Balancing Ambient and Strobe Lighting for Maximum Impact

While shooting in natural (ambient) light alone is perfectly adequate under certain circumstances, choosing to enhance the ambient light in a given scene by adding balanced off-camera flash or strobe can really set your portrait apart with a bright, upscale look.

If you’re just starting out with off-camera flash, you’ll likely find yourself (as we all have) working through the ‘spray and pray’ approach, desperately trying all kinds of flash and camera settings in the hope of dialing in a decent look before throwing it all on the shelf in a disappointed heap. Read more

Aurora HDR 2019 – Adding Interest with Adjustment Layers

Working with HDR (High Dynamic Range) composites can be tricky under certain circumstances, especially in regard to directing and containing a high level of detail. Whether bringing our subject forward or subduing a busy background, these issues fade quickly into the past when combining Adjustment Layers and Masks in Aurora HDR 2019 – all within a single interface.

In this tutorial, we’ll nail down a quick and easy approach to adding interest to a given image from merge to export. Let’s jump right in..

Summary

  • Loading images into Aurora HDR 2019
  • Alignment, Deghosting & Chromatic Aberration
  • Adding and Applying Adjustment Layers
  • Adding and Applying Masks to Adjustment Layers
  • Applying a Composition Crop
  • Exporting our Final Composition

Thanks for stopping by, as always. I hope you find the information helpful.

Questions? Shoot me a comment or drop me a line any time at mark@sojournmediaco.com.

Next Level Video – DJI OSMO Accessory Review

If you’re interested in adding smooth motion, cinematic video production to your skill set, the newly-released DJI Osmo is a must-have piece for the gear bag. As excellent as this tool is for FPV and interview work, adding a few key accessories can help take your creative vision to the next level.

In this tutorial, we’ll jump in and take a hands-on look at a couple of game-changing add-ons.

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Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives

If you’ve had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result.

Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we’ll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by way of Adobe Photoshop.

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