How to shoot studio silhouette portraits

How to shoot studio silhouette portraits

Learn how to shoot graphic silhouette portraits in a photographic studio or at home using this incredibly easy technique. Silhouettes generally focus purely on shape, whereas this approach aims to capture a small amount of detail in the model’s face for a much more interesting result.

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Colour correct photos in seconds

How to colour correct any image in Photoshop in less than 30 seconds

Colour correction in Photoshop can be notoriously tricky and time-consuming. But whether you’re a seasoned pro or absolute beginner, this incredibly simple yet powerful technique will allow you to colour correct photos in less than 30 seconds. This ultimately means less time fiddling with sliders and more time shooting and editing your shots to perfection.

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The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing

The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing by James Abbott

My first book, The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Through tutorials, you can become an editing expert and make your images stand out from the crowd while gaining a greater understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo; what it has to offer and how to harness its power.

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Online Lightroom & Photoshop workshops

Online Lightroom and Photoshop workshops via Zoom

In light of the events over the last year I have begun to offer online Lightroom & Photoshop workshops via Zoom. Learn how to get more from your photo editing software with a bespoke one-to-one Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom training. Online editing workshops are just as effective as in person using the share screen functionality of Zoom.

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Amateur Photographer cover 2 Jan 2021

Amateur Photographer magazine 2 January 2021

One of my images of the iconic Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was used on the cover of the 2nd January 2021 issue of Amateur Photographer magazine. The cover image accompanies an winter landscape photography article I produced, which included tips for shooting in winter and inclement weather where filters can’t be used. See below for the original image and the winter landscapes feature.

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Enhance detail and atmosphere with the Orton effect

Cwm Idwal waterfall, in Snowdonia North Wales, at sunset in winter edited with the Orton effect

Discover an advanced method of applying the Orton effect that keeps file sizes small and image quality at its best. I developed this refined technique myself in response to upgrading to a higher resolution camera, which meant the original technique created huge file sizes when saving layered images as TIFFs. And also, to deal with the problem of crushed shadows. This version solves both of these issues for the best results possible, and the tutorial works for Both Photoshop and Affinity Photo.

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Peak District dawn to dusk landscape photography workshop 24th Jan 2020

James Abbot Photography shooting at Stanage Edge in the Peak District. One-to-one workshops and small group landscape photography workshops.

Improve your landscape photography skills with a small group workshop in the Peak District with professional landscape photographer James Abbott on Friday 24th January 2020. The workshop will be limited to just five people so everyone can take advantage of lots of one-to-one and group tuition throughout the day. The workshop costs just £150 per person.

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Creative ways to shoot water in landscapes

Long exposure at Old Hunstanton Beach during blue hour

Capturing movement in the landscape is a simple and highly effective way of adding a sense of dynamism to your landscape photography. And while the mechanical nature of photography can, if left unchecked, render scenes looking like little more than a snapshot, with the right compositional approach and shutter speed you can transform scenes in creative ways that transcend the capabilities of human vision.

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My-Picture.co.uk printing review

Framed print from My-Picture.co.uk

My-Picture.co.uk is a European printing service offering a range of printing solutions at competitive prices. Learn more about the service and the quality of printed products in this review of the service covering framed prints and acrylic prints in panoramic format.

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Shoot sharper landscape images

Crummock Water Long Exposure Stack

Capturing pin-sharpness throughout a scene – from the foreground to the distant background – is often the photographer’s aim when shooting landscapes. For wider scenes where the foreground interested is a few metres away from the camera you can usually get away with shooting a single image at f/11 – f/16 on a full-frame camera, or f/8 – f/11 on APS-C. With these settings and correct focusing front to back sharpness is possible in a single shot, but what about when the foreground interest is closer to the camera and you need both this and the background in sharp focus? The simple answer is to use focus stacking to achieve sharper landscape images.

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