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Photoshop is, believe it or not, mostly based off of techniques that photographers did in the darkroom years ago and eventually evolved into a full design platform. Years ago, it was common place for burning and dodging to happen in the darkroom, so was gradient work, saturation work, etc.

Lynda.com did a video highlighting this stuff. They cite things like Bridge being a contact shoot and how film photographers never thought that it would change the way that they worked. In fact, Photoshop and its other programs do pretty much everything that the darkroom can–even smart upscaling, which is comparable to using an enlarger to get a bigger print of an image.

Their video on all the darkroom techniques is after the jump.

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Next week is Photoshop Week in celebration of the fact that the program that everyone tries to get for free has turned 25 years old.

Starting on February 23 and ending on the 28th, creativeLive is offering totally free Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials with the option of purchasing individual classes for $19 each or all 49 for $299 later on. Instructors like Julieanne Kost, Matt Kloskowski, Ben Willmore, and Julia Kuzmenko McKim are going to be demoing tutorials.

Each day there are up to eight tutorials at 9AM, 10:45 AM, 1PM, and 2:45PM. If you want to check them out live, then the best thing to do is head over to the schedule and RSVP for the events.

Education like this usually costs hundreds of dollars with private instructors, but these are some of the best in the business and it’s going to be available for you for free.

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Don’t burst Hope Carter’s bubble. Seriously, don’t do it because if you do, she’ll have to start the process all over again, and it’s cold outside. Carter has been experimenting with the very precise art of photographing bubbles in freezing temperatures, which was inspired by some classes she helped teach in her children’s schools. She took camera into the freezing outdoors, where she would blow bubbles that would then crystallize, and before they disappeared, she clicked the shutter. No two bubbles are alike. Each gives rise to a different kind of icy landscape.

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All images by Richard Veil. Used with permission.

There are professional photographers today that have never shot on film and have grown up in the digital age of Photoshop. Many of these photographers rely on computer programs to improve their digital images.

Those of us who grew up in the age of film emulations and darkrooms relied on perfect execution in shooting and faith that there would be images on the film. Imagine shooting a dozen rolls of film and having no idea what the images were going to look like; that’s real anxiety. Cameras and processing equipment could malfunction and leave us with nothing of use.

Today images are instantly available for viewing alleviating a lot of anxiety that either the camera or the processing equipment might malfunction and destroy all or part of a shoot. The closest we could get to a preview of our images were Polaroids that some cameras had adapters for but the actual image on film was a matter of artistic faith.

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Sunset in Photoshop

The Golden Hour is one of the most popular times to go shooting photos because of the beautiful natural glow that the sun gives off. But sometimes you and your portrait subject don’t always have the time to shoot in that time slot. Don’t worry though, photographer Emilie Whitcher has a tutorial on how you can create the look of the golden hour (specifically sunset) in Photoshop.

Now before you continue, we’re going to call it: there are bound to be commenters and smart asses saying “Or you can just shoot during the Golden Hour.” Sure, but again, you don’t always have the available time to do so due to scheduling conflicts.

Emilie shows us how using white balancing tools and a bright spot, layering, opacity, and all the works.

The video on getting the golden hour effect in Photoshop is after the jump. But also be sure to check out our tips and project ideas for golden hour photography.

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All images by Mia CocoOne. Used with permission

“My name is Mia. I live in Czech republic and I’m not a professional photographer.” states Mia CocoOne when she began our interview with her. Mia, as she states, isn’t a professional photographer but is instead an artist. She goes about capturing scenes and puts effort into making the final results look the way that she envisioned in her mind. Her images sometimes tend to have a painterly look to them–which is explained by the fact that she grew up watching a painter do his job.

Mia’s work was discovered by us through EyeEm, which in our opinion is one of the lesser known hotbeds of good photography–at least to US audiences. Her story really starts to take shape after she had a child.

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