Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tips for photographers

Hello all of my fellow photographers. Some of you may notice that I just added a sixth category on the blog entitled Tips for Photographers. Every so often, I get emails from fans and photographers just getting started about how I do this, or how I do that, and I figured it would be a good idea to start posting periodic tips and advice so that everyone can share in the knowledge. So I'll try to post a new tip once per week. If you have any questions or need advice, shoot me an email and I will post up the answers here on the blog for all to see, don't worry, I will not copy and paste your name, so don't feel silly, no question is too dumb.

I thought today, I would teach a little bit about playing with curves to add depth to your pictures. When I first started shooting I always wondered why my pictures looked so blah and so flat until my good friend taught me how to play with the curves. To access the curves box, In photoshop - pc users hit control+M, mac users hit command+M. Then follow my instructions below. As you can see, the original shot looks good, but adding that small little S curve just makes it just a little bit better and the curve adds a little pop and depth.

So that's all I got for now, shoot me an email with your questions and check back often to see if your question gets posted :) Until next time....

D





Original shot straight from the camera.


Adding an S curve by clicking the in the very middle of the line to set the midpoint, then going to the right and clicking slightly above the line and going to the left of the middle and clicking slightly below the line.


The same image after the S curve was applied.


15 comments:

Kelli said...

How very cool of you, D.

Webster Family said...

You're awesome. I've just began trying to figure out adobe and every little bit helps.

My question would be how do you make your colors so vibrant?

Dustin Izatt said...

Excellent question Mrs Webster ;) I think I may have just found the topic of my next Tips for Photographers post :P Check back in a few days for the answer.

D

Kelli said...

Oooh...great teaser! lol

I want to know how to do the nacho libre pose correctly.

Dustin Izatt said...

To pull off the perfect nacho libre pose, you have to be very disciplined and condition yourself 12 hours per day. Perhaps I will give a workshop on it someday.

Anna said...

I love your blog and this officially makes me love it even more. I will never be a pro photographer, but I do want to take and photoshop better pics of my family and friends and every little tip helps.

Kelli said...

Sign me up. Don't care how much it costs. I know if I want to be taken seriously in this business, I need to perfect it!

Dustin Izatt said...

Alright, I got you signed up Kelli, since this workshop is in such high demand, the fee is $1,000,000.00 and a 50% non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. This is limited to 5 photographers, so after I receive your deposit, there will only be 4 spots left.

Hahaha, you are hilarious

Dustin Izatt said...

Well Anna, be sure to check back often and email any questions you have :) How was your trip back to Utah, did you guys ever make it back this month?

D

Kara Laws said...

I think it is awesome that you are willing to give advice to other photographers who are just starting out. I know way too many pros who will spit on you if you ask too many questions. LOL

Jessica Kettle said...

dustin, this is so generous of you! It's nice to see that some of you famous people still find the time to help out "the little people" like us. =) As always, love your work. Talk to you soon!

Dustin Izatt said...

Kara,

LOL, how true is that, not only do they spit on you for asking to many questions, but I will probably be spat upon for answering your questions :O

D

Kelli said...

You photographers and your ridiculous deposits. *sigh*

Alicia said...

I really enjoy your blog!! Thanks so much for your tips I would also like to know how you get your colors to look so vibrant but not put the whole photo out of whack!

Thanks for your tips!

Brian and Danielle said...

I love your willingness to give advice. I am still trying to figure out the S curve though... Did you use the S curve for the middle photo or the last photo? I guess I don't see a difference in the first and last.

I guess I also have the same question as many other viewers of your work, how do you get your colors so "pull me in" like!?