This week for Wisdom Wednesdays we will be discussing the digital side to professional photography!
This includes why computers are a great tool for a professional photographer, different options for utilizing digital content, and finally how to actually use all this crazy stuff! There are two main groups of digital photo editors; those who use photoshop and those who use Lightroom. Both of these amazing Adobe programs have their place, but today I will be focusing on Photoshop and how to best utilize it for photo editing.
So what are photographers using digital editing for anyway?
- Resize or crop images
- manipulate or remove aspects of images
- add filters or color correct
Luckily for you, BackDrop has tons of digital content to make your life much easier!
We have many of our most popular backdrops in Digital high resolution files. These will allow you to cut out your model (which will be covered extensively) and place them in front of any backdrop or image you would like!
We also have templates for you to place images into beautiful collages for different occassions as well as photoshop actions that will allow you to add filters to your photos with the touch of a button!
Lets go over the guide on how to make use of these amazing tools:
Resizing/Cropping Images –
Lets start by opening up an image in photoshop:
(What a couple of cuties)
Cropping in photoshop is extremely easy. All you need to do is click the “crop tool” on the left menu bar
and drag the image to your desired shape and size.
There we go. Much more focused on the subjects!
If you require your photo to be a specific size or resolution, you can always go into “Image” -> “Image size” and input your desired settings.
Remember: When saving these photos to put on your website, you want to make sure to “save for web” in order to maintain the quality of the images! This is as simple as going to
“file” -> “export” -> “save for web”
Manipulate of remove aspects of an image –
For this section I will focus on how to remove a model from a picture and place them on any background of your choosing. Such as one from our digital background packages
Lets start by opening the photo of the model. (A white background is easiest, but this guide will work for most other backgrounds as well)
Go ahead and select the “Quick selection tool”
Once selected, simply click and drag on the different parts of the model in order to select just the model. (Don’t Worry too much about how much of the hair gets selected, this will be fixed in the next step!)
(Notice the dotted line around the model. This indicates that she has been selected.)
Once she is selected go ahead and click the “Refine edge” tool.
This tool will allow you to really get those edges cropped perfectly.
Go ahead and set your settings like I do above. Once you are ready, click and drag around all edges that do not seem selected properly or are covered in red. Keep going until your image looks similar to this:
Much better now! Click ok and delete and missed white spots in the background with your “quick selection” tool.
Voila! Now just save this image as a photoshop file so you can drag it into any future projects!
Lets take a look at one that we dropped her into.
There will always be small tweaks you can learn to really perfect this technique, but this guide is a perfect place to start!
Of course an actual photoshoot with real varying backdrops will give you the best results, but not everyone has the time or funds to accomplish this. With a little practice, digital backdrops can be a great alternative for all levers of photographers.
Adding filters and color correction –
This section is much easier due to our downloadable photoshop action set!
Once downloaded all you have to do is pop open photoshop and load up the action pack by clicking this button:
(If the actions tab is not seen, be sure it is checked off in your “Window” tab at the top of your screen)
After the actions are loaded it will be as easy as Instagram to change around filters for your photos!
As always, we hope this installment of Wisdom Wednesdays was insightful and can propel your photography career to new heights! Learning Digital manipulation of photographs can be quite tricky at first, but if you stick with it, you will have an amazing tool added to your arsenal!
-Until Next Time