Getting the rough, grungy look in portraits

Here’s the latest video tutorial on my YouTube channel: And here are some quick notes to accompany the video: Create two copies of the background layer Name one: Noise Name the other: High Pass Turn off the High Pass layer Select the Noise layer Select Filter > Noise > Add Noise Set the amount to 10%, Gaussian and Monochromatic (to avoid random lit pixels with … Continue reading Getting the rough, grungy look in portraits

Translucent mirrors

I recently had the pleasure of talking to Brian Smith, who is a fantastic portrait photographer and a really nice guy.  We talked about the translucent mirrors in Sony cameras and I think he put it best: “Far too much is made of light loss from Sony (sic) translucent mirror” and “Image quality loss from translucent mirror is about the same as using a high-quality … Continue reading Translucent mirrors

Supercharge your noise reduction software!

A supercharger is a device that mechanically forces more fuel and air into an engine.  We’re going to do the same thing with our pictures and noise reduction application.  In this article we’re going to use Photoshop by Adobe and Noiseless CK by Macphun. Now let’s see why noise occurs. Light travels as a wave and as it enters the camera it stimulates the CMOS … Continue reading Supercharge your noise reduction software!