Film photographers had it easy. They could just click the shutter button and their photos would look awesome. Each film had it’s own unique look. It was simple to look at an image and go, “Oh, that was taken with Kodak Ultra”, or, “That was obviously shot on Tr-X”.
Instagram is more than just a place for people to share photos—it’s a fully fledged social network. You can even privately message your friends and people you follow. Let’s look at how.
Photoshop isn’t just a photography app; it’s a powerful design tool. Opening a single image is easy, but what happens if you want to put together a poster with multiple different images?
Facebook is the world’s most popular social network, and with that comes a load of problems. Not only do you have to deal with all the regular trolls you find online, but crazy exes, stalkers, and fake profiles looking to con you are all permanent fixtures.
There’s something special about a printed photo. Sure, you can share thousands of photos on Facebook, but none of them will ever be as special as the one photo you hang on the wall in your living room.
Instagram is pretty decent as social networks go, but there is still the occasional troll or spam bot. Let’s look at how to block them.
There are some terrible people out there, and services like Twitter can bring out the worst in them. Often, the only option for dealing with a troll is to block them. Here’s how to do that.
Snapchat, with it’s disappearing photos, is an easy app for people to abuse. A one-second Snap can be pretty traumatic and impossible to prove happened; unless you’re quick enough to screenshot it, it’s gone as soon as you look at it. If someone is harassing you on Snapchat, here’s how to block them.
Let’s be real. As soon as you send a text message, your recipient has probably read it. So why does everyone care so much about whether an app tells them that you’ve read their messsage?
Cropping photos is one of the most basic, but important, photo editing skills. A crooked horizon or something distracting on the edge can ruin a great image.
When you first start getting into photography, it’s very easy to fall into a habit of converting almost every image you take to black and white. I know I did it.
Next to some of your Snapchat friends, you’ll see little emoji.
Snapchat is all about transparency. You can always see exactly who’s seen your Story and, most importantly, if anyone has taken a screenshot of it before it disappears.
Over time, old photos fade. The blacks become washed out and the whites go to grey. If there are colors, they fade too, turning different shades and making the photo look more like an antique than a representation of anything real.
Instagram has taken a leaf out of Snapchat’s book and added a disappearing Story feature. Now, as well as posting normal images to Instagram, users can share what’s happening in the moment. Any image posted to a Story stays live for just 24 hours. After that, it’s gone.
Making selections and masks is one of the most fundamental Photoshop skills. If you want to change your model’s eye color or remove a pesky photobomber, you need to be able to select only the area of the image you want to effect while keeping everything else safe.
Snapchat’s Story feature is a great way to share what’s going on in your life right now with your friends. The problem is, because it’s integrated with Snapchat’s regular messaging, it’s very easy to accidentally post a Snap to your story that was meant for someone specific. Obviously, that can get embarrassing, fast…not that I’d know.
For years, the only way to get Photoshop was to pay hundreds of dollars up front for a license, or take to the dingier corners of the internet and pirate a cracked version. Now, through the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can get Photoshop for $9.99 a month. Feel free to insert your own cups of coffee, pints of beer, fistfuls of baguettes, or other price comparison here.
Street photography is about documenting the day to day life of a city. It’s about capturing the small, authentic moments that take a city from grey concrete and turn it into a real, living place. It’s a really popular genre of photography, so let’s have a look at how to do it well.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom confuses a lot of new photographers. It has Photoshop in the name, but it isn’t Photoshop? What gives?
Adobe Photoshop is the professional image editor. It’s name is now a verb for image editing (which is something that Adobe absolutely hates). Photoshop though, isn’t the only editor in town. Over the last few years, new image editing apps have come along that are almost as good as Photoshop, for a fraction of the price. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Snapchat’s “Lenses” feature can make all kinds of silly alterations to your Snaps. If you’ve ever seen a photo of a friend with cute, cartoon-esque dog ears or “face-swapping” with someone else, it was a Snapchat Lens.
Apple’s top end MacBook Pros come with two graphics chips: an integrated Intel Iris Pro chip and a discrete graphics card with more power. That way, you can use the integrated chip when you need better battery life, and the more powerful graphics card when you’re editing video or playing games.
Converting an image to black and white is one of those simple tasks that photographers should be able to do well on any device. Unfortunately, a lot of the apps that do black and white conversions on smartphones don’t give the photographer a lot of control. Let’s look at how to do it properly.
I love Snapchat, but I’d also be the first to admit the user interface design is…poor. If you’re using Snapchat for the first time and just feel lost, here are the basics.