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Nail your focus every single time with this DIY lens calibration solution

Whenever I buy a new lens, I have to calibrate it and AF fine tune five different DSLRs. Two are my primary stills shooters, and three are for video. …

How to Fake Depth of Field Blur in Photoshop Using Z-Depth Pass

Here’s a tutorial on how you can create fake depth of field blur in the background of photos using something known as “Z-Depth Pass.” I’m not saying …

10 Best Free Photoshop Plugins for Designers

This post is lined up with our previous post on Photoshop plugins a month back. The response generated by your side motivated and made it conducive …

Web Design

20 Inspiring Quotes About What Photography Is

Photography allows one to capture the world around them with the press of a shutter. From a scientific perspective, it is the act of recording light …

How to Use a B&W Layer in Photoshop to Adjust the Brightness of Colors In Photos

Travel photographer Jimmy McIntyre created this short 3-minute video tutorial to share a trick for adjusting the brightness of specific colors in …

7 things you didn’t know about raw

There’s more to Adobe Camera Raw than making simple image adjustments. Here are seven little-known reasons why editing raw files offers you more …

Tutorials

Selective Sharpening Using High Pass in Adobe Photoshop

Most digital images need sharpening; however, the amount of sharpening needed varies image to image and even area to area within an image. This …

Photoshop

Now There's A Torrent Network That Could Be Impossible For Police To Shut Down

BitTorrent is the internet file-sharing technology that virtually all illegal file-sharing sites use to let people download stolen movies and music. It works by distributing the download of a file between lots of computers, meaning that no single server hosts all of the content.<p>The way BitTorrent …

Security

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether …

eLearning

How to Use LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Punch to Your Images

Have you ever wished you could stretch out the color palette of your picture? Or that you could separate colors that looked too flat or close …

Photography

Using Clipping Masks and Drop Shadows to Turn Any Portrait Into a Sculpturesque Image

Although they often get overlooked in the Photoshop workflow, clipping masks can make for some very interesting effects in images. A perfect example …

How to Create Snow in Photoshop

Today we show you how to create snow from scratch in Photoshop using a custom brush, so you can apply it anywhere. Our brush is also available for …

Photoshop
Software

Step up your Photoshop game - Mask It Like a Pro!

Example from the course <i>Mask It Like a Pro!</i>: Selective editing using a set of complex layer masks.<p>Layer masking is undoubtedly one of the most …

Tutorials

Back to Basics: How to Use Photoshop’s Cool Content Aware Scale Tool

Photoshop’s Content Aware Scale tool doesn’t get much headline time thanks to other popular features like Content Aware Move and, of course, the …

Creative Photoshop ideas: how to merge portraits with graphics for fantastic effects

<i>Recently we showed you a simple way to create dream-like double-exposure portraits in Photoshop. In our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial we show</i> …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

VW’s Adaptive Cruise Control Makes Saving the Day Impossible

Say you’re a heroic sort, and a bus has been taken over by criminals. You’d chase it down, have your equally heroic—and throttle-adept—sidekick bring you right behind the bus, at which point you climb out of the sunroof, tiptoe to the edge of the hood, and leap onto the bus. In an amusing but …

Retouching Cars in Photoshop

I had some folks ask me about how I retouch the cars I shoot so I thought I’d share some of the techniques by taking you quickly (quickly is the key …

Tutorials

How to Correct Red Skin Color in Photoshop Quickly

Tutorials

Tutorial Shows You How to Quickly Create Beautiful Time Stack Composites

In November of 2012, we posted an article featuring impressionist-inspired photographs by photographer Matt Molloy that were created using a method …

These 31 Photography Links Will Keep You Busy For a Really Long Time

Another wonderful week has passed us by in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been looking in all corners of the internet to …

Landscape Photography

How To Post Process For Beautiful Eyes & Catchlights

It has been said many times before, the eyes are one of the key elements that photographers try and capture.<p>Here is a little video showing a …

Photography

Working with Off Camera Flash and TTL

Working with Off Camera Flash and TTL - on location portraits using off camera flash, tips for lighting positions, examples and diagrams

Photography

Hands-on Photo Tip: Creating Truly Realistic HDR Images with Adobe Camera Raw

Into the Open (HDR) – Final image created in this tutorial: 12 exposures merged in Photoshop CS6 and tone mapped in Adobe Camera Raw 8.2<p>In this …

Tutorials

Smoke Photography Photoshop Tutorial

Although you may have learned to capture smoke photography, it often doesn’t really come to life until you make a few finishing touches in …

Tutorials

What’s new in Photoshop CC for Photographers

The new Photoshop CC hasn’t launched without a lot of controversy. There are some very valid reasons not to like the fact that the only way to get …

Digital Photography