Image editing applications for the iPad and iPhone have been gaining ground over time. But until recently, the top editors were from third party developers such as NIK; whose SnapSeed App won Apple’s “Best App for the iPad” last year. Recently the big names have released advanced image editors for iOS, so its time to take stock of how these Apps measure up, and what they have to offer.[Read More]
For all the time photographers spend worrying about color reproduction, and lighting their subjects, far too little attention is paid to the importance of light after the photograph is taken. Until you spend some time actually doing a comparison, it is hard to believe how much difference ambient light — the light that just happens to be there when you edit, print, or display your images — makes to the appearance of images.[Read More]
Digital Film Tools iOS App “Rays” is currently available as a free download. But even at its usual price of ninety nine cents, its a bargain. Rays is one of those “one trick pony” Apps, that does one thing, but does it well. Its one trick is to add convincing rays of light to your images.[Read More]
Photoshop: once the be-all and end-all of digital imaging; but no longer. There have always been Photoshop competitors, but none ever had the feature set, or the market reach, to seriously compete with Adobe’s flagship image editing application. But what competition alone could not alter, is changing over time, with other shifts in the industry.[Read More]
No doubt the new iMacs will be the most attractive iMacs ever. And many serious imagers will be tempted to buy one as an imaging machine. Until it is possible to test the new iMacs it is impossible to be sure just how well they will function for such uses. But on first inspection, it appears that they may make a very good image editing system, at accessible price points.[Read More]
Like many photographers, I feel that the eyes are the most important part of a portrait. They draw the viewer in, and create a mood or feeling that’s evocative and memorable.
Assuming we’ve captured what we want in-camera, we move on to image editing. We want the eyes to come to the front of the image we’ll be working on here, so step by step I normally edit:
With practice, this takes only a few minutes.[Read More]
At 6AM this morning, the marine fog layer was thicker than usual in the California Central Coast. There was a diffused glow hinting at a sunrise to come, or that might never come, given the fog layer. So the tripod and camera at hand were grabbed immediately, as sunrise shots can fade quickly. This was shot using a Canon 5D Mark lll, with the L-series 24-105 f:4 lens.
Stepping out onto the balcony, the palmetto tree in the image was the best choice of foreground subjects, so the camera was set up to capture that, plus the sky to one side of it. A five second exposure at f:4 and ISO 200 seemed to offer a good balance, but five seconds was long enough to let the lightest of breezes blur all the palm frond tips. The camera was set to “two squeeze mode” where pressing the shutter the first time raises the mirror, eliminating mirror shake in the actual exposure, and the shot does not occur until the second time the shutter is squeezed. A remote trigger tool would have been appropriate, but there was not one available, so a light touch was used, along with many exposures. The multiple exposures were also shot in an attempt to catch a frame between breaths of wind. Of all the frames taken, there was one where nearly all the tips were still.[Read More]
Adobe Photoshop offers several key tools for retouching, such as the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool. Other features that are invaluable for retouching include Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scaling and the Content-Aware Move Tool. Although these tools can do an amazing job when you need to retouch and remove elements from images, how you use them is also an important consideration. In this article I’ll cover some essential strategies for structuring your file so that any retouching you do is flexible, adjustable and, most importantly, non-destructive to the underlying image.[Read More]
In Part 1 of this article, I showed the basic structure for keeping your retouching non-destructive by using separate layers. These can either be empty layers that are targeted by the Clone Stamp or Healing Brush tools, or area layers that are created by copying a selection of image data and making a new layer from that selection. I’ll conclude this article by examining how you can use this approach with additional flexibility for different types of retouching.[Read More]
More and more photographers are going without a copy of Photoshop, given its price tag of several hundred dollars. Many of these users are using the much more affordable, and for most photo tasks much more practical, Lightroom to organize and edit their images. There are also the users still working in iPhoto, but who have reached the point of wanting more advanced features than iPhoto offers.
Such users have the need to occasionally make localized edits, layered files, composited images, images with text added, and other such tasks not covered by Lightroom or iPhoto. Acorn is a very legitimate option for both these cases.[Read More]