Monthly Archives June 2019

20 Quick & Practical Photoshop Tricks with Unmesh Dinda

Learn how to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn how to match colors, correct perspective while cropping, add drama to skies, make your colors pop, leverage automatic functions in Photoshop, fix motion blur, discover hidden tools and settings, save your looks as presets, and so much more. You’ll be amazed at all of things you’ll be able to add to your workflow to make your Photoshop life so much easier.

In Case You Missed It: Jaw-Dropping, Heart-Stopping, Eye-Popping Photoshop Effects

Join Unmesh Dinda and take your Photoshop skills to the next level! This class is jam-packed with tricks and techniques that will make your jaw drop. You’ll learn how to retouch any surface without damaging texture, how to selectively apply blur for dramatic effect, how to scale a photo without damaging the main subject, how to automate actions to work faster, how to gain unlimited filters through the Gradient Map, and so much more. Unmesh has a great knack for making complicated techniques simple and approachable, and he even provides files for you to download and practice with as you learn. By this end of the class these lessons will serve as a go-to reference to come back to anytime you need a refresher.

Photographer Mat Hayward wearing oversized red glasses and a red feather boa
Mat Hayward will be teaching at Photoshop World Las Vegas, taking place August 21-23, so register now to come see him in person!

When my family and I were searching for the perfect puppy, my wife thought we were buying him for our children and as a household companion. Little did she know that I had a hidden agenda. I was on the hunt for the perfect stock model. While she was worried about temperament and overall health, my only requirement was that he be photogenic. Hold your judgment; Hudson is by far my best-selling model earning me thousands of dollars, and his modeling fee is just one piece of popcorn.

Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal your heart.
Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal your heart.

It’s not just my dog. No one in my life is safe from my camera. My wife, my kids, friends, cousins and co-workers, really anyone who happens to be in my line of site. A few years ago my dad broke his leg on a walk. He was rushed to the hospital and as I drove to see him I was worried about the poor guy. All that worry disappeared when I entered his room. The first thing I saw was floor to ceiling windows…the light was beautiful! I thanked my dad for the great stock photo op and started shooting away. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, I’ve always got stock on the brain.

Broken leg in cast with patient in hospital bed

Stock photography has been an effective way for me to supplement my income as a professional photographer. For the past 10 years I have been focused on shooting celebrity-based entertainment events in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. I love this work as it presents so many unique challenges and diverse opportunities leaving me rarely bored. Every week is different whether it be in a photo pit for a concert, on a red carpet for a film premiere or festival, snapping portraits of various movie stars, musicians or whomever. 

Jason Momoa kissing his reflection
Jason Momoa
Lady Gaga in a white dress at the Academy Awards
Lady Gaga
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing on stage
Dave Grohl
Russell Wilson getting slimed
Russell Wilson

When I find myself with a bit of down time I shoot stock. Not only does it allow me to push myself creatively and try different styles and techniques, but more importantly I enjoy the constant revenue stream it creates for me.

Watch Mat behind the scenes during an Adobe Stock photo shoot!

My stock portfolio is generating income 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I love waking up to sales notifications. I made money in my sleep! Here is a crazy fact about my portfolio. I have earned more money on this image of jellybeans than any celebrity image I have ever taken. I know what you must be thinking…well yeah, this jellybean shot is incredible! Right?…….

Bright, colorful jellybeans in red, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange colors.
Bright, colorful jellybeans in red, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange colors.

In my commercial stock portfolio, I have found the greatest success with general lifestyle imagery featuring real people, like my family and friends doing real things in real situations. It’s easy to upload and keyword images and videos for Adobe Stock, and the content is usually online within a day or two. My day-time career is to be an Evangelist for Adobe Stock, so of course I’m biased towards our service. But I was already submitting to Fotolia before it was acquired by Adobe, and you could say I’ve been walking the walk a lot longer than talking the talk. Anyone can create a contributor account and submit to Adobe Stock simply by signing in with an Adobe ID on the Contributor Portal.

Woman smiling on NYC street
Couple at home reading book

What should you shoot you ask? Let me answer that question with another question. What do you love to shoot? There is a huge market for authentic and diverse stock content. Whatever you are passionate about is where you should start. Shooting stock has become a part of who I am and is top of mind whenever I have my camera in hand. If you haven’t already given it a shot (pun intended) I highly recommend you do so. Good luck!

Woman with blue hair and red glasses wearing black and white striped shirt, standing in front of yellow background, holding pink and yellow balloons with confetti falling around her

You can see more of Mat Hayward’s work at MatHaywardPhoto.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

It’s #TravelTuesday with Dave! I’m Dave Williams and I’m here every Tuesday with something for you from the world of Photoshop, Photography, Travel, or life, and today was never going to be the exception! This past Saturday I had the pleasure of hooking up with The Kelby’s in my home town, London, England. Scott and his son, Jordan, were over in Europe on a trip and we went on a little jaunt to Greenwich in South East London, and this is the inspiration for today’s post.

Travel photography doesn’t actually require travel! Big news, right? Well here’s why: – the whole point behind travel photography is to make the viewer want to be there, in the photo, seeing the sights, smelling the smells, and feeling the feels. It doesn’t mean you, the photographer, have to be in another country, rather it means the viewer needs to be seeing a place with which they aren’t familiar or where they want to go. Whatever the underlying style, be it landscape, architecture, lifestyle, portraits, so long as the image makes the viewer want to be in the place depicted you’re succeeding as a travel photographer.

From this we know that travel photography can be a little closer to home for us, so that’s exactly what I did with Scott and Jordan. We went to Greenwich to shoot travel – architecture in this instance, but travel nonetheless. The location is just down the road from me, thousands of miles from Scott and Jordan, but regardless of distance it’s travel in that we wanted to show the location in its best light and, from our photos, make people want to be there. Well, Scott and I did. Jordan maybe not so much, but it seemed he was having a good time learning that the paint on the walls is probably older than the USA!

As Scott explained here yesterday, he was here to be a tourist. He wanted to get some shots checked off the list. For me the little exploration mission was travel photography, but it wasn’t travel. I hadn’t actually gone anywhere. It hit the point home that travel photography isn’t necessarily about the photographer travelling, rather it’s about everything else I’ve mentioned. We had a good look around at Greenwich before heading back to central London: –

What a pleasure it was to take Scott and Jordan on tour in London, and next week I’ll be writing from KelbyOne where I’ll be recording some classes. Show me your travel photography and keep up with mine on Instagram!

Much love

Dave

Hi, everybody! Sorry I’ve been so silent here on the blog for the last, or 12 days or so. I’ve been in France and London, and the pics above are from my Father’s Day dinner last night in London with my son (center) and two absolute strangers, better known as Dave Clayton and Peter Treadway. Top men for sure! Well, Dave did the whole walrus thing, but outside of that, top men.

I have so much to share…..

So many pictures and stories, but just about none of it is ready (I still have a ton of images to go through, and a Spark page to create, and hopefully I’ll have all that on Friday with any luck).

We had some blue sky and sunshine in London. Hey, it happens. ;-)

Had an awesome dinner with old friends and even made some new ones. :) From Back to Front: Piotr in the very back. Richard O’Keefe, Me, Jordan, Brigitte and Ben Gathercole-Day, Peter Treadway, and Brian Worley.

Spent a glorious Day with Dave Williams

Yes, that Dave. The “Capture with Dave” Dave. The Dave of “Travel Tuesdays with Dave,” Dave. We shot all over town; had a marvelous burger at “Honest Burger” and just generally had a ball. Dave is a boss! In fact, he has “the keys to London.” (wink).

Dave posing in front of the restaurant named after his nickname “St. Paul” named thus for his year after year inability to get me in to shoot inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, despite the fact that he’s done it himself, and sent me his great pics to shame me.
That’s me and Claire, Her Royal Awesomeness. I took the train to Ely to shoot the wonderful cathedral there with her, and we had such an epic day. Claire is the best! :)
We had lunch in a proper pub. It was yummy. Cricket was on TV. I don’t know what to say after that, but lunch was great; we had lots of laughs, and it was really fun shooting in the cathedral. It would be, once again, the only cathedral I would shoot within England (see how I managed to get a Dave jab in there? It’s a gift).

Le Mimo!

I got to spend a week in France with one of my favorite people — Mimo Meidany. Incredible photographer. Long exposure master. Composition master. Yes, all of the those, but one of the nicest guys on the planet, too. My son and I loved getting to hang out with him (it was my son’s first time meeting him, and he’s a Mimo fan now, too!).

OK, I gotta run. I am heading home today, and I’ll catch you up on all the other stuff soon, but I just wanted to let you know where I’ve been, and that I’m heading home. Can’t wait to see my girls! (Kalebra, Yittle, Maggie and Maki). :)

Cheers, and we’ll talk soon. :)

-Scott

Introduction to Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov

Learn how to get started as a digital painter in Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov! Whether you’ve painted before or are just getting started, this class will give you the foundation you need to add digital painting to your skillset. Victoria guides you through setting up your workspace for painting, organizing your brushes and brush presets, and introduces you to Creative Cloud libraries before diving into the art of painting itself. There are lessons on starting a digital painting from scratch, digital painting for photographers, and tips and techniques for making your paintings more visually interesting and engaging. By the end of the class you’ll be much more comfortable in your digital photography workflow. 

In Case You Missed It: Painting Portraits in Corel Painter

Turn your photographs into beautiful paintings! Join Heather the Painter as she introduces you to Corel Painter, and shares her tips and workflow to show you how to easily create custom paintings from your photos. Using a Wacom tablet for greater control and a natural brush stroke, Heather starts with an orientation to Painter, how to customize brushes, and how to configure your Wacom tablet for optimal settings. From there she expertly steps you through her workflow as she transforms a portrait photograph into a stunning painting. Whether you are painting for yourself or your clients, you’ll have a great foundation for getting the most out of Corel Painter.

Rick and Susan Sammon with their new book, Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip – How to Eat, Stay, Play And Shoot Like A Pro

Hey Scott! Thank you for having us here on your awesome blog. It’s always an honor. And thanks Brad Moore for putting this all together! You Rock, too – especially with your rock and roll photographs.

In this post Susan and I will share some of the photo tips (many more in the book) from our most recent book: Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip – How to eat, stay, play and shoot like a pro.

As the title implies, it more than just a photo book. It’s travel guide to one of the most beautiful places in the United States, if not on the planet.

We’ll start with a few of Rick’s tips, for digital SLR and mirrorless shooters (he uses a Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS R), followed by Susan’s tips for smart phone (she uses an iPhone) photographers. We’ll add the locations, too!

Here we go!

From Rick:

Horse Silhouette at Sunset on Bandon Beach
Location: Bandon Beach

Silhouettes Are Sweet

Silhouettes are fun and creative to shoot, because they have a sense of mystery and wonder. To prevent overexposed highlights, which is easy to do at sunset and sunrise, set your exposure compensation to -1 . . .  for starters.

Mother Seal and Pup at Strawberry Hill
Location: Strawberry Hill

Pack A Telephoto Lens

In addition to offering breathtaking scenic opportunities, which you’ll capture with your wide-angle lens (I recommend a 16-35mm lens), the Oregon Coast also offers wonderful wildlife photo opportunities. For close-ups of the animals, you’ll need a telephoto lens. This photograph of a mother seal and pup was taken with my Canon 100-400mm lens, which is my favorite wildlife photography lens. You’ll need that 400mm focal length because in many cases, you can’t get close to the animals.

Sea Stars on Mussel-Covered Rock at Strawberry Hill
Location: Strawberry Hill

When You Think You Are Close, Get Closer

I used my Canon 15mm fish-eye lens to capture all the sea stars on this huge, mussel-covered rock. The image has impact for two main reasons: interesting and colorful subjects and because I was photographing very close, maybe about two feet from rock. The concept of getting closer does not always work, because “negative space” can be nice, too. But give it a try and see if your image looks more dramatic with a closer perspective.

Devil's Punchbowl
Location: Devil’s Punchbowl

Explore HDR

High Dynamic Range photography is needed to capture the entire brightness range of a scene with very high contrast. Basically, you take a series of pictures at different exposures at, over and under the recommended exposure setting, and then use an HDR program to merge the images together into one dramatically exposed image.

Long Exposure Black and White Photo with Silky Water at Coquille River Lighthouse
Location: Coquille River Lighthouse

Slow It Down

For creative seascape photographs with silky-looking water, you need two essential accessories: a neutral density filter (ND filter) or set of ND filters, and a sturdy tripod.

ND filters reduce the amount of light entering your camera, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds – from ¼ of a second to several seconds or even minutes – even on bright days.  You need a sturdy tripod to steady your camera during long exposures.

Variable ND filters let you “dial in” the light-reducing effect, usually from 8 to 10 f/stops. Fixed ND filters come in different grads, 3, 6, 10 and 20 f/stops. I use only fixed ND filters. Why? Because variable ND filters can produce a dark band or circle in the image when using a wide-angle lens. Sure, a set of fixed ND filters is more expensive than a variable ND filter, but the quality and results are worth it.

And Now From Susan:

Before and After: Adding Lens Flare to Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Location: Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Spice It Up with Lens Flare

Here is a before-and-after pair of images that illustrates how apps can enhance a scene. Here I used the LensFlare app to transform a shot with flat lighting and color into a dramatic black-and-white image with cool blue light beams radiating from the light.

Wave Crashing into Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats
Location: Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats

Make Beautiful Black and White Images

Converting color photos to black-and-white images can make them look more dramatic. The app Dramatic Black & White gives you lots of options including regular Black & White, Dramatic Black & White and Infrared. The day I took this photo of Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats, it was very sunny and everything was evenly lit. I selected one of the Dramatic Black & White presets to increase contrast and make the splashing water look more powerful against the rocks.

Horse Running on Bandon Beach
Location: Bandon Beach

Add Clouds

Sometimes a clear and cloudless blue sky is not the best background for a beach scene. To break up the uniform color and make your image more compelling, try adding a cloud effect found in the app Distressed FX. I use this app to add texture and to boost color using the Original Overlays pack. After you purchase the app, you can buy more options. Wonderful clouds are found in The Heavens pack, such as the Waving cloud effect I added to my Bandon Beach image. In this case, I was going for a realistic look.

Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon
Location: Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon

Touch Up with Textures

Nothing transforms a photo like adding texture. Make your photos look more artistic by using photo apps to add color and texture . . . just like a painter! The app Brushstroke is very easy to use. Select a photo and then test the presets in different brush stroke categories including oil, washed and natural. Keep clicking until you see something you like. I chose a Simple style brushstroke for this photo of the Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon.

Seal Rock Recreating Site
Location: Seal Rock Recreating Site

Reflect

I have two tips that have to do with reflections. One: Compose your pictures with the reflections in the foreground Two: Reflect on the beauty of the Oregon Coast, and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful and accessible natural area to explore and photograph.

Well my friends, we hope you can make it to the Oregon Coast someday. We are happy to be your virtual guides via the pages in the book. 

Learn more from Rick Sammon on KelbyOne! The dude has more than dozen classes, including his latest: Uncovering the Magic of the Rain Forest.

You can see more of Rick’s work at RickSammon.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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