Water drop photography: make a splash with high-speed flash

How to shoot water drop photography with high speed flash: step 6

Shooting water drop photography is a fun and simple way to get creative effects, particularly when you use food colouring to make a range of cool colours. By using high-speed flash you’re sure to freeze the action and get impressive results – and it’s so easy to do! In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to make your own home water drop photography setup, and demonstrate how to capture the drops in a split second.

How to create a Photoshop Elements slideshow with a soundtrack

How to create a Photoshop Elements slideshow with an audio soundtrack - step 2

Are you looking for new ways to enjoy your photos. One fun thing to do is to create a Photoshop Elements slideshow and add an audio soundtrack, which you can play back on your TV. All you need is Photoshop Elements 8 or above, which boasts a very good (and often overlooked) photo slideshow facility. Here’s how to do it…

Photoshop Elements Tips: turn a grey sky blue

Photoshop Elements Tips: turn grey skies blue

Flat, grey skies are a common difficulty when the sky in your scene is much brighter than the land beneath, especially towards the beginning and end of the day. The classic solution is to use a graduated Neutral Density (ND) filter. However, they can be fiddly to set up, especially when using lenses in which the front element rotates. Follow our Photoshop Elements tip’s three steps below and you’ll find a much easier way to transform your dull, grey skies into a darker blue.

Abuse your raw files for a striking high-key portrait

Abuse your raw files for a striking high-key portrait: how to deliberately overexpose the highlights using Photoshop Elements to get a stunning effect

A high-key portrait tends to be lit from the front, creating a relatively shadow-free image. The over-exposed highlights help to smooth out skin tones and dial down distracting details so that key features such as the eyes and lips stand out more dramatically.

The challenge with high-key portrait photography comes when deliberately over-exposing a shot to produce bright flat skin tones while preserving shadows and midtones on the eyes and lips.

Make portraits with character: tease out detail with Photoshop’s Dodge and Burn tool

How to tease out detail with the Photoshop Dodge and Burn tool: give your portraits added character with this quick and easy Photoshop tutorial

It’s often said that a face is like a visual biography. Deep wrinkles, smile lines and faded scars all hint at a life that’s been full of incidents, regrets and laughter. If you can capture these features effectively, you’re half way to achieving the most crucial aspect of 
any portrait – character.

To shoot these details, strong directional light works best (we’ve used the evening sun). Expose for the highlights and you’ll record perfect skin texture with rich shadows.

But Photoshop offers ways to tease out even more detail, so if a face really is like an autobiography, we can make the chapter titles stand out in big bold lettering with a few subtle enhancements.

How to add flare in Photoshop for a cool retro photography look

How to add flare in Photoshop for a cool retro photography effect

These days, we try to avoid lower contrast and flare, but it’s part of the charm of most retro photography. However, achieving flare is quite a hard effect to replicate unless you’re shooting in ideal light conditions, with the sun in, or close to the edge of, the frame. To save time and effort, here’s how to add a convincing flare effect in Photoshop Elements.