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Awareness of the distortions produced by angle of view and lens choice is the beginning of using them creatively. Curiously, permission is the beginning of using distortion in post-processing creatively. Many people have been told that it’s inappropriate to do so. Why? Why accept an unintended mechanical by-product, but not a consciously intended effect? Why take such a powerful tool for expression off the table? Even the subtlest applications of distortion can produce powerful results. Once you understand what kinds of distortions are possible during post-processing, you may even find yourself changing your angle of view during exposure.

There are many reasons why you might want to distort an image. Here are four:

1. Correct optical distortion that can be produced by many things, including lens choice, angle of view, motion, panoramic stitches, etc. You can choose to make the selection of a wide-angle lens less about distortion and more about including more.

2. Modify proportion; adjust the height and/or width of objects and/or areas. Just for starters, take off the 10 pounds that the camera adds on.

3. Change proximity; reduce or increase the spaces between objects. Make things feel more or less related.

4. Enhance or change gesture; make a leaning object more tilted or straighten it out. Think of this as adding the words “very” or “less” into a sentence.

When exploring the many distortion tools in Photoshop, you’ll find that the Liquify filter is one of the most powerful. The Liquify filter is so powerful that, when in use, it offers its own toolbar and menus, somewhat like Camera Raw. To get the most of the Liquify filter, it’s worth taking the full tour …

Read all the details on Digital Photo Pro.

Photoshop’s sophisticated distortion capabilities are relatively new to photography and so is the mind-set of using them to photographers. Both are worth acquiring. Everyone can find a use for them, at one time or another, if not on every image. As every photographer uses distortion to one degree or another, ultimately what separates photographers is not whether they use distortion, but when, how and why they use it. The same tools can be used to achieve entirely different effects. There’s a world of difference between using distortion to remove process artifacts for more accurate representations, using distortion to aesthetically refine the formal qualities of images and using distortion to expressively interpret subjects. Intent is everything. Practice is a reflection of intent. Simply asking yourself how far you are and aren’t willing to go and, finally, why, will help clarify yours. Consider these questions seriously, and you’ll find your vision will grow stronger and clearer.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

My ebook Atmospheric FX will help you take control of the weather in your images. Weather can alter the mood of any image. Sometimes weather makes the image. Photographers learn many ways to make the most of the weather. Now, you no longer have to wait for the perfect weather, you can create it using Adobe Photoshop. Learn to do this and you will dramatically expand your creative possibilities. Add an accent or transform an entire image. The choice is yours. Think of the possibilities!

Table of Contents

1 Skies
2 Atmospheric Perspective
3 The Language Of Night
4 Atmosphere
5 Smoke
6 Snow / Rain
7 Illumination
8 Rays Of Light
9 Stars
10 Lightning
11 Rainbows
12 Reflectiion
13 Shadows
 
136 pages fully illustrated.
Updated from my book Adobe Photoshop Master Class.
Compatible with all versions of Adobe Photoshop.
 
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Do you need to make your own printer profiles?

Probably not, if you’re using a printer manufacturer’s standard papers.

Yes, if you’re using 3rd party or exotic substrates or inks.

Is it hard?

No! This video highlights several easy solutions.

Learn more on my DVD Fine Art Digital Printing.

Learn even more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops series.

Exposing for HDR

February 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

Learn what you need to do during exposure to make the best HDR merges.
And what to look out for.

I cover a full range of techniques to extend dynamic range in my DVD.
XDR – Extending Dynamic Range – HDR Imaging.

Skies

January 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

Don’t just make the most of the weather, make the weather too!

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD Atmospheric FX.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.

Learn what’s unique about black & white and how to best adjust and print it.

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD Black & White Mastery.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.

3 Types of Color

December 30, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Learn new ways of seeing and enhancing color.

Use 3 elements of color (Luminosity, Hue, Saturation) to adjust three types of color (Ideal, Ambient, Synthetic) and craft a unique palette that’s right for your authentic vision.

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD Photoshop Color Strategies.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.

Evaluating Histograms

December 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Learn which color tools are essential, exotic, or redundant.

Then master the first two.

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD Photoshop Color Tools.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.

Blend Modes

December 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Uncover the hidden potential in all of your images with the art of selective adjustment.

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD Drawing With Light.

Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.

Test Files

December 27, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

Go beyond the limits of color management? Adopt a proofing workflow.

Here’s a short excerpt from my DVD.

Learn more in my DVD The Art of Proofing.
Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing workshops.


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