April-May Round-Up of Favourite Tutorials
It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the new posts over the months especially for new visitors or people in a hurry, so here is the round up of the most viewed and best rated Tutorials of April and May 2010 on Scott Photographics. In order of most views:
1.How to make a water colour Ubuntu Wallpaper in Gimp
In this tutorial I’ll guide you through making a cool and fresh Water-Colour Wallpaper in GIMP. At the end you can add your favourite operating system logo and set your new wallpaper as your background !
2. Post-Processing Infrared Photographs in Photoshop
I have recently become interested in Infrared Photography and I had a bit of trouble finding good ways to post-process my IR photos. So, here is my method to editing those starkly ‘red/magenta’ photographs
3. How to make an ‘Obama’ HOPE Poster in Gimp
There are a few tutorials for this in Photoshop and Illustrator, but I haven’t found any for the GIMP, so I attempted it myself! It is a fairly simple method and easily done with great results!
4. How to colour gradient match photos in GIMP
A really simple concept and easy to achieve, however the results are great – Colour Gradient Match Photos. This technique can be useful for creating a mood in a photograph taken from another image. This is more of a quick tip intended to help achieve certain effects and drive development.
5. How to make see-through text to image in Gimp
A really simple little trick to adding normal text to an image and making it look interesting! This technique can be used for nearly any photograph, however it is a lot easier to see the text with less detailed and contrasty photographs.
6. How to make a photo grungy in Gimp
This is a very simple method to making photographs grungy, but its also a good technique to have handy in your mind for any post-processing you might do in the future!
7. Digital Blending – Dynamic Range – GIMP
When wanting to combine two or more photographs for a higher dynamic range (HDR) or correcting an overexposed photograph, I mostly use programs like Photomatix, however it is sometimes too difficult or frustrating fiddling with the settings for minutes getting nowhere. So, there is an easier way and in certain cases much better than an HDR especially if you want to avoid those really surreal photographs – Digital Blending is the way to go, you can be much more selective with your increases/decreases in dynamic range and get more realistic results.
8. How to make a see-through to image text effect in Photoshop
This is a really simple trick to creating an ordinary photograph with some text into an engaging image. I have already done this in the GIMP: how to make see through text to image in gimp!
9. How to make a simple watermark in GIMP
This is a really simple tutorial and well worth the small effort required, because you’ll have something to put on your photographs/artworks without making it look too ugly while making sure you get enough credit in case your work is copied or used.
Here is the most viewed Shot of the Day and Article of April/May 2010:
Shot of the Day #34
Experimenting with the Canon Macro 1:2.8 Lens and its amazing how crisp and clear the images are Unfortunately I was unable to get the DOF (Depth of Field) right in this shot, due to the hastiness of Bees:)
For more Information: http://www.scottphotographics.com/shot-of-the-day-34
Lens Zoom-Blur Effect – Photography
Most of the time blur is really frustrating for photographers, but blurring can be used to create very interesting effects like in long exposures. The ‘Zoom-Blur Effect’ as it’s sometimes called can be used to draw the viewer’s eyes into the photograph and onto the subject with the edges blurred, our eyes tend to disregard the blurred parts and look for the sharp in-focus areas.
Continue reading here: http://www.scottphotographics.com/lens-zoom-blur-effect-photography
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