I once read a Quora question that went, “What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?” I don’t know about the rest of your life, but if you’re a photographer, head over to the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel and check out their ‘Make It Now’ one-minute video tutorials on designing (not retouching) with Photoshop CC.
One of the big problems I have with watching videos on the Web is that, half the time, I get 4 minutes into a 12-minute video that seemed useful before I realize that I was, in fact, totally wrong. There’s another 4 minutes I’m never getting back…
That’s why I love super short tutorial videos like these.
How to Make a Double Exposure
How to Create a Composite
How to Create an Animated GIF
How to Make a Poster from a Template
If you’re new to Photoshop, you may find the video moves too fast for you to keep up; if that’s the case, click on the gear symbol at the bottom right of the screen and select 0.5 speed. Heck, if you want to take notes, go for 0.25 speed.
And that’s it. Congrats! You can now add “Graphic Designer” to your LinkedIn profile! Okay maybe not…
If you’ve never used an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport before, this quick-and-dirty primer by photographer Jeff Rojas is a great place to start.
Rojas, a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York, advises that you always use your ColorChecker, especially when shooting portraits. Colors can vary between camera bodies and lenses, even when you’re using the same manufacturer and model, and using the ColorChecker makes sure those variations don’t make it into your final edits.
X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport is extremely easy to use, and works with accompanying software. Basically, all you do is take a portrait with your subject holding up the color checker without covering any part of it up. Then, import that photo into Lightroom, right click, and select Export > ColorChecker Passport.
This will create a custom DNG profile that ensures all of your colors are 100% accurate, allowing you to edit from an unblemished starting point. Once you’ve restarted Lightroom, you can select this custom profile in the Camera Calibration section on the right.
A ColorChecker Passport costs about $85, but it’s worth it to make sure you nail skin tones (and every other color) every time. Unlike a grey card, it handles way more than white balance.
Plus… if you’re looking to nail white balance, there’s always this ‘scientific’ method.
(via Jeff Rojas via Fstoppers)
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.
It’s not uncommon these days for photographers to want to add a photo booth option to their offerings. In the past, we’ve seen everything from an awesome VW Photo Bus, to a portable battery-powered option, to an Instagram-inspired DIY project.
The Vu Booth is a rig that offers yet another approach. Made up of 4 separate parts, it allows you to put together your SLR, a monitor, tripod and a wireless trigger into a ready-to-use photo booth.
In terms of portability and allowing you to use your own equipment, the Vu Booth reminds us a bit of the Photoboop. It’s just that the Vu Booth doesn’t act as your trigger or provide any sort of countdown. It’s meant to provide photographers with a ready-made mounting platform that they can quickly strap their own gear to.
Created by Tether Tools, the company claims that its Vu Booth can “set up in minutes.” All you need is a tripod or stand, your SLR with wireless trigger, and a VESA mounting standard compliant 75 x 75 or 100 x 100 monitor.
Once everything is put together, the monitor can swivel and change from landscape to portrait, and you can even move the camera to place it above, below or to the side of the monitor depending on your preference.
The Vu Booth comes in three monitor mount variants, the Go Vu pictured above for $292, the Local Vu for $302, or the Studio Vu for $382 (compare all three here). To learn more about the Vu Booth or pick up a rig for yourself, head over to Tether Tools website by clicking here.
There are many ways to create GIFs of all sorts of things. Some tutorials on making more complex GIFs (like this one) we’ve even shared with you. But what if you just want to create a quick selfie GIF? Something you could record on your computer’s webcam? Well, the new webapp “Face to GIF” has you covered.
Created by developer Horia Dragomir, the app makes creating short, webcam GIFs a matter of a few seconds and some creativity. The process is fairly straightforward: all you have to do is navigate to the website, click “start recording” to begin, and then “make GIF” once your satisfied.
Since it’s taking video, it could be argued that you’re making a sort of any-length Vine video and not a traditional GIF, but the results are exported as a GIF, so we’ll stick with that classification. Perhaps the most convenient part of the whole thing is that once you’ve created your GIF, you have the option to download it for further editing or export it directly to Imgur with one click.
With an option this simple (and assuming it gets popular), it’s possible we’ll start seeing a lot more reaction GIFs pop up on forums and comment streams in lieu of actual words. To give it a spin yourself, head over to the website here. And if you create something particularly worthwhile, feel free to drop it in the comments below.
Image credit: Photo illustrations based on Typical Reaction by neil alejandro and reaction to cuban pete by Jessie Pearl