Articles by Nancy Ziller

My January resolutions in February

I'm a little slow in making resolutions but 2017 is the year I resolve to meditate and find peace despite what is happening around me politically, it's gonna be a loooong four years!Eat healthierand be mindful of what I put in my body.Find joyin the little things in life,And work on myyoga, never going to be as good as this model! continue reading

Easy way to extract images from background

I found a great little filter for Photoshop that makes extracting images from the background that is quick and easy.It's called Re_Mask 3 from Topaz. ReMask gets the job done in a shockingly short amount of time, while requiring a bare minimum of your input.I use it to replace backgrounds, especially when I need a perfectly white background, reposition subjects, and create compositions. Give it a try and see if you like it:) continue reading

Snow Photos-How to shoot so the snow is white!

I love shooting in the snow but found often my camera would want to make everything mid-toned creating images of gray snow, yuck!Here's is what I do to solve that.First, I frame my shot and focus. Then I zoom into a bright area of snow in the scene. Using my exposure compensation button, I dial in a value between +2/3 to +1 2/3 Exposure Value, depending on the brightness of the snow. Then I take a meter reading, remembering the settings, I switch to manual, and dial in the new shutter speed... continue reading

Polarizer filter, if you want stunning blue skies!

A lot of people ask me how I get the sky in my images to be so blue. While there are many variables involved in making the sky look natural, a polarizing filter can actually make the sky look more dramatic, and it's easy to learn how to use it properly.Basically, a polarizer can reduce reflections from objects such as water and glass and can be used to darken the sky and bring out the clouds, making the scene look much more vivid. It can also help reduce haze. For all normal lenses that have a... continue reading

Tips on capturing a stunning backlit portrait

Dramatic back-lighting from the sun and the golden flares that flood your viewfinder can give you an incredible image. Not only that, the mood of your photo is vastly different from portraits, there’s a warm, feminine feel to this, and your artistic flexibility is truly unlimited.I like to get these shots late in the afternoon, I generally use a wide aperature which creates a great buttery bokeh on the background. It’s also a good idea to have only part of the sun viewable and keep the majority... continue reading

Using masks in Photoshop to create images

To create the image here I used three subjects then using masks in Photoshop merged them into one layer. First I photographed the hand in front of a white background, the water splash, and lastly I had an image of a goldfish that I isolated from the background with the selection tool, it really wasn't that hard.Next I assembled them in order, hand as background, water splash, and lastly the fish. Then I just activated the water splash layer and added a "mask" ( it's in your layer pallette and... continue reading

My favorite way to smooth skin quickly!

Imagenomic's Portraiture Plug-in, without a doubt, is one of the best new plug-ins I use.Imagenomic’s software provides every creative control I could want, but I’ve found the default settings so accurate that I end up tweaking them only on rare occasions. Usually, it’s one click and I’m done—it's that fast!The soft mask that Portraiture applies does not take away from the natural look of the model, yet it saves incredible amounts of time and that is what I am looking for,otherwise... continue reading

White Backgrounds-Here's another quick way to do it!

You've photographed your subject against a white background, but it still isn't quite as white as it needs to be, here's what you do.In photoshop go to Image adjust>Curves>when the box pops up go to the top right hand side and pull the diagonal line to the left, voila!A nice white background. continue reading

"Softlight" A quick way in Photoshop to add pop to your images!

A quick easy way to add that "pop" to your images in Photoshop is to adjust your layer mode to softlight.To do this, first create a duplicate of your original image in your layers pallette, then at the top left hand side you'll see "Normal," there is a drop down menu there, scroll down to "softlight."You'll see the contrast and saturation of your image change immediately,next to it is "opacity" you can dial that down to whatever looks right to you.Voila!Instant makeover! continue reading

How many of you use friends as models?

I've only stated in micro-stock, but have used my family and friends as models, it's so helpful!How many of you use family?How many of you use models and do you pay them or offer them prints?Has that been successful?I'd love to hear from you!In the meantime, I'm still using friends, and it sure helps when they are beautiful and athletic as you can see from a few photos here:) continue reading

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