A layman's guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro One of the first steps toward taking more creative photos is learning how to control how much of your picture is in focus. In this quick depth of field tutorial Marcus Hawkins shows you how to check and affect sharpness, as well as answers some of your burning questions. All words and images by Marcus Hawkins What exactly is depth of field? The lens on your camera can only be focused at one distance at a time. How big is it? Depth of field is a movable feast. There’s no abrupt end to the depth of field, rather a gradual transition from sharpness to blur. You can manipulate the depth of field for a creative effect. However, you can get both to appear sharp by increasing the depth of field. The opposite is preferable in a portrait, where a shallow depth of field helps to separate the subject from the background. SEE MORE: Depth of field – everything you need to know for successful images Click on the infographic to see the larger version How do I change the depth of field?
New to Photoshop? Get Started Here! So you've decided to teach yourself Photoshop? That is so exciting! Thank you for choosing Tuts+ as your place to learn. While Photoshop might be fantastically powerful, it is also quite complex. Before you get started, it is important to understand how some of Photoshop's basic tools work. Contents Getting to Know Photoshop's Interface In this tutorial, we will teach you about Photoshop's user interface as well as the customization of keyboard shortcuts, and workspace. See Also: Knowing Photoshop's Interface. Using Adobe Bridge In this tutorial, we will teach you how to use Adobe Bridge to import images into one Photoshop document, process, preview, label, and keyword collections of images. See Also: Top 10 Reasons You Should be Using Adobe Bridge. Understanding Pixels, Image Size, and Resolution In this tutorial, we will explain the theory behind how pixel images work. What Are Color Modes? In this tutorial, we will explain the difference between RGB vs. How to Crop an Image How to Use Layers
13 camera settings every new photographer should know Digital SLRs are loaded with menus, controls and a bucketload of customisation options that are designed to make photography easier, but which can, in fact, make it more complicated and confusing to beginners. You can of course dial up a DSLR’s green auto mode setting and treat the camera like a point-and-shoot, but this way you’ll learn precious little about the technical side of picture-taking. So, we’re going back to basics here with a guide to the 13 camera settings we think every new photography should know. Discover how the new cloud-based platform rista can simplify your photo management 1. Aperture Priority for controlling depth of field The aperture is the opening in the lens, formed by a set of diaphragm blades. As well as its role in exposure, the choice of aperture also has an affect on the depth of field. But when you’re photographing a portrait you’ll want to reduce the depth of field, in order to make the person you’re photographing stand out from the background.
Design a High Impact Gig Poster Suitable for Screen-Printing Screen-prints are a great way to exhibit artworks or advertise a gig. Creating a high impact poster suitable for the screen-printing process can be achieved relatively easily. In this instance, we're going for a stylized and coarse effect, rather than a photo-realistic halftone interpretation of a design. Final Image Preview Before we get started, let's take a look at the image we'll be creating. Video Tutorial Our video editor Gavin Steele has created a video tutorial to compliment this text + image tutorial. Step 1 For this tutorial, set up an A4 canvas at 300dpi. Step 2 Download then open this image of a girl. Step 3 Select the Burn Tool from the Tools palette, then set the Range to Shadows and the Exposure to 9%. Step 4 Use a smaller brush to burn in smaller details, in this case her chest area. Step 5 Finally, use a much larger soft-edged brush (around 300 pixels) and set the Burn Tool to Midtones. Step 6 To start degrading the image apply a Noise Filter and a Gaussian Blur. Step 7 Step 8 â€ƒ
Out of Focus Foreground Framing - Digital Photography School This is one of my favorite compositional techniques: it is something I do a lot. I think it’s becoming a signature part of my style. I didn’t realize this until a photographer friend showed me a photo he had taken (utilizing this technique) and showed it to me saying it was his ‘Jacinda shot’ or something like that. When shooting, I often try to find something in the foreground which I can throw out of focus to frame the subject. Here are some examples: All you have to do is find something you can shoot behind. This next one is from a birthday party and uses the streamers in the room to frame the subject: If there are two people sitting or standing close to each other, try shooting ‘through’ them. ? When things get in the way: use them to your advantage. ? Use other faces: I love long grass in photos! Use a wall. Set the camera close to the ground, and the out of focus ground in the foreground will add that extra depth to your photograph! Anyway, I hope that was helpful!
Using Photoshop and Your Brain to Produce Diorama Illusions Have you ever built a diorama? It's a depiction of a scene in miniature. Or perhaps you remember owning a dollhouse or train set as a kid. You lay on the floor, inches away from tiny versions of full-size objects. In the background, your brain was busy writing the software that makes this illusion effective. This fun photo treatment can be performed by almost anyone in short order, once some basics are understood of how the brain processes images. Background 1: Understanding the Mind's Eye The mind is an interesting construct. At the risk of sounding a bit Zen for an image editing tutorial, the answer becomes clear when you remember that you are not actually experiencing reality when you look at the world. When you were very young, your brain wrote the software that it uses to process image data from your eyes. Background 2: Effects of Depth of Field on Perception Depth of field is a term that many of you will be familiar with. Real scenes are more detailed than man-built models.
26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets Many of you have browsed and shared our growing number of photography cheat sheets, and some of you have even gotten in touch to let us know how much you enjoy them. However, as items drop off the main page on a blog, they can be difficult to find later. To help save you time searching and gain time shooting, we’ve collated 26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets in one place. Here! Below you’ll find a summary and thumbnail of each. 1. 54 Portrait Ideas: free downloadable posing guide Are you stuck for portrait ideas? A great way to reignite your portrait photography is to shoot a model in your home photo studio, using as minimalist a set-up as possible. 2. 6 simple lighting set-ups for shooting portraits at home If you’re looking to take your photography further you’ll probably want to learn how to use off-camera flash. 3. If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. 4. 5. 6.
Remove a Person From a Photo With Photoshop CS5's Content Aware Feature With the launch of the new Adobe Suite of programs comes the long awaited Adobe Photoshop CS5. Packed with new features to speed up your workflow it truly is the most advanced edition of Photoshop to date. One of the new features we will be looking at today is called Content Aware. This feature allows you to quickly fill in a selection with surrounding content making it look like a part of the original image. Original Image Before we begin, download the image that we will be working with. Step 1 Using the content aware tool on different images produces different results. Step 2 We are extracting the person on the left from this photo. Notice in the image below how far I am drawing the path from the subject. Step 3 Once you complete the path around the subject, turn it into a selection. A dialog box will pop-up, make sure the feathering is set to 0px. Step 4 Now we have an active selection around our subject. A dialog box will pop-up, make sure the Content Aware option is selected. Step 5
3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet) If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. There are a number of great beginner photography tutorials out there that can help you get to grips with all that functionality. Before you get you get started, though, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp. We’ve explained each of these concepts below, and we’ve also compiled everything into a handy photography cheat sheet for you to download and save! SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop to your desktop to save. Camera Lesson No. 1: Get to know the shutter speed scale Your shutter speed is one of the two ways of controlling the exposure (the other is the lens aperture).