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How to train your eye to take better pictures

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To take a good photograph you need to know what good looks like….sounds daft I know, but training your eye is very important.
In this article, I’m going to show you several free sources of amazing photography one of which even tells you ‘pro tip’ per picture.
Plus an exercise to train your eyes.


The first and my all time favorite is the British newspaper; The Guardian;  eyewitness series and although photo journalism is not my thing you can’t help but be amazed, intrigued and learn so much from these images. It’s available on web (http://goo.gl/Y5l6c) or where it really shines is on an Ipad,  if you have one.


The pro tips are on the right hand side online, or behind the info button bottom left hand side on an Ipad.


This tells a story with a single powerful image and I feel its simplicity is its strength. When you take a look at each image I want you to start to do the following exercise:


Your mind analyses pictures in a fraction of a second without you consciously understanding the logic or the process. I want you to become very aware of the process, its super quick so pay attention.


Your eye will enter an image at a point it is drawn too, then wanders around gathering information until it can exit and move on to the next task. That’s why some images hold your eye for longer than others.


I often close my eyes load the images and then concentrate on observing my mind and my eyes.


1. Put your finger on the point your eye is draw towards
(often the lightest, brightest or most colourful point)


2. Mentally trace the path your eye takes around the picture.
(spot any S shapes or reverse S shapes?)


3. Has the photographer used the rule of thirds?
(Here’s a link to one of our 10 easy lessons on composition : http://goo.gl/NmIh8)


4. Has the photographer shot from his eye level
(a lower or higher perspective make a huge difference) 


5. What is the photographer trying to SAY?
(Strong pictures have a narrative) 


6. How has the photographer used the environment to do this? 


7. How has the photographer used light?
(i.e: Darker edges keep your eye in the picture for longer)


8. Why does the picture work?


9. Does it evoke an emotional response? 


10. From the above list, what could you apply to your pictures?


The Second source I can recommend is from the news agency Reuters called The Wider Image and is only available as an Ipad app.  It has a lead image and then a slideshow per story, but no pro tips I’m afraid.


Give the exercise a try; I want you to become very conscious of good images and why they work. Once you have mastered this, I’ll teach you to apply it to your own images.

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For a bunch of other free lessons from the Lightism : http://goo.gl/SUgjj

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Digital Photo Editing Workflow - Better Images From Capture to Output

Digital Photo Editing Workflow - Better Images From Capture to Output | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

For every serious photographer, capturing an image is only the beginning of a complex process with numerous pitfalls. So how can you streamline this tangled mess? The key to keeping your digital photography fun and productive is to adopt, and adapt, an effective, consistent workflow.

Why workflow matters

The concept is simple – your photography workflow is the sequence of steps and actions you take to edit your photos, work them up to a result you consider finished, and share them with the world. Editing photos can be like baking a cake or assembling flat pack furniture. You start with raw ingredients, or loose parts, and use an ordered sequence of steps to put the thing together. In a good photography workflow, the end result is a perfectly crafted image, securely stored for future use, all with the least possible effort.

Efficiency is important. Without a good workflow, at minimum you’re wasting time. Worse, you run the very real risk of losing your most precious photos. Forever. A couple of years ago I knew a wedding photographer, then aspiring to become professional, who lost an entire wedding shoot because of relatively simple errors in her workflow. (In short, the mistakes derived from a convoluted importing method and totally inadequate backups.)

Maybe you’re only taking pictures for fun? If you’re planning to continue with photography, you still need to use an effective workflow. If you don’t, your photo archive will become a beast, very difficult to tame. And your images won’t look as good as they could. No fun.

When you’re starting out in digital photography, you need to develop good habits early. Even if you’ve been shooting for years, it’s never too late to improve your process.

You can craft your digital photography workflow to suit your own situation and preferences. But every effective workflow shares common tasks, proven techniques and best practices. These established methods have evolved with real-world use across all genres of photography. They apply equally to beginning enthusiasts and seasoned pros.

So let’s review the essential parts of a practical photo editing workflow.

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50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials

50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

In this post we present useful photographic techniques, tutorials and resources for various kinds of photography. You’ll learn how to set up the perfect environment and what techniques, principles and rules of thumbs you should consider when shooting your next perfect photo. This round-up isn’t supposed to be the ultimate one – please feel free to suggest more useful articles in the comments to this post.

Among other things, we cover high-speed photography, tilt-shift photography, black and white photography, motion blur, infrared, night, smoke photography, macro photography, HDR, panoramic photography, RAW processing and others.

Hopefully, you’ll find many of the listed tutorials and how-tos useful for your regular work.

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Scanography : Cameraless Pictures With Your Scanner

Scanography : Cameraless Pictures With Your Scanner | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

If you're into photography but don't have a great camera, or maybe if you just fancy something different, then scanography is a great technique to try. Scanner art, or scanography, is a fun and ethereal method of creating photograph-like art with your scanner.

1. Set Up Your Scanner
Open the scanner’s properties (usually in devices and printers)
Set up your scannerSet the dpi in your scanner settings

Make sure the resolution, or dots-per-inch (dpi), is set to the highest it can go. In the case of this example, 600 dpi. Be aware that some scanners, like mine, will reset the dpi after every scan so you may need to do this each time. Your colour format may be able to change and have weird and wonderful options. Feel free to experiment with those, but as my scanner is basic and boring I’ll demonstrate using the ‘colour’ option.

2. Set Up Your Image
If you want a different background to your picture than the plain scanner one, you can stick your own on with Blu Tack. Next, add the items you want to include in your image. Remember that the image is being taken from below, so place things upside down.

It’s interesting that despite the lack of depth of field using this method, you can get some semblance of it by adding a background, because your scanner will focus on the item on its plate and not on the picture you’ve stuck to the top.


3.Get Arty

You don’t just have to position items on the scanner, why not try yourself… and no, I don’t mean sitting on the photo-copier at the Christmas party! Self-portraits can become ethereal and have an almost, underwater quality to them.

If you can draw (I can't!), try cutting out scenes and laying them on the scanner for some great silhouette effects. You don't have to have the lid down either, dragging something along the plate as it scans can give some really eerie blurring effects!


You might not have even realised you have a scanner, but many home printers include scanners now too. This method allows you to be creative, it's fun and can get some great results!

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Editing Digital Photos? Pick The Right Monitor & Configure It Properly

Editing Digital Photos? Pick The Right Monitor & Configure It Properly | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Have you ever taken what you thought was a great photograph, only to find it looks dull when you view it on your PC? If so, your monitor may be letting you down.

Inexpensive monitors suffer from a narrow color gamut, inaccurate colors, poor gamma reproduction and other visual flaws. A better screen won’t make you better photographer, but it can help you better judge the photos you’ve taken.

Here’s what you need to know when buying your first professional display.

Table of Contents

  • Choosing Your Color Space
  • DeltaE And Gamma
  • Angle Of Attackà
  • Size Matters
  • Making The Connection
  • Quick Recommendations
  • Calibration

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Where To Start Chart, an interactive guide to learn about the basics of photography

Even the best camera is only as good as the photographer's skills. The "Where to Start" interactive chart guides beginners to learn about the basics of photography.

The flowchart format helps you make decisions about figuring out what you need, but the cool part is that most boxes are clickable. Click and you'll be taken to a YouTube video by AdoramaTV, explaining the concept in simple terms.

The chart was made by photographer and tutor Mark Wallace, who conducts several of the aforementioned videos.

Click here to download the Where to Start chart

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A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz

A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

One simple activity you can do in your spare time is to find new ways to photograph everyday, plain things. Yup, the things you see or use every day; no models, no glamorous set-ups, no breathtaking locations. You don’t even need to do this with a fancy DSLR camera or have a significant amount of time. The lesson you learn can be achieved in 10 minutes once a week, using a $100 camera or a smart phone.

Your goal is to make something very plain look more interesting through your lens.

1. Pay attention to the shadows

If there is a lot of light, then there are probably shadows. Figure out if the shadows are helping the image or hurting it. If the shadows take away from the image, then make a change so that they don’t. The change could be a significant one, like moving your object altogether, or it could be a subtle one, like changing the angle you are shooting.

2. Look for natural patterns and shapes

If you can locate natural patterns in your shot or interesting shapes within the object or everyday scene, then you can shoot it in a way that highlights this.

3. Know where there is good light

If you can move the object, then place it in the light you want. That could be near a window if you are indoors, or in the shade, if you are outside when the sun is too bright. If you can’t move what you are shooting, then re-position yourself or angle of your camera.

4. Take a close-up shot of one of the key details

You don’t always have to photograph the full object or the entire scene. Figure out what are the key details and consider photographing just that.

5. If it opens, open it – if it moves, move it

Is it a chest? A book? A cookie jar? Photographing it opened will show the content and make the image more dynamic.

Doing this activity from time to time can help you discover new ways to photograph people, landscapes, or whatever makes your heart sing. You can give yourself a specific goal, like finding a particular shape, as I did in the example above, or give yourself a general goal of shooting an object with pizzazz in 10 minutes.

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23 Free Photography E-Books

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You’ve seen them appear in some of our earlier posts on freebies. But today we decided to put all the eBooks together (and many more!) in a single, mega post for you. These will keep you busy for a really long time. Go ahead, You’ve seen them appear in some of our earlier posts on freebies. But today we decided to put all the eBooks together (and many more!) in a single, mega post for you. These will keep you busy for a really long time. Go ahead, download them! Print them if you want to, or save them on your smartphone to read them on the go.

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23 More eBooks For Photographers That Are Completely Free

The internet is a wealth of information. So much information, in fact, that it can be a real pain trying to sort the useful from the not-so-useful. A simple Google search for “free photography ebooks”, for example, churns up well over 14 million pages. Sound overwhelming? Fortunately, we’ve done all the dirty work for you and compiled a list of 23 awesome ebooks to help you get your education on. And the best part of it is, they won’t cost you a single cent. Dig in!

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How To Repair An Old Photo In Photoshop 2

In Part 2 we are focusing on the photo itself. There are many good tools to use when doing this sort of thing, but the three to keep in mind are the clone stamp, healing brush, and patch tool. Mom helps me get the details right as we re-create a lot of the photo.

What You Will Learn :

  • 0:45 – Review Part 1
  • 1:30 – Explanation of Clone VS Healing VS Patch
  • 3:00 – Using the Patch Tool
  • 5:00 – Details in the Face
  • 6:40 – Painting in Eyes
  • 9:30 – Explanation of Barbie
  • 10:30 – Using Clone Stamp to Clean Up
  • 11:00 – Speed Retouch

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Night Photography : Finding your way in the dark

This short video gives a beautiful and inspiring introduction to night photography. Don’t watch it if you already have plans tonight — it might make you want to grab your camera and shoot once the sun goes down.

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The film discuses how night time images are made and features a number of stunning photographs created by both Martin and Keimig.

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Petite étude des techniques du portrait en photographie

On parle souvent des retouches d'image, notamment sur les photos des mannequins. Bien sûr, il y a de nombreux abus, la chasse aux moindres défauts semble être aujourd'hui la norme, mais avant d'en passer par la case Photoshop, il y a d'autres techniques qui rentrent en jeu.

Dans la vidéo ci-dessous, le photographe Karl Taylor nous dévoile les résultats avant/après de trois techniques aujourd’hui largement employées dans le monde du portrait : l’éclairage studio, le maquillage et, bien évidemment, Photoshop. Chaque étape est décortiquée et comparée aux autres, pour tenter d’évaluer la part de chacune d’elle dans la composition finale.

Le but de cette étude n’est pas de définir (ni même d’essayer de définir) où se situe la limite entre ce qu’il faut faire et ce qu’il ne faut pas faire, ce qui est éthique et ce qui ne l’est pas. Il s’agit ici de faire réfléchir et d’amener au débat, dans le bon contexte, techniques à l’appui, avec les résultats de chacune…

Via @L'Info Autrement

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Photoshop is an extremely powerful tool for photographers but there has always been an ethical debate surrounding its use in beauty retouching.

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Photo numérique : Cours complet en ligne

Photo numérique : Cours complet en ligne | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

La photo numérique, ça s’apprend! Stéphane Noël (professeur à l’Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Bruxelles) propose sur son site Internet un cours complet d’initiation à l’image numérique.Chaque chapitreest composé d’articles thématiques sur des points précis avec un effort de définition, bien évidemment des photos et des explicitations sur la terminologie technique ou artistique propre.


Objectifs techniques du cours ; Moyens et objectifs artistiques du cours ; Memento technique : le rendu des exercices.

Aspects techniques de l’appareil numérique

Compression : le JPEG ; Taille des images ; Historique technique de la photographie ; Le sténopé et autres pratiques pré-photographiques ; L’appareil numérique ; Mise au point, diaphragme, profondeur de champ ; Le capteur CCD ; Transformation de la lumière en signal électrique ; La balance des blancs ; Le flash ; Formats de compression ; Extra : les types d’appareils photo ; Extra : Etapes de l’élaboration d’une image photographique ; Extra : le dye transfert.

Aspects artistiques

La Mission héliographique ; La mission photographique de la DATAR ; Samuel Morse parle du daguerrotype ; Les pionniers ; Le pictorialisme ; La « straight photography » ; L’épopée de la Farm Security Administration.

Exercices du cours


Liste non exhaustive d’artistes intéressants à citer dans une approche succinte de l’histoire de la photographie

Accédez au cours d’initiation à l’image numérique

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Digital Photography 1 on 1 – A Basic Course about photography

Digital Photography 1 on 1 – A Basic Course about photography | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

In this is a series of videos, Mark Wallace discuss everything you need to know about photography basics.

We’ll talk about the ‘exposure triangle’: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. We’ll talk about focus, depth of field and sharpness, as well as how lenses work, what focal lengths mean and how they put light on the sensor. We’ll also look at the camera itself, how it works, what all the options mean and how they will affect your photos.

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10 Tips For Sharp Photos

10 Tips For Sharp Photos | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

As photographers we all want the same thing; sharp pictures. And sometimes we don’t always get them, sadly enough.  I’ve experienced more than my share of unsharp images but I’ve also used the tips below to help me combat the evils of blurriness to help me get better photos.  They can probably help you too!

1.  Increase Your Shutter Speed

The number one problem with un-sharp photos is that they are taken with a shutter speed that is too slow or not stabilized.  Even though our camera is taking photos at a fraction of a second our hands are just not as steady as we think they are. We shake and the shakier we are the more blur shows up in our photos. It’s a pretty easy fix but one to do wonders for your photos.

2. Image Stabilization

Image stabilization is something you may have seen when you go to purchase a lens.  Depending on the lens company it is called different things but they all do pretty much the same thing; the lenses have the elements of the lens suspended inside the lens and they are constantly moving to compensate for the movement caused by not holding the lens still. Many different lenses offer image stabilization but it is especially noticeable if you use a heavy telephoto lens because the weight alone can make enough of a difference.

3. Tripod

Tripods are an essential part of photography, and a good tripod is something every photographer should invest in.  There are plenty of times when we are shooting an image and we simply need a longer shutter speed.  When these come alone we need a tripod that can produce a photo without any blur.

4. Timer or Shutter Release

Along the same lines of using a tripod I also highly recommend using a timer or shutter release.  Often when we are taking stabilized images or set up on a tripod the act of pressing the shutter will cause our cameras to move just a tiny amount.  By setting the timer or using a shutter release we can increase stability and get better photos.

5. Focus In the Right Place

Improper focusing technique can be a photo killer.  Usually the problem is that the photographer isn’t as accurate in their focus as they should be. Pay attention to where you are focusing; if you are taking a photo of a person you should focus on the eye, not the nose or mouth.

6. Use the Correct Focus Mode

Additionally, making sure you are using the correct focus mode is also very important.  If you are taking photos of a stationary object use single point focus, but when photographing moving object always use continuous focus.  This mode will track the subject and will constantly change with them allowing you to get a sharp photo throughout the movement as opposed to having the camera lock on and take the photo a fraction of a second after they have become out of focus.

7. Sharpen In Photoshop

Tragically no photo is ever going to come out of the camera as sharp as you want it to be.  So for the best in image sharpness you need to sharpen your photos when post processing them.  This is one area where shooting a photo in RAW is much better as the Camera RAW processor is much better when adding sharpness.


8. Depth Of Field is Too Shallow

We love using a shallow depth of field! It immediately tells the viewer what is important and what isn’t.  However good this may be sometimes we can have too shallow a depth of field.  For example, if you are taking a group portrait and you are using an f-stop of f/1.8 and are focusing on the front row of people, chances are the people in the back are going to be blurry.

9. The Reciprocal Rule

Along the same lines as shutter speed, we also need to pay attention to focal length we are using on our lenses.  If using a telephoto lens we need to increase our shutter speed to compensate for the movement caused by zooming in on something.  A good rule is to have a minimum shutter speed that matches the focal length.  So if shooting at 200mm on our lens the minimum shutter speed should be 1/200 sec.

10.  Find Where Your Lens is Sharpest

This may sound odd, but the hard truth is that lenses are sharpest at certain f-stops and it varies for every lens.  Lenses are typically not as sharp when shooting with very wide-open or very closed apertures but somewhere in the middle, around f/8.  An easy test for this is to take photos of something close up while using a tripod and adjust your aperture for every photo and decide where it is the sharpest for you. Your lens has a sweet spot and finding it will allow you to get sharper pictures.

Get a better lens

I hate to say it, but equipment makes a big difference in image sharpness.  Buying new equipment is never going to make you a better photographer, but it certainly can increase sharpness and help you get a great image straight out of the camera.

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35 nouveaux tutoriels de qualité gratuits pour Photoshop

35 nouveaux tutoriels de qualité gratuits pour Photoshop | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Voici une sélection des meilleurs tutoriels gratuits pour Photoshop parmi tout ceux publiés ces derniers mois sur le web. Encore une fois, les auteurs de ces 35 tutoriels de qualité révèlent leurs secrets de création et vous permettront de connaître Photoshop sur le bout des doigts.

Réaliser toutes les créations qui suivent dans l’article sera bientôt facile et accessible grâce aux explications des tutoriels. La majorité sont textuels, certains sont en vidéo. Ils sont classés en plusieurs catégories car comme vous devez le savoir, l’utilisation qu’on peut faire d’Adobe Photoshop est extrêmement large. On a donc :

  • Retouche photo
  • Photomanipulation
  • Effets de texte
  • Dessin d’icônes
  • Webdesign et UX

L’accent a comme à chaque fois été mis sur la qualité du tutoriel, la clarté des explications et la variété des techniques utilisées. On peut dire que le nombre de très bons tutoriels ne faiblit pas ! Le niveau va d’intermédiaire à confirmé, je vous conseille donc d’avoir les bases requises pour utiliser les outils basiques du logiciel.

Trêve d’explications superficielles, à vous de suivre les liens suivants, de partager l’article s’il vous a plu et même de le commenter afin de dire quel a été votre ou vos tutos préférés ou encore pour en ajouter à la liste !

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Simple One Light Backlight Lighting Effect and Photoshop Trick

Simple One Light Backlight Lighting Effect and Photoshop Trick | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

1 light, a few white walls or reflectors, a medium to long telephoto lens and limited depth of field are all you need to get the job done. Well of course a beautiful subject is important as well.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography

A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

You may think that picking up a digital camera, turning it on, and taking the photo is all that you need to know about digital photography. Think again, as there is a whole heap more to learn that you might not even realize.

MakeUseOf proudly presents this free 59 page guide. It’s jammed packed full of useful information for all type of photographers – from beginners to advance photographers.

Inside, you will find everything from what digital camera is right for you to features and settings that you should know about your camera.

There are also 5 beginner exercises for you to complete to help you become a professional photographer, and helpful instructions and information about editing your photo’s to make them even more magical.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Digital Photography Revolution
  2. What Type of Digital Camera Should I Buy?
  3. Basic Features to Consider When Buying a Camera
  4. Essential Accessories for Your Digital Camera
  5. 10 Features You Should Know About Your Camera
  6. Basic Exercises for Beginning Photographers
  7. Software for Editing Your Photos
  8. Learning More
  9. Other Resources
  10. Glossary

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Photivo - Un logiciel libre de traitement de photos aux formats RAW

Photivo - Un logiciel libre de traitement de photos aux formats RAW | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Ce logiciel est destiné aux photographes professionnels désirant une multitude d'outils pour traiter vos photos efficacement. Vous pourrez effectivement modifier la balance des blancs, le contraste, la géométrie, les couleurs, la texture, le niveau du bruit et bien plus encore à découvrir. On y trouve le diagramme colorimétrique de la photo désirée.

Photivo fonctionne sous Windows, Linux et Mac OSX.

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Photivo is a free and open source (GPL3) photo processor. It handles your RAW files as well as your bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more) in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode.

Photivo tries to provide the best algorithms available; even if this implies some redundancy. So, to my knowledge, it offers the most flexible and powerful denoise, sharpen and local contrast (fake HDR) algorithms in the open source world. (If not, let's port them ) Although, to get the desired results, there may be a quite steep learning curve .

Photivo is just a developer, no manager and no “Gimp”. It is intended to be used in a workflow together with digiKam/F-Spot/Shotwell and Gimp. It needs a quite strong computer and is not aimed at beginners.

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What the ... White Balance?

What the ... White Balance? | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

White balance is an often-overlooked aspect of photography. Many, many of us are guilty of simply adopting a "set it and forget it" approach to white balance, relying on auto white balance and our camera's ability to interpret a scene and choose an appropriate white balance. For many situations, your camera's auto white balance will do a decent job. But if you really want full creative control over your photograph, it is important to understand white balance and how to use it to truly capture the photograph that you are after.

What is White Balance?
We tend to think of light as white, even though we have all seen the science demonstration of a prism and how white light is actually the full rainbow of colors. Our eyes look at a white piece of paper, and we see it as white, whether we are standing outside in full sun, in dappled shade, or indoors under fluorescent tube lights. Our cameras, however, are less flexible.

If you take a photograph of a white piece of paper, you may find that it looks white in daylight, blue in the shade, and yellow indoors. This difference is referred to the 'color temperature' of the light, and it is measured in K or Kelvins. If you want the whites in your photograph to look white, then you need to shoot with a white balance that matches the situation of the photograph.

The cloudy and shade white balance settings are considered "warmer" than daylight or tungsten, which means that they tend to bring out more orange and yellow tones in a photograph. Cloudy and shade settings can work extremely well during the 'Golden Hour,' the approximately hour-long period before-and-after sunrise and sunset, when the sun rays lend a much more golden tone to the morning or evening light. The cloudy setting is also popular with landscape photographs, as it can add a golden tone to non-golden hour photographs. Read a few landscape photography books, and you will find that many well-known landscape photographers use cloudy as their default white balance setting.

Indoor White Balance
White balance can also make a huge difference with your indoor photographs. Common sources of indoor lighting (halogens, compact fluorescents, etc.) do not contain the full spectrum of white light, like sunlight, and often impart an awkward yellow tone to indoor photographs. Knowing the type of lighting you are using allows you to choose an appropriate white balance setting, like fluorescent, to compensate for this issue.

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Online photo editing tools fix your shots in the browser

Online photo editing tools fix your shots in the browser | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Online image editors do a great job when you're in a hurry or not at your own desk.

1. Pixlr

Pixlr Editor, one of the most full-featured imaging packages available,  gives you a choice of how deeply you want to dive into your editing tasks. Pixlr provides a complete editing environment that’s reminiscent of Photoshop and Pixelmator. It has a main toolbar and features palettes like Navigator, History, and the all-important Layers.

  • Pros: Complete collection of sophisticated editing tools; several levels of complexity; excellent performance.
  • Cons: Pixlr Editor requires some image editing background.

2. Fotor

With its friendly, easy-to-use interface, Fotor offers five discrete photo enhancement utilities wrapped in one attractive package. In addition to classic photo editing, there are modules for creating collages, greeting cards, and HDR images. A new module, called Beauty, accompanies the selfie phenomenon to improve people portraits.

  • Pros: Easy to use; friendly and engaging; different craft opportunities available; good performance.
  • Cons: Flashing ads can be distracting; each operation must be completed before moving to the next edit.

3. PicMonkey

PicMonkey, a consumer-oriented online editor, conveniently lets you choose the output quality of the image right at the point of upload and, in primate motif, you can choose from Jack, Bubbles, and King Kong as shorthand for those quality levels. Each PicMonkey setting opens to additional controls that let you customize the edit, and you have to complete one task before moving to the next. A handy toolbar at the top lets you experiment freely with undo and redo.

  • Pros: Many cool artistic elements available; opportunity to customize output size.
  • Cons: Embedded premium services that you have to watch out for; flashing ads at the bottom of the window; must finish one operation before moving to another.

4. BeFunky

Despite its busy interface—mostly due to ads placed around the canvas window—BeFunky has so many sophisticated elements going for it from its Cartoonizer and Inkify paints and grunge frames, to its huge collection of stickers  and backgrounds, that the brain halts in a snit of indecision. A humdrum photo is about to be transformed—and that is a good thing—but inevitably, you’re going to spend some quality time with BeFunky before sharing the final photo. And even then, you may go back to check one more thing. BeFunky’s built-in collage maker lets you add a number of photos in either preset or your own original patterns. It even has a Facebook cover to help construct your timeline photo.

  • Pros: An astronomical number of beautiful elements that boost the quality of your images; intuitive interface with many choices; built-in collage maker; good performance; just plain fun.
  • Cons: Garish page of ads support the free service.

5. FotoFlexer

After you load your image into FotoFlexer, you’re presented with a clean, tabbed interface featuring basic edits, effects, and animations, and the ability to beautify, distort, and decorate your images. Unique aspects, such as glittery text and object animations and distortion tools work well. There’s even an eyedropper tool that lets you choose and pull colors from the image to use with text—a sophisticated touch.

  • Pros: Clean, tabbed interface; many common editing choices.
  • Cons: Navigation sometimes gets confusing; must log in for some features.

6. LunaPic

LunaPic is a combination of old and new: Atop a deceptively conservative looking blue canvas with a too-small icon toolbar, sits and editor with a solid slate of unique photo edits. LunaPic has a distinct—let’s say Microsoft-inspired interface. It’s not especially elegant, and it’s stuffed pull-down menus that make for slow reading. As you start to experiment with special effects, there’s plenty of interesting material. Old Movie Effect animation, for example, makes a color photo black and white and adds moving vertical age lines throughout. Groovy Color gives you looping animations.

  • Pros: Offers a variety of video-style animated effects; decent performance.
  • Cons: Unattractive interface; undistinguished basic tools.

7. Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint opens up to a Photoshop fascimile that provides a clean, non-distracting gray background complete with the most important palettes photo editors need to process their images. A full toolbar offers selection, painting, shapes, cropping, and transform tools, complete with zoom, eyedropper, and foreground/background colors. Menu bar pulldown menus include familiar Layers, Adjustments, and Filters. If you know Photoshop, then you’ll easily catch on to Sumo Paint.

  • Pros: Photoshop-like interface; good performance; familiar, sophisticated, and intuitive tools.
  • Cons: Many tools are only available with the paid version.

8. Photoshop Express

No roundup of online photo editors would be complete without the granddaddy of all image editing tools: Photoshop. Yet, free desktop-based online editing is not exactly Adobe’s forte. Photoshop Express has some strict limits on what you can edit: JPEG format and nothing larger than 16 megapixels. However, those restrictions take into account the vast bulk of point and shoot cameras and mobile shooting devices.

Adobe is famous for its elegant interfaces, and Express is no slouch in that arena. It offers the same cool, non-distracting dark background and an even cleaner layout than its flagship Photoshop app. Each tool offers a reasonable number of choices that you can preview just by moving your mouse.

  • Pros: Elegant; easy to use; doesn’t overwhelm with choices.
  • Cons: Decorate module lacks sophisticated elements; too few fonts for adding text (this is Adobe, after all); basic functionality, but limited compared with others in the genre.

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The MacGyver Clamshell Light : Clean lighting in a pinch!

The MacGyver Clamshell Light : Clean lighting in a pinch! | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Even the youngest people look better with good lighting. The clamshell lighting scheme looks great and takes years off the face, but it requires heavy and bulky professional equipment, often best left to a studio setup.

This pseudo-clamshell rig, using two low-cost manual flashes and some white surfaces, produces a similar effect with minimal setup. Give it a try at your next family gathering, and you’ll come away with some beautiful, studio-like images of your family to share and print. With a little equipment and some MacGyvering, you can have much more than a snapshot to record that special gathering.

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How To Repair An Old Photo In Photoshop 1

Your memories are important, and deserve to be displayed as best they can. Many people find older photos in boxes, albums, shoes, and they are torn, or folded. These things happen, don’t feel bad, just learn how to repair the damage on Phlearn. In Part 1 we are covering how to repair the border of the photo, and some great ways to blend layers together. Part 2 will focus on the Photo itself, and in Part 3 we are taking this photo and using it to make another photo look aged.

What You Will Learn :

  • 1:30 – Mother’s Guilt in Action
  • 2:00 – Mom’s Gross Denture Story
  • 3:00 – Outlining Changes to be Made
  • 4:00 – Fixing the Tear
  • 5:00 – Blending in the Tear Fix
  • 5:50 – Layer Mask Description
  • 6:30 – Using Levels to Blend Layer/li>
  • 5:00 – Using the Clone Stamp at Lower Opacity
  • 10:00 – Creating a New Border
  • 11:10 – Mom Asks Question of the Day

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How To Repair An Old Photo In Photoshop 2

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11 tutoriels gratuits pour apprendre la retouche d’images

11 tutoriels gratuits pour apprendre la retouche d’images | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

Standard parmi les standards, Photoshop est excessivement performant, complet et … complexe.

Voici 11 Tutoriels pour vous aider à développer vos connaissances.

1. Faites exploser les détails de vos photos !

2. Comment améliorer la netteté des images

3. Comment utiliser les outils de sélection de Photoshop

4. Comment blanchir les dents en 2mn chrono !

5. Créer un portrait contrasté et désaturé avec Photoshop

6. Comment détourer des cheveux très proprement – méthode des couches

7. Détourer un personnage avec l’outil Extraire

8. Créer un effet de Bokeh en arrière-plan

9. Comment mettre de la couleur dans une photo noir et blanc ?

10. Retouche de peau avec Split Frequency et Dodge & Burn

11. Paysage urbain, l’atelier créatif – 1h de vidéo 10 chapitres

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How different camera heights can be used to flatter your subjects

In this episode of Posing and Lighting, Doug Gordon explains camera height and the difference it makes when shooting portrait images.

Gordon notes that many photographers use the same camera height for all portraits, which leads to stagnant, dull results. He explains that paying attention to camera height yields a world of difference and can truly make your portraits pop.

Working with camera height and understanding how it affects your results is key in improving your portrait photography. Gordon recommends shooting at waist level for full length portraits, bust level for seated portraits, and slightly above eye level for head shots. That said, simply understanding the tendency to stay in one position and breaking that pattern can make a world of difference in your photography.

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How to read and use the histogram on your camera

Knowing how to read and use the histogram on your camera will help you make the leap from auto to manual mode and still be able to take properly exposed photos

What Is a Histogram?

As Greengo explains, a histogram is essentially a graph of the tonal distribution of a photograph. It tells you the tonal quality of the darks, shadows, mid-tones, and highlights by displaying whether they are over-, under-, or properly exposed. When looking at the histrogram chart on your camera, these values are read from left to right, with the far left side of the histrogram representing the darks and working its way through shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, which are on the far right side of the chart.

How to Read a Histogram

Now that you understand how the histogram is laid out, reading it should be fairly easy for you. Depending on how the historgram spikes or dips, you should be able to tell exactly how the image is exposed.

The correctly exposed image has a histogram that is balanced nicely in the mid-tones, with a slight weight toward the shadows. This histogram tells us the mid-tones have a lot of pixel values and a nice exposure, whereas the extreme darks and highlights have no pixel values, signifying that the image is neither irrecoverably dark nor does it have blown-out highlights.

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10 Important Things To Remember When Shooting In Manual Mode

10 Important Things To Remember When Shooting In Manual Mode | Le photographe numérique | Scoop.it

1. Shutter speed controls how long the sensor is exposed to light. A slower shutter speed will let in more light and a fast one less light.  Slow shutter speeds such as 1/15 sec. show motion while fast shutter speeds freeze action.

2. Aperture controls how much light is allowed through your lens, and is controlled by f-stops. A bigger aperture (f/1.8) will let in a lot of light and a smaller aperture (f/22) will let in less light.

3. ISO is super important and one major difference between film and digital SLRs. It controls how sensitive your camera’s image sensor is to the light. In bright light use a low ISO, in low light you can use a higher ISO.  The higher the ISO the more noise (digital grain) will appear in your photo so keep it as low as possible.

4. In Program (P), Aperture Priority (A, Av), and Shutter Priority (S, Tv) you are responsible for setting 1 or 2 of the 3 exposure options (ISO, shutter speed, aperture) and your camera takes care of the rest to get you a well exposed photo.

5. When your camera is wrong in Program (P), Aperture Priority (A, Av), and Shutter Priority (S, Tv) and gives you an over or underexposed photo you can override its decision with exposure compensation which will allow you to make the photo brighter or darker.

6. Manual mode allows you to have complete control over your camera and allows you to set all three aspects of exposure.  You make sure you photo is well exposed by using the light meter at the bottom of your viewfinder.

7. White balance measures the temperature of light in the scene.  It is what is responsible for making sure you don’t get blue pictures when shooting in the shade and orange pictures when shooting in a gym.  There are several preset options for white balance but to completely accurate you will need to use a custom white balance tool or a grey card.

8. Aperture is the easiest way to affect depth of field.  A shallow depth of field is where less of the photo is in focus and is achieved by having an open aperture, ie f/1.4.  A deep depth of field is where more of the photo is in focus and is achieved by having a smaller aperture, ie f/16.

9. Flash can be a lifesaver! While I don’t recommend the pop-up flash that is built into your camera, an external flash can really step up your photo game, no matter what kind of photography you do.

10, Select the correct focus mode for your camera.  Know whether you want to be using single point, continuous, or manual focus  to help you achieve the shot you want.

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