Posts in Category "Photography"

February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on lynda.com!

I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live  on www.lynda.com! 

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“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”

Topics include:

  • What makes a good composite?
  • Refining your story
  • Composing using the basic principles of design
  • Customizing your Photoshop workspace
  • Preparing elements from your source images
  • Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
  • Mastering the Pen tool
  • Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

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February 14, 2014

Photos From Death Valley

Wow. I had no idea just how beautiful it would be. Trust me, these images don’t do it justice – but maybe they will inspire you to check it out someday. Really, if you ever have a chance to drive through Death Valley, I would highly recommend it. 

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And I did captured some great backgrounds and textures to be incorporated into future composites…

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January 13, 2014

Using Music to Reinforce the Visual Narrative

In the past, I have found it incredibly challenging to find music that reinforces my photographic vision. Lately however, the folks over at Triple Scoop Music have helped me to find, select and create a collection of songs that I find match the mood of my work. I’ve been told they are a bit on the haunting side, but I take that as a compliment. Click here if you’re interested in checking them outOf course they offer a huge variety of musical styles, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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December 20, 2013

Fractured Moments – 2013 Year in Review

Last year I created a short slideshow (Moments Alone), from images taken over the year using my mobile phone. I found it to be a enjoyable way to look back at the year and reflect upon the places that I’ve gone, the people I’ve met and the things that I paid attention to. So, I decided to do it again this year and here is the result  “Fractured Moments”. I would strongly encourage you to create a collection of your own images for the year -I have found both the process and the results to be very insightful.

See you after the Holidays! And don’t forget, every time a bell rings, a layer gets its mask… : )

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November 18, 2013

Minimizing Derivative Files Exported from Lightroom

One of the benefits of capturing Raw files and processing them in Lightroom is that I can easily create derivatives of those files as needed. For example, if I need to send some files to a publication as PSD files or if I want to post some of the images to my blog as JPEG files, I can quickly batch export the images from Lightroom. As soon as those files have been received (or posted or whatever), I can then throw away the exported derivatives because I have the original raw files to return to and can therefore quickly export any additional copies of the files at any time. Of course this workflow might not work for everyone, but I find it convenient that  I no longer need to keep track of as many derivative files. One word of caution, however: if you export a number of files and then do additional work (retouch the files in Photoshop, for example) I would keep those retouched files (as well as the original RAW files) – but I would still delete any derivatives created from the retouched files.

And while we’re on the subject, I would strongly encourage photographers to keep their original raw files – because you never know when you might need those high quality originals. Plus, I have found that I have been able to significantly improve the quality of my older images as the technology  improves (which is exactly what happened to me with my window seat images – refining them with Lightroom’s improved processing is enabling me to pull out more detail with less noise than I was able to 10 years ago).

Of course there are photographers who are going to disagree with me, and for their workflow, they may be absolutely correct – they may never need to return to the images that they are making today,  so there might not be a need to keep them. It depends on the type of work that you do.

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November 8, 2013

Photographs from Japan

I can’t believe that I will be leaving Japan tomorrow. I have had such an incredible trip and I thank all of the lovely people that I’ve met and that have helped me negotiate this wonderful culture. Here are a few images form my travels. I expect that many of them will end up in future demos that I do! Doumo arigatou gozaimasu.

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October 31, 2013

A Few More Images from my Personal Project – “Passenger Seat”

I thought it might be time to share a few more photographs from my personal project – “Passenger Seat”. Because I talk so much about Photoshop and photo manipulation, I thought I would point out that the motion blur in these images was captured in camera.

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Happy Halloween!

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October 18, 2013

Additional Images from my Personal Project – “Passenger Seat”

I thought I would share a few more photographs from my personal project – “Passenger Seat”.

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And I thought this quote was fitting since I like to study what can’t normally be seen. “We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.”

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October 9, 2013

Video Tutorial – Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)), Julieanne takes a close look at the feature enhancements and refinements made to the Crop tool, workflow settings, and batch saving capabilities in Adobe Camera Raw.  In addition she also covers improvements made to the Spot Removal Tool, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustment Brush, and Histogram.

Note: For more information about the Features in Camera Raw 8.0 (PSCC V14), including the new Upright perspective correction, Radial Filter, and Spot Removal  features please see this video “Adobe Photoshop CC: Favorite Features for Photographers”.

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October 8, 2013

My Aerial Project was Featured on Behance!

Yea! I just received and email that one of my aerial  projects was just featured on photographyserved.com and will appear on its front page today.

Check it out if you have time – it was my first time photographing from a helicopter without doors and, even though I’m terrified of flying, it was truly an incredible experience that I would highly recommend to everyone!

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October 4, 2013

A Few Images from my Personal Project – “Passenger Seat”

I thought it might be time to share a few more photographs from my personal project – “Passenger Seat”.And yes, the motion blur in these images was captured in-camera.

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Happy Friday, fall is finally here. : )

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September 10, 2013

Thomas Knoll and the History of Photoshop

Check out this interesting interview with Thomas Knoll on the history of Photoshop and the shift to Creative Cloud.

 

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September 9, 2013

New Features Added to Photoshop CC

Find out more about what’s new in the update to Photoshop CC (v 14.1) including the introduction of Adobe Generator.

Click here for more details, training content and more!

These help documents are also informative:

Generate image assets from layers | Photoshop CC

What’s new in Photoshop CC (v 14.1)

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August 30, 2013

Images from Shanghai

I’ve finally made some time over the past few evenings to take a closer look at some of the images that I took in Shanghai. I’m sure that it drives some people crazy that I don’t post my images immediately, but it’s been my experience that over time some of the images that I initially really like, just don’t stand the test of time. Hopefully these will.

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You can see more on my Behance site  if you’d like.

And, yes, I am having an excellent time exploring with my tilt-shift lens. : )

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August 9, 2013

California Sunshine

A few days at home in California.

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