Tips for Fixing Exposure Problems

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The first tip for fixing exposure problems works really well when the background is exposed and the subject in the foreground needs to be more exposed. For example when the camera exposure is from the light coming through the window rather than the main subject. Here is a quick video on fixing exposure problems which require evening out the exposure of the background and the foreground. There is a gray tint added to the photo and the clarity does seem to be reduced; however, there is a place for using this quick fix on exposure.

1. Using OVERLAY adjustment layer

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Correcting a Color Cast in Photoshop Elements 11

correct color cast in photoshop elements 11

White balance can get tricky especially when taking pictures indoors where you don’t have any control over the lighting. It’s not unusual to have multiple types of light indoors, and it can create difficulty for the camera to choose the right white balance.

There are numerous methods to adjust white balance and do some color correction. I will be using the below example of a child singing at a school recital. It’s always fun to watch your children standing up in front of all the parents, practically oblivious that we’re watching. What sucks is when you get home, and all your semi-focused, grainy pictures also have a yellow color cast.

Here is a down and dirty method that I use in Photoshop Elements 11 to quickly reduce the color cast and make the image look much better.
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Clamshell Lighting Setup

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The Clamshell Photography Light Setup

Not every lighting set-up has to be complicated. For simple headshots, I found that the clamshell light setup works well.

Why is it referred to as the clamshell setup? Well because when viewed from the side it resembles an open clamshell. One light is pointing down on the subject, your main light, and the other light pointing up from the bottom typically acting as a fill light. If you don’t have the second light, you can attach a reflector to a stand or have your model hold one. You can also use different modifies in your setup. In this case, I used two medium softboxes.
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Photographing Boiling Water

photographing boiling water

This turned into a fun project and the results were pretty interesting. The images of boiling water looked more like something from outer space. The trickiest part of photographing boiling water is getting a good focus, but once I got it figured out all that was left to do was click away.

Set-up for photographing boiling water

There isn’t a lot of equipment required for photographing boiling water. I used a Nikon D7100 with a Tokina 100mm lens attached to my tripod. I placed a Glass Electric Kettle on a sturdy table, filled with regular tap water. I set my camera up about 18″ away because I figured that would give me enough depth of field for a sharper image. CLICK LINK FOR DEPTH OF FIELD CALCULATOR
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Photographing a Light Bulb

photographing a light bulb

During the winter I like to find projects that can be done without a lot of space and equipment. One of my favorite sources of inspiration is Gavin Hoey. In my opinion, his videos are fun to watch and easy to understand. For today’s project, I am going to photograph a light bulb. Photographing clear shiny objects can be tricky unless you plan on using a lot of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to clean it up and get rid of unwanted reflections.

To get the ball rolling, check out this to the point video on photographing a light bulb – Lightbulb Without Wires: Ep 124

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Printing Contact Sheets in Photoshop Elements 11

Coffee photograph contact sheet

Even though I don’t utilize contact sheets in my photography, I’ve always thought they were pretty cool when I would come across them while reading photography books. It wasn’t until I looked into printing them that I discovered how easy it was to put together a contact sheet filled with photographs and print in Photoshop Elements 11. Continue reading “Printing Contact Sheets in Photoshop Elements 11”

Water Drop Photography How To

water drop photography how to

You’ve heard the saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” And that holds true when doing water drop photography. I’ve seen and tested many different setups but I never was really able to capture the picture I wanted of a drop of water falling into still water creating a cool splash and ripple effect. I’ve seen some people create really good pictures simply using their sink faucet while there are those that have created or purchased impressive devises that can make amazing water droplets in all sorts of ways. However, this is not one of those tutorials.

After some trial and error and what I believe to be success I thought I too would add my thoughts to the Internet on how to do water drop photograph.

How to do Water Drop Photography

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