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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For when it is darkest

I recently went to a restaurant called Dada, a Moroccan restaurant in the hearth of Dublin. The place is quite amazing so I talked to the guys there and organised a day where I could come in and take some pics. This is one of the shots I got from there: The original was quite different, there you go: It was a little bit of a challenge to get it the way I wanted, but with some photoshop magic everything is possible. So thats how I did it. As it was a HDR, I loaded my 3 exposures in Photomatix…

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5 Easy Steps to get rid of Chromatic Aberrations

Whats a chromatic abberation, you ask? I am sure you have noticed them, they appear in many images with high background light or in HDRs (very often in HDRs, actually). Have a look at this: This is an (over processed) HDR image – let me show you what you probably didn’t see in this small version: There is a green line around the Arc – sometimes green, sometimes purple, sometimes rainbow – which is super disturbing and just makes the image dirty. But do not despair, heres my 5-step solution! 1. Import and triple! Import your image into Photoshop. If…

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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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