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Recent versions of Photoshop have an automatic Red Eye Removal tool. But what do you do when that tool fails as it does all too often with people, and always with pets?
Here’s one technique that I like to use. I’m going to illustrate it on a pet photo featuring “green eye”, but the same trick works on people with red eye, too.
1. Zoom in on the eye of your subject
2. Get your Paintbrush (Keyboard shortcut B)
3. Set your foreground color to black
4. In the options bar, set the brush mode to Color, opacity 100%
By painting with the brush in this mode, we will desaturate the area that we paint.
The term “photo blog” has almost become redundant. Between the popularity of microblogging, and the fact that smartphones are capable of producing high-quality images, our digital communication has become increasingly photo-centric. We consume so much content in our digital lives, it seems we’ve developed a need for it to be presented in the simplest, most efficient way possible. Enter: the photo blog.
So how can you get in on the action? There are a few basic rules. First, it should be said, a photo blog can be pretty much anything you want it to be, so long as your content is predominantly –- you guessed it — photos. These pics can be your own, pulled in from across the web, submitted by users or some combination of the three. Basically, when it comes to photo blogs, there are many options.
Here’s how to get started. >>>HOW TO: Get Started With Photo Blogging.
Your digital camera, whether it’s built in to your cellphone or it’s a hefty DSLR, is an incredible creative tool. If you’ve only used it as it comes straight out of the box, however, you’re only scratching the surface. Here are our top 10 photography hacks to supercharge your camera.
As we all know, making mistakes is part of the learning process. More often than not, you just have to learn things the hard way.
But if you’re lucky, someone who has already done something stupid will tell you about it, and thus spare you the bother of repeating the same mistake.
* Leaving the lens cap on when preparing to take someones picture.
This is something I’m sure everyone has done at least once, and isn’t such a big deal really. But doing this when photographing a TV anchorman in the middle of huge open office area, full of media people watching their coworker being photographed? Priceless.
* Using your new flash on assignment before properly learning how it works.
Shortly after getting my first Speedlite (in early 2006 this was) I was hired to photograph a prominent Icelandic politician and his equally well-known wife. I hadn’t read anything about the settings and just decided to wing it, and spent a good deal of time and energy fooling around with it while talking a mile a minute, hoping nobody would realize that I hardly knew what I was doing. Needless to say, the best photo I got that day was taken without the damn flash.
Taking Great Pictures
To help photographers of all stripes take their skills to the next level, LIFE.com offers a series of "lessons" on photography, focusing on elemental aspects of picture-taking. Featuring advice from professional photographers, these galleries provide simple, straightforward answers to some of the most common questions about "how to make great pictures."
With photos by LIFE legends — Alfred Eisentstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, Dmitri Kessel, Carl Mydans, and more — as well as contemporary photos by professional photographers, we offer insights into what you need to know to make your own great pictures.
Read the rest of this article at Life ….one of the best Photography resource sites that I’ve ever seen