Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Good Times - Holiday Seasons

Below is a compilation of some of the shots taken during recent session in Nov 2014.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ajustment Layer tweaks - Hue / Saturation

If you want to change colors or boost saturation, this is the Adjustment Layer to use. The Hue slider gives you a complete range of colors to choose from, and you can also target individual colors by selecting them from the Edit drop-down list.

Example below shows the use of this tool to convert red sky to blue.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Adjustment Layer tweaks - Color Balance

The Color Balance Adjustment Layers let you change the overall color in the image by moving the three sliders. You can also shift colors in different tonal areas by choosing from Shadows, Midtones or Highlights. As with any Adjustment Layer, you can double-click the thumbnail to adjust the settings at any time.



Adjustment Layer tweaks - Photo Filter

Use Adjustment Layers to fine-tune the tones and colors in your image with complete control.

When you first open an image in photoshop, you may decide to add more contrast, correct a color cast, convert to black and white or even turn your subject green. There are two ways to make adjustments as these. The first way is to go to image -> Adjustments and choose from the list of options. Any tweaks made here are applied directly to your image pixels. You can get perfectly good results by doing this, but what if later on you have second thoughts. The smart way to make any changes is to use Adjustment Layers. To apply these, click the circular icon at the bottom of the Layers palette or go to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer. Each adjustment you make appears in the layers palette as a separate layer that affects all layers below it. This means you can take advantage of all the editing choices that working with layers enables.

Photo Filter:

Photo Filter offers a handy list of preset color filters that mimic the effects of traditional lens mounted filters. Most Adjustment Layers comes with a list of presets and are usually accessed via a drop – down menu. These can be a great help, particularly if you're not sure exactly how to treat an image, as you can use them to kick-start your creativity.

Testing BlogJet

I have installed an interesting application - BlogJet. It's a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here:

"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination." -- Albert Einstein

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bringing Life to Eyes

I was going through a book Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques by Scott Kelby and was impressed by the fact that how little editing can enhance the photographs.The techniques discussed below is mentioned by Scott in his book. I have just tried his technique in some of the sample pictures and have put down my experience here.
Bringing life to Eyes.
One of the secrets to really making eyes look captivating is to add contrast to the iris.
Step One:To start off, we need to duplicate the Background layer by pressing Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J; or just drag the Background layer in the Layers panel onto the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the panel). Next, zoom in tight on the eyes.

Step Two: Although there are a number of different ways to add contrast to a photo in Photoshop, this is probably the fastest and most efficient. At the top of the Layers panel, just change the blend mode of this duplicate layer from Normal to Soft Light (as shown here). This makes the entire image much more contrasty, but of course we don’t want all that—we just want her iris more contrasty.
 Step Three: Press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key and click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. What this does is hides that really contrasty version of your image behind a black mask (so, it’s still there—you just can’t see it). The image now looks like it did when we first opened it (notice that her skin looks back to normal now?). Next, we’ll use the Brush tool to paint over the iris (and pupil) to reveal the super-contrasty version of it.
Step Four: Make sure that your Foreground color is set to white (since your layer mask is black, you’ll want to paint in the opposite color—white) and choose a small, soft-edged brush from the Brush Picker in the Options Bar. Begin painting over the iris, and as you paint, the much more contrasty version of it is revealed, yet the rest of the photo remains untouched.

Tip: Adding More Contrast If, after painting in the iris, you think you need even more contrast, just duplicate the top layer. Since the eye is already masked, you’ll see just the iris and pupil become even more contrasty.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Smoke Art - Photography

Smoke Photography can free your imagination. I was browsing Graham Jeffery’s (who has mastered the art of smoke photography) pictures and found it very impressive and fascinating. The link from his website contains his amazing work and also explains the technique to shoot smoke along with post processing tips on smoke shots.

Here are few points which I learnt while shooting smoke
1.The cheapest way to get the “right” kind of smoke is using incense sticks.
2.Smoke is sensitive to even the tiniest of disturbances; use this to your advantage to sculpt your photo. Even smoke likes to dance on A.R. Rehman’s music.
3.Lighting plays a very important role while shooting smoke. You need a good depth of field (DOF) to capture all the details of a smoke column. To accomplish that you’ll need a well lit smoke with the most powerful source of light you can find.
4.The smoke produced by incense sticks is a light white color, so use a darker background. In this way you’ll have great contrast between the foreground and the background to better capture the nuances in the smoke. It’s common to see white smoke on a black background, and it’s easier to take the photo that way. But what about all those images with colored smoke with white background? Those are false negatives, created in post-processing.
5.To get the smoke focused can be difficult. Use any object or your own hand and place it the same distance as the smoke and use auto focus to focus it and after the auto-focus is done with its job, it’s time to turn manual focus on and start shooting without moving the camera.
6.ISO settings should be low as smoke has dust and you don’t want to introduce additional grains due to high ISO.
7.Once you get nice picture you can use any image processing software to post process the shots. Mainly cleaning up imperfections on the background, adjust contrast, sharpening, inverting, coloring, cropping ……

Link below discuss more about smoke photography and smoke art

Smoke Collage