I was diving into color theory, and looking at a color wheel, and BAM! After weeks of developing this idea to shoot someone lying down from above, with their hair spread out, this color wheel portraits project came to me in a flash.
With the range of colored lights and gels available, it may seem tempting to use them for the background in place of colored seamless background paper. Here are some reasons why seamless paper is still often the best choice…
Have you ever taken a photo of a beautiful, clear blue sky on a sunny day – only to wrestle with tonal banding in your image later? The same thing can happen with any brightly lit smooth background, including seamless paper. Before you hit delete on those images, here are a few tips to help fix it, as well as to avoid it in the future.
Photographer Clay Cook recently shared this awesome Photoshop tutorial with us that shows off an extremely quick and easy way to eliminate dirt and footprints from white seamless paper in Photoshop. We all try to put in extra effort to keep our white backgrounds looking white, but at times, footprints and dirt are inevitable. Even though the soiled portion of your white seamless paper can be cut off and trashed after a shoot, you’re still left with the task of editing out the dirt from your final images. Check out this video tutorial from Clay and let us know if he’s changed your mind about your current method of cleaning up your background in Photoshop!
Life doesn’t always fit neatly into the frame of a typical digital SLR. When you look out on the world, sometimes you see all of it, a long sweeping panorama that is so beautiful you can’t possibly fit the feeling you have in your eyes into that little frame.
Whether you’re a practicing professional or an avid amateur photographer, the quality of your image output and color accuracy is extremely important. Properly calibrating your monitor will ensure that your colors and black levels are true, and that you are creating the optimum results for editing and viewing images.
There are always going to be days when you return home with a pocketful of images, hopefully all shot in RAW, and some of them, for whatever reason, just don’t do anything for you. Take an image that you’re getting ready to pass on and experiment a bit longer. Try turning it into a black & white image instead. The results might surprise you.