Photoshop CS6: Get Started With These Powerful New Tools

Adobe recently released its upgraded Photoshop CS6, and now it’s more powerful than ever. But does that mean it’s even harder to use? Definitely not. In fact, here’s a series of seven videos that show you the basics of how to edit, enhance and save images for social media and blogs that will take you just a few minutes to watch and learn.

Over its 22-year history, Photoshop has accumulated a multitude of features; so many that it might seem intimidating to those who are not familiar with it. Don’t let that discourage you. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to harness Photoshop CS6’s awesome power — you’ll think you’re working miracles. The best part is, you’ll be learning how to use capabilities that can’t be found on any other software on this planet.

Follow along as we take you on a tour of many of its new features, showing you what we think is the best way to bring images into Photoshop, edit, enhance and modify them to your liking. So get yourself the free 30-day trial of Photoshop CS6, download these two test pics (picture 1 and picture 2) and follow along. Still have more questions after watching all seven videos? Tell us in the comments.

1. Set Preferences

In this first video, we’ll show you how we like to set up some of the basic features of Photoshop to make it easier to use. Tip: Watching these videos full screen will help you better see the details we’ll point out.

2. Camera Raw Interface

Next, we use Photoshop’s powerful Camera Raw interface to modify all sorts of parameters in an image. You’ll see how easy it is to adjust a photo to your liking, using a series of simple sliders. After that, you can send it over to the main Photoshop application for even more fun.

3. Content-Aware Fill

Here you’ll see how to expand an image into places where there was no image before. It’s done with content-aware fill, which was first available in the previous version of Photoshop. Here, we use the rectangular marquee tool (the second tool from the top of the toolbar on the left that looks like a square drawn by dotted lines) to select an area, and in that area there will be new parts of the image that Photoshop created itself. It’s almost miraculous.

4. Content-Aware Move

Next, I’ll show you how to take this “content-aware” concept a step further, with a new feature just introduced in Photoshop CS6 called content-aware move.

5. Spot Healing Tool

Here’s another way to enhance your images in Photoshop CS6: the spot healing tool. This was also introduced in a previous version, but it’s even more useful now. With it, you can magically remove distracting elements of a picture. And it’s just as easy as selecting a tool and drawing over parts of the image you don’t want, just like using an eraser.

6. Iris Blur

Why would you want your photos to look even more blurry, you ask? With carefully placed blur, you can make people think you have an expensiveDigital SLR, when all you’re using to take your pictures is a smartphone. Photoshop CS6 offers sophisticated controls that do what Instagram‘s tilt-shift tools do, but with a lot more precision. With this quick and easy Iris Blur tool, you can manipulate focus in as many areas as you’d like.

7. Cropping and Saving for the Web

Now that you’ve finished modifying that picture, it’s time to crop it to just the right size and save it. Photoshop CS6 adds a new cropping tool that does a whole lot more than its predecessor, which hasn’t changed much in 22 years, according to Adobe. Check it out, and learn easy ways to save images at exactly the right size you need for use on social networks or on your blog.

Image courtesy of iStockphotokryczka

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Create A Dark Abstract Crow Photo Manipulation

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Create A Dark Abstract Crow Photo Manipulation

by  on April 14, 2014HomePhotoshop TutorialsPhoto Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a dark abstract photo manipulation with crows and disintegration effect. You’ll learnhow to create this interesting effect in an easy way, add abstract elements, create depth of field and more.


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HOW TO CREATE THIS AMAZING ARTWORK OF A GREAT ENCHANTRESS IN PHOTOSHOP

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How to Create This Amazing Artwork of a Great Enchantress in Photoshop

by  on April 21, 2014HomePhotoshop TutorialsPhoto Manipulation

Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Great Enchantress with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photomanipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

What you’ll be creating

Let’s start creating pictures by creating a landscape, then add mystical items. The next step is to create the model and work with animals. The final step will be drawing the shadows and work on atmospheric paintings, correction and adding effects. You’ll need any version of Photoshop, inspiration and good mood!

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Step 1

Begin with we will create a vast landscape for our further manipulations. I believe that we will create that – something like an amphitheater. This will give depth and mystery our picture.

Start by creating! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2365 pixels high. I named the document “Incantation”.

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Step 2

Let’s start off adding the landscape to our manipulation. Go to File > Place and select the image of landscape.

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Step 3

After addition Place a landscape in the lower right corner without changing its size.

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Step 4

Duplicate the landscape 2 times. The short key Ctrl+ J.

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Step 5

Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy” on the size of a little more the working document.

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Step 6

Repeat the same with the last layer. Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy2” on the size of a little more the working document. Place it to the left, as shown in Figure.

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All we have done is to make the landscape more and more expressive. I think that if all the original picture landscape stretch for the entire document, it is not realistic to happen and there will be little space for our next steps.


Step 7

Begin to create. You have a unique opportunity to become briefly creator and create a new piece of magical scenery :) First, add a layer mask to “background copy” By clicking on the layer mask icon in the Layers panel.

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Step 8

Now take the Brush Tool (B) on the toolbar. Expose what settings Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 50% Flow: 100%. Press D to set the color to black and white. Be sure to brush should be soft for a smooth transition between the layers background.image9


Step 9

Begin to change. Turn off the top layer with the background by clicking on the eye icon in the Layers panel Activate the layer mask and remove the brush part of the landscape as shown. Draw black color.image10


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That’s how I got.

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Step 11

If you find that an option that arranges proceed to the next layer. Add a layer mask to the layer “background copy2” and remove some of the excess. To make it easier to paint over the stone, and then invert the layer mask (the short key Shift+ Ctrl+ I).

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Step 12

That’s it. Our landscape is ready. Now proceed to the creation of water. In the original image, water is not dynamic, so I decided to add dynamic waves. This will give freshness and unusual images.

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Step 13

Go to File > Place and select the image of wave.

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Now transform the image placed so that a large wave was a little farther from the edge of the document and the edges of the wave touches the shore landscape and rotate the image by an angle -12, 30.

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Step 15

Now duplicate the layer with the wave and transform it. Click LMB from the list, select Flip Horizontal. To apply the changes, click Enter. Move the wave a little left.

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Now duplicate the layer with the wave and change its size. Make it a little smaller and move it closer to the falls.

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Step 17

Now merge the layers with a wave of the group. Click on the desired layers hold Shift and click on the folder icon in the Layers panel or the short key Ctrl+ G. Rename the group, double click on the group name and call it “wave”.

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Step 18

Now remove the unwanted parts of waves that they are only in the riverbed. Add to each layer with a layer mask clicking on the mask icon in the Layers panel.

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Step 19

Select the Brush Tool (B) and use the settings: Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 75%, Flow: 70%. Be sure to check the main color black.

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Step 20

Remove unnecessary part of each layer. make invisible the upper layers by clicking the eye icon near the desired layer. So it will be easier to work.

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HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS

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How to Use Photoshop Actions

by  on April 7, 2014

Have you ever wanted something to do all the work for you in Photoshop? Then you’ll be interested to hear about Photoshop actions. These addons perform a series of actions to create everything from photo effects to 3D text. In this beginners tutorial, you’ll learn how to use and create your own Photoshop actions.

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Create a Photo Manipulation of Alice in Wonderland

by  on April 7, 2014

Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Alice in Wonderland on amazing and surreal atmosphere with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

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Free Download: Awesome Lego Mosaic Actions

by  on April 3, 2014

Photoshop actions can do some amazing tricks and these new Brick Mosaic actions by SparkleStock will turn your photos into brick mosaics with just one click! Simply play the action that you want and the effect will be created for you automatically.  Download and try them out today!

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How to Turn Your Photos into Lego with Photoshop

by  on March 26, 2014

Turn any of your photos into a brick mosaic inspired by the official Lego photo app! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create the effect from any photo and it’s really easy to do. You’ll learn how to pixelate your photo, create a brick pattern and overlay it on top of your photo, and compress the bricks into a limited color palette to make it look more realistic. Follow this tutorial and create your own cool brick mosaic photo!

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Free Download: Brilliant Photoshop Actions That Make Your Photos Look Vintage with Light Leaks

by  on March 18, 2014

Photo effects done right can completely change the way your photo looks. These premium looks by SparkleStock are everything you need to give your photos the nostalgic/emotional feel that you always see in fashion ads and retro-style wedding photos. If you want to take it a step further and totally vintage out your photos, then you have to try the brilliant light leak actions; they’re amazing because they’re created 100% with gradient layers. Download these actions and see for yourself how good they are!

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10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits

10 Tips for Taking Stunning Portraits

How do you take Portraits that have the ‘Wow’ factor?

Today and tomorrow I want to talk about taking Portraits that are a little out of the box. You see it’s all very well and good to have a portrait that follows all the rules– but it hit me as I was surfing on Flickr today that often the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules.

I want to look at some ways to break out of the mold and take striking portraits by breaking (or at least bending) the rules and adding a little randomness into yourportrait photography. I’ll share ten of these tips today and a further ten tomorrow (update: you can see the 2nd part here).

1. Alter Your Perspective

Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) the eye level of the subject. While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor.

 

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Get up high and shoot down on your subject or get as close to the ground as you can and shoot up. Either way you’ll be seeing your subject from an angle that is bound to create interest.

 

10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by TeeRish

 

2. Play with Eye Contact

It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact an image. Most portraits have the subject looking down the lens – something that can create a real sense of connection between a subject and those viewing the image. But there are a couple of other things to try:

A. Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. This can create a feeling of candidness and also create a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. This intrigue is particularly drawn about when the subject is showing some kind of emotion (ie ‘what’s making them laugh?’ or ‘what is making them look surprised?’). Just be aware that when you have a subject looking out of frame that you can also draw the eye of the viewer of the shot to the edge of the image also – taking them away from the point of interest in your shot – the subject.

 

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B. Looking within the frame – alternatively you could have your subject looking at something (or someone) within the frame. A child looking at a ball, a woman looking at her new baby, a man looking hungrily at a big plate of pasta…. When you give your subject something to look at that is inside the frame you create a second point of interest and a relationship between it and your primary subject. It also helps create ‘story’ within the image.

 

 

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3. Break the Rules of Composition

There are a lot of ‘rules’ out there when it comes to composition and I’ve always had a love hate relationship with them. My theory is that while they are useful to know and employ that they are also useful to know so you can purposely break them – as this can lead to eye catching results.

The Rule of Thirds is one that can be effective to break – placing your subject either dead centre can sometimes create a powerful image – or even creative placement with your subject right on the edge of a shot can sometimes create interesting images.

 

 

Another ‘rule’ that we often talk about in portrait photography is to give your subject room to look into. This can work really well – but again, sometimes rules are made to be broken.

 

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4. Experiment with Lighting

Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them. There are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits.

Side-lighting can create mood, backlighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.

 

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Using techniques like slow synch flash can create an impressive wow factor.

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5. Move Your Subject Out of their Comfort Zone

I was chatting with a photographer recently who told me about a corporate portrait shoot that he had done with a business man at his home. They’d taken a lot of head and shoulder shots, shots at his desk, shots in front of framed degrees and other ‘corporate’ type images. They had all turned out fairly standard – but there was nothing that really stood out from the crowd.

The photographer and the subject agreed that there were plenty of useable shots but they wanted to create something ‘special’ and out of the box. The photographer suggested they try some ‘jumping’ shots. The subject was a little hesitant at first but stepped out into the uncomfortable zone and dressed in his suit and tie started jumping!

The shots were amazing, surprising and quite funny. The shoot culminated with the subject jumping in his pool for one last image!

While this might all sound a little ‘silly’ the shots ended up being featured in a magazine spread about the subject. It was the series of out of the box images that convinced the magazine he was someone that they’d want to feature.

 

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6. Shoot Candidly

Sometimes posed shots can look somewhat…. posed. Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work.

Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love. This will put them more at ease and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the situation that they are in. You might even want to grab a longer zoom lens to take you out of their immediate zone and get really paparazzi with them.

I find that this can particularly work when photographing children.

 

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7. Introduce a Prop

Add a prop of some kind into your shots and you create another point of interest that can enhance your shot.

Yes you might run the risk of taking too much focus away from your main subject but you could also really add a sense of story and place to the image that takes it in a new direction and gives the person you’re photographing an extra layer of depth that they wouldn’t have had without the prop.

 

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8. Focus Upon One Body Part – Get Close Up

Get a lens with a long focal length attached to your camera – or get right in close so that you can just photograph a part of your subject. Photographing a person’s hands, eyes, mouth or even just their lower body… can leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer of an image.

Sometimes it’s what is left out of an image that says more than what is included.

 

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9. Obscure Part of your Subject

A variation on the idea of zooming in on one part of the body is to obscure parts of your portrait subject’s face or body. You can do this with clothing, objects, their hands or just by framing part of them out of the image.

Doing this means that you leave a little to the imagination of the image’s viewer but also focus their attention on parts of your subject that you want them to be focused upon.

 

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10. Take a Series of Shots

Switch your camera into ‘burst’ or ‘continuous shooting’ mode and fire off more than one shot at a time.

In doing this you create a series of images that could be presented together instead of just one static image.

This technique can work very well when you’re photographing children – or really any active subject that is changing their position or pose in quick succession.

 

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10 More ways to Take Great Portraits – Continued Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will complete this mini-series of posts on portrait photography with 10 more techniques like the ones above. Make sure you’re subscribed to Digital Photography School to ensure you get the second half!

Update: You can read the 2nd half of this series at 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography. Also check out What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You About Taking Great Portraits for a portraits tutorial with a difference.

Also – don’t forget the portrait section of our forum – an ideal place to discuss portrait photography and show off some of your work.

Using Greater Pictures – Try out These Photography Tips!

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Using Greater Pictures – Try out These Photography Tips!

Images can be a especially fulfilling interest. Images is quite unique, in that it permits you to generate long lasting reminiscences. Images captures endless moments and feelings all inside of a one shot. This post can show you how to see your pictures with new eyes. Read the rest of this report for some approaches you can make your stunning photographs even much more stunning.

When you are to shoot photos of couples, households or teams, assume of suggesting to them in advance about what to put on. It is not required to match shades, but hues that are complementary will generate much more satisfying outcomes. Particularly if shooting in an outside setting, suggest that your subjects clothe by themselves in shades that blend, instead than distinction, with character. If there is a want to have bright colors, try sporting black to help the colours be a lot more well balanced in the picture.

Be positive to manually alter the white balance when getting images.

Performing this will have a massive have an effect on on the temper your photos will have, and will give you much more handle over how each photograph will appear. You’ll have to discover what options look greatest for distinct situations, but once you do, you’ll have a lot more liberty for creative imagination.

If the matter of your picture is a big structure or an expansive normal function, have a person stand inside the shot’s body for scale. Viewers could not be ready to appreciate the measurement of the construction in the shot if some thing common just isn’t present to demonstrate them the size to scale.

In most cases, the subject’s eyes are seeking correct at the camera. Ask subjects to emphasis on something other than the camera. This will produce a unique appear. You could also attempt to have the men and women in the image search at one thing in the frame.

Change your settings appropriately if you are planning to get pictures of a relocating matter. You can remedy this concern preemptively by increase your ISO configurations. The ultimate photographs will arrive out clearer, with tiny or no blur.

You can not hurry the approach of studying images, and you certainly can not hurry a great shot. The shot is there when the shot is there. Hastily snapping your images can lead to disappointing photographs, leaving you wishing you experienced taken your time.

Every time you are getting photographs of landscapes, your photographs really should always have three key elements. They are a foreground, a mid ground, and a track record. These items are not just fundamentals of fundamental photography. They are also fundamentals for other sorts of art.

Exercise caution when utilizing electronic zoom as an alternative of optical zoom, particularly when you are shooting an item up shut. Electronic zoom will bring you in closer, but graphic good quality will suffer. When you are using electronic zoom, a lot of cameras are established up to interpolate pixels, whilst incorporating them to your graphic. This will outcome in a lowered picture good quality. If you have a seem inside your camera’s manual, you will be ready to discover how to turn the element off.

Know when it truly is essential to use your camera’s flash and when it’s not. It should not be the circumstance that you just set it and then fail to remember about it. At times, far too a lot light-weight can wreck a fantastic image. Conversely, use the flash when there might not be enough gentle to totally illuminate the topic.

Although mobile phone cameras are much better in good quality, you require to be watchful with lighting troubles. Several mobile telephone cameras are not geared up with created in flashes, so that can make it vitally essential you place your subject in the finest lighting as possible. Using the zoom to get nearer will support block the sunspots and shadows.

Many people feel that brilliant, sunny times are best for using images, but the truth is that immediate daylight can ruin any photograph. Direct sunlight not only leads to glare and uncomfortable shadows, but it also results in irregular highlights and can make your subjects squint if they going through the sun. Usually decide on early morning or afterwards in the night to get pictures outside the house.

When you need to go into photography, it is critical that you understand about appropriate composition. Bad structure can turn an normally-fantastic shot into one thing that isn’t going to appear quite correct. When you want to improve your images abilities, discover, research and use all you can about suitable structure.

Think about the function of your photographs ahead of you acquire them. For case in point, will the ultimate photograph be shown horizontally or vertically? Following the picture is taken, you can often edit it on your computer system. You can crop your image or modify the colors and light extremely easily. Nonetheless, you should aim to get your photograph appropriate on the initial endeavor.

Shoot your subjects from a range of angles to locate a unique point of view. Anyone can acquire a picture of a scene head-on. Search up at issues from the ground, or peer more than the top of objects. Try out composing a shot on the diagonal or from the side to make it a lot more intriguing.

If the sky looks overcast, reduce its visual appeal in your photo. If as well significantly gray sky is in your photo, it will seem muted and bland. If you can’t stay away from capturing an overcast sky in your shot, decide for black and white rather than shade photos. If the sky outdoors is a gorgeous blue, include it in your images but observe the gentle.

As you have go through, images maintain recollections and let you to cherish them once and for all. Even though they price virtually practically nothing to make, they can grow to be our most treasured possessions. Take your photography to a total new degree by implementing the over tips to your daily attempts.

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DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

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Diy-Photography-Lighting-HacksLighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.

Walk into most professional photographer’s studios and you’ll be confronted with truckloads of lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer it’s enough to make your mind boggle – and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost of it all.

Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself.

In this post I’ve found 10 DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks that put some of these lighting techniques within the grasp of the rest of us. Some are more involved than others but all are fun and will provide you with some new lighting gear to experiment with.

 

1. Multi-Super-SB-Ring Light

Sb-Ring-FlashWhat can you make with six speedlight flashes, a coffee can and a little spare time?

You get a multi-super-sb-ring-light! (pictured left).

You could probably also blind a small village if you’re not careful!

Find out what it is, how to make one and what the results are like here.

This one looks like a lot of fun to play with – even if it’s just for the challenge of it and the looks you’d get when you pull it out next time you do a shoot..

 

2. Poor Mans Ring Flash

Poor-Mans-Ring-FlashAll you need for this one (pictured left) is a used milk bottle/jug and some scissors.

The result is that you’ll have a Poor Mans Ring Flash.

A ring flash is one that fits around the lens – it creates a wonderfully unique lighting effect. They will usually lighten your wallet by a couple of hundred dollars.

It’s so simple that I whipped one up for myself today in 5 minutes.

It worked out pretty good too – not bad for the cost of a couple of liters of milk!

If you want to experiment with other methods of making DIY ring flashes you also might want to check out this post for another method. This one is a little more involved, but I think will probably get better results.

 

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3. Inexpensive Light Tent

Softboxresult2-1Have you ever wanted to replicate the crisp clean product images that you see in catalogs with the products seemingly floating on a white background?

If you do – you need some kind of light tent/light box.

As usual, light boxes can cost you quite a bit – but thanks to DPS reader Jeffrey Bail you might be able to achieve the results without having to spend much at all.

In our Inexpensive Light Tent tutorial Jeffrey shows you how to turn a box, fabric, tape, glue board and light into a great little light tent.

 

4. Party Bouncer Card

Party Bouncer SetupAnother cool DIY Hack is this Party Bouncer Card(pictured left) which is so simple yet promises to be so useful and effective.

This one is for those of you with a camera which doesn’t have the capability for an off camera flash.

It allows you to bounce some light off the ceiling while also diffusing the light going forward – this will enable you to get a less harsh flash effect that many flashes leave images with. I like this one as it pushes the light out from your flash in two directions which can lead to a more even light rather than just diffusing it – a little more sophisticated.

Another quick DIY on diffusing a flash is to put a little translucent magic tape over a flash (or a piece of white tissue paper can do it too).

Any of these methods will decrease the amount of light getting out from the flash onto your subject – hopefully resulting in a more subtle light and a less blown out image.

 

5. Turkey Pan Beauty Dish

Just Fab Beauty Dish 00Beauty dishes are wonderful pieces of photographic equipment to experiment with – but they can be very expensive.

Not any more (at lest if you use this DIY trick).

In this hack learn how to use a simple Turkey Pan to get some pretty amazing beauty dish results! The comparison examples in this tutorial between the turkey pan version and the real thing are pretty convincing.

I must remember to add Turkey Pans to this week’s shopping list.

Check out this tutorial here.

6. DIY Ghetto Flash Extender

Flash-ExtenderI’d not heard of this type of device before – but since I found this tutorial I’ve discovered a number of photographers who for one reason or another want to be able to extend the reach of their flash.

This is particularly useful for wildlife photographers who want to supplement natural light in tricky lighting with fill flash. Of course sometimes it’s difficult to get close to that animal and a normal flash would have no impact.

Enter the Flash Extender (one popular one is the ‘better beamer’).

Want to make one for yourself? This tutorial for the DIY Ghetto Flash Extender will tell you how.

7. Disposable Camera Flash Slave

Disp Camera Test Flash KitLately I’ve had more and more questions from readers about how to set up shots with multiple flash units to light a subject from more than one angle.

It’s not difficult to do if you have the budget to buy yourself an extra speedlight flash or two (or more) but if you don’t have the budget is there a way?

In this tutorial and author shows you how to use a disposable camera to act as a remote slave flash.

OK – this tutorial isn’t for anyone looking for a quick simple solution – but it is a challenge that I’m sure some of you will be up for!

8. Flash Mounted DIY Softbox

Sb7Another way that professional photographers diffuse the light that comes from a flash and gets a nice subtle and even light on their subject is to use a softbox

A softbox sits over a light (it’s a big box with white walls) which ensures the light is spread out evenly.

This DIY Softbox tutorial is great – it requires card, a white sheet (silk if you can), velcro, scissors, glue and the template that the tutorial provides you with.

The results look pretty good – but if you want more DIY softboxes the same site also has another tutorial for an alternative softbox.

Again – this one looks pretty good.

9. Flash Bouncers

flash-diffuserThere are a lot of DIY flash diffuser hacks and tutorials around but this one from our friend Chris at DSLRBlog is pretty cool.

It costs £1, takes 5 minutes, requires craft foam, a little elastic and some scissors.

The tutorial even includes a template for you to print out on your printer and then cut out – what more do you need?

Even the technologically challenge could make this one (speaking of myself of course).

Nice work from Chris with that one.

Another similar Flash Bouncer/Diffuser can be found over at DPReview here. This one is foam also.

Lastly – another card/paper version of the flash bouncer.

10. Full Budget DIY Lighting Studio

Image001It’s time for one last DIY lighting hack – this one attempts to bring it all together with a full DIY Budget Studio setup.

The author of it takes up the challenge of creating a full studio lighting system for under $75.

It includes lights, reflectors, diffusers and flash diffusers – all using items that you could pick up at hardware and craft stores.

It also shows you a few test shots at the end of the tutorial that compare different lighting options.

You will need your own flash unit to use the flash diffusers on – but the rest is all included in the tutorial.

I particularly light the suggestions around globes for the lights. I know a couple of DPS forum members have had similar success with these sorts of lights.

11. UPDATE: The Fring – a DIY Flash Ring

lighting-hacks.jpgI saw this one recently and I think it makes a worthy addition to this post.

It is a DIY Fibre-Optic flash extension for your DSLR’s popup flash!

It uses the light from your camera’s flash to light your subject using fibre optics arranged around your lens to give a more even light.

Of course it’s not the easiest to make (there are 37 steps) but it’s an ingenious idea and the example images taken with the setup are pretty cool considering it cost just a few dollars to make.

 

DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

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A Post By: Darren Rowse

Diy-Photography-Lighting-HacksLighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.

Walk into most professional photographer’s studios and you’ll be confronted with truckloads of lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer it’s enough to make your mind boggle – and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost of it all.

Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself.

In this post I’ve found 10 DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks that put some of these lighting techniques within the grasp of the rest of us. Some are more involved than others but all are fun and will provide you with some new lighting gear to experiment with.

 

1. Multi-Super-SB-Ring Light

Sb-Ring-FlashWhat can you make with six speedlight flashes, a coffee can and a little spare time?

You get a multi-super-sb-ring-light! (pictured left).

You could probably also blind a small village if you’re not careful!

Find out what it is, how to make one and what the results are like here.

This one looks like a lot of fun to play with – even if it’s just for the challenge of it and the looks you’d get when you pull it out next time you do a shoot..

 

2. Poor Mans Ring Flash

Poor-Mans-Ring-FlashAll you need for this one (pictured left) is a used milk bottle/jug and some scissors.

The result is that you’ll have a Poor Mans Ring Flash.

A ring flash is one that fits around the lens – it creates a wonderfully unique lighting effect. They will usually lighten your wallet by a couple of hundred dollars.

It’s so simple that I whipped one up for myself today in 5 minutes.

It worked out pretty good too – not bad for the cost of a couple of liters of milk!

If you want to experiment with other methods of making DIY ring flashes you also might want to check out this post for another method. This one is a little more involved, but I think will probably get better results.

 

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3. Inexpensive Light Tent

Softboxresult2-1Have you ever wanted to replicate the crisp clean product images that you see in catalogs with the products seemingly floating on a white background?

If you do – you need some kind of light tent/light box.

As usual, light boxes can cost you quite a bit – but thanks to DPS reader Jeffrey Bail you might be able to achieve the results without having to spend much at all.

In our Inexpensive Light Tent tutorial Jeffrey shows you how to turn a box, fabric, tape, glue board and light into a great little light tent.

 

4. Party Bouncer Card

Party Bouncer SetupAnother cool DIY Hack is this Party Bouncer Card(pictured left) which is so simple yet promises to be so useful and effective.

This one is for those of you with a camera which doesn’t have the capability for an off camera flash.

It allows you to bounce some light off the ceiling while also diffusing the light going forward – this will enable you to get a less harsh flash effect that many flashes leave images with. I like this one as it pushes the light out from your flash in two directions which can lead to a more even light rather than just diffusing it – a little more sophisticated.

Another quick DIY on diffusing a flash is to put a little translucent magic tape over a flash (or a piece of white tissue paper can do it too).

Any of these methods will decrease the amount of light getting out from the flash onto your subject – hopefully resulting in a more subtle light and a less blown out image.

 

5. Turkey Pan Beauty Dish

Just Fab Beauty Dish 00Beauty dishes are wonderful pieces of photographic equipment to experiment with – but they can be very expensive.

Not any more (at lest if you use this DIY trick).

In this hack learn how to use a simple Turkey Pan to get some pretty amazing beauty dish results! The comparison examples in this tutorial between the turkey pan version and the real thing are pretty convincing.

I must remember to add Turkey Pans to this week’s shopping list.

Check out this tutorial here.

6. DIY Ghetto Flash Extender

Flash-ExtenderI’d not heard of this type of device before – but since I found this tutorial I’ve discovered a number of photographers who for one reason or another want to be able to extend the reach of their flash.

This is particularly useful for wildlife photographers who want to supplement natural light in tricky lighting with fill flash. Of course sometimes it’s difficult to get close to that animal and a normal flash would have no impact.

Enter the Flash Extender (one popular one is the ‘better beamer’).

Want to make one for yourself? This tutorial for the DIY Ghetto Flash Extender will tell you how.

7. Disposable Camera Flash Slave

Disp Camera Test Flash KitLately I’ve had more and more questions from readers about how to set up shots with multiple flash units to light a subject from more than one angle.

It’s not difficult to do if you have the budget to buy yourself an extra speedlight flash or two (or more) but if you don’t have the budget is there a way?

In this tutorial and author shows you how to use a disposable camera to act as a remote slave flash.

OK – this tutorial isn’t for anyone looking for a quick simple solution – but it is a challenge that I’m sure some of you will be up for!

8. Flash Mounted DIY Softbox

Sb7Another way that professional photographers diffuse the light that comes from a flash and gets a nice subtle and even light on their subject is to use a softbox

A softbox sits over a light (it’s a big box with white walls) which ensures the light is spread out evenly.

This DIY Softbox tutorial is great – it requires card, a white sheet (silk if you can), velcro, scissors, glue and the template that the tutorial provides you with.

The results look pretty good – but if you want more DIY softboxes the same site also has another tutorial for an alternative softbox.

Again – this one looks pretty good.

9. Flash Bouncers

flash-diffuserThere are a lot of DIY flash diffuser hacks and tutorials around but this one from our friend Chris at DSLRBlog is pretty cool.

It costs £1, takes 5 minutes, requires craft foam, a little elastic and some scissors.

The tutorial even includes a template for you to print out on your printer and then cut out – what more do you need?

Even the technologically challenge could make this one (speaking of myself of course).

Nice work from Chris with that one.

Another similar Flash Bouncer/Diffuser can be found over at DPReview here. This one is foam also.

Lastly – another card/paper version of the flash bouncer.

10. Full Budget DIY Lighting Studio

Image001It’s time for one last DIY lighting hack – this one attempts to bring it all together with a full DIY Budget Studio setup.

The author of it takes up the challenge of creating a full studio lighting system for under $75.

It includes lights, reflectors, diffusers and flash diffusers – all using items that you could pick up at hardware and craft stores.

It also shows you a few test shots at the end of the tutorial that compare different lighting options.

You will need your own flash unit to use the flash diffusers on – but the rest is all included in the tutorial.

I particularly light the suggestions around globes for the lights. I know a couple of DPS forum members have had similar success with these sorts of lights.

11. UPDATE: The Fring – a DIY Flash Ring

lighting-hacks.jpgI saw this one recently and I think it makes a worthy addition to this post.

It is a DIY Fibre-Optic flash extension for your DSLR’s popup flash!

It uses the light from your camera’s flash to light your subject using fibre optics arranged around your lens to give a more even light.

http://digital-photography-school.com/diy-flash-and-lighting-hacks-for-digital-photographers