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Photoshop Tip: How to Make Eyes ‘Pop’ in 30 Seconds

There’s a simple way to make your subject’s eyes pop in a portrait, and it doesn’t involve touching vibrance, saturation, luminosity, or any other color-based edit. In fact, you can make the full edit in 30 seconds.

This quick Photoshop tip comes to us from photographer Mathieu Stern, who uses a simple sharpening technique to make his subjects’ eyes stand out. Here’s the step by step:

1. Duplicate your background layer (your portrait).

2. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and apply a High Pass filter with a radius of 10 pixels.

3. Set the layer blend mode to Soft Light

4. Alt+Click on the layer mask icon to create a black layer mask

5. Use a soft brush to pain white over just your subject’s eyes.

That’s it. Done right, the filter will take your subject’s eyes from this:

To this:

Helping them to stand out without that “nuclear eyes” look that so many saturation-obsessed shooters have accidentally created before. Check out the full demo in the video above, and if you like this video, head over to Mathieu’s YouTube channel for more.

8 Camera Hacks in Just 90 Seconds

Toronto-based photographer Peter McKinnon created this short video that shares 8 clever, quick, and easy camera hacks in the span of about 90 seconds.

“These are 8 camera hacks I use frequently when I’m shooting in the field and need to rig something up in a pinch,” McKinnon writes. “Most of these items can be carried or found on your person at any given time!”

Items used in his hacks include a belt, a coffee cup holder, lip balm, cellophane, sunglasses, a knife, a flashlight, and a smartphone. You can watch McKinnon demonstrating each of his hacks in the video above, but here’s a quick rundown of what his hacks are:

1. Use your belt as a sling

2. Use a coffee cup holder as a lens hood

3. Smear lip balm for a dreamy look

4. Use wrinkled cellophane as a creative filter

5. Use sunglasses for a color shift

6. Use a knife for creative reflection blurs

7. Add artificial flare with a flashlight

8. Use a smartphone for creative effects

Just as a warning: if you choose to try #3, it’s probably best to smear your Vaseline or lip balm on a cheap lens filter that you can clean easily instead of the actual front element of your camera lens.

(via Peter McKinnon via DigitalRev)

Simple Web Tool Teaches Beginners How to Use Manual Settings on a DSLR


Simon Roberts, a London-based animator and designer, has created a great photography resource for beginners that is both simple and useful. It’s called Photography Mapped, and it allows you to play around with and better understand the manual settings you’ll find on a DSLR.

On the Web tool’s About page, Simon explains that “a big part of my day job is using design and animation to make complex things more comprehensible.” Photography Mapped is all about applying this same approach to photography. So while this tool isn’t the only such “DSLR simulator” on the Internet—far from it—it benefits from Simon’s simple animated touch.

When you open up the simulator, you’re greeted by the scene you’ll be photographing on one side—a helicopter flying in front of a cityscape—and the image you just snapped on the right side. Below the image, you’ll find your settings as well as a slider for controlling the time of day/ambient light you’re dealing with.

That last bit is our favorite, letting you change the ambient light all the way from the ultra-dark “Half Moon Only” setting to the ultra-bright “Sun on Snow” option.



The little touches are what set this animated simulation apart, and we have to give Simon kudos for that. Not only can you control ambient light, but changing the aperture changes the animated aperture in the middle of the screen, the shutter actually opens and closes in time, and things like Image Noise, Motion Blur, and Depth of Field are previewed in their own boxes as you change settings.

And if the interactive aspect isn’t enough for you, the site also features a detailed, zoomable Infographic that dives into some of the technical aspects of photography.


To check out the tool for yourself, dive into the infographic, or send Photography Mapped to a photography novice near you, click here.

The Flash Porter is the Small, Portable Backup Device Photographers Need


On-location backup is critical… and often a pain in the butt. If you’re not carrying your laptop with you, backing up your files is a crap shoot; if you are, it’s cumbersome and time-consuming. That’s where the portable, powerful Flash Porter comes in.

Already way over-funded on Kickstarter, the Flash Porter is the reliable on-location backup device photographers have been waiting for. The little gameboy-looking device can take just about any memory card you throw at it, is built to reliably and safely backup as much as 250GB on a single charge, and features an LCD screen with a simple user interface so you’re not relying on some blinking lights to tell if it’s working.

Here’s a quick video intro to the Flash Porter:

The Flash Porter was built as a simple backup solution for all photographers—amateur, professional, and action cam—but if we don’t miss our mark, it’ll appeal to the serious photographer crowd most of all.

It takes CF, SD, and microSD cards natively (and has a USB connection for card readers that can handle many more), can read RAW images from all the major brands, gives you several different backup options to suit each situation, and comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB HDD or SSD capacities to suit almost any adventure photographer’s day-trip needs.

As Sony Artisan Don Smith explains in the short video below, there’s very little (if anything) not to like about the Flash Porter:

The Flash Porter is up on Kickstarter where it’s already raised over $45,000 against a goal of just $15,000. Retail price of the 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB HDD Flash Porter will be $300, $350, and $450, respectively, while SSD will run you quite a bit more, at $500, $800, and $1,400.

But if you go to Kickstarter and order now, you can take advantage of their early bird specials and save hundreds. HDD Flash Porters on Kickstarter are going for $180, $230, and $330 for the 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, respectively. While SSD versions are only $370, $560, and $950.

To find out more or put down a pledge of your own, head over to the Flash Porter Kickstarter before the campaign wraps up next week.

(via Resource Magazine)

Photoshop Tip: How to Crop & Resize a Photo to Exact Dimensions in One Step

Cropping a photo to exact dimensions in Photoshop can be a real pain, but there’s actually an easy one-step solution built right into the program.

This quick tip comes from photographer and educator Phil Steele of Steele Training, a master whose more basic photography tips have been popular on PetaPixel in the past. In this short video, he’ll show you how to change your crop tool settings so you can crop and resize a photo to the exact dimensions you need in one easy step.

You can watch the video above to actually see how it’s done, but all you have to do is select “W x H x Resolution” in the Crop Tool Dropdown:


Then, insert the dimensions you need into the first two boxes, making sure to specify that you want “px” or pixels. So if you want to use one of your photos as a Facebook cover photo, for example, you’ll want a photo that’s 828 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall.

Once you’ve inserted those values, the crop tool will keep your ratio consistent, and resize to those values once you actually pick the frame you want and press enter.

Of course, the downside of this is that, if you start out with too low res of a photo or select too small of an area, Photoshop will have to upsample a lot to get your crop to the specified dimensions. But as long as you’re careful about the resolution you start with and how tightly you crop, this simple tip makes creating exact dimension crops an easy, one-step process.

Post-Processing Timelapse Shows the Power of Simple Lightroom Edits

Lightroom is a very powerful tool, and this quick timelapse by filmmaker and photographer Bart Oerbekke demonstrates how a series of simple edits were able to really bring one of his landscape photos to life.

The final image is the result of just 10 editing steps: Exposure adjustment, crop, lens correction, tone curve adjustment, color adjustment, sharpening, noise reduction, spot removal, a shadow adjustment with a gradient, and an exposure bump with a local adjustment brush.

Here’s the before and after:



And a closer look at the final image:


To see more of Bart’s work, check him out over on Instagram. And if you have any questions about his process or why he did what he did in the video at the top, drop them in the comments down below.