This video shows the steps to get a set of images taken using various focus points and merging them into a single image, a technique called focus stacking, using Photoshop CS6.
I have cabin fever. The urge to go out and shoot keeps getting stronger. We have so many beautiful places to photograph. It has been a long, record setting (not in a good way) winter. I have been keeping a low profile and trying to stay warm. I finally decided to head out. I [...]
Join the Utah Photography and Photoshop Meetup group on Wednesday, January 9th as we enjoy special guest Royce Bair. Royce Bair has been a professional illustrative photographer and an international lecturer for over three decades. His photos have been used by corporations like General Motors and IBM, and published in magazines ranging from the Smithsonian to National Geographic. [...]
Mountain West Imaging Expo hosted by IPPA announced that David Stoecklein, a Canon “Explorer of Light”, will be this year keynote speaker that the show. Date: Sept. 15th 2012 Time: 9:00am Place: South Town Expo Center (9575 So State St) There are some big changes (for the better) this year at the IPPA show. For one thing [...]
Canon has posted a tutorial about astrophotography on their site. Canon has an EOS 60Da designed especially for astrophotography that is more sensitive to IR and color balanced for accurate images with increased sharpness. On that same page, you will find a link to a pdf that will guide you for the settings on your [...]
Richard Ansley is a local photographer in Salt Lake City. We had the opportunity to do a quick interview with him. Some of Richard’s work is currently being showcased at Red Butte Garden until July 15th. Pixels: Richard tell me a little about yourself. Richard: Spending my childhood in the cloudy suburbs of Atlanta Georgia, I [...]
Join us for evening with internationally renowned sports photographer Ron Wyatt. This free presentation will offer tips and ideas on capturing great moments in sports and other action events, whether it’s Real Salt Lake or your child’s little league game. The presentation is free, but space is limited … call for a reservation.
Among the many great natural treasures located in the state of Utah are thousands of natural arches – a visual treat to view in person as well as through the magic of photography. As with all things, some are more amazing than others, and a few have become truly iconic … so unique and and [...]
One of the skills I’m not great at is Photoshop. Over the years I’ve mastered a passable skill level, perhaps better than many but certainly far from being a “guru”. Since Lightroom 2 came out, my use of Photoshop has declined considerably. With all the tools of Lightroom, especially local adjustments, many of the things [...]
We’ve been asked by several customers if Pixels was planning a workshop for the solar eclipse on May 20th. After some discussion we decided not to try and put one together. This is such a unique event which none of us have any experience in and it’s just a little too far away to take [...]
Lens Diffraction A simple version Overview In physics diffraction is described as the apparent bending of waves around small obstacles and the spreading out of waves past small openings. Diffraction occurs with all waves, including sound, water electromagnetic, radio, and light waves. In order to understand lens diffraction, we need to understand a little about [...]
Sometimes I see photographers claiming film is superior to digital capture when producing fine photographs. Unfortunately those making these claims are either ignorant of the science of both technologies, or do so in an effort to position their work as superior. In fact great photographs can be created with either technology, and neither are “superior”. [...]
Last week Adobe announced the public beta of Lightroom 4. The idea of a public beta is sort of unique to Lightroom for major software. There is no public beta of Photoshop or other Adobe applications that I know of , and I’m unaware of any other major software package which has an extensive public [...]
March 15-18 2011 A 2-day, 3-night trip into Monument Valley and surrounding backcountry with award-winning Native American large format photographer Myron “Mylo” Fowler. Fowler will be there to assist in photography basics, and also will be giving cultural presentations with regard to the American Southwest. While waiting for the right light and other down times, [...]
Its amazing what you can do with some simple household items in the photography world. Product photography is a great avenue to explore the usefulness of these items. With product photography, you subject matter can be set up in a controlled environment; the ideal place to try out new lighting techniques and gear.
This week we’ll be taking a look at a little lighting technique for opening up harsh shadows in portraiture. Directional light (like off camera flash) is almost always more visually interesting but can often create a problem of very dark areas on your subject’s face. This may be desirable in some situations but usually you will want to bring some detail back into those areas.
Welcome to part two of our introductory look into Photoshop actions. Last time we covered the basics of what an action is, how to run one, and how to make one. Today we’ll start with a look at a few more features within the Actions Palette in Photoshop.
Ever wish you could record a set of Photoshop commands and repeat them at a later time? Welcome to the world of Photoshop actions. So what is an action?
An action is a recorded set of image editing commands that can be performed at a later time without having to re-enter each change manually. Actions can provide a handy way for editors to speed up commonly used tasks and are compatible with the Batch function in Photoshop (allowing you to automatically apply commands to hundreds of images with only a few keystrokes).
Joe McNally and David Hobby shooting in the Dubai desert.
Brief article talking about what went into the creation of a studio lighting photo using small hot-shoe flashes.
Tutorial on how to shoot incense smoke. Gear and technique are discussed.