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Basic Workflows for Luminar

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 4 comments

Since my last post about Luminar, I have altered how I process a lot of my images. The reason being that Luminar has for the most part provided such a creative solution to making photos pop in every way possible. However, if you are new to photography and editing, Luminar may seem a little complicated. Trust me, it gets easier with practice. However, to get you going I have chosen two very simple workflows for you that can help you get your photos looking amazing! Start with a Preset If you absolutely have no idea what you want from your image then I would suggest starting with a preset and see where that takes you. The reason that I say that is because at times, we just don’t know the capabilities of our image and the presets not only give a starting point but the set up the workspace as well. From here you can tweak the settings, as many times the initial preset effects may not...

Luminar Neptune First Look

By on Jul 3, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 2 comments

With the sad and slow death of my beloved NIK Efex, there is a light on the horizon. That light is coming from Neptune. Not the planet but the recent iteration of Macphun’s editing platform Luminar. Recently, this platform has been creating a ton of buzz around the photography world and I decided to give it a look. Now I must make it clear that I love lightroom and I am not looking at something to replace it. What I am looking at with Luminar is a way of taking my photos to the next level. By that I mean that I want to create images that are detailed, colourful, and evoke some sort of feeling. This means that I am not looking to simply document a moment like a street photographer but rather create an image that reflects the vision that I have. If you are looking at simply taking pictures of people waiting for their bus in black and white, read no further. Preparing for Blast Off...

Combining Images for Better Cinemagraphs

By on Jun 13, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of the issues when creating cinemagraphs is that sometimes the point at which the clip begins is not the same as end point. While this may seem fairly normal, it becomes an issue when dealing with liquids. As you add more to the cup the level changes and thus causes an issue with the mask that you create in cinemagraph pro. Watch the video below or head to my youtube channel and subscribe for more videos like this If you mask for the starting point, in the case of the video below, the coffee will be fine but it will miss a key element of the image (my hand). If you mask for the hand then the starting point of the coffee will be much lower than than the final point and will end up looking off. So what can you do? Combine the best of both images in photoshop.   The Best of Both Worlds If you didn’t already know, you can drag the purple bar to any point of your video clip...

Creating Visual Tension In Cinemagraph Pro

By on May 4, 2017 in Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

When I first started creating cinemagraphs, I really wanted to create something fluid that drew the eye and never seemed to stop. Things like water and trees blowing in the wind were great for that. However, without a subject or some element of the image that is not in motion but should be, then the cinemagraph lacked something. This is when I really took notice of something that I like to call “visual tension” and that basically is that feeling you get when you first see a cinemagraph. When parts are moving and others and not, it creates this battle between your mind and your eye. That is the really attraction for cinemagraphs. I feel that is also the psychology behind their allure on social media as well. If you have a regular image then the viewer looks at it and scrolls on by. Videos now have a lot more stopping power but if you have a slow connection, as soon as the...

How to Make Realistic HDR Images in Aurora 2017

By on Apr 5, 2017 in Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 3 comments

If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that much of my work is or has been done by merging images to create an HDR image. Whether you like them or not you have to admit that HDR has somehow grabbed a study foothold in the world of photography. However, like most people I went a little crazy in my younger years but have toned it down a bit (pardon the photography pun) in recent years. Say want you want about HDR photography, it is here to stay and strangely some of crazier images keep getting picked up and shared by news outlets and different sites. I made it into viral list with a shot of a local McDonald’s. That list has been shared and reshared and transformed ever since it was first published in 2012. Similarly, another horrible shot was shared by USA Today. At any rate, what I am talking about today is talking about how to turn a basic image into a...

How to Add Cinemagraphs into Adobe Portfolio

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

Few people know that with your adobe creative cloud subscription you also get a powerful website creator. This is included in the photographer’s deal that adobe has as well as the full creative cloud subscription. I first came this over at Kelby Training who have a great course on how to get your site up and running in about 10 minutes. The first thing that you are going to do is head over to myportfolio.com¬†Once you login, you can go ahead and start finding a suitable¬†layout for your site. These layouts are all responsive and your cinemagraphs will look good on your desktop as well as mobile. What I find for cinemagraphs is a simple layout works best as you want the cinemagraphs to take centre stage. Once you have the site the way that you want it, it is time to add in your cinemagraphs. This is an extremely simple task to do. Click on the “+” icon on the left and...

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