Walkthrough: Black Dog, Black Background

Some of our members are creating beautiful images of dogs on black backgrounds and so I thought I’d post up some of the techniques we use here to make the process both effective and efficient. It’s about half an hour long and takes us through the process from the original rough image through to the finished PSD and covers: Prepping the file and the importance of the blacks The lighting patterns used The Photoshop techniques to clean it up including …

Walkthrough: Retouching A Black And White Portrait Of A Young Woman

Bright sunshine and a beautiful subject, glorious greens and satin soft shadows. Ah, I have drifted into a romantic phase! This walkthrough takes a summer portrait of Megan and shows the basic steps from colour correction in Lightroom, retouching in Photoshop, conversion to a beautiful monochrome using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and the ultimate cropping back in Lightroom. The walkthrough mentions the following: Using Adobe Lightroom to colour correct Using ‘Content Aware’ fill as a more effective way of …

Walkthrough: Retouching A Black And White Portrait Of An Elderly Man

There is nothing quite like a beautiful black and white portrait. In this video, we walk through how to use Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to add that magic to a portrait of Bob, a senior citizen, who came into the studio. The walkthrough mentions the following: Using ‘Content Aware’ fill as a more effective way of retouching skin and removing hairs Using the Camera Raw filter to remove dust spots Using a lasso and an Exposure adjustment …

Walkthrough: Removing Reflections From Your Client’s Glasses

This walkthrough is in response to a question on our forum. Rob Dunse (who kindly provided the photograph that I use in this walkthrough) asked if there’s a way of removing those nasty, purple reflections you sometimes get when photographing someone who is wearing glasses. It occurs when you can’t find the relationship between your subject and the lighting where you completely eliminate the problem at the moment you hit that button. While of course it’s much better to avoid …

Walkthrough: Fast Method For Retouching A White Background

In this video, I talk through how to clean up a white background. The image in question is of two puppies taken for the Hearing Dogs where I shoot pretty much every week. The priority for this particular technique is the balance of speed to quality, something that is often missed: all too often, photographers think quality is the ultimate goal but, of course, it’s only the goal for an appropriate price, whereas it’s the balance of quality and the …

Walkthrough: Creating High Key Images Of White Dogs

In response to a question on the Forum, this walkthrough covers a method for creating high key images of white dogs (i.e. white dogs on white backgrounds.) The video is just me sitting and doing what I normally do: figuring out what each image will finish up looking like as I go. Although I usually have a pretty good idea of the steps I’m going to take and the finish of the ultimate image, there is no way of being …

Walkthrough: Fast Method For Replacing A White Sky Using Layer Styles In Photoshop

In this video, I follow up on a question on the forums about how to replace a white (over-exposed) sky.  There are numerous methods for this from Luminosity Channels (something which is pretty advanced and I’ll cover it in a different video) to creating complex masks (something that is a lot of work) to this method: Using Layer Styles. The video should be fully self-explanatory but you may need to brush up a little on layers and masks (although I …

Walkthrough: How To Use Frequency Separation In Photoshop Step-By-Step

In this video, I walk through step-by-step the Frequency Separation in Photoshop – one of the best techniques for retouching skin. Frequency separation is one of the most useful techniques for retouching skin but it can seem a bit daunting to begin with. In this video, I explain a simple step-by-step process for setting up the layers and then retouching the skin. Hope it’s useful!

Photoshop: Getting The Best Out Of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

OK, this is quite a long video! In response to a question from Rachel on the Forums, I step through all of the controls of Silver Efex Pro 2 and then in the second half of the video, run a handful of conversions showing the steps I usually take. I use a colour wheel during the video as a reference point. If you’d like to download the wheel for your own purposes, it can be found here in the store. …