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How to Do a Realistic Sky Swap in a Photo Using Photoshop

How to Do a Realistic Sky Swap in a Photo Using Photoshop In this 9-minute video tutorial from Serge Ramelli, learn how to easily swap out an unattractive white sky from a photo for a more dramatic one using Photoshop. Utilizing the power of the multiply blend mode, it’s possible to convincingly change the sky in the shot in minutes. First, open up your alternative sky in a layer on top of your target photo. Position it where you want to swap it in, right on the horizon, and duplicate it. Flip it vertically, and drag it underneath the first sky to create a “perfect mirror” of the sky. Then merge the layers, and apply the...

When f/1.0 Just Isn’t Fast Enough…

When f/1.0 Just Isn’t Fast Enough… The progression that is the discovery and appreciation of photography is a journey unique to the voyager. Whether the path is walked through a textbook, an online forum, or alone, there is no two that are alike. Being self-taught, I found myself obsessing with the technical side of photography to a degree that the artistic side was an afterthought. At first, it was just grasping the concept of 18% gray. Then it was learning the stop reach of my sensor. Then it was getting rid of depth of field only to bring it back in later years. So, it’s a little ironic that I craved bokeh so much...

Photo Studio Polyboards and Thrifty Alternatives

Photo Studio Polyboards and Thrifty Alternatives Nearly every professional studio I’ve ever used has these “polyboards” and you‘ve probably even seen them yourself but may not have known what they’re used for. Polyboards are polystyrene boards that usually measure 4 feet wide by 8 feet high and are normally 2 inches thick. One of the other defining characteristics is that they are often white on one side and black on the other. This dual color is very important as this gives them two key uses. The white side is used for bouncing light back into the shadows of an image, for example, a light would be placed on one side of...

How to Easily Turn Your Signature into a Photo Watermark in Photoshop

How to Easily Turn Your Signature into a Photo Watermark in Photoshop Here’s a simple way to create a digital watermark using your signature that you can use as a Photoshop brush. This 5-minute video from Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows you the steps needed using just a paper, pencil, and a smartphone. To write your signature, Colin recommends using a nice soft pencil to create thick lines with texture. You’ll need a clean white piece of paper to write on, which will make the signature easier to extract in Photoshop. Next, you’ll need to take a photo or scan of the signature. A smartphone works fine for this purpose, but if you want a perfect copy...

Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma

Cameras Capture What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of Hurricane Irma Want to see what it’s like to fly into the eye of one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded? After Hurricane Irma developed into a Category 5 storm yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew airplanes directly into the hurricane to gather weather data. Cameras on the planes captured videos and photos of the experience. Here are a couple of videos showing what flying through Irma’s 185mph (~298kmh) winds was like. This first one is by Nick Underwood of NOAA and shows the fierceness of the storm: Video of a flight through the eye of #Irma...

Who Needs a Photo Permit in Nevada State Parks?

Who Needs a Photo Permit in Nevada State Parks? Nevada Law and the Nevada Administrative code have a simple definition of when you need to have a permit to shoot photos in their parks. It is based entirely on whether or not the pictures will be sold. Nonetheless, the policy of the Parks division is that anyone shooting pictures of a model is assumed to be doing “commercial photography” even when they have evidence to the contrary. After a lengthy discussion with both a park and the Deputy Administrator of the Parks Division, they have confirmed this interpretation. And it’s worse than just getting a permit; there is a...

Canon Opening a New Camera Factory in Japan Heavy on Automation

Canon Opening a New Camera Factory in Japan Heavy on Automation Canon is planning to open a new camera factory in Japan by 2019 in an effort to move more of its production “back home,” but this time it will be relying more on automation to lower the cost of domestic operations. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that the camera giant acquire 300,000 square meters of land in southern Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture as early as later this month to serve as the site of the new digital camera factory (estimated to cost about $ 181 million). It was in 2010 that Canon last opened a factory in Japan, but this time round there will be...

Confessions of a Failed Eclipse Photographer

Confessions of a Failed Eclipse Photographer I’ve dreamed of seeing a total eclipse of the sun all my life. When I read there would be one on August 21st that passed dead-center over the town of Newberry, South Carolina, I was overjoyed. This was my chance. My wife and I had lived in Newberry in 2013. I had friends there. I had a place to stay. I wouldn’t need to pay $ 1,000 for a hotel. I had friends who owned Enoree River Vineyards and Winery (a slight plug for a great vineyard and great wine.) They were throwing a party for 300 people at their winery. My friend even had an official pair of Newberry Eclipse 2017 glasses saved...

Photos and Color Profiles: The Quickly Approaching Move to Wide-Gamut

Photos and Color Profiles: The Quickly Approaching Move to Wide-Gamut My name is Kelly Thompson, and I’m a VP at 500px. Buried in Tuesday’s announcement of Google’s Android Oreo was an interesting tidbit for photographers: like Apple the year before, Google’s mobile OS has been reworked to support deep and wide color, and, for the first time, full color management for Android devices. What does this mean for photographers and their workflows? It’s probably a good time to review your processes to make sure you’re getting the best possible results for the widest audience. At 500px, we’ve made some significant changes to better support the...

The Lily Drone is Back from the Grave and Ready to Try Another Takeoff

The Lily Drone is Back from the Grave and Ready to Try Another Takeoff In January 2017, the company behind the highly anticipated Lily drone announced that it would be shutting down after raising over $ 34 million from backers. The company was quickly sued and accused of misleading people with a faked promo video. However, it looks like Lily is now making a bit of a comeback. A California-based drone company named Mota Group has acquired the assets of Lily Robotics for a cool $ 750,000, and you could soon see this smiley drone buzzing about above your head soon. The drone will now come with a new design and new features, and you can see the immediate...
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