A minimalism black and white photo can be interesting, but the way editing it is quite different from usual photos of Landscape or Astro. Here’re some of the adjustments I usually make when processing a black and white photo, and I hope these tips will help you in improving your photos. Without wasting any more time, let’s start with the first tip. 😀 Tip #1 – Edit the sky separately Have you ever wondered why the sky in those Black and White photos is always darker than the
Are you having difficulty enhancing the colour of the Milky Way? Editing the colour of the Milky Way can be tricky, especially if you are shooting at a location with a certain amount of Light Pollution. I'm going to share two methods to enhance the orangish colour of the Milky Way core. Before that, I will first apply some contrast and colour adjustments to the photo. Here's the original raw photo. You may want to apply a more aggressive contrast adjustment to the sky separat
Sick of those oversaturated unnatural photos?
Let’s be frank about this. A saturated photo does give viewers a more impactful impression, but if you overdo it, it can easily causing visual fatigue.
Those are not the kind of photos you would want to hang it in your living room.
But no worry, I’m going to share with you on how to produce a colourful photo while keeping a natural look.
Let’s start with understanding the Colour Wheel first. A Colour wheel is the basis
Banding is when there aren’t enough data available between tones /colors, what unable to create a smooth transition. This commonly happens when you apply too much adjustment to a gradation. Banding usually appears on the sky, especially for a B&W photo like below. Although Banding can be a bit less obvious, but you can still notice it on the sky. Compared to a normal Landscape photo, B&W photos required more “push” to add more contrast and darken the sky. Banding on your phot
Recently, I received a question from one of my students regarding what’s the right colour of the Milky Way. I think it is a good question. It also makes me want to share the answer with you all and how to get the right Milky Way colour. We have seen countless photos of the Milky Way in different colour variations, orange, magenta, blue and even white, but which one is correct? From an Astronomy perspective, the colour of the Milky Way should be yellow and orange. Like the bel
On this video, I will talk about how to use the Digital Blending technique to create a better composition. Digital blending can be very powerful. In fact, advanced techniques like Time Blending and Luminosity Masking are also one of the ways of using Digital Blending. With a bit of creativeness, you can combine light trails, adding multiple fireworks into a single photo or removing tourists (Which I will share in the future). Other than Digital Blending, I will also talk abou
Imagine that when you are photographing a scene at a popular location, there are tourists everywhere, and you are not able to get a clean shot without them in your frame. What would you do? You move to another place and change your composition, or you can try to remove the tourist from your photo in Post-processing. In this video, I’m going to share with you a few techniques on removing any unwanted subjects on your photo. 🙂 Join our Photography Masterclass Community & impro
Here’s my end-to-end post-processing workflow when editing a landscape photo. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas in creating your own one too. 🙂 Join our Photography Masterclass Community & improve your photography skill. Subscribe to receive photography tips & tricks and update from Grey Chow Please feel free to share this post if you enjoy reading it! :) #website #highpass #size #luminositymasks #facebooksize #landscapephotography #photoshopcc #luminositymask #sharpe
So that your photos will look great on Facebook, Instagram and your website. Without wasting any more time, here’s the video. Download the Web Sharpening Action for Adobe Photoshop As mentioned in the video, here’s the Web Sharpening action that I created. Installing GreyChow Web Sharpening Action To install the action pack, please perform the following actions Unzip the downloaded GreyChow Web Sharpening.zip file. Double click on GreyChow Web Sharpening.atn file, this will a
On this video, I will share how to blend the lights from photos that took at different times. The video also shows other adjustments that I make to produce the outcome photo. You can download the RAW files that I used in the video. So that you can learn better by following the steps. Download GreyChow LM Action Pack Installing GreyChow LM Action Pack To install the action pack, please perform the following actions Unzip the downloaded GreyChow LM Action Pack.zip file. Double
As promised, here is how to create all the Luminosity Masks manually without using my “GreyChow LM action pack”. *Correction: To subtract a channel, it should be “Cmd + Opt + Click” on Mac not “Cmd + Alt + Click”. To understand the basic of the Luminosity Masking and Exposure Recovery: For a more advanced way of using Luminosity Masking: If you want to download the “GreyChow LM Action pack”, you can get it here. Installing GreyChow LM Action Pack To install the action pack, p
This is the part 2 about how to use Luminosity Masking to edit your photo. This time, I’m going to do exposure recovery using three photos with different exposures. (On the previous video, I was using only two) Also, I will share with you on a better way in finetuning the Luminosity Masks and other methods in using the Luminosity masking to make your photo more Pop. To understand the basics of the Luminosity Masking, you can check out my previous video here: Visit the page Gr
What’s Luminosity Masking? Luminosity Masking is an advanced editing technique that’s widely used among the landscape photographer. In this video, I’m going to explain in detail what’s Luminosity Masking, why is it so powerful and how to use the technique to recover an overexposed sky. Also, I have created a Luminosity Masking Action Pack to ease you in creating all those Luminosity Masks. You can download the Action Pack here. Installing GreyChow LM Action Pack To install th
In my previous blog post, I have talked about the LAYER and LAYER MASK, which are the most important fundamental in Photoshop. If you wish to master Photoshop, the next thing you should be familiar with is using SELECTION. 🙂 If you haven’t read my previous blog post and have no other about LAYER and LAYER MASK, please check out the post HERE. So that you will have a better understanding of the steps I’m going to mention later here. What is Selection? SELECTION is basically
If you ask me, what makes Photoshop such a powerful editing software? I would say Layer & Layer Mask. It is the core of Photoshop; every editing in Photoshop are base on that. It is also the first thing you should understand if you want to learn using Photoshop. Here, I will guide you through WHAT is Layer & Layer MASK, WHY you need them, and HOW to use them. This blog post is for anyone NEW to Photoshop, so no worry if this is the first time you are using (or haven’t) Photos
This photo took me hours to edit this photo and even scrapped the first edited PSD file to redo the photo. I kept finetuning the photo again and again until I got the result that I wanted. Why is this photo so challenging? Or I should say it is “FUN” instead of “CHALLENGING“. 😃 It is something that I never captured and edited before. The photo is about a beautiful cemetery, and I wanted to create a dark, mysterious and yet appealing photo. I was so excited about trying that
Filters or Bracketing? Which one should you pick? Both methods allow you to resolve the overexposed sky issues, which is the common problem that every beginner is facing in Landscape Photography. So, what’s the difference between using filters and bracketing? Which types of filter are useful in photographing the landscape? And is it really necessary for us to get a filter If we can do bracketing? I’m going to answer all these in this article. Let’s start with the filters. Fil
Having an overexposed sky when photographing the sunrise/sunset is a common issue for every beginner in Landscape photography. In this video, I will teach you how to recover the overblown sky using Digital Blending technique. Before get into Digital Blending, you will need to have a series of bracketed shots first, which is a group of photos of the same scene with different exposures. To learn how to do Bracketing, you can check out my previous blog post here:
getting started into Landscape photography, the first thing is to learn how to
capture all the details of a scene without overexposing or underexposing the
photo. In other words, avoiding getting a photo of the sunrise with an
overblown sky, or a photo with well-exposed sky but underexposed foreground. Why Exposure Bracketing? Most cameras now a day have excellent Dynamic Range. For example, Nikon D850 able to capture 14.8 Exposure Values (Evs) and 14.7 Evs for Sony A7R
It is almost the end of the year, I believe that some photographers are already started preparing for the New Year’s Eve fireworks show. If you are new to photographing the fireworks or looking for some tips and tricks, I have 7 tips here that I would like to share with you all. 🙂 1 – Using a tripod Tripod is crucial here. You will be taking photos with Shutter Speed at least several seconds long and you’d want to avoid any handshake that can cause a blurry photo. Good news