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Photoshop: Red Eye Fix for Difficult Cases in People & Pets

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by Guest Contributor

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.

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HOW TO: Get Started With Photo Blogging

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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.

If Flickr gave us the photo-sharing bug, then services like Tumblr, yFrog, Instagram and even Foodspotting are making it standard practice.

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.

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Top 10 Photography Hacks

Top 10 Photography Hacks

Top 10 Photography HacksYour 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.

Note: click the title of each hack if you’re interested in learning more.

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The Rules of Photographic Composition

The Rules of Photographic Composition – PCWorld.

Here at Digital Focus, I often write about the science and technology of photography. But while the software, gadgets, and photo editing techniques are fun, some of the most important lessons in photography aren’t about the technology at all. This week, let’s set aside high-tech photo editing like high dynamic range and hyperfocal photography, and instead talk about a few of the most basic–and common–rules of composition. Mastering these rules can help you turn what could be a simple snapshot into something more–into a story about the moment in time in which the photo was taken.

Follow the Rule of Thirds

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is utterly ubiquitous: Every movie and TV show makes almost constant use of it, and professional photographers avoid putting the subject in the center of the frame almost without exception. To understand it, draw two lines through a photo, dividing it into thirds. This turns it into something like a tic-tac-toe board, as you see here.

At its essence, the rule of thirds says that you’ll get the most interesting photos when your subject isn’t in the center of the frame, but rather is positioned off-center, to the left, right, up, or down. You can position your subject at any of the four intersection points of the third lines, or along one of the four lines, like the birds in this example.

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Create beautiful photos with a BOKEH

Create beautiful photos with a BOKEH | Picture More.

The word “bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke” (pronounced bo-keh) which literally means fuzziness or dizziness.

What is bokeh? You have seen it. I know you have. You just may not have known the name. In photography, bokeh defines the quality of the blurred image presented in a photo. I am not referring to a badly taken photo that’s all out of focus, but rather the aesthetically pleasing background blur. Usually, this type of blur highlights the focused subject even more. To produce a bokeh you must utilize a shallow depth of field.

I shoot my macro images with my Sony 100mm 2.8 lens. A larger aperture works best, so use a low f-stop number like f1.4, f1.8 or f2.8.

Bokeh usually works best when taking an up close picture of your subject. Try finding a subject with nice clear lighting that you are able to get a good close up of. That is not to say that one can not get great bokeh using lenses with a smaller maximum aperture like the kit lens sold with most entry level DSLRs. The trick is to make sure you are using the largest aperture possible (smallest f number).

Set your camera to aperture priority and select the lowest number. Remember in aperture priority your camera will set the shutter speed. Sometimes this gets a bit tricky if you are shooting flowers on a windy day or a bug that is on the move. You might need to switch to shutter priority and shoot at least 1/250 to stop the movement. At 1/250 you will more than likely have a larger aperture – just be mindful of your aperture when shooting in shutter priority. Most photographers can handhold their camera with their shutter set at 1/60th of a second. For anything below, a tripod is recommended because of camera shake.

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Slow shutter helps capture water –

SPRING IS HERE, Farch is almost over, and the time to head out and get the creative juices flowing is now!

One of the great things about early spring is the rushing water that makes the small streams and rivers so photogenic.

Playing with water can present some challenges, but with a little practice, you can get some great water pictures to adorn your walls.

One of the common things to do with fast-moving water is to use a slow shutter speed to give a sense of movement. There are a number of ways to do this, but the easiest is to close down your aperture. (Bigger number, smaller hole.)

Slow shutter helps capture water – ArtsLife –


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