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Creative Photo Editing: The Lomo Effect

There comes a time in every photographer’s life when all the so-called “rules” and technical nitty-gritty start to wear you down. It’s only so enjoyable to prepare, compose, shoot, and fine-tune a traditional image. So, with our next set of Photoshop tutorials, we’re going to step outside the box a bit and have a little fun. We’ll be exploring several creative editing techniques to give your photos some personality and mastering these trendy edits will lend some flair to your repertoire! We’ll start this set off with one of the more dramatic alternative photo processes, the Lomo (short for...

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Selection Brush

We’ve conquered the Magic Wand. We’ve lassoed the Lasso. Now it’s time to continue on our journey and unearth another of the Photoshop selection tools! This week we will discuss the Selection Brush, a classic choice in the arsenal, and give you the tips you need to use it effectively. But first, let’s recap why we may need these tools in the first place. If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common editing actions, so it’s important to know which individual tool is best for your needs. Whether...

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Digital Photography: Leading Lines

A leading line draws the eyes into a photograph and creates a greater sense of depth for the viewer. Leading lines are an element of landscape composition that create a 3D-like feel to a two-dimensional image. It takes practice to develop an eye for composing with leading lines – this technique is more artistic than, say, working with a camera itself. By introducing this compositional technique, we will give you an artistic and creative tool for your photographer’s toolkit.     Lead by Example Consider the above example with the fence and its shadow. Where do your eyes move as you...

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Creative Composition in Colder Months

Can you creatively compose nature photographs during winter months like February in Colorado? Of course you can! Keep these three concepts in mind when you begin composing a scene you would like to photograph in an artistic way. Identify unique shapes that engage the eye Capture tactile textures which provoke interest Question indescribable abstractions to heighten imagination Developing these techniques will allow you to have more fun photographing ice and snow and can be applied to summer scenes as well! The images are shown in black and white to emphasize the characteristics being...

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