I’m old enough to remember when red eye - that phenomena where the pupils of people or animals eyes glow horror show red in a picture - was the norm rather than the exception. And while advances in camera technology and in-camera processing has improved to the point where this rarely happens, it can still occasionally be a problem.Red eye is caused when light from a flash reflects back from the retina at the back of the subjects’ eyes, and it usually happens when shooting at night or in low light.... continue reading
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As a remote editor for Dreamstime, I often come across perfectly good images that we cannot accept as royalty free stock because they include copyright and/or people, without valid property and/or model release(s). More often than not, these are unintentional and minor features of images that can be removed very quickly and effectively with Photoshop, or similar software, dramatically improving image composition in the process. Obviously, I’ve chosen to demonstrate how I deal with these... continue reading
Eye bags can be unaesthetic, especially in female portraits.To fix eye bags with Photoshop there are several methods, my favored approach is the Retouching by Curves Layerbecause it leaves intact the color and skin texture. Open you image in Adobe Photoshop.1. Create new Curves Adjustment Layer.2. Select Curves Layer.3. Double click on 'Sample in image to set black point' (Set Sample Size 31x31).4. Click on the Health Skin near eye bag area to... continue reading
Most folk in Europe who own a house will have a garden and if owners are like me they want a striped lawn.Unfortunately dandelions grow as weeds in lawns and in Springtime proliferate. They seeds are vector borne.I discovered some 2 years ago the Supermarket Lidl stocked weed removersand here is a shot of a dandelion being removed by my wife.So far this Spring my wife has removed over 500 dandelions which if left in the ground would have multiplied to thousands later in the Summer.... continue reading
I'm only using nikon coolpix L120 and I just find out that some of my photos have lense fringing problem when I submitted them they were rejected. Can I get rid of it using GIMP? and How? And also how to get rid of it using lightroom 3? I've been searching in youtube but didn't find it. Thanksalot! continue reading
We all hate rejection.No matter how thick my skin gets I still hate getting images rejected by stock agencies. Sometimes though, it’s all for a good reason and something great comes out of the whole learning experience.Yesterday was one of those days.I’ve been trying to get a whole lot of model isolated on white images accepted at all the microstock sites this week. They were shot in studio with four lights. The background was over-exposed by enough stops to make it look white for... continue reading
Do you want to have a white background when shooting a model ?Quite easy . Buy a cheap flash with an optic receiver and fix it somewhere behind the model. It might be even his or her jean pocket !And leave a bit distance to background so that all the back light can diffuse over it.Here is a sampleThank you for reading continue reading
Have you ever waited patiently in front of a landmark, maybe a fountain or cathedral, hoping that there would be a magic moment when there was no one in the frame--no dogs, no kids, no tourists taking their own pictures?I've spent many such moments, not always patiently.Sometimes I would give up, other times the image wouldn't be what I wanted because I needed to snap away in the .5 seconds when the coast was clear.I have discovered an almost unbelievable function in Photoshop:the... continue reading
Ok.Take a long breath before reading the next sentence. Have you ever took a photo and thought to yourself that the subject in the photo would be a good stock photo and when you finally downloaded it into your computer and finally viewed on your monitor that there are brightly coloured objects in the foreground or background that are very distracting?Ok, you can breath again. (long run on sentence I know)There are a few ways you can fix this problem.One is to retake the photo but this is... continue reading
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