Modern lenses are pretty good at creating even illumination across the frame, and if there is some corner shading (vignetting) you can use software to eliminate it. However, sometimes vignetting is good! Especially if you can control it creatively to improve your picture’s composition and contrast. This image below has all the ingredients for a great picture – a terrific … [Read more...] about Add depth and drama with a vignette effect
Ideas to try
Looking for ideas to improve your images? Here's a collection of quick fixes, image effects and unusual processes to get you thinking. Some of them are software specific, others can be adapted to work in just about any photo editing application.
Digital images don’t have much texture. Your subjects might, of course, but the way cameras render tones is glassy-smooth (at low ISO settings anyway) and sometimes a little sterile. Adding a texture digitally can make a picture look more interesting, more tactile and more ‘hand made’. Textures can be very subtle, like the fine texture of a canvas printing paper. The texture … [Read more...] about How to add age and drama with texture effects
The so-called ‘miniature’ or ‘tilt shift’ effect can be very convincing. It makes everyday scenes look like tiny models. You can apply it with lots of different programs and apps, and many cameras now have a ‘miniature’ effect built in. It’s often referred to as a ‘tilt shift’ effect too, because it’s associated with lenses that have special controls for adjusting the plane … [Read more...] about Create a tiny scene with this miniature effect
Infra red photography creates an unusual and surreal view of the world that can also be very beautiful. You can do it in black and white or colour, but the techniques used today with digital cameras are rather different to those used with film. Infra red film photography is relatively straightforward – you simply use film sensitised to the infra red part of the spectrum. … [Read more...] about See the world in infra red
Sometimes you get scenes where the brightness range is so great you just can't bring out all the different tones in the picture. This is lighting problem, not a dynamic range problem. Even if your camera has the dynamic range to capture all the tones in the scene, there's no way of showing them all. You can make the brighter parts of the picture look wonderful but the shadows … [Read more...] about Transform tricky shots with tone mapping
Back in the days of film, a ‘straight’ black and white print was only a stepping stone. A properly finished print was almost always enhanced with some skilled ‘dodging and burning’. Dodging and burning is a classic technique in black and white, where certain areas of a print are held back (dodged) under the enlarger to make them lighter and others are given extra exposure … [Read more...] about Rediscover dodging and burning in black and white