Just a few words about Cinemagraphs: what, how and why they matter

Andrei Ivascu Cinemagraph

They look simple yet very engaging and the reason why cinemagraph has been invented in the industry is to allow photographers to preserve the living moment. “More than a photo, but less than a video” is the most common expression used to describe this type of artwork.

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What color grading is and how it looks like when applied – B & A example

Color Grading Feature Image

There seems to be an interest, as well as a bit of confusion, as to how color grading is done. I’ve even got few emails where I was asked how do I get some color changes. Getting good color can sometimes be a difficult task, but like photography or painting, color grading is an art form that is best learned by doing.

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Pixel level work and the real reason why you should never use skin plugins

Images from “Before and After” category are pretty small and the only things you can see there are changes of light, shape and color. I said “only” because when you see the before and after versions of an image at a thumbnail size, you miss a very important part which can be visualized only at a much higher resolution: the pixel level work.

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If you want your files to be delivered in Adobe RGB don’t send them in sRGB

Andrei Ivascu Post Production

From time to time some photographers ask me to deliver their files in AdobeRGB color space and I have absolutely no problem with doing it. Unless the files I’ve received from them were already in sRGB. That would be a problem, because converting from sRGB to AdobeRGB is pointless.

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Useful retouching-related excerpts from “The Makeup artist handbook”

Andrei Ivascu Retouching

Makeup knowledge is a game changer and it could represent a big advantage for you in the retouching industry. This article’s purpose is to expose some basic facts and techniques derived from professional hi-end makeup artists that can be used in your retouching workflow.

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What is a solar curve and how to use them on your files

Andrei Ivascu

When we talk about photo retouching, we talk about details. A “Solar Curve” is a wild curve with a very regular wave pattern which is supposed to push the color information so much that it exposes parts of the image that you don’t normally see.

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How to get pleasing skin tones by the numbers in Photoshop

Human skin tone comes in a variety of colors and improving skin tone is a common objective in photo editing and retouching. Photoshop offers a simple way to measure and correct the percentages of CMYK values in skin tones into the “normal” color range.

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Photoshop doesn’t allow you to enable OpenGL? Problem solved!

Andrei Ivascu

Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS5 and CS6 use the GPU when the installed video card supports the OpenGL standard and has at least 256MB of video RAM (512MB or more is better for 3D work). The advantages of using a compatible video card with Photoshop are that you can experience better performance and more features.

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What does a histogram tell us?

Andrei Ivascu

One of the most important and valuable tools that Photoshop gives us when editing, retouching or restoring images is the histogram. In fact, histograms are so valuable that they aren’t limited just to Photoshop. You’ll find histograms in lots of other image editing programs as well, like Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, the Camera Raw plug-in and more.

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