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: 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 …

Ep.15 On Photography Judges Comments

Sometimes you have to make the best of the time you have and today, well, today I have spent the day on the road – just me, the satnav and my trusty Land Rover Defender.  This podcast (with a healthy dose of TD5 engine noise) talks about some of the things I’ve heard judges comment on when judging photography print competitions – either at Camera Clubs or International Competitions. So if competing is your thing, grab a notebook and see if any …