How to Use the Split Toning Panel in Adobe Lightroom

If you want to give your pictures a particular look (e.g. cinematic) or feel, you can use the Split Toning panel in Lightroom. I will show you how this simple, but powerful tool works.

Let’s get started!

As always, import your image into Lightroom.

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Go to the Split Toning tab, and you’ll see 5 sliders. For now, we’ll just concentrate on the Hue and Saturation sliders (forget the Balance).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.58.55 AM

As the name Split Toning suggest, the sliders allow us to tweak the colors of only certain parts of the image (Highlights and Shadows).

Let’s begin with the Highlights. Slide the Saturation slider (of Highlights) to a value of 50. It doesn’t have to be exactly 50; it’s to show us what is targeted by the slider. As you can see, the image has turned reddish.Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.12 AM

Now, slide the Hue slider. As you do so, the image will shift colors: red, yellow, green, blue… You can also click on the little colored rectangle to the right of “Highlights”. It will bring up the Color Picker. For this particular image, I wanted the sky to me even bluer.Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.23 AM

Then, reduce the saturation. It will make the image look more natural (as opposed to looking like it has a reddish or bluish filter over it).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.37 AM

Now repeat the same steps but for the Shadows.
Here’s a tip: you should select complementary tones for the Highlights and the Shadows, because they create the strongest contrast for those particular two colors (which basically means they look good together).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.49 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 11.00.14 AM

As you may (or may not) have noticed, the difference between the original and the final image is very small in this case, but if you wanna go crazy on the saturation sliders, that’s up to you! Experiment with different kinds of tone combinations for the Highlights and Shadows.

And there you have it: how to use the Split Toning Panel in Lightroom!

See you all next week.
In the mean time, get out there and keep shooting!

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How to create a stunning panorama with Lightroom

Your DSLR is very useful when you want to capture the scene before your eyes. But what if one picture isn’t quite enough? How can you stitch multiples pictures together to create a big panorama? I will show you just that in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!


To make a panorama, you need pictures (obviously). You should have your pictures overlapping a little bit; Lightroom will have an easier time putting the images together.

Import them into Lightroom.

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Choose one of them, and edit it like you would normally, but don’t crop it or auto-level it. I went for an HDR look for this one. You can check out the Single Picture HDR look article here.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.04 PM


Once you’re done, select all the other ones, click Sync, Check All, and Synchronize.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.39 PM


Right click on the pictures, Photo Merge, Panorama. Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.33.16 PM

Check the Auto Select Projection and the Auto Crop boxes, then click Merge. This will take a few minutes depending on how many pictures you have, their size, and the processing power of you computer (or toaster). Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.34.12 PM

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Now you can crop the panorama, add some gradient filter and vignetting, etc. As you can see, the end result is a 13144 by 3926pixels pictures (almost 52 megapixels)!Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.40.56 PM


Congratulations! You’ve created your panorama in Lightroom!
There is a more advanced way to make panoramas using Lightroom and Photoshop; I will show you how in a future tutorial.

In the mean time, get out there and shoot!


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How to Shoot Levitation Photography


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In this tutorial we will learn how to make some compelling levitation shots, with two different methods. Plain simple. That’s it 🙂


I think that creating a surreal portrait exemplifies the creative process. The entire experience, from planning to set up to shooting to processing, is a slow and methodical creative endeavor. When you have the intention of creating something surreal, all the constraints and bounds on your creativity are loosened. With such loose constraints, you are limited only by your imagination and your results will directly reflect the your creative efforts. Think of levitation as one of many elements of your photo. There are still a lot of other things to think about other than just the levitation part: your subject’s pose, the setting, the light, makeup, clothing, props, and all the other technical elements of the shot. Think about what unique ideas you can bring to your levitation photography project.

This post originally appeared over at The Photon Collective. We are republishing here, with permission, because there is some truly great content in it.

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10 Simple Tips to Improve your Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

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Every and each photographer has probably done landscape photography at least once in their careers as amateurs or pros. Landscape photography is simple one of those pictures that everyone raves about with all the bright colours and amazing scenery that makes eyeballs drop. No wonder it is by far the most popular category on 500px!

If you want to learn how to make amazing landscape shots but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. 

10 Landscape photography tips

Although I no longer shoot as much landscape as I used to, many of my best shots were landscape photos and the technique, and rigour required for shooting landscape has certainly translated well into other fields of photography as well.

One aspect that can set your landscape photography apart is thinking about the the background, as well as the foreground. This way, you will give those viewing your picture a way into it and create a depth in your image. I have put together a few tips on clicking the perfect shot, ones that I learnt when I was a lot more  into landscape photography.

Without waiting, here are ten landscape photography tips to get you started.

1. Light is Everything

Although a landscape or particular scenery may seem static, it really isn’t. Light, just like exposure, can significantly affect the composition of your shot by shifting weight towards certain elements over others. 

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How to Meter by Eye (Aka Guessing an Exposure)

Light meter
An old light meter

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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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How to Shoot Stail Trails : A Beginner’s Guide


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Long exposures are one of the most popular, and stunning forms of photography, because they often embody a sense of motion in a single photograph. What if you combine long exposures (as in, very, very long) with astrophotography? Star trails are one of the most mesmerizing things you can photograph using just about standard equipment. Although the theory is very simple (you simply need to shoot a 30 minute exposure, right?), it is much harder to master in practice.

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How to Shoot Flash Street Photography that Conveys Motion

Flash Motion Street Photography

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Street photography by itself is already a school of photography with a line of ethics that is difficult to define. Add a flash into the equation, and street photography becomes even more controversial. It is no wonder that flash street photography is often associated with an aggressive style of photography with names such as Charlie Kirk and Bruce Gilden attached to it. Using a flash in the face of strangers might not be the most polite or clever thing to do, but it surely gives excellent results. As they say it in finance, no risk, no reward, right?

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12 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography from Start to Finish

Grand-Place, Brussels
Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

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Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot?

Editor’s note : This article originally appeared over at The Phoblographer. They were kind enough to let me publish my guests posts over here at Photograph IO. Thanks!

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How to Shoot Motion Panning


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A way to improve your photography is by mastering panning, a form of art which distinguishes itself in more ways than you could imagine. If done correctly you can produce awe-inspiring and grandiose images which will bring up your skill level significantly. Pictures taken with this technique embody speed and motion and helps to put emphasis on the main subject in your frame.

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How to Get Popular on 500px

How to get popular on 500px
Jasper Lake at Sunrise

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Ok, I know, I know, before you are even going to read my first paragraph you are probably wondering … why in the world am I giving other people, many who are better in photography than me, advice on how to get popular on 500px? How can someone who isn’t even that popular on 500px give advice to others? If you bear with me for a second, I’ll explain myself.

First off, although I may only have about 11 000 views on all of my pictures, it is only spread out among 12 pictures. That gives around 900 views per picture, which is certainly well above the average photo uploaded on 500px. Every photo of mine uploaded has made the popular chart, and all but two of them have hit the 90 pulse mark, with a few of them hitting 95 and higher, all that without having a lot of followers. So that makes me an above average, but certainly nowhere near top, uploader on 500px, I guess.