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Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide

Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments.    That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in…

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An American in Lanta

The following series turned out to be my interpretation of the famous quote from Henry David Thoreau “all good things are wild and free”. I might add here “unexpected” as well. Daniel, as most humble people, didn’t like the idea of sitting in front of the lens at all and it took me quite a…

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Copy, Apply and Fine Tune Image Adjustments in Capture One 12

I must admit that one of my favorite features in Capture One are predefined Styles. Working with RAW files and having at my disposal huge amount of data enables great flexibility and gives plenty of space for creative experiments. Capture One by default comes with a set of built-in Styles and Presets. Presets are settings…

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Color Grading with Color Editor Tool in Capture One 12

In this video you will learn advanced color grading technique with the Color Editor Tool in Capture One 12. I will show you how to precisely pick a color from the image, adjust its range and modify selected color. With Color Editor you can adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminosity of picked color range. You will…

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Vintage Sweet & Chic

I must admit that recently I haven’t processed many images from my vast archives. And definitely I haven’t done much portraiture work, traveling almost always means new photos of mountains, ocean, desert and rarely people. So for a change I felt like working on a series of portraits. These were taken in Malta three years…

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Luma Masking in Capture One 12

Luma Mask Tool enables creating quickly extremely precise masks based on selected luminosity ranges.   In order to work with Luminosity Masks first create a new layer with opaque mask (click the “+” icon in the Layers Tab and from the dropdown menu select “New Filled Layer”.) Next use Luma Mask tool to modify the…

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Color Grading vs Color Correction

While most photographers agree that exposure correction and luminosity adjustments are the first steps to take during photo editing workflow, color grading is perceived by many as “mysterious land”. It is a high time to demistify color adjustments! Quite frequently I am getting requests from my students to provide feedback on their work. Many of…

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Evaluate Your Image For HDR – Histogram Tool Explained

Have you ever got lost in some complex photo editing technique to find out in the end that exactly the same effect could have been achieved with much simpler tool? In today’s video we will take a closer look at High Dynamic Range photography and discuss when your photos will benefit from it and when…

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Create Actions in Photoshop

Today I have a fun practice exercise for you – how about creating your very own set of Photoshop Actions? Watch the “Create Actions in Photoshop CC – full tutorial” video and learn how in a few minutes record an Action. The best thing is that what started as fun will be a massive time…

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How to Transform Your Images with Photoshop Luminosity Masks

  If you always wanted to start working with Photoshop Luminosity Masks (LM) but felt overwhelmed – watch this short playlist of 3 videos. You will quickly learn:   what LM are how to use them in your workflow what are the benefits of working with LM how to perform advanced Photoshop adjustments with LM…

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Transform Your Photos with Curves in Photoshop

Watch the  free video and learn how to incorporate Curves into a full photo edit. In the video the Curves along with Dodge & Burn retouching technique were used to correct light and shadow levels in the portrait. If you are curious how to get from the original image to the final edit – feel…

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Human Eye vs DSLR – How Do They See The World

Every aspiring photographer sooner or later will face a truly breathtaking scene that despite his efforts will be close to impossible to capture. Why? Watch the “Human Eye vs DSLR – How Do They See The World” free video and learn about two different worlds – your DSLR’s and the one seen through your eyes.…

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Open Class: “Photographic Exposure Best Practices”

Do you want to take better photos and finally get comfortable with your camera’s manual settings? If yes, this is a course for you – I have designed it for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their images by mastering the most fundamental aspect of photography – exposure. What Will I Learn?  …

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What is Chromatic Aberration and how to correct it in Adobe Camera RAW

1. What is Chromatic Aberration Chromatic aberration or color fringing is a common issue caused by camera’s lens distortion. It is a failure of the lens to focus all the colors to the same convergence point. Less sophisticated lenses and wide angle lenses are more prone to produce color fringing. Chromatic aberration is visible in photos…

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Exposure Triangle

1. Exposure Triangle What is photographic exposure? It is the amount of light that hits image sensor in the camera. If the amount of light was too small – the image captured by the camera will be too dark – underexposed. On a contrary – if we allowed too much light – we will see…

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