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By Seán Duggan | Friday, April 03, 2015

Enhancing a Time Lapse Video with Photoshop

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I was in Iceland recently leading my Winter Landscapes & Auroras workshop and I had the good fortune to be there for a near total solar eclipse.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend's parka.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend’s parka.

In addition to taking close-up still shots like I did for the last eclipse, I also wanted to shoot a time lapse sequence that showed a wide view of how the landscape was transformed by the fading light as the sun was eclipsed, and then its gradual return to the full brightness of daylight.

By Seán Duggan | Saturday, March 07, 2015

Coffee, Mud, & Asphalt: Create That 'Distressed Photo' Look

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There are two great ways to give your images a distressed photo feel with Photoshop.

Last week, I showed you how to do it by appropriating the textural damage and deterioration found in actual vintage images.

Now I’ll show you how—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and with a little thought—you can also create your own distressed and damaged textures from scratch. It’s kind of fun!

By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Use Damage Textures to Create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”

But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.

I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.

By Seán Duggan | Friday, October 03, 2014

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse — with These Expert Tips

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Do you remember the total lunar eclipse last April? There’s another coming up Wednesday, and still more in April and September of 2015.

If you’re thinking about heading out into the night and photographing an eclipse, here are some tips and suggestions to make sure you have the right gear and are ready once the sky’s shadow dance begins.

By Seán Duggan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using Layer Masks with Video in Photoshop

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Photoshop has been able to handle video for several versions now, but the video features got a big upgrade with the CS6 release—in the form of a Timeline panel. This was significant because the timeline interface has long been a fixture in other dedicated video editing programs.

The nice thing about working with video in Photoshop is that you can rely on all the skills and techniques you already know about working with layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. The ability to use layer masks with video layers allows you to create some really interesting custom transitions and composites for your video projects.

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