Masking in Lightroom

Adirondack Dock

This post was written a while ago, but the concept is still one that many people aren’t aware of – essentially that you can perform masking in Adobe Lightroom.  Keep reading to learn how!

Often when  I talk to people about their work flow one big question and the need to do some pixel based editing in Photoshop, one of the questions that often comes up is “Why can’t I do X in Lightroom?”

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Center Objects in Photoshop

Centering Objects

This tutorial is a short two minute tutorial on how to center Objects in Photoshop.  The video was done using Photoshop CS2, but the practice remains the same through the Creative Cloud iterations as well.  Since the ability to center objects in Photoshop is a not only a common thing that many people do with imagery of many types, one could say that centering objects could be a “timeless tip”! That said, I figured it’d be worth sharing here, especially since the video itself is less than two minutes.  There are several other tutorials, tips, and tricks in both text, image-supported, and video varieties, so be sure to check out other blog posts for tutorials, articles, and good content that you can really sink your teeth into – including this one Applying Gradients in Photoshop

In this video for how to center objects in Photoshop, I used text, but it really would work with any object you want to have completely centered across an entire image area. Check it out – it’s only 2 minutes total! Thanks for watching, and if you have any suggestions for other Photoshop tips and tricks, let me know in the comments!

5 Tips for Shooting Off-Camera Flash, Pt. 5

Flash Direction

The final installment of the shooting off-camera flash series is here!  For a while now, I’ve been posting various tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your minimalist off-camera flash setup.  The equipment is a single flash, a light stand, and an umbrella.  The goal was to come up with 5 tips for how to get the most out of it!  Here’s what we’ve done so far:

1.  Attached the umbrella correctly
2.  Positioned the light as far away from the shoot-through as possible
3.  Added a little extra diffusion from the built in diffuser for your flash
4.  Stabilized the light stand by spreading the base to it’s widest point – adding a possible “4th leg” in the process too! Read more