New book

Photo Nuts and Post is the third installation in the Photo Nuts series and it just launched!
Written by professional photographer, Neil Creek, it gives you the tools you need to make processing work for you. Even if you have experience in editing, you can always learn new tricks.
To celebrate, they are offering 33% off if you buy today -Click here to read more!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Really Easy Retouching with Adobe Photoshop Review

Want to get essential retouching skills without the hassle?

I admit, I hate editing. Well, not really "hate", but when I have 300 wedding photos to go through, it's a hassle. I really like to make sure each photo is at it's best, whether it's of the beautiful bride, or the wedding cake.
So, retouching is a great option to quickly remove distractions and make them look more natural, but can it be done without looking plastic like?

When you’re already pressed for time, you can’t afford to waste weeks learning something that you could pick up in an evening.

In steps Really Easy Retouching  by Laura Lim.

Find out more here...

Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • How to lighten dark under-eye circles.
  • The best tool for removing minor blemishes, fast.
  • Remove scars, scrapes and stray hairs.
  • Smooth uneven skin without making it look like plastic.
  • A simple way to decrease shine on skin.
  • Whiten teeth as much or as little as you want.
  • How to give eyes extra sparkle and really grab your viewer’s attention
  • Remove distractions – even major ones, like trash or signs!

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  • How to slim down chins, arms, waistlines and have it still look natural.
  • Create a composite image from multiple photos (i.e. how to swap people’s heads!) – this is a life saver when you’re photographing groups!
  • Layers, panels and masks – when and how to use them.
  • My philosophy on retouching – what to leave, what to retouch, and how far to go with it.
  • A simple trick that’ll help you make sure your retouching looks natural.
  • Essential Photoshop® shortcuts so you can retouch fast.
  • Tips on saving your retouched files.
  • The hardware that’ll make retouching even easier

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     It’s a skill every serious photographer needs to have.

    Retouching is like magic. With just a few subtle changes, you can boost the look of your photos, your subject’s satisfaction, and your sales.

    Head swapping

    Really Easy Retouching is in digital download format, so you can start learning right away. The tutorial comes as a .zip file with 12 HD .mp4 videos that work on both Macs and PCs. Download them and they’re yours to keep forever! They’ll always be there for a quick refresher, or to play while you do your own retouching.

    Best of all, this tutorial is going to make it so easy for you to learn. Retouching is the kind of thing that you need to see in action, if you’re going to understand how to use the tools to improve your images. And with Really Easy Retouching, you’ll get just that – a guide that shows you, step-by-step, how to fix all of the common retouching problems you’re going to come across.

    This tutorial was created with Adobe® Photoshop® CC, but the techniques also work with Photoshop® CS6!

    Now, you can skip the waiting and the frustration, and get the retouching skills you need, fast. With Really Easy Retouching, you get exactly what you need to retouch common problems quickly and naturally. No needless extras.

    Imagine it. By tonight, you could have the skills you need and have time left over to test them out on your own photos. And seriously, when you see how easy it is to retouch, you’re going to be itching to get started.

    As always, there is a 30 day money back guarantee!

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Using Colors Effectively in Photography

    As with all photography you must always think before you shoot an image. Make sure you take  time to ponder what you intend to achieve. Color can be an important part of how a photo will turn out. Decide how you want to include color and how to use it. 

    Using one color

    Use this technique to achieve a bold photo. When you isolate a color, you create images that are bold and dramatic. Get closer to the subject to make the color the focal point. 

    Color is as much a part of visual communication as composition or light – but you need to learn to see and understand it. 

    In this photo, I wanted his blue shirt to be bold and stand out as the focal point of the photo.

                                                         (my submission for Blue Monday)

    Be careful of light

    Light can change the how look of a photo. A cloudy day can make colors more enriching, while morning light can give a warmer look. Be aware of light quality when deciding when you want to shoot.

    Want to learn more about color? 

    In Captivating Color, a gorgeous, 48-page ebook, by award-winning photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich shows you how to see color—and use it to create stunning photographs.

    It’s a book that will show to how to use color to ignite your photographic creativity.
    Color ebook page fan 1.jpg

    Is Captivating Color for You?

    Yes, if you want to:
    • create striking images that evoke strong emotions
    • capture photos that “speak” to the viewer
    • grasp the full potential of any photographic moment
    • master the use of color during the shoot
    • apply post-production techniques to create truly compelling images.
      Not only that – this eBook has 6 practical exercises to go away and DO to help you implement what you learn.

    Order  for only 10.00!

    Smiling Sally

    *This post may contain affiliate links-it does not cost you anymore to purchase through my site.Thanks for helping support this photography community!

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Lighting The Shot

    It's that time for another fantastic ebook! 

    When it comes to shooting stunning portraits, it's all about the lighting. the lighting is the  X factor in making your pictures pop.
    For 25 years world-renowned Portrait Photographer Gina Milicia has used lighting techniques to create portraits with true richness and soul.
    In her follow up to Portraits: Making the Shot , she shares all her lighting know-how so you can start taking portraits like a pro.

    About the Author, Gina Milicia

    Gina has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years.
    She has photographed some of the world’s most powerful and famous people including royalty and heads of state, billionaires and a-list celebrities and been on location in some of the world’s most exotic places.
    Gina is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’ both in studio and on location.

    In this eBook Gina shares her extensive knowledge and experience in an easy-to-follow way to help you fast-track your journey to capturing beautiful portraits.

    Is Portrait Lighting eBook for You?

    Yes, if you:
    • want to communicate emotion more powerfully through every portrait
    • want to better harness the potential of light in your photos
    • want to learn the techniques pros use to capture stunning portrait photography
    • want to understand the right gear you’ll need to light up your shots

    Ready to give your portraits that extra pop?

    Order Portraits: Lighting The Shot and you’ll be able to instantly download the book.  It’s fully guaranteed for 2 months and you can either use PayPal or your Credit Card.

    Buy the eBook for $19.99 above, or bundle Gina's 3 eBooks for $39.99  here..