If you’re working on an image in Photoshop that’s cut into numerous sections, sometimes you find yourself needing to carefully align the different layers just by eye. Set one layer to the “difference” blend mode, though and it’s infinitely easier.
Shooting long exposure photos in daylight can create beautiful images that capture movement in a scene, but the filters required can be prohibitively expensive for casual photographers. As this video shows, though, all you really need is a cheap piece of welder’s glass.
If you have to shoot in bright, harsh, overhead light, your best bet is to either just move to the shade (in which case you have more to think about, more on that in a moment), or turn your subject 180 degrees. These tips may seem obvious, but the utility is in the nuance.
iOS: Pixelmator is a surprisingly robust image editing tool on iPhone and iPad, and today it’s getting a bit easier to use with new selection tools.
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Android/iOS: The Adobe Lightroom app is a handy, free set of digital editing tools. Today, the iPhone gets even more useful with support importing RAW files while the Android version gets a new manual shooting option.
Photography is as much an art as it is a science and by keeping a few rules of thumb in mind, you can significantly improve the quality of your images. The flash is of course extremely important, though it’s easy to use sub-optimally, or even the wrong way.
Video: You don’t need a bunch of expensive studio lighting to take great portraits and headshots. In this video, photographer and educator Joe Edelman shows the different ways you can take great photos using just a single flash.