Add vignettes using Photoshop in 6 simple steps

In photography vignetting, or light fall-off, is the loss of brightness at the borders of an image and it is a lens characteristic or weakness.

Usually vignettes are not desired however it is not uncommon to add them during post-processing for example to draw the attention of the user to a particular portion of the image or to give it an aged look.

I am going to show you how to add vignetting to your image using Adobe photoshop in just a few simple steps.

Photoshop tutorial: Stacking star trails pictures

Trails (2008-10-19_ 40D_100-0746)
Picture by Antoine Khater

In the last tutorial we discussed how to shoot star trails pictures and we agreed that, in digital photography, you’d better go for multiple shots of 30 seconds each rather than one long shot to keep the noise under control.

So you’re back home with a handful of pictures, let’s see how to turn this exposures into one star trails pictures using Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Photoshop Tutorial: Shadow noise removal

This is a guest post from Tage Solberg from Solberghifi. Tag was kind enough to share with us his post processing method to control noise that can appear the shadows/dark parts of any digital image.

Even with a low noise cam like Canon EOS1DmkIII, “lifting” the shadows in an image will increase noise considerably. I often expose for the highlights to avoid clipping, and raise the shadows i post-processing.

When printing large I use this following method to get noise-free, saturated and detailed shadows.

The downside is; it will only work with static objects because it needs a +2 to +3EV bracketed shot.

I’m not talking about an awful HDR result here, but an natural looking image with shadows as clean as the highlights!!

Stina Stockholm on HDR

A few weeks ago I’ve had the chance to feature Stina Stockholm as photographer of the week and in the comments Ivan asked

I love your work. I would love for you to write a tutorial on how to do your post editing in photoshop. especially the street pic with the brick, how do you get that depth and contrast? Have you used filters on any of these photos? thanks

Stina was kind enough to comply to Ivan’s request and shares with us her thoughts on HDR

Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card the final

This article is part of a series of 4 posts “Adobe Photoshop Case Study from picture to Christmas card” make sure to visit other articles in the series

  1. Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card I
  2. Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card Let it be dark
  3. Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card Let there be light
  4. Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card the final

N.B.:If you want to follow this tutorial make sure to click on the picture to download a higher resolution version
Ok today I might be a bit long, but I think I have to finish with this series specially that from now on it becomes the same idea repeated over different objects, now launch Adobe Photoshop and let’s get started

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