Photoshop Tutorial Resources for Photographers

Watermead Country Park

Hi everyone. I hope you’re having a good weekend.  As  promised, I’ve been investigating some resources that could be useful if you wish to learn more about Photoshop and how to manipulate your images once downloaded. I’ve found some very interesting sites. Although it would take me weeks to work through all the information available on these sites, the tutorials I’ve read and watched seem very comprehensive and fairly straightforward to follow. So I’ll pass them onto you and you browse away to your heart’s content. The images I’ve posted today are from our walk yesterday at Watermead Country Park. For those of you who are interested, I’ve used a couple of waterfall shots from yesterdays post to create new products on Zazzle. I’m having fun building my shop there. Once I’ve finished photoshopping I enjoy seeing what products some of my shots would be suitable for then going and creating them. Now I just need more people to see them and like them. If you do pop into zazzle please let me know what you think.

Watermead Country Park

OK, here are the sites for your reference and a little about what each one has to offer.

http://www.russellbrown.com lots of video tutorials including creative masking without masking, green screen removal and clone painting. An interesting site with several sections. I’ve found the most useful stuff in ‘Tips and techniques’ and ‘Dr Brown Scripts’.

http://3rdelement.com/photoshop/a-letter-from-florence/ Very easy to watch video tutorials on all sorts of stuff including extracting an object from its background, masking and applying adjustment layers.

http://www.dpbestflow.org/ Find information on here about workflow, colour space, image editing, copyright registration, metadata and more. This is a very technical site but well laid out and with explanations that are easy to read an follow.

http://photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/pen/pen.htm loads of written tutorials, images are not very clear but info is good and directions easy to follow. CD/dvd tutorials available from author. Topics range from creating water drops on an image to using the pen tool.

http://designshack.co.uk/articles/css/create-seamless-web-background-textures-in-minutes written tutorials on subjects like creating seamless background textures in minutes and making reflections in Photoshop. There are weekly freebies inc free textured papers. A designers website with useful stuff for photographers. You’ll also find information about marketing and CSS. This site is well worth a look, although only some of the information relates to Photoshop and photography.

That’s it for now. If I find any more I’ll mention them in a later post. Of course, for those of you with full versions of Photoshop there is also the Adobe site itself. Happy Photoshopping! If anyone wants to add a cool resource they’ve found, please leave a comment. We’d all be more than grateful.

Photography for the Bored – What’s lying around your house?

Skull project 1

Ok. Here it is. I promised you I’d post today my little project with a skull. My partner brought me a present earlier this year. It’s a raccoon skull found as road kill and sold by a company specialising in such things. I know, it’s not what you’d want for your birthday, but I was thrilled with it. I’ve always been fascinated by biology, and in fact it helps inform me for my photography. I didn’t want to get just plain snapshots of it, so the zoom macro lens came out again, and I played with the lighting. A close up shot above looks quite interesting, and shows off those formidable teeth. But I wasn’t really happy with it. Turned it a little, moved the lighting. Then in photoshop, I used curves to get a bit more definition into the light and shadows for a bit more drama. Lastly, I cropped the shot square to really get you in close to the skull.

Skull project 2

Those teeth are really something, aren’t they? I became fascinated with them. As I’ve done some work for an agency selling to horror books, it occurred to me these might look good on a book cover…would you buy it?

Skull project 3

Then I started playing with the lighting, and decided that backlit, the object would look even more sinister and creepy. (I know, I’m weird!)

Skull project 4

But now, with this lighting, I’m really getting that sinister, and at the same time, abstract look I wanted. Here are a couple more I’m really pleased with.

Skull project 5

Skull project 6

See the different effects? The light levels, exposure time and angle can alter the image quite substantially. So does that bit of photoshopping to either soften effects or define them by deepening the shadows.  So as ever, the best way to find something new and creative in your pictures is to PLAY. I do not believe in taking myself too seriously, even when it comes to my passion. If it’s not fun, life is too short to spend agonising over it!

So, what do you have lying around that would make for an unusual macro subject? Pot pourri, like in my last post? Sea shells? Stones from the river or beach? Tools in the shed? Get in close, play with lighting, and you’d be amazed what you can come up with that’s unique and special and very likely really interesting to look at. Have a play. Let me see your results. I’d love to see what others can come up with. The days are short, the nights are long and brrrr it’s sooo cold. So get that camera out and raid the cupboards and shelves for something new. Do say hi if you stop by. I’d love to hear from you.

Winter Photographer’s Idiot Checklist

Winter. Brrr

There are many, many articles out there about what camera, which tripod and which lenses to use when out doing photography, but often it’s the small things we forget, or don’t think about until it’s too late. Then whoops, you’re stuck.

So here’s a list I use myself, being a seasoned camper, camper-vanner and photographer. Safety, especially in this cold season, is paramount, especially if you’re heading for the countryside to get some shots of pristine snow and ice.

  • Camera, lenses, lens cloth (things get steamed up), flash (puts a sheen on snow on a dull day), and if you have one, a battery charger for the lighter socket. Carrier bag, large. This is handy for kneeling on in the wet.
  • Tripod. Low light often means longer shutter speeds.
  • Blanket, towel, flask, snacks (my favourites are dark chocolate, crisps, nuts and fruit) to keep your calories up should you get stuck in snow.
  • In the boot… Emergency break down kit, including warning triangles and tape. Cars left in snowdrifts have been known to be hit by snow ploughs once buried in drifts.
  • Spare socks and shoes… it’s surprising how dry feet can warm you up after stepping in that puddle/stream with the camera in front of your face.
  • Mobile phone (fully charged) to call for help should you need it. Car phone charger.
  • Any medications you might be on, just in case you do get stranded. It’s one thing less to worry about while waiting for rescue.
  • Bottle or two of water. Snow isn’t hygienic and doesn’t taste nice.
  • Powerful torch and spare batteries.
  • Spade or shovel. You may need to dig yourself out or clear ice from your parking space.
  • Warm gloves, fingerless gloves. Tripods can freeze your hands!
  • Boots with grip. Don’t underestimate the ground. Under that lovely white snow could be a sheet of ice waiting to catch you out.
  • Make sure your vehicle is dosed with anti-freeze and have an ice scraper handy.
  • Hat. You lose a third of your heat hrough the top of your head. I have a thermal one and a furry, smart one. I’d rather be too warm than too cold!
  • Mirror. Is your head screwed on the right way round? Did you use your checklist? If so, check, one idiot!
  • Have fun and get great photos.

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