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How to Make a Bad Picture Look Good in Adobe Lightroom

Final Image

Images © Jack (Wei Xi) Luo | Photograph IO. All rights reserved.

For more Lightroom editing workflows like this one, click here. Disclaimer/warming : you can’t actually turn a 100% crappy shot into an 100% amazing one. While Lightroom and digital darkroom these days can overcome most technical shortcomings with relative ease; talk about noise reduction, tonal editing to modify the sensor feel, or even shake reduction as of Photoshop CC, NOTHING will fix bad composition and plain simple laziness. Sorry. 

What happens when you take a bad (ok, ordinary) point and shoot picture and try to make it into something good?

In this fourth of the Lightroom Editing Series, we’ll turn an bad (ordinary?) picture of a Chinese highway (it’s in Shenyang if I recall correctly) taken using a 2008 compact, the Sony DSC-H50, into a great looking shot using modern Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. And it’s a video this time 🙂

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Interviews Photography Portrait Photography

Interview with Eric Dye, Semi-Pro Portrait Photographer

Eric Dye

Today we are doing a different formula from the usual blog posts we are doing here at Photograph IO. Following numerous reader requests, we have decided to conduct interviews with fellow photographers 🙂 Eric Dye, a semi-pro portrait photographer, is going to give some solid, concrete advice for beginners wishing to improve their photography, specifically portrait photography!

All photographs © Eric Dye. Used kindly with permission.


Photograph IO : Hello, Eric! Glad to be with you.

Eric Dye : Greetings! Glad to be with you too!

Photograph IO : To begin, can you introduce yourself a little bit?

Eric Dye : I’m a student at Penn State Behrend where I study journalism and communications. I’ve been shooting for about eight years now on the side doing everything from senior portraits and concerts to weddings. I’m the Creative Director and Opinion Editor for The Behrend Beacon, my school’s newspaper. There I do everything from designing ads and page layouts to teaching new writers basic photography techniques.

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Other Photography Tips and Tricks Urban Photography

Photography Tips and Tricks #7 : Use a Flash for Snow Photography

Snow with flash
Snow with flash

For more quick photography tips and tricks like this one, click here.

Photography in the wintertime is, and always is, a tricky challenge. Not only do you have to brave the cold weather (with your fogged lenses too), deal with shorter batteries (since they don’t last as long in the cold), but falling snow is also a major part of the equation. Yes, snow can ruin your camera and equipment, but it can also yield beautiful images. That is, with this ONE simple trick. Use a flash for snow photography.

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Lightroom Editing Series Photography

How to Edit a Cinematic Scene in Lightroom

Before/After
Before/After

Images © Wei Xi Luo | Photograph IO. All rights reserved.

For more Lightroom editing workflows like this one, click here. View the different steps distraction-free using the lightbox by clicking on the images. 

Did it ever happen to you that you took a shot in camera but visualized something totally different with your eye? Have you ever wondered how to turn a seemingly ‘ordinary’ image into a cinematic scene?

In this third article of the Lightroom Editing Series, we’ll turn a mundane scene of a New York yellow taxi into a cinematic-style piece of art. The picture itself was shot using a Fuji X-Pro1, 35mm f/1.4 lens at 1/125 sec @ f/1.4, ISO 400.

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News Other Photography

Photograph IO : Plans for 2015

Prague
The train has departed, prague

With 2014 being over for all of us all around the planet, it is now time for 2015 to come in all its force!

First things first. We’d first like to thank all of our loyal readers for your continued support throughout the creation of the blog in July 2014 all the way up to now. A lot of great things are announced for 2015. Stay tuned!

As Photograph IO’s editor-in-chief, I’m also giving you guys a gift, a sneak peek in my work : although many of you have seen my landscape work over at 500px (as well as an excellent guide to get popular on that platform) and Flickr (a guide coming soon?), I finally decided to publish many of my urban/street work in a large portfolio which can be accessed here; hope you guys enjoy!

On the blog side, we’ve also striving to stick to a few resolutions, if you mind to call them as such 😛 Here we go:

To sum up, more content is on the way. Hell yeah.

For those of you who hasn’t seen our list of Photograph IO 2014 Articles, there is some serious stuff coming to the blog, as well as smaller, regular posts to keep you readers occupied!

1) Reviews are definitely coming to the blog. Now that I’ve owned every single photography factor, ranging from small format (phones), APS-C, Full-Frame and Medium Format, I definitely feel comfortable making some reviews about the gear I use.

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Photography

Photograph IO 2014 Articles

Technology in 2014
Technology in 2014…

*This only covers 2014 — for all of our new content visit the Start Here page which is constantly updated :)*

After updating the “Start Here” page for newcomers, I thought it would be best to show it to you regular readers too; 2014 is 10 days away from ending, and here are some of our best articles this year. One or two more articles to come before 2015!

Articles without links are those who are in construction; they should come out soon, although I don’t have any specific deadlines.
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The Basics
Beginner’s Guide to Photography (in progress, promised!!!)
Rule of Thirds / Golden Ratio
Guide to DSLR Video
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The Advanced
RAW vs Jpeg : A Visual Comparison Using Real-World Examples (Part I, Part II, Part III) (29 Aug 2014)
Cineflat : A Nikon Flat Picture Control for Videography  (24 Aug 2014)
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The How-To’s
How to Meter by Eye (13 Dec 2014)
How to Get Popular on 500px (14 Jul 2014) 
 
How to Shoot Star Trails (03 Sep 2014)
How to Shoot Travel Photography (12 ways) (02 Aug 2014)
How to Shoot Motion Flash Street Photography (07 Aug 2014)
How to Shoot Motion Panning (29 Jul 2014)
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Advanced Photography Techniques How-To's

How to Meter by Eye (Aka Guessing an Exposure)

Light meter
An old light meter

Check out all of our other how-to guides here.

One question that I guess asked often is : How to I meter by eye? I’ve got an old film camera that doesn’t have a light meter!

Although light meters are everywhere nowadays in digital cameras, learning to meter by eye is still one of the most useful skills a photographer can learn. Yes, I know that your camera probably has TTL metering with all the fancy algorithms, but many of the world’s “best” cameras do not have one (I’m looking at you guys, Leica and Hasselblad). Not only will you be able to use a Leica M4 with ease, but even if you just own a digital camera, it surely doesn’t hurt to know how to meter by eye.

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Essays and Opinion

The Photograph IO Hiatus

Dear Photograph IO readers,

The past few months have been extremely busy for me. Hold on.

I started this blog during my spare time this summer, and I never expected for it to grow so quick nor it to be so time-consuming; I never expected to have nearly 50 000 visitors during that downtime, yet those visitors are nearly all due to search engine traffic. While I was studying, you readers were being disappointed for the lack of content. I deeply apologize for this near 3 month hiatus during which no content whatsoever came on the blog. Sorry guys.

Does it mean that I will start again to write daily on Photograph IO? Probably not. But I will at least make the effort to contribute weekly to this blog. Maybe more of personal thoughts, and less of tutorials/how-to’s. And this is the first article.

Searching
Searching for what? Prague, Czech Republic
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Photography Photography Tips and Tricks

Photography Tips and Tricks #6: Shoot in Live View on Tripod

San Francisco Cityscape
San Francisco Cityscape by David Yu (Flickr)

For more quick photography tips and tricks like this one, click here.

Although the real-time optical finder in DSLR’s is hugely useful, there are times where using Live View is a wiser choice. While walkaround photography is perfectly suited to quick OVF (and EVF’s), slow-paced photography on a tripod is better done with an LCD in Live view mode. Why?

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Fujifilm X100T Annoucement : A Roundup of Features

Fujifilm X100T

With the release of the X100, the company’s first flagship compact, about three years ago, Fujifilm established its turnover from a dying film company to a reputation of making high-quality photography equipment with photographers in mind. After the release of the X100S that corrected many of the initial X100S quirks nearly two years ago, Fuji is back in the market with a new model, the X100T, better than ever before.