You shall not pass!

While I was in paris, I took (one of many) Eiffel Tower images – thats what I ended up with: The original Image (as it was a HDR, this is the 0 exposure version) looked like this: When I took the image, I was thinking straight away on black and white, so during the processing, I didn’t pay any attention to the colours. So thats how I did it: I created a HDR version with Photomatix where I could see the clouds and the tower and loaded this version into photoshop. As usual, I copied the layer 3 times. On…

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What do you see?

I got this image about a year ago when I went to a photo tour through Ireland: The original looked like this: I liked the original version already, but wanted to go a little further and add some drama and darkness. After all, its a skull, hehe. So thats, in short, how I did it:I increased the contrast and increased the vibrance a little.Then I used the curves tool and changed the shape of the line like this: If you have a look at the bottom of this curve window, you’ll see that to the left the blacks start and…

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Understand Photoshop Layers

Photoshop is great when it comes to post process your images – but it can be hard to start at times as there are hundreds of functions and tools to be used. One great thing you wanna consider to get familiar with is the principle of layers. What are layers?Layers in Photoshop can be seen as a stack of images. Imagine having several printed photos from a landscape on a table and you put one on top of each other – same thing. In Photoshop, you can see the layer panel here: If you load an image into photoshop, it’ll…

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Burning Tree

So this one was an easy one, were I was super happy with the outcome! The final Image looks like this (see more like this): I took this one in Phoenix Park, the biggest green space in Dublin. Its an HDR, but the original 0 exposure image looked like that: I guess there are people which might like the colour version more – I didn’t too much. So thats how I made it to my liking: As with most of my HDR images (see my introduction to HDR images) I used Photomatix to create a version where I saw the…

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Where Magic Happens

First I will show you the final image, then where I started and how I did it: The original was taken in Norway, close to a place called Hytialla. It actually felt a little bit magic to be there in this massive forest where this little path was going through constantly. This is the Original Image: When I looked at the original image I wasn’t happy at all! It looked dull, grey and boring, but with a little photoshop now can reshape an image to the hearths desire. Have a look (later this week) at my tutorials to see some…

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An introduction to HDR Photography

When I tell people what kind of images I like to take the most, I very often say “HDR I think”. Mostly I get a confused head shake followed by “Is that landscape photography?”. There are many beginners out there getting started with a new camera (or an old one for that matter) and eager to jump right into it – some not even aware of this incredible “tool” they have at their disposal. I dealt quite a bit with HDR and think a nice and simple introduction would be beneficial for many starters, interested or uncertain people or even…

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The hidden Watrerfall

On a little photowalk this weekend I found this nice little waterfall next to (and nearly under) a bridge. I decided to go with a vertical shot here since I thought it captures more of the waterfall and therefore keeps the picture more simple. A long exposure gave me this streams of water – I really love this effect.

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The Tower

I love towers. All of them. The taller the better hehe. This one was in the irish national heritage park – not the biggest and most impressive I have ever seen, but nice enough to capture. I found it difficult to compose in this situation … Didnt know if I better take lots of the bridge into the picture or if I go closer and get kind of a vertirama. I guess I will figure out with the help of the responses on flickr if it was wise or not 😀

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What is a photographer?

Photographer – this term seems to be highly controversial. I often read things like: “Everybody with a camera thinks he is a photographer“, or “Not everybody can be a photographer“. It made me thinking: what makes you a photographer?  Well, in fact the word just means a person who takes photographs, especially in a professional manner. Especially, not just. So can`t you be a photographer if you don`t do it professionally? I don`t know, but I think you can indeed. I`d say it is in some way comparable to music: give two musicians a peace to play, they will always play it in…

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