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Photography Post-production: Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

Photography Post-production: Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

People treat photo post production differently, some think it’s a must, others consider it as something weird, and unnecessary. Actually postproduction is some sort of digital where enthusiasts or professional can show their vision of an event/landscape/people, giving it some unique, breathtaking or sometimes unnatural look. Looks like some people do not accept the quality of photos they’ve taken with their costly cameras. So let’s see when people became so obsessed with photo editing techniques. When the first camera was invented people had to sit still in front it for hours on end. Those were pinhole cameras, actually, today they are also in use. In those cases when someone wants to create a hyper-long exposure. On this image you can see 6 months exposure, amazing right. You may wonder “How did they do it?” It’s pretty simple, all you need is a box, duct tape, photographic paper and a lot of patience. The photo was created using a pinhole effect, you can read more on wiki. As for film cameras there were lots of ways to add cool effects on a developed film. One of the most popular - it drip some bleach on it, it will leave some nice patterns. Dipping the film in the bleach will also make the photo look really unique. Scratching the film will also work, but you have to do it after it was developed. This method is even easier, because you can see the image and scratch something over it. Color/gradient/neutral filters also helped to make some creative shoots, as well as double/triple exposure shots, develop film in some strange solutions like coffee! What will you need? Nescafe Classic; Baking soda; Filtered water, heated to 70’; Couple of thermometers; A pan for a bain-marie. Proportions: 600ml of water, 10 full spoons of coffee (15gr); 1 full spoon of soda, time of development 50 minutes. The temperature in the tank should be around 44 degrees. Time passed photo cameras became more and more advanced until in 1984 there was released a Lomo LCA. Two friends from Vienna came to Saint Petersburg where they bought this camera. They enjoyed the photos so much that made an exposition which was really popular there. The manufacturers branded LCA as a female camera, due to its compact size and light weight, but it turned out that their product gave birth to a new trend in photography that lasts till now and seems to be out there for quite a long time. All other cameras of the same age did not differ much with the picture they made, but LCA’s lens produced a fascinating effect that made shadowy vignettes, eye-popping colors and saturation. Lomography was a huge step in photo pre- and post-processing using the same visual principles Instagram is insanely popular among people all over the world. Now let’s see what we can do with our digital photos using Lightroom and Photoshop. Lets start from Lightroom. A Quick Make-Your-Photo-Better Setting in Lightroom In this tutorial you will learn how to have Lightroom automatically apply those settings to your photos so that you're not left doing it manually each time. Smoothing Skin in Lightroom Want to learn how to use soft brush tool to smooth skin in Lightroom this tutorial was created specifically for you. Complete Portrait Retouching This is A-Z photo retouching tutorial. Creating Popular Matte Look in Lightroom This one of those tricks that are achieved with a single step by result in a great look. All you need is to bend the tone curve in Lightroom. How-to: Make Your Digital Images Look Like Film Key points: Don’t overwork the image Neutral color temperature is the goal Low contrast, low black point: subtle contrast is best Don’t use actions or textures Expose to the right (overexpose) for the original RAW image Unblock and lengthen the tonal range by increasing brightness slider Correct lens distortion with the correct lens profile That Movie Look Every movie has it’s own color scheme some are yellowish, others are greenish, bluish etc. In this tutorial you will learn how to make a grainy blue-green color treatment, as well as you will find out how to crop the image to a 2.39:1 cinematic aspect ratio, and then to 4:3 using Photoshop. Rice Field Sunrise Simple post processing in Photoshop and Lightroom. "The 300" Look I think that 300 was the best movie released in 2006. If you are willing to experiment with that sepia-like effect check out this tutorial. Enhancing a Black-and-White Wedding Photo with Lightroom Want to find out how to convert a color wedding photo into a black-and-white? In this tut you will learn how to convert from color to black and white, bring out details, soften skin tone, and add a vignette. Here is a review of most useful features Lightroom provides. How to Save Hours of Time Editing by Syncing RAW Files Reveal Hidden Detail in Skies With Lightroom’s Graduated Filter Comparing to Photoshop Lightroom has one powerful tool called Graduated Filter with it’s help you can highlight some parts of your photo, best for sky and landscapes, since it add much volume to your shots. How to Make Your Photos Stand out AND Save Time - In this tutorial you will learn how to use effectively native Lightroom presets. Portrait Editing: Simple Tricks to Add a Touch of Class to Your People Pictures Most effective portrait editing techniques are described in this tutorial. Are you good at “shooting faces”? Welcome on board. Creating Selective Contrast in Photoshop In this video you will learn how to create the selective contrast effect in Photoshop. Lets say “NO” to oversaturation!:) That’s it. If you’re fond of photography or you’re a master of post processing you’re free to give your critics in the comments below, or just share links to the tuts you’ve been using recently. About Alex Bulat’ Sometimes I feel like there are not enough furry covers for sun-beds, on the upper deck of my yacht, but then suddenly I wake up and have to do some blogging. Luckily, I know where to get things you need...Psst, looking for a some website designs for inspiration? Click here to check them out. Or just say hello on Google+.

The Most Surreal Places on Earth

The Most Surreal Places on Earth

Are you a desperate vagabond ready to conquer the highest peaks and submerge into the deepest depths to steal the concealed secrets of the universe? Buck up! Today is a great time to plan the possible route of your next risky adventure! You might not believe your eyes, but the places we will show you really exist. Some of them will bring you on the verge of tears, some will make your heart beat faster, another will make your hair stand on end - anyway, they won't leave you indifferent. We won't go too verbose as no words can render the celestial charm of those sites. "A picture costs a thousand words" - they say. So, come on, pack your bags and join our thrilling expedition to the most surreal places on Earth! Fly Geyser, Nevada Can you imagine that even not all Nevada residents know about this wonder? Fly Geyser is located on the territory of a private Fly Ranch which makes it extremely difficult to access. High fence and locked gate with spikes on top guard the geyser from tourists. To be absolutely honest, we should mention that the Geyser is not a completely natural phenomenon. It was created by chance during well drilling. The well went out of order after several decades of operation as warm geothermal water has found a weak spot and began to leak onto the surface. Dissolved minerals started their sculptor job, which is still going on. Geyser coloration is explained by the variety of minerals it is made of. The Wave, Arizona The Wave is a sandstone rock formation in the United States of America near the Arizona and Utah border on the Coyote Buttes slopes. Travelers and photographers from all over the world are attracted by its colorful, wavelike forms. The Wave's intersecting U-shaped troughs are the result of erosion of the Navajo Sandstone during the Jurassic period. Lake Retba, Senegal Lake Retba or Lac Rose is located in the north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal. It got its name due to the Dunaliella salina algae making its water look like strawberry milk shake. Pink color is clearly visible during the dry season. The lake is also famous for its high salt content, allowing people stay on the surface similar to the Dead Sea experience. Derweze, Turkmenistan Have you ever stood at the Hell's Door? Go to Derweze village, which name means "The Gate" in Turkmen language if you search for extreme! This terrifying attraction is located in the middle of the Karakum Desert, about 260 km north from Ashgabat. The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. Soviet geologists got into a cavern filled with natural gas while drilling. Due to the ground collapse, a large hole has created. It was decided to burn off the gas, but the roasting breath of the inferno is still trying to break into the world of living! Socotra, Yemen Socotra is considered to be a unique archipelago in the Indian Ocean for the diversity of its exotic flora and fauna. Its weird alien plants are the result of island's long geological isolation together with unbearable heat and drought. One of the most unusual Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree, resembling a strange umbrella. Aboriginals believed its red sap to be the blood of a dragon. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Have you ever walked through the clouds guessing are you in the top or the bottom? Salar de Uyuni gives you such unique possibility! Salar de Uyuni or Salar de Tunupa is the world's largest salt flat occupying the area of about 10,582 square kilometers. Today's Salar is a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. Its surface is covered by a few meters of salt crust possessing the utmost flatness, which varies within one meter over the entire area. Actually, the crust serves as a source of salt and makes a pool of brine, rich in lithium as well. The sky over the Salar is always clear, which in combination with large area and exceptional flatness makes it a perfect object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China Five-Color Pond is one of the smallest but the most amazing water basins in Jiuzhaigou lakes. Despite the shallowness, it has a breathtaking colored underwater landscape and some of the brightest and clearest waters in the area. As the legend goes, the Goddess Semo used to wash her hair here and the God Dage brought her water every day. Sossusvlei, Namibia Deadvlei is one more surreal attraction of Sossusvlei, Namibia. It is a clay pan located about 2 km from Sossusvlei. It used to be an oasis with several acacia trees before, but the river that watered the oasis has changed its course. Now the dead acacia trees make an odd contrast to the shiny white salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. Badab-e Surt, Iran Badab-e Surt's terraces are made of travertine, which is a sedimentary rock deposited by flowing water from two distinct mineral springs. Thousands of years the water from these two springs had been streaming down from the mountain, it mixed up and gradually created a number of orange, red and yellow colored pools which now have the form of a staircase. Crescent Lake (Dunhuang), China Yueyaquan is a crescent-shaped lake in the oasis, lying 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang. Its name comes from the Qing Dynasty. The lake itself and the surrounding deserts attract the tourists appreciating camel and 4x4 rides. Lake Natron, Tanzania The queer lake's hue is normal for water basins with extremely high evaporation rates. During the dry season, as the water evaporates, salinity level increases to the maximum point and specific salt-loving microorganisms begin to thrive. Some of them produce red pigment colorizing the water and turning it into the Martian landscape. Ice Cave in Skaftafell, Iceland This cave in the glacier appeared as a result of glacial mill. The rain and melt water on the glacier's surface are forming streams that flow into the crevices. The streams melt holes in the glacier forming long ice caves with intricate walls and ceilings. Cold wind finishes the job and we can observe a momentary marvel ready to collapse at any time. Due to the constant glacier movement one can hear a scaring cracking sound inside the cave. The incipient crevices let the indirect daylight into the tunnel and we can observe its mysterious play on ice bubbles. Pamukkale, Turkey Pamukkale can be translated as "the cotton castle" from Turkish. It is a natural attraction in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. Snow white Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock, deposited by water flowing from the hot springs. Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil The Lencois Maranhenses National Park is a low, flat, occasionally flooded land, covered with large, white discrete sand dunes. Though it looks like a desert, in fact it is not. Due to the regular rain season in the beginning of the year, fresh water accumulates in the valleys between the sand dunes, reviving the desert with blue and green lagoons. It's rather surprising, but those water basins are inherited by fish, even despite the dry season. Angkor, Cambodia Angkor is a huge complex of the 12th century temples in Cambodia. No doubt that it's a place of historical and cultural interest. The buildings are ancient and magnificent. But what do you think is really strange about this place? Just look at those trees! They look like ancient nation of Ents, the walking trees from "The Lord of the Rings" movie! Do you think they can really exist? Chand Baori, Rajasthan Have you ever seen anything like that? Chand Baori is a famous stepwell in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in 800 CE. Can you imagine that those 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories extend 100 feet into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Frozen waves in Antarctica These waves look like decorations from popular "Ice Age" cartoon. It seems as if they were frozen immediately at the will of a snow Queen. In fact, the waves are the result of melting, not freezing. Melting has created those downward pointing spikes, which are simple icicles. Hidden Beach in the Marieta Islands near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Hidden from stranger's eyes, the beach of Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta can be called a lost secret world. Marieta Islands are archipelagos formed as a result of volcanic activity. This natural wonder possesses its unique marine ecosystem. The beach is a real paradise for people fond of snorkeling and scuba diving. Diverse, virgin flora and fauna in combination with transparent crystal water make the experience unforgettable. Humpback whale, sea turtles and dolphins are just a few animals that can be seen there. The Glow Worms in Waitomo Caves The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are definitely worth seeing not only because of their historical and geological significance. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is a unique creature living in New Zealand. Thousands of these small worms radiate their otherworldly luminescent light hanging from the cave rocks during your unforgettable boat ride. The glowworms create a really magical view, every tourist should see at least once in a lifetime. The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine, Kleven In this photo you see the abandoned railway track, located nearly 350km from Kiev, which has transformed into a special romantic place, frequently visited by couples. The Tunnel of Love is especially beautiful in spring, when the green trees growing from both sides of the track form an improvised arch around it. This arch stretches for up to three kilometers and looks like a green picturesque tunnel of trees. The railway is occasionally used by the fiberboard factory, which preserves the tunnel in its initial look. Glen Brittle, Scotland Glen Brittle is a large glen in the south of the Isle of Skye, in Scotland. The magic Fairy Pools you see in the picture run down from the mountains into the glen. The area is extremely popular among hikers and mountain bikers. The marvelous lilac slopes above the Fairy Pools are covered with thick forests full of rare plants and animals and who knows, maybe even elves and fairies have found their refuge in this mystical place. Cano Cristales, in the Serrania de la Macarena, province of Meta Cano Cristales is a unique biological wonder often referred to as "the river of five colors" or "the river that ran away from paradise" and "the world's most beautiful river". Greater part of the year, Cano Cristales looks like any other river, but during a brief period of time yearly, it bursts into blossom and turns into the vibrant explosion of colors. Between wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just as required, a unique Macarenia clavigera plant turns the river into a sparkling ruby red stream, contrasting to the patches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and the enumerable shades in between. Mount Roraima, South America This rock soaring in the clouds is called Mount Roraima, the highest mountain of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateau in South America. The mountain includes the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The tabletop mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to nearly two billion years ago. The mountain's highest point within Venezuela is Maverick Rock, which is 2810 m high. Richat Structure, Mauritania Look into the Eye of Sahara, isn't it impressive? The Richat Structure is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert lying in the west-central Mauritania near Ouadane. This structure is a deeply eroded, slightly elliptical dome, 40-km in diameter. Differential erosion of the resistant layers of quartzite has created these high-relief circular cuestas. Its center consists of a siliceous breccia covering an area of approximately 3 km in diameter. Initially, there was a theory that the structure appeared as a result of an extraterrestrial asteroid impact. Looking at the circularity of the Eye, you might be inclined to believe it, but the point is now argued to the favor of highly symmetrical and deeply eroded geologic dome. Grand Prismatic Spring - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming If you want to see something really magnificent, put Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming into your list. This hot spring is the largest in the United States and the third largest in the world. The devilish colors of the spring strike the imagination! The water is saturated blue, with red lava-like color surrounding it. Would you like to know the secret? This amazing tint is produced by the pigmented bacteria. They form microbial mats around the edge of the water. Seasonal temperatures as well as levels of chlorophyll and carotenoids greatly influence the hue of the bacteria. The mats do not form in the center of the spring because the water is too hot for bacterium's live cycle. The water is heated by the underground vents, which are a part of the volcanic system, the Yellowstone stands on. About the author Helga Moreno is a copywriter for TemplateMonster Blog and one of those bloggers, absolutely cranky on writing and always hungry for new experience. When not writing about WordPress or responsive design, she loves sightseeing and travelling and always strives to capture everything beautiful on her way.

Photographs of Disappearing Paths, Roads and Walkways

Photographs of Disappearing Paths, Roads and Walkways

Paths and roads create a powerful visual connection. Beside making great stock photos, they're also great just for inspiration. When using in website design, photos of paths, roads, and walkways can be a great background piece. For print media, they can add a nice, eye-catching touch to postcards or brochures. Photos that contain lots of negative space, such as sky, are perfect for incorporating text. Photo by VinothChandar All Rights Reserved Photo by Tambako the Jaguar All Rights Reserved Photo by Astragony All Rights Reserved Photo by Joiseyshowaa All Rights Reserved Photo by Joiseyshowaa All Rights Reserved Photo by Jurvetson All Rights Reserved Photo by Bbbsc30 All Rights Reserved Photo by Ian Sane All Rights Reserved Photo by Kevin Dooley All Rights Reserved Photo by Shoothead All Rights Reserved Photo by Tambako the Jaguar All Rights Reserved Photo by Noahg. All Rights Reserved Photo by Mendhak All Rights Reserved Photo by 55Laney69 All Rights Reserved Photo by Atomicpuppy68 All Rights Reserved Photo by Dorena-wm All Rights Reserved Photo by AlicePopkorn All Rights Reserved Photo by Nattu All Rights Reserved Photo by seier+seier All Rights Reserved Photo by Emi All Rights Reserved Photo by Tetsumo All Rights Reserved Photo by Earl-Wilkerson All Rights Reserved Photo by Astragony All Rights Reserved Photo by SBA73 All Rights Reserved Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She writes for, an online printing services company that offers business cards, catalog printing, posters, brochure printing, postcard printing services, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Amazing Paper Typography

I love it when two art forms collide and something beautiful emerges. Paper typography is one such type of art that has fascinated me since I was little. Maybe it's because I learned about origami in grade school, and now also have a love of typography. So when I see these two artistic methods that I love combined, it's mesmerizing. This collection is a roundup of some gorgeous paper typography. Some of these are simple letters while others are complete phrases built using paper techniques. A few were created simply for a creative outlet, while others have been featured on the cover designs for catalog printing pieces. On a more pragmatic note, I find studying these pieces useful to better understand 3D type. Notice how the shadows fall and the perspectives work to help your eye recognize that these are, in fact, not just computer generated images. The textures also play an important role, not to mention the different elements within each letter of different colours. Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She writes for, an online printing services company that offers business cards, catalog printing, posters, brochure printing, postcard printing services, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Stunning Aerial Photography

Photography is great and amazing in and of itself, but aerial photography takes it to another level of beauty by capturing these incredible shots only few people are able see without these photos. I hope you all enjoy and get inspired from this! Hello everyone! I'm Mackenzie, a graphic designer out of Colorado. In addition to being a designer, I run Artists Inspire Artists - an inspiration blog. I hope you've enjoyed this post. For more, follow me on Facebook & Twitter.

Case Study – Bleach by Sharon Milne aka ChewedKandi

Hey, my name is Sharon Milne and I go by the moniker ChewedKandi. I have a passion for vector art and have been creating digital art portraits and illustrations for the past decade. I’m self taught in the programs I use and especially love teaching others the benefits and wonders of Adobe Illustrator. All the vector work I produce is 100% vector with no raster effects. I now write tutorials and articles for sites such as VectorTuts+ and produce a variety of pieces for commercial and private clients. I can be found on Twitter, Facebook and deviantART, as well as my portfolio on I wanted to create a vector portrait with some of the facial features exaggerated, specifically the eyes. I had previously created a vector portrait in this style so I wanted to see if I could pull it off again. This time around, I wanted to make the focus the eyes. I picked out a stock image by Dagwanoenyent-Stock, one which I had previously seen and it had stuck in my mind. My tools of the trade are: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS5, A5 Wacom Bamboo... as well as a large glass of Dr Pepper Zero and the odd cat jumping up on my desk to try and play with my stylus! Step 1 By using the lasso tool to select areas and enlarge and shrink them, duplicating and flipping areas, I got a rough idea of what I wanted the piece to look similar to. My reference images post Photoshop aren’t the most polished of images, but they do what is needed. I get a rough idea of the dimensions of the face and a rough idea of the shadow/light cast on the face. I use the smudge tool to smooth out some of the areas to make the curves of the face seem more natural. Then I go into using colour balance and brightness/contrast to modify the colours slight. Step 2 Now my reference image is ready for Illustrator. Using the reference image I begin with doing some base layers which split the face and the neck/chest in two layer folders. I begin adding low opacity layers to build up on the shading. I use the reference image for each shape to make sure I’m following the curves of the face and lighting. Throughout this step I’m using only 2 colours, the base and the shading colour, no gradients or meshes are used at this point. Step 3 Thankfully due to completing many portraits, I’m able to not need to refer to the reference image now until later on. I begin adding lighter coloured shapes to give the skin shading more depth and to highlight features such as the nose, top lip and brow bones. I’ve now used my 3rd colour and still not using gradients or meshes. Step 4 Now I begin to add transparent radial gradients. I still use the same 3 colours I’ve previously used but changing the blending modes. Due to the neck area and face area being in separate layer folders, the shading is easier to do on the neck to give clear definition to the face/jaw line. I use light transparent gradients to highlight areas on the face, again using the same colours previously used; just changing the blending mode. Step 5 As the skin has a variety of tones and I don’t wish for the portrait to be too porcelain in appearance, I begin add blends within clipping masks to give blush to the cheeks, greys to the corner of the eye socket and more highlights on the chest area. Step 6 As I’m feeling the skin is almost complete, I begin to work on the lips more in detail. Using transparent gradients on a variety of blending modes, width profile brushes and many circles, I add shine and a dash of colour to the lips. In general when I’m shading skin, I see the lips as part of the skin and make the basic contrast while rendering the skin. This is so the lips don’t look as if they are floating on top of the skin. Step 7 I add further colour and some highlighting lines to give the lips a bit more of a shine and gloss appearance as well as a slight light reflection on the tip of the nose. This gives the nose a bit more definition. Step 8 I now refer back to the reference image to get the basic shapes of the eyes and basic details. I lower the opacities of the majority of the shapes so I can get a good idea of the colour effect I want to go for. I don’t copy and paste the eyes as I don’t wish for them to look perfectly identical, however whatever I do to one eye, I do to the other so the effects are balanced. Step 9 I now add transparent radial gradients, brush strokes and dots to add detail to the eyes. I use a variety of blending modes and opacities to give an interesting contrast effect. The strokes within the eyes are of a variety of colours and thanks to the lower opacities and gradients behind, they give a great effect. Step 10 Further transparent radial gradients and a variety of solid colour low opacity shapes to give further depth and detail to the eyes. I use many radial white gradients around the eyes to give a subtle highlight effect. This method was also added around and on the lips to give a highlight/sparkle to them. This also softens any harsh lines. Step 11 Now adding eyelashes to frame the eyes using the same width profile brushes with a variety of weights and colour. Step 12 I want to give a frame to the portrait using plain white hair so I try out a very basic style of hair. I don’t want the hair to be too detailed that it takes away from the eyes. So I use a white stroke rectangle to first frame the vector then build on it with strands of hair. I also add further colour to the lips to give them a little more attention. Step 13 I try adding the eyebrows, however once added it makes the hair look too simple and I feel I need to change the hair. Upon showing it to a friend he confirms this and it’s back to the drawing board! Step 14 After playing around with some sketches of framing hair and adding a few more gradients to give more depth in the skin, I add basic shapes to give a larger frame. With the hair in this style I feel it draws the viewer into the face and onto the eyes... which as I say I want as the focal point! Step 15 I add further details to the hair to make the base layer shape of the hair less chunky and add a beauty spot near the mouth. A lot of my portraits include moles and beauty spots as they have hidden meaning where ever they are situated. Although from time to time in my non-conceptual pieces I place them purely to highlight an area of the portrait. In this case, I want to balance the eyes and lips slightly so I place it on the top lip area. This completes my vector piece.

Photoshop Quick Tips: Advanced Techniques for UI Design

As with all creative suites there are many ways to achieve your end result in Photoshop. The difference between these approaches lies in the speed they can be created and modified. After talking to fellow designers I discovered I used many techniques that they were unaware existed, doing things "the hard way" instead. So I made this video screencast to share those techniques with the community. Video Advanced Photoshop Techniques for UI from Edward Sanchez on Vimeo. Preset Styles Preset Patterns Keyboard Shortcuts Further Reading: Group blend effects Create a knockout About the Author Edward Sanchez is a UI designer working in Sillicon Valley. For more information about his work visit his personal Web site at htp:// or follow him on Twitter at @edwardsanchez.

20+ Incredible Sunrise Wallpapers

Abduzeedo means Abducted in Portuguese and our theme always has this space feel, with stars, sun flares and everything else necessary to a very cool space scene. It's been quite a while since the last time we posted some really cool wallpapers with this subject, because of that we selected 20 incredible sunrise images for you. Sunrise in Space Sunrise Ti'll Sunrise Comes by *Kaioshen Departures by AkenBosch Wonderland sunrise by =Funerium Origin by Burning-Liquid Aeon by Burning-Liquid Cosmic Daylight Close Up by dinyctis The Last Sunrise by dinyctis Detritus by dinyctis Cosmic Sunrise by dinyctis Sunrise in Space by gucken Terra Nova by Burning-Liquid Smooth Vision by JoeJesus Remnants by freelancah Eastern Sunrise Updated by jNCo-01 Planet One by Thvg Tau 31 by sanmonku Last Dawn by DKF Misconstrue Image by verion Homeworld by phil2001 Morning by DerecV2 Omicron Beta by taenaron Others About the Author Lilian Ostropel is a freelancer in search of online perfection. His passion for quality, in terms of usability and content, speaks for itself when you take a closer look at Photos-room and Wallpapers-room.

HDR Guest Experiments

Abduzeedo has became a reference in the Internet when the subject is HDR posts. It's a huge pleasure for us to find those cool pictures and post it here for you. But now, George Wilson, a student from the UK, has written us an email, telling his experiences with HDR. Really cool! Here it is: A little comparison between hdr and non-hdr. "I am a student living in the UK with a Canon 400d with a hobby for photography. Whenever I have free time (rarely!), I try to use my camera. I have only been using a DSLR for a short while, but I have learned so much about photography since. Where do I get my inspiration? I first saw HDR photos in photography magazines and saw the dramatic effects that the process has on photos. I started using Flickr as a portfolio but I was soon hooked on the community! From Flickr I have learned so much and it really inspired me to take more photos. Flickr was another place where I found HDR; I found all the different styles of HDR. I was mainly inspired by the works of Stuck in Customs (Trey Radcliffe) and followed his tutorial about how to start with HDR. I have since then found many HDR photographers which inspire me in different ways. Most people (non-photographers) who see them say things like “But that’s not real. That’s not photography!” But I think this is one of the reasons digital photography has its advantages. It opens up whole new dimensions in imagery, and this is one of them. I think HDR is just a new medium for digital photography, a new style. How do I do them? Most times I use my camera; I shoot in RAW mode, unless I am saving memory. This means that when I look back through the photos after loading them onto my computer, I might spot a photo and think to myself: that might make a good HDR! I then load the RAW file into photomatix and play with the tone mapping until I find a result which suits the photo. Many of my HDRs, especially the early ones, made when I was less experienced with photomatix tend to be very different from one another, because I was changing the settings each time. After processing them in photomatix, I always transfer them to Photoshop for touching up, balancing colours, cloning out unwanted features etc. I then of course upload them to Flickr! I rarely go out with my camera just to take some HDRs, it is usually just an effect I consider afterwards when looking through the set of shots. I prefer photomatix because I like the setting “light smoothing”. Although I am rather against the extremely tone mapped photos, with virtually no light smoothing, sometimes it can be used as a cool effect! An example of an HDR with little light smoothing Some of my favourite HDRs that I have taken were in Iceland recently. When testing out an HDR on a RAW file of one of the waterfalls, I found some great settings which I used for all the Iceland shots:

Photoshop Tennis

From the title, some may think Photoshop tennis involves tennis rackets and copies of Photoshop, but the rackets are not need in this game. Photoshop tennis is, as the Flickr group stipulates, a game whereby someone chooses a starting image, and then people edit the image following the guidelines that the person who posted the original image lays down. The game ends when people stop posting, or a deadline can be set. I’ve seen this in another form, called Photoshop Relay, in a Photoshop magazine and it produced some very good designs. The best thing about Photoshop Tennis is that it helps designers use what they are given and add to it and, in the long run, it also helps improve their skills. The ability to alter an existing design is challenging enough, but to continue the alterations continuously takes a certain amount of skill that can only be enhanced through playing. Due to many of the “games” involving multiple people, with varying levels of design expertise, the final images can seem quite amateurish, but there are a few that can look stunning. For those who are interested in joining with Photoshop Tennis, there are a few sites offering games. As mentioned above, there is the Photoshop Tennis Flickr Group, Urban Collective offer competitions and possibly the biggest site devoted to this e-sport, Layer Tennis, which also includes use of other programs, such as Flash. About the Author My name is Luke Davis aka Starchild, and I’m an 18 year old student from England. I’ve only just finished college, where I studied Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Graphic Design and will be going to Nottingham Trent University to study a degree in Computer Science. I’ve been using Photoshop since the summer of 2005, and relish the chance to use the program whenever I can. My sites