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How to Quickly Deal With Dark Eye Sockets In Photoshop

How to Quickly Deal With Dark Eye Sockets In Photoshop
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Have you ever had to do a shoot in a room where the lights are all over head, and they are causing nasty shadows? Let me let you in on a little secret, you do it all of the time and you just don’t know it. That’s right when you shoot outside, the sun is the overhead light source. You might be saying but I shoot my clients in the shade, so the sun really isn’t a factor. Well I am here to tell you that even when you shoot in open shade (shade where the open sky is above your subject’s head), you are still dealing with the problems caused by an overhead light source… This problem is shadows, and in particular shadows in the eye sockets, that just look terrible.

Lets face it, sometimes you just can’t use flash or a reflector to open up the shadows. Sometimes you can’t direct your subjects to face this way or that. Sometimes you just have to shoot and get what you can and fix it in post. Yeah, I said it…”Fix It In Post”. Not every image is meant for the cover of Vogue, or destined to be a master print. Lets face it, social networking displays billions of images a year that are just terrible. Have you ever been given a job where the client says, ” I am hiring you to do a shoot for Facebook”? Well I have, they didn’t say it exactly like that, but they did say I need you to cover this event and give me the files for social networking and a press/media kit. These types of images don’t have a really high artistic value. What matters most, is that these images help to support the clients story, event, or news.

I have to say, as a photographer, these types of images aren’t so much fun to make, but they do pay the bills. I really want to use all of my professional tools to deliver the best work I can, but as I said earlier, some images just aren’t ever going to be art, but they are still very valuable, none the less. When you are forced to make images with one hand tied behind your back (no flash or light making aids), it’s important for you to deliver images that are better than everyone else that happens to be covering the same event. This is where today’s tutorial comes in to play. If learn this simple technique, you can quickly fix those dark eye sockets, shadows caused by bangs, or any other unwanted shadows in a matter of just a few seconds.

Spend a few minutes watching the video below, and thanks for taking time to visit today, Sincerely, Thomas Shue

Batch Processing Selected Images in Capture One Pro 7

Batch Processing Selected Images in Capture One Pro 7

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Hey guys, it’s good to be back! I feel extremely refreshed and ready to kick some serious hind parts. Anyways, today I have a member requested tutorials for ya. The request comes from a nice young lady named Paula Pollock. You see Paula is trying very hard to work with Capture One Pro 7. This software is not only one of the best image processing pieces of software on the market, but it’s one of the toughest to learn.

There are many tutorials available online showing you how to work with Capture One. However most of the ones that I found from the manufacturer will tend to overwhelm you, at least they did me. They cover way too much information and they seem to last forever. Combine that an elder British accent, it’s all I can do to stay awake every time I watch one. The information is there, I just have difficulty absorbing it. Never the less, I have struggled through and paid my dues by mostly playing with the software. Today it’s my honor to help a fellow photographer in need.

The question Paula asked is how do you process your selected images when you are making your edits. Everything in Capture One works in a folder system. This folder system is one you have to create. Unlike Lightroom where everything is automatically done for you upon import. Capture One requires that you define various parameters at various stages of the workflow. You set up a folder at import called a, “Session” then you define a folder at output called “Process”.

I can’t do into great detail here in this post, however I did make a video that will explain the process and get you headed in the right direction when you are ready to batch process your selected images. Thanks for taking time to stop by today, I hope your day is wonderful. Sincerely, Thomas Shue

Selections Are A Piece of Cake In Photoshop CC

Selections Are A Piece of Cake In Photoshop CC
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The title says it all. As much as I love Lightroom, making a selection to a specific part of an image is extremely difficult to say the least. Heck in Photoshop it can be the same thing. One of the hardest things to do is to make a targeted adjustment via a selection. Let me rephrase, it used to be hard to make targeted adjustments via specific selections, because in Photoshop CC selections are a piece of cake.

Lets say you are working on a portrait and you want to make a change to everything but the skin tone of your subject. In the past you would make a rough selection via the quick selection tool (or a similar tool), then refine the edge being extremely careful to ensure only certain information is part of the selection. Only then you could make your targeted adjustment, but if the selection was off you have paint in the corrections via the layer mask. I mean the whole process is very time-consuming to get it right, lots of tweaking and fine tuning.

In Photoshop CC, they have really spent some time refining the way you make selections via the Color Range tool. When you use Color Range, the drop down options offer you all of the control found in previous versions of Photoshop, but they have upped the control. The face detection and fuzziness slider work incredibly well with the skin tone selection option. Combine the ability to save a selection and invert it, you can easily make extremely detailed masks that give you ultimate control over your image with very little effort.

I promise that if you have struggled in the past with making specific and targeted adjustments to your images, that Photoshop CC will make that a thing of the past. Spend a few minutes watching the video below to see how easy it really is. It doesn’t have to be difficult to make an exact selection and control it via a masks in Photoshop CC. Thanks for your time and I hope to see you again tomorrow, Sincerely, Thomas Shue

Specular Highlight As I know It

Specular Highlight As I know It!
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Hey there folks, today I am going to do my best to explain a Specular Highlight. So what is a specular highlight anyways? Well, it’s a mirror reflection of a light source. Here is the exact definition, “specular [ˈspɛkjʊlə] adj, 1. (Physics / General Physics) of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirror specular reflection” . Pretty much as I said right?

Specular highlights are extremely important to an image, the help define the scene and can be used to solidify a story. You see, when we watch movies, our brains are keenly aware when something isn’t just right. Lets say a subject is supposed to be dying in the desert in the middle of the day, but the light falling on the subject is from a huge overhead soft light source we will spot that in a second and just know it’s all wrong.

Now only does the size of a light source have a huge impact on the shadows (soft or hard), it has a major influence of the highlights (the specular’s). When you are forced to tell a story, you need to get it all right. Sometimes, you just want to make a flattering image of someone. Speculator highlights can have a huge impact in this situation too.

Lets say you are given the task to make pictures of an African-American person. Let’s say this person has very dark skin, how do plan to create an image that doesn’t look flat. In most situations, you use shadows to give depth to an image so it doesn’t look flat. In this case your subject has very dark skin so a shadows isn’t going to help you much. What you need to render depth to an image in this situation is specular highlights. Let the shadows fall where they may, it’s the specular highlight, that mirror reflection of the light source that is going to give you all of the control.

The size of the specular highlight is controlled by the size of the light source in relation to the subject. If you want large soft highlights that wrap around, bring a large light source in close. If you want small pinpoint highlights, move the light source away from the subject and correct your exposure, it’s really that simple. Here is a great example of specular highlights in action by Joel Grimes

Many people are only concerned with the way the shadows look, specular highlights are a really big deal. You need to consider then the next time you make a picture. Thanks for taking time to visit today, I hope all is well. Sincerely, Thomas Shue

Adobe CC For Free What An Unexpected Delight

Adobe CC For Free What An Unexpected Delight
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Photoshop World (PSW) ended today and needless to say it was an incredible week. The folks at Adobe were kind enough to offer me 10 passes to give away. I gave 5 away to blog members and people who entered my little Twitter contest, and I gave five passes away to my local lighting students. As a part of the PSW pass give away, each person who won a pass, got a years subscription to NAPP and a Years subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC).

In the past I have been pretty adamant about renting software. Paying by the month or the year for software you will never own seemed pretty silly to me. After spending a week seeing first hand at what this new CC suite can do I am left scratching my head.

Needles to say I am pretty confused, but I will say that the features available for Photoshop users in the CC are nothing less than amazing. One of my favorite things of all is the ability to apply camera raw as a filter.

I am extremely tired this evening. PSW really kicked my butt, so this post will be very short. I made a video below showing how you can apply the Raw filter to layer. A layer that has a layer mask applied and the subject extracted. It’s very powerful stuff, I can make all sorts of camera raw adjustments to la layer that has been cut out, then bring it with a single click of a mouse.

Just a heads up, Adobe released a special Photoshop CC package just for Photographers. It is only $9.99 a month and you get Lightroom and Photoshop. You have to remember that Adobe is not going to offer future feature updates for CS6. All of the new and cool stuff will only be released on the cloud via CC.

There is no better time than now if you are on the fence about the Adobe Creative Cloud. Sincerely, Thomas Shue

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