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This is a really cool tutorial. If you want a ring flash but don’t have the money to purchase one yet this could very well work for you. The materials needed include:

  • A plastic bowl (not too thick) whose base is about 8 cm of diameter. Your lenses need to be able to go through.
  • Another plastic bowl, but slightly smaller, but not under 8 cm. It needs to get inside the big bowl, but your lenses will also have to go through it.
  • A piece of pipe (PVC gives the best results in term of weight and toughness) about 5 cm long and 8 cm of diameter.
  • Some aluminum foil
  • A pen
  • A ton of big tape
  • A cutter
  • And you’ll need some hard glue.

Looking Back on 2008 these were the top 5 posts here on ChromaticSoul Blog.

Thank you to everyone and let’s all look forward to a pleasing, prosperous, photographic 2009.

  1. Fish Eye Lens Effect Without a Fish Eye Lens
  2. How to Make a Signature Brush in Photoshop
  3. Pixels to Inches
  4. White Balancing Lens Cap Review
  5. Portraits From The Edge – Lynn Blodgett

I love the Lightroom presents that Matt provides over on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips. I recentlydownloaded the graduated filter preset and in using it I have come across some photos where it just doesn’t seem to work. It either highlights or darkens part of the photo I don’t want manipulated. Today I found this video where Matt shows viewers how to erase the parts that you don’t want.

Here’s another video straight from the request lines. Recently I’ve heard a lot of chatter around erasing areas that the Graduated filter affected, that you may not have wanted it to affect. For example, plenty of my horizons also have a mountain, tree, or some other object that I don’t want a graduated filter to interact with. In this video I’ll show you how you can bring those areas back and “erase” (well kind of) the effects of the Graduated filter. [via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips]

Check it out.

Renowned wedding photographer, David Ziser has a tutorial well worth the viewing. The video shows step-by-step how he created this beautiful work of art. You’ll find the tutorial on his blog Digital ProTalk.

Recently Darren of Digital Photography School looked through the archives and selected the top 19 Portrait Photography Tutorials.

  1. 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits
  2. 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography
  3. Give Your Subject Space to Look Into
  4. Four Quick Tips For Portraits
  5. Photographing Children–Composition

Click here to see 6-19. You’ll find tutorials for travel photography, environmental, what to do with your body, how to place your hands and so much more.

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new kind of online encyclopedia. Google’s Knol is similar to Wikipedia. While I’m not sure where this will end up, I did notice a “knol” posted by Yanik Chauvin that was very good. It’s an Introduction to Photography Composition. In this article anyone interested in photography can learn about

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Simplicity
  • Leading Lines
  • The Natural Frame
  • Contrasts
  • Point of View, and
  • Rhythm

It is certainly worth checking out.



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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn