Back when I was a young wedding photographer, I loved to sell my clients both a color print and a black and white print from the same shutter click. Selling the bride and groom the full-color photograph, and a black and white version, was an easy way to make a single capture far more profitable. […]View Post
There are lots of caffeine addicts out there who can relate to the “Ahhhhh” feeling that comes with your first sip of coffee in the morning. To create this photo composite, I used several stock images of smoke rings captured on black. Screen blend mode allowed me to drop the black and mix the […]View Post
We all know that selecting hair and fur can be challenging. Fortunately, there are two tutorials on the MSJPhotography site (listed in the Resources section below) that will help you succeed about 95% of the time. In circumstances where hair or fur gets irretrievably trimmed away during the selection-making process, it may […]View Post
When I created my tornado-bat baseball player photo composite a few months ago, I had no idea that it would be the first in an evolving series that I’m now calling “elemental sports composites.” In each of these composites, I fuse one of the elements…Earth, Wind, Fire, or Water…with a sports figure. Today’s post […]View Post
A complete demonstration of my standard night photography image processing workflow for you, my friends, in today’s video tutorial. Today, I take a single raw file and push it just as far as I can using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Now Lightroom is an amazing tool but it cannot do everything that I want to make […]View Post
Inspired (yet again) by the amazing, thought-provoking composites of Julieanne Kost, I set out to create a composite that conveys deep emotion and possesses symbolic meaning. After developing the concept, I spent a few hours gathering potential images (both stock and my own). Then, I created a square canvas and began moving the “puzzle […]View Post
We live in a remarkable time. The internet gives us immediate access to nearly unlimited knowledge and inspiration with the tap of a few keys. I regularly find myself scouring the sites of great artists and photographers seeking the next spark. On a recent search, I stumbled across a mesmerizing image created […]View Post
I’ve been exploring the 3D chapter in Corey Barker’s Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers (Volume II) book and was delighted to discover that with his coaching I could create a 3D graphic as sophisticated as this using nothing but Photoshop. I feel inspired to take a serious look at 3D in Photoshop. […]View Post
As you may know, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom creates a searchable index of your photography. Unfortunately this index, your Lightroom Catalog, can only be used on one computer at a time. Sadly, your Lightroom Catalog cannot be stored on the “cloud” nor can you launch your Catalog from a network attached drive.
These limitations on […]View Post
Shallow depth of field (and the impressionistic results it produces) continues to seduce me…especially during springtime. I captured this crocus at f/4 with a 105 mm macro lens. The blur of harmonious colors and the flame-like appearance of the stamen were what inspired me to open the shutter.
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In Photoshop Workbench 479, we explored several valuable eye retouching techniques. In today’s tutorial, we’ll go a step beyond as we dive into a clever technique that gives us the ability to breathe life into very dark eyes that have no detail in the iris. Before we get started, I’d like to […]View Post
Ever since watching Sabrina, I’ve had a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn and her films, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a model at the Photoshop World Westcott Lighting booth who resembled her. I captured the model using continuous lights and a white backdrop. Then, using the techniques covered […]View Post