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15Nov/103

Finally, Trick Photography and Special Effects is Now Available

There hasn't been many posts here because I've been spending most of my time writing my new e-book, Trick Photography and Special Effects  (now available at TrickPhotographyBook.com). But! I plan on doing more video posts in the near future, so stay tuned.

As far as the e-book, it is similar to "The Top 5 Creative Photography Techniques" and the posts already on this blog, only with much more additional content added. It's 190 pages long and has over 400 photographs from over 100 artists around the world. It took about several months to finish it!

Below are some examples of what is in the book, but to get the whole scoop, head on over to TrickPhotographyBook.com.

  • Dozens and dozens of light painting ideas with descriptions and examples of each

light painting ideas

  • How to stop taking boring images and use HDR Photography and Infrared Photography to turn any dull photograph into a dramatic hyper-realistic image that "pops" with fantastic color and depth. This is extremely useful for capturing what your eye actually sees.

HDR Mountain and skyIR Infrared Yellow Lake

  • The secrets behind turning any landscape into a "polar panorama". (This is probably the most comprehensive step-by-step guide written about this technique available today, and is worth the money of the entire e-book alone). You'll discover how to make tunnels, planets, and tunnels with planets inside of them.

polar panoramas

double droste spiral - trick photography

  • How to use the Droste Effect to twist any picture into a never-ending abyss

Droste Effect

  • Over 10 mind-bending optical illusions that you can do straight out of the camera without using any special software or equipment. You'll learn about forced perspective, transparent screens, rotated perspective, birefringence and shaped bokeh effects.

  • How to use layer-masks and blending modes in Photoshop to combine multiple photos together (mastering just this alone will give you an unlimited amount of creative ideas)
  • How to use Photoshop to create "The Invisible Man". Two different step-by-step projects are included.Invisible man Bicyclist
  • How to take beautiful Levitation Photographs and edit them from start to finish. This technique makes anyone appear to be floating, flying, or levitating in any environment. You will also learn how to add realistic shadows underneath and behind the model's body.old levitation trick photogray

Head on over to TrickPhotographyBook.com to get your copy!

9Nov/098

How To Enhance Your Landscape Photographs To Be More Colorful In Adobe Camera RAW

Taking very vibrant, saturated, lush landscapes has never been easier when taking images in the RAW format. You can easily get perfect looking images in post processing when using Adobe Camera RAW, which is included with Photoshop.

When I say lush, I mean full and rich with colors. I'll show you a before and after example and then tell you the recipe:

lush

The first picture is the original RAW, the 2nd is after post processing in A.C.R.

As you can see in the first photo, the sky was hazy, and what should be green is a desaturated stupid yellow color. It's really easy to fix this up

  1. HSL/Grayscale tab. Hue subtab.

    HSL/Grayscale tab. Hue subtab.

    When you open your RAW in Adobe Camera Raw, click on the fourth tab labeled HSL/Grayscale and the default subtab of that should be set to Hue. Simply slide the Yellow slider to the right.  This will turn the yellows into greens. Problem solved. In this particular example, however, there were yellow flowers as well. In order to not make those greens, I slid the green slider to the right. This simply made the greens greener and the yellows just green enough. If all you have in your photo is just a bunch of ugly dead yellow grass, then by all means, bump the yellow slider all the way up to +100.

  2. If you want to make  the skies darker, click the Luminance tab and slide the Blues and Aquas sliders to the left. Sometimes I like to bring one out to the left and the other one to the right, but in this particular example, I moved the blue to -64
  3. To make things more colorful, click the middle tab that says Saturation. I bumped up the Greens to +67 and the yellows to +15, but all the values I've been mentioning must be applied to the specific photo you are editing.
  4. To finish things off, I went back to the first called Basic and bumped the Saturation and Vibrance up to +10!

This method is better than using Photomatix to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, in my opinion (although the effect is different in nature to begin with, they are a but similar). I tried to make an HDR composite of this same image and it looked like crap compared to the one I made in A.C.R.

Here is a video tutorial I made on the subject as well:

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