Understanding Your Lens: Numbers, Letters & Symbols Explained

Understanding Your Lens: Numbers, Letters & Symbols Explained

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  If you are new to photography, you might find yourself wondering what all of the different numbers, letters and symbols on your lens mean. They may seem complicated on first glance, but they're really easy to understand once explained. In this post, I will show you a few examples of standard lenses, and explain to you some of the most important numbers and letters you have on your lens. FOCAL LENGTH The standard unit of measurement for the focal length of a lens is millimeters, so when you see "mm" following a number on a lens, you will know that the...

Pretty Retouch & Makeup Collection

Pretty Retouch & Makeup Collection

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Our BRAND NEW Pretty Photoshop Actions Retouch & Makeup Collection is a comprehensive editing suite for all your portrait retouching needs.   Our retouching actions allow you to fully customize your look.  We've included soft, natural skin smoothing options, as well as, professional level retouching using frequency separation techniques.  All-in-one, and "magic" actions help you save time and dramatically speed your workflow. Change eye color, enhance hair color, and so much more!  Quickly and easily enhance your images using the included makeup palettes.  Applying foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, bronzer, highlighter is just a few clicks away! We've also included TWO...

Understanding the RAW File Format

Understanding the RAW File Format

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At some point, you are going to be introduced to the RAW file format, whether it is through an online forum or website, or face-to-face with your photo buddies. Many photographers approach shooting in RAW with fear and trepidation - I see it every day, and I also remember how confused I was by the concept at first. I wasn't necessarily afraid, but I definitely did not understand what RAW was and how it could help me. In this post, I am going to unpack the mystery of shooting in RAW and show you that not only is shooting RAW...

Create a DIY Rainbow Lens Filter for Unique & Groovy Light Effects

Create a DIY Rainbow Lens Filter for Unique & Groovy Light Effects

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A while back, a photographer friend of mine made a really neat DIY lens filter using diffraction glasses, and I wanted to give it a try myself so that I could show you how. Let me tell you, making this little filter and shooting with it have been so much fun, so I encourage you to try it if you are looking for something new! Here's how to make your own... WHAT YOU WILL NEED First, you'll need a pair of diffraction glasses, and a lens filter that you don't mind putting a little bit of tape on the edges....

PRO CAMERA GIVEAWAY: CANON 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA {$3500 VALUE}

PRO CAMERA GIVEAWAY: CANON 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA {$3500 VALUE}

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The team at PRETTY wanted to make this giveaway unforgettable with the latest and greatest camera! We know your busy season is ahead, and what better way to enjoy it, than with the BRAND NEW Canon 5D Mark IV. That's right, enjoy all 30.4 megapixels on this full-frame camera with 4K video recording.  Not to mention, this Canon 5D MARK IV is worth $3500!  Check out some of the AMAZING features on the 5D Mark IV: 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor DIGIC 6+ Image Processor 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab 61-Point High Density Reticular AF...

Spruce Up Your Vintage Family Photos Using Photoshop & Pretty Actions

Spruce Up Your Vintage Family Photos Using Photoshop & Pretty Actions

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Something that has come up a few times among our readers in the community is how to digitally restore family photos that originated on film. We all have them: cherished family photos that have lost a little bit of their luster over time, whether it be dust spots, fading, or in some cases, a bit of damage.  A lot of us are in the process of digitizing our family photos for safe-keeping, and in doing so, a little bit of digital restoration in Photoshop can really enhance our memories. In this post, I will show you a couple of easy...

Storing & Backing Up Your Photoshop Actions

Storing & Backing Up Your Photoshop Actions

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When it comes to Photoshop actions, you will need to back them up and take care of them in the same way that you do any other file. In this tutorial, we will show you two methods on how to make sure you always have a copy of your actions on hand. First, we will look at cloud-based storage options, such as Google Drive, iCloud, and Dropbox. Keep in mind that a lot of these companies provide FREE storage up to a certain amount of space, which is often plenty of room for a backup copy of your Photoshop actions....

Creating Collages in Photoshop

Creating Collages in Photoshop

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Below is a quick method for creating collages in Photoshop. In this example, I am only using two images (aka a "diptych") but you can easily add as many images as you would like using the following method. EXTEND THE CANVAS With your first image selected, you will need to extend the size of your canvas by selecting Image>Canvas Size: By clicking on the arrows, you are selecting the direction in which you will be extending your canvas: For this example, I am extending my canvas to the right: When I am extending my canvas, I like to switch my...

How to Quickly Sharpen Your Images Using Photoshop's High Pass Filter

How to Quickly Sharpen Your Images Using Photoshop's High Pass Filter

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Photoshop has several sharpening filters built in, but one of the fastest and easiest methods for sharpening your images in Photoshop is to use the High Pass filter in conjunction with Blending Modes. In this tutorial, we will look at how to sharpen an image using the High Pass filter combined with the Overlay, Soft Light and Hard Light Blending Modes. APPLYING THE HIGH PASS FILTER Start by duplicating your original background layer: With your Background Layer highlighted, select Filter>Other>High Pass: One of the great things about the High Pass filter is that it targets the edges in your image,...

AdobeRGB vs. sRGB: Choosing the Color Profile That's Best for You

AdobeRGB vs. sRGB: Choosing the Color Profile That's Best for You

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When browsing the settings on your DSLR, you may have come across the color profile settings in your camera's menu, and you will have noticed the AdobeRGB and the sRGB settings. In this post, we will talk about what these profiles are, and their advantages/disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision on which color profile is best for you.   WHAT ARE THE sRGB AND ADOBE RGB COLOR PROFILES? sRGB This is a standard color space that was created by Microsoft and HP in the 1990's for monitors and internet browsers. Since it was created before AdobeRGB, and...

4 Ways to Adjust White Balance in Photoshop CS & CC

4 Ways to Adjust White Balance in Photoshop CS & CC

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Like any sort of adjustment made in Photoshop, there are many different ways to adjust the white balance and correct color casts in your image. In this post, I will show you a few techniques for adjusting white balance and the overall color tone of your images. COLOR BALANCE Possibly the most straightforward and widely used way to adjust the white balance in your image is to create a new Color Balance adjustment layer 9for more on layers, click here). This image has quite a bit of red in it, so we are going to use the Color Balance panel to...

How to Hold Your Camera: Achieving Sharper Hand Held Photos

How to Hold Your Camera: Achieving Sharper Hand Held Photos

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While it's important to hold your camera in a way that feels natural to you, it's also just as important to hold the camera in a way that will prevent blur and unsharp images due to camera shake. Here are a few tips to help you properly and securely hold your camera when shooting with a tripod is not an option. BRACE YOUR ARMS AGAINST YOUR TORSO Bracing your arms against your torso will help steady your arms. If your arms are splayed out to either side of you, you will be giving the camera less support. To support the...