Photography Tips

Murderous Photos made simple - using Photoshop Elements

Am making a site to advertise Murder Mysteries - The Reading of The Will (Lord Felthorpe drowns in his bath)

Here's what I did.

Borrowed an arm and wet it.  Placed the body next to a window.  Natural light always good.
Made and printed out a Will
Opened up the image in Photoshop Raw

Set Clarity and Contrast to 100
Set Saturation to - 62

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Made a New Layer

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Filled the Layer with Black then selected the Eraser

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How make a spooky photo by 100Designs

Used the Eraser to reveal the layer beneath

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A little more Clarity and blood stains using a variety of brushes and different reds.

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And some text.  

Took about ten minutes.

Making it quite clear what your subject is in a photograph - depth of field

Some people describe it as making your subject POP. It's when you want the background to be blurred, basically. 

Apple with dew for 100Designs Phototips blog

The apple was shot F4.5, focal length 95mm

Actor Henry Luxemberg for 100Designs blog

Actor Henry Luxemberg F5.6, focal length 200mm

Essentially.  The larger the mm (the focal length) number and the smaller the F stop number, the more the area in front and behind the subject will be blurred.

This shot of a wedding is that rule in reverse. Large F stop number, small focal length number.

F11 (larger F stop number),  focal length 13mm. Almost everything is in focus in this photograph. Easy.

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Lomax and Skinner's beautiful hats, a reflector and reflected sunshine

Both our young models, Gemma and Hasia have extraordinary skin. Working either in cloud-diffused sunlight or in areas where the light was from reflected sunlight and using a reflector to fill in shadows, we achieved an ethereal beauty, very appropriate for Lomax and Skinner's work.

 Some very fine reflector holding by Rachel Skinner

Some very fine reflector holding by Rachel Skinner

 The light is filtering through the clouds and Sarah Lomax is kindly and  skillfully holding the reflector up to the shadow side of model Hasia's face. Photo by Rachel Skinner

The light is filtering through the clouds and Sarah Lomax is kindly and  skillfully holding the reflector up to the shadow side of model Hasia's face. Photo by Rachel Skinner

How to Photograph Jewellery - Spring Sunshine and a Plastic Box

Now is the time to shoot jewellery outside  

Direct, bright sunshine is too bright, too harsh.   Highlights are burnt out, detail is lost.

Photographing in the shadows means the light is too flat, there is not enough contrast