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Photo of the Day: Apothecary

Bottles and jars, Florissant, CO. Nikon 1 V2 image processed in Color Efex Pro 4 with Flypaper texture overlays.
Bottles and jars, Florissant, CO. Nikon 1 V2 image processed in Color Efex Pro 4 with Flypaper texture overlays.

I came across these old jars and bottles in the window of the old one-room schoolhouse (now a museum) in Florissant, Colorado. I used my Nikon 1 V2 and 10mm f/2.8 1-Nikkor lens to capture the image, and then I processed it in Photoshop CS6 (with layers) using two steps: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Apothecary

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Using Tiffen Dfx3 to Create Custom Studio Lighting Effects

I got several comments on yesterday’s post asking how I was able to create the background color and lighting effects in my otherwise boring head shot. After all, I only used a single light for the image and the background was a blank wall about five feet behind me. The trick I used was Tiffen’s Dfx 3 software, which I think is an indispensable tool for home studio photographers.

First of all, it’s important to note that I used an 85mm lens to take this image; doing so threw the background completely out of focus. That’s desirable for head shots where you want to tweak the background color/look later. I processed the RAW image (Nikon NEF file) in Lightroom 4.2 to open up the shadows a bit (note: click on any image below to see a larger view).

I did initial RAW processing in Lightroom 4.2 to open up the shadows in the image.

Then I sent the image to Tiffen Dfx 3. Side note: when using Dfx3 from Lightroom, choose Adobe RGB 1998 as your color space, as ProPhoto RGB may, in rare circumstances, cause color banding within the Dfx3 environment. Continue reading Using Tiffen Dfx3 to Create Custom Studio Lighting Effects

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Hot Tip: Using Multiple Texture Layers

“On Track” ¬©2012 Jason P. Odell

You can really have fun creating artistic images by using textures. But did you know that you can take things further by combining texture layers? In this image, I used three texture layers with different blending modes in Photoshop to create the final product. Continue reading Hot Tip: Using Multiple Texture Layers

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New August Painterly Pack from Flypaper Textures

Head Frame, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado. I used a Flypaper Texture from the new August Painterly pack to create this image.

I love adding textures to my photos when I want a little creative spark. Textures can be really helpful on shots taken in overcast or mid-day conditions. The fine folks at Flypaper Textures have just released a new texture pack, “August Painterly,” which has 40 new high-resolution texture files.

The August Painterly pack includes 40 high-resolution texture files

To learn how you can apply textures to your images, check out my video tutorial, Layers of Creativity. I’ll walk you through all the steps needed to blend textures into your images.

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