll get nothing but webpages about how to photograph clouds. Type in cloud...

Wash Those HDR Halos Away

Halos are the bane of HDR photography. They can disrupt an otherwise WOW shot. Halos often occur with noise, which are tiny colorful dots that appear in your image. Halos are rapid changes in the brightness at the edges of subjects/objects in your photo that you...

Understanding Layer Masks

Layer masks are one of those tools that just stump people. There are many tutorials and videos on the Internet that can make you even more confused about them. Regardless of the challenges in using this tool, it really is quite effective when you do. Learning how to...

Inkless Printing–More Than Just Fun

It seems as if making prints of your photographs is less popular these days because of technology’s latest innovations. How often have you showed or seen someone show pictures they have just shot? Holding up a LCD screen display of an image is ubiquitous, happening...

How to Recover Hot Spots

First, let's start with a definition. Hot spots occur when your image is overexposed, and parts of the image that contain vital information have been blown to white. You can prevent this by turning on your highlight warning in camera (sometimes known as the...

“The EYE” (Create Simple Effects)

I love to watch movies. I have found that film and paintings can be a really good inspiration to stretch your “Photographic Muscle!” I am of course talking about your “EYE” that all important creative tool that can’t be learned.  I can answer every question on how I...

How to Change Mood in a Photograph

The mood in a photo can define the entire photograph. A dark and somber, or even pensive photograph's mood is typically set by a low key, but if you take the same photograph and shoot it in high key, it can completely change the photograph making it seem light hearted...

Using the History Brush Effectively

The History Brush is a Photoshop tool that is often used as an alternative to a Layer Mask, but it is also a quick way to create multiple versions of your image. Here’s how. In this image of a vase with flowers, I am going to alter the overall color by changing the...

How to Better Organize your Pictures

Ever had that one picture in mind, and you know it's on your computer somewhere, but you just can't find it? Well, it isn't just your desk that gets a little messy. Sometimes we just dump all our pictures into the "My Pictures" folder because it's easy, but it ends up...

How to Airbrush Photos in Photoshop

Probably one of the most commonly know photomanipulation touch up and treatment processes it Airbrushing. It is commonly used in high profile photography, to smooth skin, remove blemishes, and create a softer more surreal model. There are many ways to airbrush, but...

How to Do Touch Ups in Photoshop

Not every one is "camera friendly", this is especially true when you consider fashion and glamor photography. Some people have skin discolorations, marks, scars, or any other number of little things that can take away from the overall appeal of the image. This is why...

Canvas Prints

No matter what style of photographer you are selling prints is a must. When clients order prints or when I am selling fine art images I always try and print them on Canvas. I don't offer any framing services so canvas prints is a way for me to offer framing (since no...

3 Ways for Sharper Pictures (Part 2)

Welcome to the second half of this 2 part post on sharpening pictures. We're going to look at another more advanced way of adding punch and detail to your pictures. If you missed the first half, you can find it at Here This method is much more in depth than the first...

3 Ways for Sharper Pictures (Part 1)

You just took a great picture, but to get it ready for web or print, you need to add sharpening. This post is going to teach you 3 different ways to add that extra punch of detail in Photoshop. 1) Unsharp mask Pros: Gets nice sharpness with minimal side effects. Cons:...

Which Format is Better: JPG, PNG, TIFF

This is a very common question many people ask, especially photographers. The answer seems easy to most, the most popular and common one has to be the best right? Not quite, each of these formats have there own strengths and drawbacks, and to really decide which one...

How to Create a High Key Photo in Photoshop

High key photography can be difficult to do for a beginning photographer, especially in a confined studio space that doesn't allow for the use of intricate lighting setups. But just because you don't have the equipment to do high key photography in studio, it does not...

What to fix first? (photoshop)

Ever had that picture on your hard drive you really like, but there's something not quite right? How do you start fixing it? What do you look for? That's what we're going to go over in this post. Now you have that cool picture from your vacation, or a cute picture you...

How To Photography—The Golden Triangle

You’ve probably heard of the Rule of Thirds, but perhaps you haven’t heard of The Golden Triangle. It’s a great concept if you have diagonal configuration of shapes, either objects or subjects. You can get vast improvements in your photos when you postprocessing if...

How to use layer masks to target color and tonal edits in Photoshop

There are many ways to target an area in your photograph for editing in Photoshop. You can use one of the numerous selection tools such as the Lasso, Magic Wand, or Pen tool as a clipping path. You can also create a “mask” using the Quick Mask tool in the tool box....