Adding Grain to Digital Photographs

Simulate Film Grain in Your Digital Photographs. I think what I miss most about film when I am working on a digital photograph is the texture that film grain adds to the photograph. It is something that gives a photograph a unique feel and added depth, and in some cases created a mystery or a dream like quality to a photographic image. Sure, many digital cameras at a higher ISO create noise, but noise rarely looks good and it is something that the majority of photographers want to avoid. Most types of noise…Read more …

Reducing Haze from Landscape Photographs

Reducing Haze using a “Selective Colour” adjustment layer. When photographing landscapes, atmospheric haze can be quite problematic, especially when photographing very grand, open landscapes with mountains and/or large bodies of water. Depending on your subject matter, even on the clearest of days haze can still be present, and it may lessen the quality of your photograph. Haze only really effects the objects in the distance, but it can have a over all softening effect on photographs, even when you use a smaller aperture on you lens in order to create more depth in…Read more …

Selective Sharpening

Selective sharpening for print output. Sharpening photographs for prints is more subtle practice than sharpening JPEG or PNG files for the world wide web. Only certain areas of a photograph may require sharpening. A portrait or beauty photograph will most likely need selective sharpening, perhaps on the mouth, nose, cheek bones, hair, or eyebrows, and most importantly the eyes. You may want to sharpen around the eyes, like the upper and lower eyelids and the eyebrows, but want it to be less sharp than the iris and pupils. Both eyes may need to be…Read more …

Burning and Dodging, Non-Destructive Technique using a Fill Layer

How to burn and dodge in Photoshop. Back in the days before computers, blogs, digital images, and electricity ( well..., okay maybe not that far back ), photographers used a variety of special techniques in the darkroom to help their negatives reach the maximum in potential on photographic paper. Probably the most popular and most important technique was burning and dodging. The purpose of burning and dodging is to bring out tonally the maximum potential of the photograph on the paper that you are printing on. If you printed a photograph using a…Read more …

How to Use Content Aware Fill.

[ Video Tutorial ] How to use content aware fill to easily remove objects from your photographs. You should always try and find a way to remove unwanted objects in your photographs, by manually removing them first before you make the photograph, or by hiding them, by finding a different camera angle or blocking them with your subject. Sometimes this is impossible, like the sign in this video. In the scene there was a sign post for hikers, and there was no way for me to hide the sign and still have the…Read more …

Retouching Skin While Retaining Skin Texture.

[ Video Tutorial ] How to keep skin texture when retouching blemishes and lightening shadows, using the healing tool with the fade dialog box. The Fade Dialog Box, is one of the least well known of the tools available to Photoshop users, but it is the most powerful and exact tool for retouching skin and lightening shadows. Check out this video to see why.   Keyboard shortcuts used, Ctrl + J ( Command + J for mac ) create new duplicate background layer. Ctrl + Z ( Command + Z for mac ) to…Read more …