How is Photoshop Like Chlorine?


Answer: It can turn a green pool blue again!

This is the before image:

Pool 5 Green

After changing the white balance to “tungsten”, tweaking it a bit and masking it in Photoshop:

Swimming Pool

Dive in, the water’s fine…well, now it is.

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Technique Tutorial: Photographing and Editing a Bathroom


Bathroom
I hate shooting bathrooms. It is one of the most challenging scenarios I face when shooting interiors. Mostly because of the darn mirrors; I have to figure out how to shoot it without catching my reflection.

When I shoot, I try to give the image context by showing a room in relation to its surroundings. The image above, for example, is a master bathroom in a condo. So I always try to show the room it belongs to in the reflection in the mirror. This gives you a sense of space and lets you know that you can access the bathroom from that bedroom. Easier said than done.

The first step is to get an exposure for the room reflected in the mirror.  If I shoot to expose for the bathroom, the reflection will be overblown and you won’t see detail in the mirror. You can see from the reflection in the shower door that I am holding a flash “Statue-of-Liberty-like” and bouncing it off the ceiling. I also have a strobe in the room to provide the light in there.

Now I want to expose for the bathroom. There’s one problem, however, and that is white balance. I’ve written about white balance before and how you can use gels to correct for light sources. In this case, the bathroom is lit with incandescent  bulbs (warm light) and the light coming from the open door is daylight (cool light). To filter out any blue light, I just close the door. That doesn’t solve my problem, though. The light that comes from flashes is also daylight balanced. So I put a full cut of CTO (color temperature orange) on the flash and set my camera’s white balance to “tungsten” (incandescent for Nikon users). The difference is subtle, but I want to capture what I saw with my eyes and what I saw was the warm glow of the bulbs. But I still have my reflection on the shower door. One more exposure to correct for that:

Then it’s just a matter of masking in Photoshop. I use the first exposure for the room in the mirror and to correct for the overblown lights. I use the third exposure to get rid of my reflection. I then had to do some cloning to remove the reflection of the camera on the shower door. The end result is the image at the top of this post. Three shots for one bathroom. Did I mention how much I hate shooting bathrooms?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Photographers


screenshot of Adobe Black Friday ad

I haven’t seen too many Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals of interest for photographers recently. So on this Thanksgiving-eve, I thought I’d pass along a couple of items.

First up, I got an email from Adobe offering deals on its software titles until November 29. I’m always a little skeptical because I can usually find better prices on Amazon; but this is actually a good one. You can buy the full version of Photoshop CS5 for $549. The best price I found on Amazon was $610. Lightroom 3 is $199 which is about 3-dollars less than the price on Amazon. The fine print says you have to click the “buy” button and the discount will be applied when you add it to your cart. Click the image above for the link.

This may not be breaking news, but did you know you can subscribe to Adobe titles instead of paying the full price? In the screen where you select the version, platform etc.; click the drop down menu for “version” and select “subscription”. For Photoshop CS5, for example, you can pay $49 every month or $35 a month with a yearly plan. Excluding the deal mentioned above, it could save you money over buying the full version; not to mention having to pay the upgrade price when a new version comes out.

Speaking of which, Scott Kelby recently wrote Adobe a letter regarding their upgrade policy. You can read it over at his blog.

That leads me to the next Cyber Monday deal: UPDATE 11/29/11: The following offer from NAPP and Kelby Training have been extended through Tuesday.

NAPP Black Friday Deals

The folks over at NAPP and KelbyTraining.com are offering some pretty sweet deals on Monday. NOTE: I did read on Facebook that these deals are active now, so you don’t have to wait; but I haven’t tested it myself. Some of the deals include 6-months added to your NAPP subscription, $50 off one year of KelbyTraining or get one year of both NAPP and KelbyTraining for $199. If you’ve never heard of it, KelbyTraining is a great educational resource with online courses covering photography and software training. I credit it with teaching me Photoshop. Check out NAPP, if for nothing else, the discounts they offer on products and services photographers use. The discounts I got from Adobe and Apple  more than paid for my membership fee.

That’s it for now. If you see any deals out there, let me know. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

Photoshop in the News


Fake Osama Bin Laden Death Photo

Ibrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

 

Photoshop has been in the news recently. You may have heard yesterday that a Hasidic newspaper photoshopped out Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and one other female staffer from the photo of President Obama and his team watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. You can read more about it here.

Now the Denver Post is out with 38 “fake” photos; from a fake death picture of  bin Laden to other historical events and magazine covers. Most of them involve just plain bad Photoshop skills. Of course the older ones were done before Photoshop even existed. Still, it’s interesting to see the reasons why photos were manipulated.

Check it out for yourself here.

Lightroom Deals and Tips


Adobe Lightroom 3Amazon.com’s Gold Box deal of the day is Lightroom 3 for $188.99. That’s 37% off the full price.

Adobe is also offering a 10% discount on either Photoshop CS5 or Lightroom 3 with offer code: FEB10CSW1

Speaking of Lightroom here’s a good post from Tip Squirrel about 10 Things Beginners Should Know in Lightroom.

More Gift Ideas in Photo News Round-Up


Christmas Tree Ornament

Today is my birthday, and that means Christmas is one week away. If you’re still looking for gifts, I’ve got some help.

Jeff Revell at the Photo Walk Pro blog, posted a .pdf of Last Minute Holiday Gifts under $100.

The Photoshop guys have more gift ideas sprinkled in with some Photoshop tips. You can watch it at Photoshop User TV.

Westcott has 12 weeks of Christmas Holiday Specials.

If you’re into Photoshop actions, check out MCP Actions. The Digital Photography School is offering a 10$ discount if you use the code: mcp-dps-10off.

Don’t forget to check out the Gift Ideas for Photographers and Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Photographer posts.

The Elements of Photography and More in Photo News Round-Up


If you’re still looking for gift ideas for photographers, check out this retro camera-looking Iphone/ITouch case from Etsy artist, Coolbeans 717.

Retro Camera Ipod Case

It’s 20-bucks plus shipping and the site says there’s only one available. But they are handmade (takes 5 days to make!) So I imagine the artist can make more. 

In other news, I wrote about this next item on the PetaPixel blog. It’s a concept design called the Underabove. As the name implies, it’s a camera with two lenses that takes a picture of what’s below the surface of the water and above and then stitches the images together.

The Underabove Camera

The Underabove Camera

The design won a 2010 Red Dot award and works like a submarine, with a water filled ballast on the bottom and an air filled one on the top. It even has a timer for self-portraits and a flash.

And now, proof that photography is elemental.

Photography Periodic Table

Click to download hi-rez versions

I think they did a good job of grouping things together. I just wish they’d tell me the atomic weight!

Lastly, if you have Lightroom 3 or Photoshop CS5, make sure to download new updates. The updates fix some bugs and include updates to camera profiles for the lens correction feature.