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By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What’s New for Photographers in the iPhone 6S/6S Plus

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The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus ship on September 25, and among the new features are some under-the-hood improvements sure to interest photographers.

They represent to next step forward in the evolution of the capabilities of the iPhone as a camera—from better image quality and front-facing camera improvements to the much-talked-about Live Photos feature.

By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

iPhone 6S and the Evolution of the iPhone Camera

Today Apple announced that the new iPhone 6S and 6S+ will feature an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera and take Live Photos—capturing 1.5 seconds of motion and sound before and after each photo you snap.

As we look forward to that release on the 25th of this month, here’s a look back at the 8-year evolution of the iPhone camera over the years—from rudimentary to of-the-very-moment technology.

We’re already in the studio creating training for you on the new iPhone and camera. In the meantime, get the most out of your current iPhone camera with these courses on lynda.com.

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By Seán Duggan | Friday, September 4, 2015

Taking Pictures for Photoshop Compositing


If your goal is to make composites in Photoshop, then the way you photograph scenes or objects to use in your composites matters.

It can make the actual Photoshop process easier and more efficient—and it may result in more realistic composites, as I demonstrate in my new course Photographing for Compositing in Photoshop.

Here are the key points to keep in mind when shooting images you plan to use in a compositing project.

By Seán Duggan | Friday, April 3, 2015

Enhancing a Time Lapse Video with Photoshop


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 7, 2015

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


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


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 3, 2014

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse — with These Expert Tips

Lunar Eclipse Over Donner Peak


This Sunday, the final lunar eclipse of the current eclipse tetrad takes place—that’s the last of four total lunar eclipses occurring at six-month intervals in a two-year period.

As seen in the image above, which I made during the first eclipse of this tetrad back in April 2014, this eclipse will result in a “blood moon,” where the moon takes on a dark orange color.  The eclipse will be will be visible in parts of North and South America, Europe, western Asia and Africa. Click here to see if it will be visible where you live.

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


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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