Lake Guinness

This is big! And when I say big, I mean it. In fact, I needed several hours to create this image and there was no way to write that down with screenshots. So, here we are on youtube for 40 min for a change – which is even better! See exactly what I do and how I do it and then do it yourself! This image shows Lake Guinnes, a fantastic lake next to Dublin in Ireland. I used HDR techniques to create this image (whats HDR?) and used then layers in photoshop to create some magic (whats layers, you…

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4 Easy Steps to add a Glow to your Images

Sometimes an image can seem a little boring – I often think that a little glow can help a lot! Se here are my 4 super easy steps to get such a glow in Photoshop. 1. Duplicate the layerFirst, get you image into Photoshop and duplicate the layer twice. You can use CMD/STRG+J to duplicate layers! Safes time, hehe. 2. Select Overlay Select the top layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Doing so will increase the contrast as well, you can manually turn that back later if you want. 3. Blur the layerNearly there! Now go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur…

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Reflected

I found this neat little lake at the side of a road just half an hour south from Dublin, Ireland. It was raining all day and actually just stopped a couple of minutes when I took the image. Lucky me, hehe. Here is the final image: See more great HDR images at my portfolio! And here is the original (0 Exposure image):By the way, if you haven’t dealt with HDR images before, read this first. This time I used layer mirroring to get exactly the reflection I wanted. So thats how I did it. First I loaded my HDR (created…

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Dada – An awesome Moroccan Experience in Dublin

I like eating – who doesn’t! There is a little treasure hidden in Dublin, called Dada. Its a Moroccan Restaurant offering amazing food in an amazing ambience! They serve something called Chicken Kebab, which has nothing to do with a traditional Kebab. It is chicken made in some sort of marinade, tasting just ridiculous! In an awesome way, hehe. However, the place is also perfect to take some pictures! I arranged with hem to let me take some pics while they were closed – it was so worth it. The best part was the lighting – they have small candles…

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6 Reasons why I don’t Watermark my Images

Sometimes people urge me to watermark my images. I must protect them from unauthorised use! They will steal it! Its recognition! Nah. I will not do so and I tell you why. For those who watermark and are happy with it, I am happy for you! For those who are undecided, read ahead. 1. Its uglyImagine a great image. Say a landscape. An amazing one. People will look at it and say: yeah thats nice. But then, in the bottom left corner are the words “Phillip Glombik Photography”, maybe written over a nice part of the image in big bold…

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Cloudy Ride

I am a big fan of simplicity. Some say its not very exiting – but I do love it so whatever, hehe. Sometimes a simple thing like a road with a cool cloud on top and some amazing Irish landscape can make an awesome picture. Here is the final version: And that was the original As I was stopping on the road, I did not have the time to take 3 shots. I used just one which, when used in photomatix, can be changed to look like a proper HDR done with 3 images. So thats how I did it.…

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Freedom

I was watching Bravehearth lately. So. When I reached this lake I thought on it for no particular reason and decided to create this shot. Thats what I ended up with: And here we have the original. When I saw the clouds in the original I thought HELL YEAH! So, thats how I did it: First, I loaded my original into Photomatix to create an HDR version. If you haven’t dealt with HDR yet, read this first. Normally you would take 3 exposure shots, but as it was crazy windy up there and I surely would have had some ghosting,…

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Clean Stones

Nature shots are still my absolute favourite! It is indeed a little tricky to get out often if you have a job as well, but when I do I am like a little child, running around and shooting away constantly. This one was a quick shot while crossing this neat river – the final version looks like this: The original (I used HDR techniques, so this one was the 0 exposure – never dealt with HDR? Read this first) looked like this: So thats how I did it: Using HDR style, I used three shots, a 0, -2 and +2 exposure…

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Good lough

This one was a short one to process. See, when you don’t have the coins to jump into a plane to Africa, what do you do to get some shots of animals? Right, you go to the zoo. Which is fine. The problem is that in most cases you can see some part of the fence in the background which tells the viewer straight away this is not a natural environment. True – but the image does not have to scream like it, hehe. So, here is the final version: and the original: This wasn’t even a HDR! But you…

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Endless Road

Time to show you how I made the background image I use for most pages, including this blog. So the full original looks like this! I took the original on top of the Arc de Triomphe (yes, I did pay to get up there for christ sake), see and embrace how boring it is: Some people don’t like black and white very much and that is fine – when I saw this leading lines and the clouds I straight away wanted to make one out of this! So thats how I did it. First I created a HDR version of…

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