Hiding behind Strawberry Mood pseudonym is a talented photographer from Poltava, Ukraine. Her candid happy photographs have been making us smile for three years, and we simply had to find out more about the person behind a lens. Discover Julia's heartfelt story and how she embraced the strawberry mood.
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Let’s learn how to enhance long exposure photographs together with Phillip Richert. Phillip will take us though all the steps, from taking the photograph to Lightroom & Photoshop adjustments and finishing touches. Please enjoy.
STEP 2: PHOTOSHOP I’ve adjusted temperature to a warmer tone and a more purple tint. recovering some of the details, making blacks and darks stronger, while increasing highlights. After Lightroom changes I exported the images with changes made into Photoshop.
STEP 3: REMOVE DISTRACTIONS I wanted to create a different image from the often shown Big Ben and the House of Parliaments. I was just a few days in London so the time was rare, especially when you shoot long exposure photos. I didn’t have an opportunity to re-shoot the image and I didn’t like the tree shadow left on the water. The solution was simple: I decided to remove the shadow in Photoshop when I took this image. I used the clone tool for that task. This step also took most of the editing time. After removing the tree I got the following result:
STEP 4: ADJUST COLOURS Then I started to adjust the colors. I created 3 different layers. One layer for Curves, one layer for Hue/Saturation and one layer for Color Balance. Working with Layers in Photoshop is very important and useful.
Let's start with the Curves layer first. This is perhaps the most powerful tool in Photoshop. It affects the image in two ways: tones and contrast. To increase the tones and contrast, I form a slight S-curve (one point at Output: 58, Input: 61 the other one at Output: 193, Input: 185).
STEP 5: DESATURATE Next, to get a bit of a desaturated look with the dark blue-black sky I used a Hue/Saturation layer. Setting the Master Saturation at -25; and after that, selecting the blue channel and turning the Lightness down to -100 and the Saturation down to -35 to receive the dark blue-black sky effect. I didn’t find the result satisfying enough, so I decided to adjust the colors some more with a Color Balance layer. Shifting the controllers for the Color Balance until I liked the result. I set the opacity for this layer to 50%.
FINISHING TOUCHES As a final step, I increased the contrast again, but just a little bit — creating a copy of the image with its adjustments (on mac: cmd+alt+shift+e, on windows: ctrl+alt+shift+e) and set the mode to "Soft Light". Since "Soft Light" has a huge influence on the contrast, I set the opacity to 10%.
After these adjustments I sharpened the image and went back to Lightroom to increase the clarity by +20 and crop the image. So there was lots of fine tuning and perfecting. It is important for you to be happy with your final result. And that's it. This is the final image I got:
Turn up your volume and take a break. You are about to enjoy a 4 minute video of masterfully captured New Zealand night skies. This video has been shot and composed by Mark Gee, tamer of the sky and crazy talented photographer. Mark has won 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year award and is a tireless student, learning all he can about astronomy and best conditions for night sky photography.
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We love guest blog posts! Today’s article on practice of real seeing when photographing is by Barry J. Brady. Barry is an award winning full-time photographer and a contributing columnist to CLARITY magazine. CLARITY is a new e-magazine on photography: featuring videos, podcasts and articles by the industry’s leaders.
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Enter the magical world of dolls and photography created by Diana Ward. Diana Ward is a creative multimedia designer and hobbyist photographer from Australia. She combines her love for dolls and fairytales, capturing them with her camera and finishing her arrangements in post processing. Please enjoy our miniature curation of her work...
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