Category Archives: Photoshop

Raya Pro – HDR Blending Add-in for Photoshop

“Raya Pro: A MUST HAVE PANEL. Raya Pro is one of the finest panels I have used. It makes digital blending extremely easy – just a click of a button and the blending is done. There are a few great new options I can’t wait to apply in my blending. Thanks to Jimmy for this amazing tool” – By Rustam Azmi

2017/10: latest version is Raya Pro 2.0 (Version 3.0 is coming)

Introductory video about Raya Pro 2.0




Brenizer Method to create more shalow DoF

In this tutorial video they will demonstrate how to prepare images in Lightroom for achieving the Brenizer method to enhance shallow depth of field, and how to finish off the merged image with stylized editing in Lightroom after the “heavy lifting” is done.

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Batis 85 1.8 vs. G Master 85 1.4 (for Sony E-mount)

Batis 85 mm 1.8

  • Announced: April 2015 (always in supply shortage until April 2016).
  • Optical design: ZEISS Sonnar with 11 lens elements in 8 groups.
  • E-mount, AF/MF, OSS, OLED screen (showing distance and DOF), dust and weather-sealed, Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings.
  • Aperture: 1.8-22; Diaphragm blade: 9; Filter size: 67 mm; Minimum distance: 80 cm
  • Size: 81 x 92 mm; weight: 475 g.
  • Price: $1,200.

Sony 85 mm 1.4 G Master

  • Announced: March 2016
  • Optical design: 11 lens elements in 8 groups.
  • E-mount, AF/MF, non-OSS; dust and moisture-sealed; Nano AR Coating to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting;
  • Manual aperture ring (can be de-click); focus-hold button, AF/MF and de-click switch on its barrel.
  • Aperture: 1.4-16; Diaphragm blade: 11 (rounded); Filter size: 77 mm; Minimum distance: 80 cm.
  • Size: 89.5 x 107.5 mm;  weight: 820 g.
  • More: zero abbreviation open wide.
  • Price: $1,800.

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3 Ways to Change White Balance in Lightroom

Did you know there are three different ways to edit your white balance in Lightroom?

White balance is something that many photographers select with their in-camera settings and its function is to correct too warm or too cool colour casts as a result of  the lighting in your scene. For example, fluorescent lighting is very ‘cool’ lighting and your images will take on a cold colour cast if not corrected with a warming colour balance in the camera settings.

However, if the images are shot in RAW and the files remain open to total in-computer control, the while balance can be better-altered in computer editing programs. This means you can either alter an incorrect balance or employ changes to achieve a more creative interpretation of your scene (exe: to add a warm, golden hour glow). You can make these changes in a JPG, but the options aren’t as large as those for RAW files.

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How to Remove a Background then add another in Photoshop



Notes in this tutorial:

– Use mask layer to finely cut/crop a subject.

– Cut subject’s hair with more details.

– Re-size subject to fit new background.

– Change color tone of the subject to fit new background.

– Add subject shadow.

– Use burn tool to reduce harsh light

How to install Brushes in Photoshop

If you’ve downloaded the .abr file and don’t know what to do next, read this tutorial.

  1. Put the .abr file you’ve downloaded into the folder/Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Presets/Brushes (on mac OS X) or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Brushes (on Windows) .
  2. Then open your Adobe Photoshop, active brush tool, go to option palette and click on to open the brush preset picker.

install brushes tutorial screenshot

Then click on little triangel in the right upper corner.

install brushes tutorial screenshot

Next on the list you choose ‘Load Brushes’

install brushes tutorial screenshot

In the dialog box choose the .abr file you want to load and your new brushes appear in the Brush palette and are just ready to use.