Why Photographers Are Switching to a New Photo Editor for PC

There’s a new kid in town – a brand new photo editor for those who love their PC.

There is a lot of editing software to choose from, but PhotoWorks is a photo editor for PC that stands out from the crowd. Professional capabilities combine with an incredibly easy-to-master interface to make this photo editing software the answer for the mass of photographers looking to switch to a less complicated system without compromising quality.

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How I Edit Photos in Capture One Pro and Affinity Photo

Take your architectural photos to the next level by using the two most powerful editing programs available – Capture One Pro (v12) and Affinity Photo.

In this tutorial I show you my simple architectural photography workflow while editing an image in Capture One Pro and then doing the finish work in Affinity Photo – no Photoshop needed! Knowing how to edit your raw photos is an important step to delivering great photos to your clients. Adobe Photoshop may be considered the industry standard and go-to software for many creatives, but I have always had a hate/love/hate relationship with Photoshop and Lightroom over the years.  It’s often buggy, sluggish (no matter how maxed out my computer is), and never gives me the absolute image quality I know my cameras are capable of – and that I demand.

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Cheap Photo: $569 Off Premium Photoshop Actions and Light Leak Overlays

PhotoWhoa is always full of great deals on tools and education for photographers. These are no exception.

We love the convenience of heading over to PhotoWhoa when in need of some affordable photo education or tools. The curated library of discounted tutorials, tools, software, etc is one of the easiest ways to find quality learning opportunities that you are excited to try out and tools to help you do your job better. This is where the highlight deals for today come in; these two products give photographers some powerful Photoshop actions to improve your imagery and access to some killer light leak overlays to take your shots to another level.

Interested? Have a look via the links below:

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Also of note, you can now pre-order the new Panasonic GH5s over on Amazon, here.

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How to Create Rainbow Effect on Your Photos Using Photoshop

Screenshot image from the rainbow effect video by Jessica Kobeissi

One of today’s most popular photography trends is the rainbow effect on portraits. Some of us may feel it’s overused and gimmicky, but it’s most likely going to stick around for a bit longer. If you haven’t done this before and want to see what it can do for your portrait photography, this quick video tutorial by Jessica Kobeissi is worth a try.

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Stephanie Jung’s Layered New York Photos Convey the City’s Chaos


All images by Stephanie Jung. Used with permission.

Stephanie Jung is a freelance photographer based in Berlin, Germany. I found her on Behance, and fell in love with her work–specifically her use of layers to create the feeling of a city. Stephanie has shot photos of many cities, but her idea of layering one image on top of another and yet another (and another) perfectly captures the chaos that a city can have much better than a single long exposure can.

“It’s about time and caducity” says Stephanie about her work.
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Creating the Photograph: Edward Boe’s “Fig Trio”


Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Edward Boe is a photographer and cinematographer based in Chicago, IL. When we recently put out a call to our readers about food photography, he answered us with some excellent images  that have really intriguing lighting. Ed specializes in macro and food photography and tries to present his clients with a new vision that is unique every time he works. He attributes this to his dual interesting in food and nature in that each allows him to cast light on something that is easily overlooked.

So when he pitched his idea of figs lit in a new and interesting way–we were quite interested to see how he gave them a bit of spotlight.

Here’s his story, but also be sure to check him out on Instagram and Flickr.

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How to Create the Golden Hour Effect in Photoshop

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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Capturing Ideas: The Surreal Photography of Erik Johansson


All photographs by Erik Johansson. Used with permission.

Swedish and Berlin-based mixed media photographer Erik Johansson has created astounding work that is perhaps only surpassed by his remarkable process. We featured an image of his earlier on. At first glance, his surreal images – essentially landscape photographs transformed into something more magical – rouse wonder in people, and upon closer inspection, they are dressed to impress, with every minor detail considered and perfected.

It’s his process, however, that really had us at hello. While many Photoshop artists use stock images to create their art, Erik is going out of his way to make his photographs more realistic and entirely his own. He meticulously draws, paints, creates miniature sets and cardboard cutouts, and shoots different spots and locations himself, all the while paying great attention to every single detail, before blending all these aspects together in a single photograph.

Erik tells the Phoblographer:

“To me photography is a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.”

Erik’s dedication to the craft is something we don’t see every day, which makes his work all the more inspiring. And with his painstaking creations, he actualizes images in his mind and molds them into something real for others.

As he points out, “I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas.”

See Erik Johansson’s breathtaking work and his behind-the-scenes videos after the jump.

To see more of Erik’s work, visit his website.
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Quick Review: Camera Bag 2.0 (Beta) Editing Software

Camera Bag is an editing software program primarily centered around the use of presets with levels of adjustment: similar to the way that many mobile phone applications like Instagram work. While Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop all have presets that allow users to get images with a cross-processed, plastic camera type of look (amongst others) not many people still know how to accomplish these look or understand color theory.

So does Camera Bag worth your time?

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Spacious Thoughts: Landscape Photography Composition

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200

In Landscape Photography, composition is one of your most essential decisions. It is how you decide what you want in the frame. Every time you bring your camera to your eye, you are composing a shot. Taking time to think about your landscape photography can turn a snapshot into a great photograph. Using Rule of thirds, lead lines, foreground interest and your background, can make your images truly engaging.

Before you read this posting, perhaps you should read about gear, light and location.

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