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We turn all your dreams into reality here. If you didn’t know it earlier, that is why photography was invented. Photography enables you to capture magic and store that forever.
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” …
In today’s busy and aspiring digital age, it is expected of photographers to be familiar with various photo editing applications. There have been great debates on whether or not an editing application such as photoshop either betters or ruins photography as a whole. On the contrary of the mere idea that photo editing might add to ruining photography, editing applications are utilized as tools above anything else.
The top 10 techniques to add to photography
- Flattening the image out in raw – This serves as the foundation tool for editing. The first thing to do when opening your images in Camera Raw is added or adjust colour exposure or temperature where needed. The highlights slider must than be configurated to between -30 and -80. The shadow slider must then be set in a range of 30+ and 80+. You should adjust the photo to be a little dull and its shadows to be flat and in the same range as the mid-tones.
- The use of the healing brush – The healing brush is usually preferred over the spot brush. This is because it allows the editor to select the source points. This tool is used to remove impurities from, for example, the face. It is also used to remove inconsistencies that might occur on the skin, as well as distractions that may appear on the background.
- Making use of a clone stamp Set for Lightning or Darkening an image – This tool is used to clone stamp the set to lighten. This is mostly used on backgrounds or to even out skin. This is best utilized for natural light shots at a 15% capacity.
- Learning how to burn and dodge – This feature allows you to shape the light a little more. The safest dodge and burn technique is to set a brighter exposure, as well as a darker exposure. By using the brushes and a layer mask, you will be able to burn and dodge where deemed fit.
- Frequency Separation – This technique is best utilized to smooth out the skin. It should be used fairly in moderation and can even be used on backdrops, clothes, nature and anything that needs to be evened out.
- Black and white layer changed to soft light – This tool is a post-processing trick that can be used in nearly all types of images.
- Toning by using colour balance, Hue/Sat, levels adjustment layers – These three adjustment layers are used to tone images.
- Crushing highlights by using curves – Contrast can be added to an adjustment layer.
- Make use of layer masks – This tool helps with learning how to layer masks and allows for toning and editing images.
- Use blending modes that are different – By using a B&W layer to a soft blending mode, you could change curve layering to luminosity.
In the beginning, there was a standard camera that when looking back at it now, was an expensive and inconvenient piece of equipment. If you wanted to take a photo anywhere, you’d have to act like a professional Photographer and carry the camera around. Some even included additional equipment such as lenses, stands and additional film to make sure you don’t run out. That was most probably the worst part of all. The fact that you could potentially run out of the film and even not have enough to back it up with. Another major inconvenience used to be the cost of film and extras, as well as the development of these images. Although you could connect the camera to your desktop, or laptop, in order to add them to whichever device, that too served as an inconvenience as it took quite a bit of time.
Nowadays, people are looking for more methods every day, in order to save time. Since the design and development of the smartphone, individuals have been able to take a photo, edit and send it in the matter of as little as a minute. Now isn’t that convenient?
Steps to taking the best photos with your smartphone
- Use your gridlines to balance out your shot
One of the main and easiest ways to up your game in taking mobile photos is to switch on the camera’s gridlines. A photographic composition referred to as the “rule of thirds” are a series of lines that appear on the screen of your smartphone in order to break an image down into thirds. It breaks it down both vertically and horizontally, thus breaking it down into nine parts in total.
- Your focus should be on one subject only
Make sure you choose only one interesting subject to shoot. When taking the photo, spend a little bit more time adjusting your settings in order to get that perfect shot. Be sure to focus on the main subject of the photo.
- Embrace negative spaces
A “negative space” refers to certain areas between and around the subjects of images in taking photos. There is a trick in including big empty spaces in your images. It allows your main subject to capture the most attention and thus, increase the reaction from the given viewer.
- Finding different perspectives
By taking a photo from a rather unexpected angle can make it stand out even more and while doing so, make the image seem more memorable. It will assist in creating an illusion of which height and depth will help affect your subjects.
- Playing with reflections
Ever taken an image with the reflection of water, mirror, or anything that creates just that added touch of magic? The naked eye is drawn to reflections. So, if you’re bored with capturing the regular standard image, play with a few reflections and wait and see just how your viewers respond.
Ever taken a picture and wondered what is the meaning of this? What is photography and what role does it play in our everyday lives? If it is so easy to take an image, then why is it listed as a study of expertise or above all, one of the most known and exciting career paths with regards to creativity. Can take a photo even be considered as being creative, and if yes then why?
Photography can be best described as the practice of creating durable imagery in conjunction with recording light or electromagnetic radiation. This is either achieved electronically by the use of a sensor image or a chemical manner in which light-sensitive material like the photographic film is used. Some also describe photography to be an art of practice when taking or processing photographs.
Finding the creative window in photography
If creativity is linked with purpose, then processing images in photographic applications, such as Photoshop or Lightroom is the ultimate muse of the camera itself. Whether its taking photos of beautiful destinations, or capturing a moment between a bunch of friends, or even wedding photography, it creates a new kind of magic. Each is even more unique than the previous and have something entirely new to offer.
Photography also serves as an established platform that helps one discover beauty. Suddenly taking an image allows for beauty in everything, and you’re the artist behind the lens…
It can also serve on a more serious note and transfer an inspirational and informative idea from the capturing moment to the individual appreciating the imagery.
An informative guide to both positivity and negativity
Over the years, photographers have found different uses of photography. They’ve learned that it can be used as the perfect information and communication tool. It could even be one that can be spread amongst thousands, if not millions of people globally and at that, in an instant. War photography, for instance, has left an increasingly big impact on the world. It has also allowed for a platform of change, which is the more positive side of war and something like political photography. Everywhere around the world, people now have a voice which is encompassed in as little as a 2-second image. For those photographers that do spend their time basking in a revolution to change the world, especially in places of where there lies poverty and violence, they have mastered the act of bravery as they often put their lives in jeopardy when doing so.
Photography for making a living and a life
Though many see the career of becoming a photographer as a waste and a failed opportunity of a career, this is not the case. Since applications such as Instagram, Snapchat, and most importantly the use of filters, there have been major negativity streams towards photography. Fear not, though these tools might enhance photographs, there is nothing like a professional’s touch to provide you with a beautifully perfect image. Invest in a photographer. Their creations are magical, to say the least.