photography

Photoshop Tutorial

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I was rummaging through some photos I took this summer while I was playing with my new camera and lens. I stumbled upon this picture of one of my friends and wanted to master the picture for fun! This brings me to creating a small tutorial on how to photoshop pictures and master them.

People who hear the word photoshop sometimes cringe at the fact that the software is so hard to use and navigate that they are completely turned off by it. I understand that feeling especially when you fire up a software and you are introduced to a gauge of clusters and buttons that you have no idea what they do.

I created this small tutorial to show you some basics of photoshop to get your images looking clean and professional. This is just a basics as of now, where we touch on general ideas to get you to understand the fundamentals of photoshop and how a little knowledge and application can make your photos from wow to absolutely stunning.

I’m using Adobe Lightroom Classic, once you import the picture you want to edit, look on the right side, you will see your histogram and all the tools to manipulate your photos. For the sake of this photo itself, I increased the contrast. If you look at the original image, the original image looks over exposed and washed out.

By increasing the contrast, you are making the colored colors brighter and the darker colors, dark, it’s almost like HDR, minus the array of pictures taken. Next since this picture was washed out with color, I wanted to enhance the colors that are not in the darker spectrum such as the red sign on the left, and his muted skin tone.

To do that we need to play with the HSL/Color section, there we can manipulate specific colors one at a time rather then enhancing the picture as a whole. This can be useful because, sometimes we only want to enhance specific areas, such as the skin and the sign, why enhance the whole picture?

I went ahead with the red for the sign and the orange for the skin tone. I chose orange because it is the closest color to brown, which is his skin tone. By using the saturation slide, you can intensify the specific color you choose. In this case, the sign is now more red, and the skin is actually brown.

To finish it, I made the picture look more sharp by increasing the grain. The sharpness tool is great for any pictures that have a heavy front face to it. The details in the face can really bring the picture to life and give it that realistic viewing photo effect as if the person is right in front of you!

Stay tuned for part 2!

Most Important Photography Tips

Being a web designer is more so having the creative eye to be able to know what pictures go with what pages. Half the battle comes from taking pictures and creating content on your website. If you can conquer those steps, the remaining steps are much easier.

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Here are some general tips given to me by a successful photographer that I recently met. Very basic and easy to follow instructions.


Shoot What You Love

Often times what starts off as love becomes a chore in the long run. When the action you are trying to create becomes a hassle and you feel “forced” to do it then it slowly starts to lose it’s meaning. Everyone has different perspectives on life, and that can be transposed to what you shoot. Shoot what you feel is unique to you and only you, your perspective on what you shoot matters the most before anyone else’s opinion.


Learn The Technicals

This in my opinion is the most over looked. People expect to provide good original content but do not even understand the fundamentals of proper shooting. In order to advance to the next step and be able to do more with creating content. One must understand the basic fundamentals of what ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and specific lens for specific tasks. Doing so will allow you to take your photography to the next level. When you can learn the basics, you can then move to the intermediate levels, then advanced, hopefully to full professional.


Learn Photoshop

Every image that gets published or put on any platform to be seen by others will always get photoshopped. You need to learn how to use Photoshop or any photo editing software that can enhance and edit your pictures. It is a must to be able to edit because it gives you complete control of your image after you have shot it. Whether it is to change the color gamut, remove smudges, or even basic picture brightening of a dark image. Learning photoshop is a must.


Like all things, this is a skill and involves a lot of time. The more time you spend the more you’ll learn and your skill asset will increase.