Tag Archives: Photoshop

Once in a while you just walk into a setting that you can’t ignore. We were visiting the American Motorcycle Museum in Raalte when we encountered this old tractor, which is for sale by the way. The kids started to climb it and we took some shots. My eye fell on a little stool next to the barn, so before we knew it we were make floating photos. It was the first time for Mart to pose but he enjoyed it. And of coarse I couldn’t ignore Nickita, so she climbed on the tractor too as you can see in the shot below. For those curious how this was done, check my previous articles on floatation photos. Regarding the work done on these shot; mainly they we both edited the same way. I did the floating trick, added motion blur to the background, added radial blur to the wheels with Adobe Photoshop and spiced them up a bit in Adobe Lightroom. Both were shot with my Canon G12 and without tripod (had to use a fencepost for stability)

Again my daughter and I went outside with a new idea which included our little stool. This time we went to Geestmerambacht with the intension to make a fairy version of our floatation series. While we were shooting next to the lake, with lousy light and hazy skies we came to the idea to place the stool underwater, just below the water level. For a little five year old a bit scary to be on a small stool that isn’t visible but at the end all went well. She was walking on water. For those who have missed the previous series where we have already developed the floating or hovering concept I wrote a brief tutorial (to be found here) how to achieve this special effect. If you understand how this is done there are many ideas that you can execute. You can use the same technic when you want someone to walk on water. In our case we placed the stool in such a way that it was just below the water surface. Due to the ripples in the water the stool was visible in some cases, but that could be fixed easily. More on that later. In the examples below I never shot a photo without the stool. Due to the fact that the stool was underwater, there was no need to hide/remove the stool. So my base photo is with stool. Because it was not a very sunny nor bright day, (lousy light and hazy sky) I thought the image was lacking something. There is no umpf. So I decided to spice the image with some HDR. I only had I photo so I had to multiply the image. I created 7 different versions with Adobe Lightroom all with 1 stop difference. (-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, […]

I was looking for a good noise reduction tool. When I looked on the internet it was not clear to me what would be the best program, so I did some testing. My main goal is to reduce most of the noise without the use of all the fancy settings. Personally I do not hate some noise in my pictures. Probably because I own a Canon 5D which doesn’t generate much noise at all. But the main reason why I’m looking for noise reduction software has to do with HDR. When I generate a HDR image I always get more noise in my images then I wished for. So I am in need of some good noise reduction tool Don’t expect too much of this mini test. Basically what I did was the following, I opened the original photo with the appropriate program or plug-in (within Adobe Photoshop CS4). If the program or plug-in had an automatic setting I used that. If not I only used the most basic adjustments/settings to get a decent result. Maybe I am just lazy, but hey I don’t want to spend my precious time with reducing noise. So the image on the top left is a crop of the original HDR file. (the un-cropped image can be found in the following article Curacao misty water HDR). The other images are the results of one of the following tools: Noise Ninja 2.2.1 (Stand Alone) Noise Ware 2.6 (Stand Alone) Noise Ware 4.2 (Photoshop plug-in) Photoshop CS4 (Stand Alone) Lightroom 3 (Stand Alone) NikSoft Dfine 2 (Photoshop plug-in) Neat Image Pro 6.0 (Stand Alone) Topaz Denoise 4(Photoshop plug-in) The most important thing for me is that I don’t loose any important details in the photo, so that is one of the things I based my conclusion […]

Last week I did some editing on old photo’s of Nicki, and I decided to combine them in a collection on the site. (Click here to see the collection.) I did not much editing, just transformed them to black and white with Adobe Lightroom. For some I used the Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software

Today we had a beautiful sunny day, so time to go outside and try my new MPE 65mm. And it was hard work. First I thought that all the reviews on the internet were a bit exaggerated, when the spoke of a difficult lens, but it was all true. And I loved it. I can’t say that I have a great result from the beginning, but hey it’s a start. And it looks very promising. I can’t wait to start this journey. I tried some insects but I’m not experienced enough with this lens at the moment to get the results I’m aiming for. So I tried this little screw which is only 10mm long, and I was surprised by the result. This is only a 1x magnification. I also tried the larger magnifications but they were out of focus. Next was this violet. The photo shown here is a stack of 7 photos. (DOF Stack, I will explain more about that in a later article.) I stacked the image with a program CombineZP. In short; what such a program does is combine several images with a different focus point so that the final image has a wider DOF. With this lens set on 5x magnification you only have a DOF of 0.048mm at f/2.8 and 0.269mm at f/16. So that is not a lot. So you take several shots in which the focus point shifts by 0.25mm (if lens is set at 5x f/16) and CombineZP merges these images into one. The last pictures show a Woodlouse. The picture on the left is a handmade stack (I used Adobe Photoshop) out of the two photos on the right. When I shot these I did not had the intension to make stack, so I had to pull some tricks out […]

When I was editing some shots from the smoke experiment in Photoshop I got the idea to mirror the smoke and add a gradient coloured layer to the whole. below you see some examples.

As planned I tried to shoot smoke pictures. I created a gallery were you will find the first results. I definitely will try more often, to see if I can get a better quality. For now I am satisfied with the result but I wish I would be able to get the smoke a bit clearer. So I’m still looking for some incense that produces lighter smoke. For those who do not know how to make this kind of pictures: Use an incense stick to create smoke (smells nice as well while you work), and put some hard light from one side. Use a snoot or barn doors to keep the light from hitting the background. Use black paper as a background and start shooting. Due to the fact you can’t control the smoke you just shoot (you’ve got to love digital) a lot of shots and hope you are lucky. Make sure you use a small lens opening (large f number i.e. f/22) And set you shutter to the sync speed of your flash (differs from 1/60s to 1/200s). When you are done, import your photo in Photoshop (or similar program) and inverse the image ([CTRL+I]. If you are happy with the result you are done. If not you can play with the curves [CTRL+M] which can help you to make the smoke more clear. The images on this page were also rotated 180 degrees. (smoke travels up in most cases) Enjoy when you will try for yourself. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f/22, studio light]

Today I stopped by the road when I saw some poppies. Last summer I already had this idea in my head but never had the opportunity to take the right picture. This one gets close to the initial idea. The picture has been adjusted in Lightroom, end set to monochrome colours. Then I combined the monochrome image with te original image in Photoshop with the original on top of the monochrome. With the eraser I erased everything from the top layer except the red poppy. You see the result on the right. This is what I love about digital imaging. 15 years ago I used to get the same result by printing a black & white photo and then colouring with transparant ink. Hell of a job to achieve. And now the result is way better. I will try to scan some of the old photos that were ink coloured, and place them on the site. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8, daylight, polarization filter]

You have a bunch of photo’s and they are stored on your hard-drive or maybe you are still using the old-fashioned way of storing your negatives and photos in a large cabinet where they are collecting dust or even worse, eaten by time. And even worse, every time you want to show off to your friends your dust allergy sticks his head up and you will be sneezing all over your valuable work. So what to do? I don’t know what you should do, but I can tell what I have done. I bought a film-scanner and started to scan my old negatives. By doing so I am sure that I have a back-up of my work and that I will make my life a lot easier when I want to work with my photos or when I want to show them to other people. Plus at the moment we do not have the space to build a darkroom so developing my photos is a no-go anyway. In the beginning I started with scanning my negatives and processed them in Adobe Photoshop. Hell of a job and after 50 rolls of film you start to dislike the whole process. Of course I had my share of digital photos already on my HD, so my digital collections started to grow. When I had a substantial amount I created a website and started to upload my work. For every picture I uploaded I had to adjust my HTML code. Again not a very nice job. Then I got introduced to Gallery2, a PHP, open source (so free), already build web gallery. I loved it. And I started to upload my photos. There I made the first mistake. I uploaded everything that I got. Forgetting one of the first lessons I had learned on school. […]