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Inspiration: Brett Walker

This is my first post on Abduzeedo, so let me introduce myself. My name is Daniela. I'm a Brazilian graphic and product designer. In this post I will share some images with you from Brett Walker, a photographer from London, UK. Brett has some superb black and white portraits, sometimes a bit scary and dark. But the contrast and texture of some of his photos are simply perfect. I highly recommend you visit his Flickr account, If you want to know a bit more about Brett Walker, there is a interview with him at Brett stated that street shooting gives him the opportunity to over come some fear barriers – a chance to exercise some of his demons – that somewhere inside of us all, we know when it’s okay to take a shot and when it’s not, and that the times he gets “caught” are the times that he is desperate to get a shot, and stops following his own rules. Then the subject gets mad and all he can do is apologize, “and go sit in a café and say, fuck”.

Great Photography by Dave Hill + Quick Tutorial

When I take pictures, I usually adjust them in Photoshop, giving colors some life, working in contrast, applying some color curves. Dave Hill is a great photographer who's developed a great effect for his pictures. Take a look at this work and don't forget to visit his personal website. After looking at these pictures, I started to wonder what I could do to achieve this effect. So I began to experiment a little bit, trying to find a similar result. This effect looks to me like a combination of an HDR picture + Unsharp mask. Again, this is how it looks to me. So I made a quick tutorial on how to achieve something close to an HDR + Unsharp Mask Picture. STEP 1 - HDR it. There are so many tutorials on how to create a nice HDR picture that I won't be talking about how to achieve it. For my examples, I've used Photomatix. You may visit our tutorial on it. If you don't have Photomatix, visit this Photoshop one. I chose this original picture for this experiment. Now it looks like this after making an HDR image from a single shot. STEP 2 - Unsharp Mask. The second step is just applying an Unsharp Mask to our new HDR picture. In Photoshop, go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. The amount must be 50%, but the Radius depends on the size of your picture. Since I was using a 600px picture for the example, I've used a Radius of 5. That did the trick just fine. FINAL RESULT. I think my final result is nice; not close to Dave Hill cool, but nice. I really wonder what Dave's workflow was like. I'll go a little further and ask you: What would you do to achieve that effect? Drop a comment telling us!! We'd would love to hear from you! And to finish, two more experiments on my technique. Cheers! ;) Original picture. HDR version. HDR + Unsharp Mask. Original picture. HDR version. HDR + Unsharp Mask. Editor: David Parrott

HDR: Not Only The 'Magic' Effect

Today we've got an awesome article about HDR and its applications. Andrea Pelizzardi, an italian designer, sent us an absolutily awesome tutorial on how to do 2 HDR effects... After checking this out, don't forget to visit his site! Cheers! ;) When someone says to you: "HDR", what do you think about? A big, weird, impossible picure you can't believe... no? Well, a lot of people think that HDR was created to have a weird effect like the posters of Harry Potter, but this is NOT the purpose of it. The High Dynamic Range is a technique that merges 3 photos (usually, but you can merge 20 photos also) and have the possibility to get every detail and every right lights from 'em, without having parts overexposed or underexposed. In fact, a HDR is just like a RAW file. You have a 32bit image, so you can work with higher ranges, expose the photo again, work on it without destroying any details, etc. Surfing on Flickr or checking several photos, you can find these two kinds of HDR. The greatest part of 'em is formed by the usual "Harry Potter" HDR, like these: Yeah, they're are very cool, wonderful and spectacular, but why did the photographer use the technique this way? To impress people? Because he loves it? It's a hard question... But I say that HDR was not created to do this, for another kind of work, like these: I know that do the actual HDR technique is harder than get the "Harry Potter" one. Now, I want to try these two methods using the same 3 photos. STEP 1 - (for both the methods) Open the 3 photos in Photoshop CS3 (best software to do this work). Go to File -> Automate -> Merge To HDR. Now click in "Add Open Files" and select "Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images" ONLY IF if you took the photos without a tripod or something to stable it. Then click OK. Wait a few seconds, then click Ok again. Now you have a 32bit HDR file. Go to Image -> Mode -> 16bit. Now you have the settings window for the 32 to 16 HDR conversion. Select "Local Adaptation" from the pop-up menu, then click "Toning curve and histogram". STEP 2.A - 'Harry Potter' Effect Now go to -> Image -> Adjustament -> Shadows/Highlights. Set these values. Now go to -> Image -> Adjustament -> Bightness/contrast and set these values. Go again to Image -> Mode -> 8 bit (if you want to export a JPEG file). Save and export. STEP 2.B - 'HDR was born to do this' Effect Set these values. Now go to -> Image -> Adjustment -> Shadows/Highlights. Set these values. Go again to Image -> Mode -> 8bit (if you want to export a JPEG File). Save and export. Download the sample picture Click here to download the sample picture

Bending Light

Wow... it's like watching a SciFi movie about cosmic rays, sunlight or maybe gamma radiation. I'm talking about the experiments of Alan Jaras, a "light photographer", on flickr. Down his photostream there are many many experiments and attempts (and why not to say sucess) on bending light, an strange phenomeon formed when light passes through various pieces of glass. Here, I'm gonna post only a few, but you really should visit his flickr and check everything out. You'll get amazed. Cheers! ;)

Beautiful Photography by Joey Lawrence

I'm couting the days to put my hands on the camera I've bought a few days ago. I've always wondered what kinds of pictures I would take, what kinds of effects I would produce, if I would photoshop it or not. One thing I know for sure: portraits are an awesome way to start. Joey Lawrence is a Canadian photographer, who's got big clients such as Warner Brothers Records and NBC, among others, and spends some time traveling around the world taking superb pictures. I mean... that's probably one of my biggest dreams, to photograph the world! And I was really surprised when I saw his picture in his 'about me', 'cause he looks really young! Makes me think that any of us, armed with a strong willing power, could fit his shoes. Way to go, Joey! You may visit his portfolio here. Cheers! Update: I totally forgot to mention it, but Joey's is selling in his site an awesome tutorial DVD, full of tips and tricks! Really worth checking it out. ;)

deviantART Colors: Yellow

During the last days, I was thinking about why deviantART had no communities for people with commom interests, such as Flickr groups for every possible subject. Well, I didn't know, but there are groups in deviantART, and they are FULFILLED with inspiration. Unfortunately there's no join button, and it changes from situation to situation, like the Yellow Club, where you must watch the group and post their icon in your journal. And submiting is also not sensitive, you must send a not to the group with your work link. Besides that, the groups are all joy! Here is some Yellow inspiration for you guys! From both Yellow Club and AngeL-FaLL's journal (his journal is really awesome).

HDR Guest Experiments

Abduzeedo has became a reference in the Internet when the subject is HDR posts. It's a huge pleasure for us to find those cool pictures and post it here for you. But now, George Wilson, a student from the UK, has written us an email, telling his experiences with HDR. Really cool! Here it is: A little comparison between hdr and non-hdr. "I am a student living in the UK with a Canon 400d with a hobby for photography. Whenever I have free time (rarely!), I try to use my camera. I have only been using a DSLR for a short while, but I have learned so much about photography since. Where do I get my inspiration? I first saw HDR photos in photography magazines and saw the dramatic effects that the process has on photos. I started using Flickr as a portfolio but I was soon hooked on the community! From Flickr I have learned so much and it really inspired me to take more photos. Flickr was another place where I found HDR; I found all the different styles of HDR. I was mainly inspired by the works of Stuck in Customs (Trey Radcliffe) and followed his tutorial about how to start with HDR. I have since then found many HDR photographers which inspire me in different ways. Most people (non-photographers) who see them say things like “But that’s not real. That’s not photography!” But I think this is one of the reasons digital photography has its advantages. It opens up whole new dimensions in imagery, and this is one of them. I think HDR is just a new medium for digital photography, a new style. How do I do them? Most times I use my camera; I shoot in RAW mode, unless I am saving memory. This means that when I look back through the photos after loading them onto my computer, I might spot a photo and think to myself: that might make a good HDR! I then load the RAW file into photomatix and play with the tone mapping until I find a result which suits the photo. Many of my HDRs, especially the early ones, made when I was less experienced with photomatix tend to be very different from one another, because I was changing the settings each time. After processing them in photomatix, I always transfer them to Photoshop for touching up, balancing colours, cloning out unwanted features etc. I then of course upload them to Flickr! I rarely go out with my camera just to take some HDRs, it is usually just an effect I consider afterwards when looking through the set of shots. I prefer photomatix because I like the setting “light smoothing”. Although I am rather against the extremely tone mapped photos, with virtually no light smoothing, sometimes it can be used as a cool effect! An example of an HDR with little light smoothing Some of my favourite HDRs that I have taken were in Iceland recently. When testing out an HDR on a RAW file of one of the waterfalls, I found some great settings which I used for all the Iceland shots:

Great Beach HDR Pictures

Summertime is long gone here in Brazil, and most of us are sick by this time of the year. It's a hard life living in south Brazil, where beaches are terrible. So I was just taking a look at some beach pictures, to remind me that in about 5 months it will be summer once more. :) So I ran into these cool HDR pictures... they remind a lot of how good summer is. Oh boy. I'm feeling sad right now. =p

Stunning Photography Inspiration

One of my favorite things in life is to take a good look at awesome pictures. For me, good photography is a real treat... as good as a cheesecake, maybe. And Paul Armstrong, an American photographer and designer, knows just how to take stunning photos. You'll find at his Flickr photostream over a thousand pictures for your delight, many sets and collections. His selfportraits are really cool, and he's developed his own techniques. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. Cheers! ;)

Lost in America eating Wendy's

It’s going to be a week since I arrived in the US. I’m still getting used to my new routine and trying to keep up the with updates and new blog features. However I’ve been experiencing a new culture that is totally different from mine. I’m now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and probably on July 8th I will be arriving in NYC where I will spend a few days. After that I will head to California: San Diego and LA. Maybe I will visit San Francisco as well. Smokestack, fatback, many miles of railroad track All night radio, keep on runnin' through your rock 'n' roll soul All night diners keep you awake, hey, on black coffee and a hard roll You might have to walk the fine line, you might take the hard line But everybody's working overtime - James Brown, Living in America Meanwhile I have written some Photoshop Tutorials and I’ve been playing around with my G9 camera, learning how to use it. I will post photos from the places I visit here on the blog, and if there is anyone from these cities that want to meet up for a coffee or something, let me know. Tips are welcome as well.

Cross-Processed Lomo Effect - Photoshop Tutorial

Cross-Processed Lomo Effect - Photoshop Tutorial

I've worked with photography manipulation for over one year, and during that time I've learned some cool techniques that I would like to share with you. Two of my favorite techniques are the Lomography effect and the Cross-Processing effect. Then, someday I thought: how about mixing those two? What I got was a major kickass technique that will make any of your pics pretty awesome. Step 1 For this tutorial, I'm gonna use a personal picture. So this is the original picture. Now create a new fill or adjustment layer > curves. Make a soft curve just like this one. That will work for the brightness and contrast. Step 2 Now create a new layer above all and fill it with black. Blend mode: Hue, Opacity: 40%. Step 3 Ok, now you must merge all layers into one. After that, go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mark. Set the values like mine. You may use your own Radius value... that's what will make any difference. Now you got a cool sharp looking pic. Step 4 With the Elliptical Marquee Tool make an oval selection on the picture... you may select the main subject of it for a better result. Now invert the selection going to Select > Inverse. Step 5 Go to Select > Modify > Feather. High Resolution pictures may use higher values. For this one, use 20. Step 6 Don't lose the selection. Got to Image > Adjustments > Levels. You may change just the middle value, making it 0,45. It will dark the edges a little bit. Step 7 Now go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. You may use these exact values to get the right effect. The only value you may change is the Radius, depending on the effect intensity you might want. And now you got finished the Lomo effect! really love this effect... I use it in most of my pictures. Step 8 Now we're going to add the Cross Processing effect, using nothing but curves. Got to create a new fill or adjustment layer > Curves. First, we're going to adjust the Reds. Make a curve just like mine. Now, the Greens. Make a soft curve just like this. And now, the Blues. This, people, is what will give your picture a vintage, yellowish look. You may adjust it to make a light cross process if you wish. Final Result Done! So here is our final result! And here are the original and final result, side by side. Hope you all enjoy this. Cheers!

Outstanding HDR Night Pictures

Ok, you guys have already noticed that we're totally in love with HDR. And that little group among you who doesn't like, we are trying our best to make you love it! Today's series: Night scenes! We understand how critic some people can get when it comes to HDR... some will say it's not photography, some will say it's too surreal, but nonetheless, it's ART. Here's is a little selection I've made of outstading HDR night pictures. I hope you all like it.

Photography Bug

It has become apparent that Fabio and I have caught the photography bug. So much so that we both bought brand new cameras. Fabio ordered the Canon Powershot G9 while I ordered the Nikon D300. Both of our cameras arrived last Friday, giving us the weekend to get our first impressions and grab a couple shots. WARNING: we suck So without further ado: Fabio's pic and here is mine You can find more of my pics here: And Fabio's Edit: Thank you Marcello for pointing out my grammatical error. :)

Experiment: HDR Photography

As you can probably tell the crew here at Abduzeedo are just fascinated by HDR Photography. There is something cool about HDR that i can't really explain. Maybe it's the colors or detail. Whatever it is, HDR is just plain awesome. So yesterday I was shooting for a' La Mode (a photography group I am in) and I spotted this location that I thought would be perfect for HDR. I have never shot HDR but read Fabio's How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a try. This also happened to be my first time using a digital slr, I normally use a film camera. In the words of Fabio, "it's like the light is coming from heaven"

20 Beautiful HDR Pictures - Part 2

We all love an eye candy... and when it comes to HDR, it works pretty well to me! Just get your tripod, your camera and search for that one scene that will look incredible once shot. And it's just incredible how some people make fantastic photography out there... so here are the pics of this amazing dude, Donald Fregede... don't forget to visit his photostream at Flickr!

New contributor on photography matters

We have been posting articles about photography and HDR for quite sometime, even though we are not pros we love photography and we’re always willing to improve our skills in that area. That’s why we are proud to introduce you our new contributor and professional photographer, John Paul Arlington. John is an exceptional photographer and he will be sharing with us some of his skills here on Abduzeedo. Hi  everyone I ´m JP from Dbox studio and I Will be writing for abduzeedo regarding photography and it´s various application´s.  To introduce myself I am show casing some of my own work for you pips to comment on so………. be kind. Hope u like it. If you have any question´s let me know I´ll be glad to answer them for you. Talk soon later You can check out more of his amazing work at

Awesome HDR Portraits

Do you know when you try to make a cool self-portrait but you never know what to do in order to get out of the box? Well, why don't you try a HDR Portrait? It's really awesome! And if you are a new visitor to Abduzeedo, you might want to check our HDR series: 20 Beatiful HDR Pictures, Superb HDR Pics of Graffiti and How to create HDR Photos. Enjoy! Chris Arellano