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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.

Quick Tip: How to Fold a Reflector in One Easy Motion

Here’s a quick tip that will save every newbie photographer (and probably more than a few intermediate shooters) some agony and embarrassment: how to properly fold a reflector in one easy motion.

The video was created by photographer Jason Lanier, who has seen far too many beginners struggle with this basic chore. “Folding reflectors is one of the most basic and frustrating things for newer photographers to figure out,” reads the description. “All photographers have struggled with this, and Jason took a few moments to show his followers how to easily fold a reflector.”

We realize this is an incredibly basic skill, but it’s one that isn’t taught/demonstrated nearly enough. So if you don’t know how to fold a big rectangular reflector (or a diffuser or a modifier) and you want to find out, give the quick tutorial a look. Even if you do know, it may be worth watching how Lanier does it.

(via ISO 1200)