Processing Tips

/Processing Tips

Defining fine art photography: OOC Podcast Episode 26

By |February 1st, 2016|Categories: Creative, Podcast, Processing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

We welcome Michael Novo to Out of Chicago, who sits down with fine art photographer Thom Rouse in this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast. Thom is the author of After the Camera: Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography, discussing the creative process behind his portrait work. In this podcast, he discusses [...]

Take A Cheap Photo Vacation This Winter!

By |December 31st, 2014|Categories: Learn, Processing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

I just spent some time in New Zealand during the spring down there. I am not suffering jet lag and I am not hyperventilating about my next credit card statement. And I did not win the lottery. Magic?  No, I have created a very inexpensive way to get away from the cold and be kind [...]

Photographing Architecture Day 5: A Little Magic

By |October 24th, 2014|Categories: Processing Tips|Tags: , , |

For stunning architectural photos you need to find the right subject, grab an interesting composition, maybe shoot at night, and you've got to get your basic post-processing right. But sometimes you need a little bit of post-processing magic to put you over the top. Here are my favorite bits of magic.   Stitch multiple photos [...]

Photographing Architecture Day 4: Post Processing

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Processing Tips, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

These last two days of this series will concentrate on post processing. Today I'll give you some of the fundamental changes that you may need to make to your architectural images. Of course, if you'd like to see me work through a view examples in person, I'll be leading the architectural photography workshop this weekend [...]

The New Phlearn Site

By |July 31st, 2014|Categories: Processing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you're looking to become a Photoshop master or you're just leaning Photoshop for the first time, Phlearn is where you want to go. Phlearn is a local Chicago company that started with Aaron Nace working on his own making Photoshop video tutorials. It has grown into arguably the best site on the internet for [...]

Frosted Bean 2.0: Applying What I Know Now to What I Didn’t Know Then

By |July 28th, 2014|Categories: Learn, Processing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Article and images by Erik Lykins I was showing off a portfolio of prints recently and a question came up about what I see when I look at my own photos. I get a lot of positive feedback when I show them to friends and family members, but what do I see when I look [...]

Why Shoot Black and White?

By |January 27th, 2014|Categories: Processing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Lately I've been doing a lot of black and white photography. I'm figuring out that my eye looks first for shapes and lines before color. To emphasize line and shape over color, convert your image to black and white. To convert to black and white, my go-to software is Silver Efex Pro. Recently, I've been [...]

10 Things Photographers Should Worry Less About

By |November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Photography Tips, Processing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

Worry less about... Noise: Shoot at high ISO if you need to. If you've got noise in your shot, use the noise reduction slider in Lightroom. When famed wildlife photographer Moose Peterson was asked how he eliminates noise, his response was that he always just slides the Lightroom noise reduction slider over to about 30. [...]

Fixing Bad Photos with Post Processing

By |November 20th, 2013|Categories: Processing Tips|Tags: |

How do you fix your terrible shots? Or do you? Usually if a shot is out of focus, blurry, or technically wrong for another reason, I'll keep the image on my hard drive so that the rest of the world will never see it. But once in a while I'll have an image that keeps [...]

Black and White HDR Images at HDR One

By |June 18th, 2013|Categories: Photo Walk, Processing Tips|Tags: |

My latest article for HDR One is up on the site. I love using HDR to make black and white images and I describe my process for doing this. Head over to HDR One for the full article. And, in even bigger news, Jimmy McIntyre, the HDR mastermind behind HDR One is in Chicago for [...]