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Photoshop for winter photography (further information)

An introduction to the ‘Photoshop for winter photography’ tutorial

This tutorial is based on a suggestion by Paul Schroder, one of our lifetime members, on how best to shoot and post-process winter landscapes or other shots containing snow. The major topics covered include: optimising your initial exposures; enhancing the colour of images shot of dull, flat days; how to tone black and white versions of your images; how to produce high-key winter portraits; and how to retain and enhance the fine scale detail in snow scenes.

The specific topics covered include:

  • Determining an optimum exposure
  • Why you should (sometimes) shoot in manual mode
  • Enhancing the colour of images shot on dull, flat days
  • Toning black and white image
  • Producing high-key winter portraits
  • Enhancing fine scale detail (local contrast)

This tutorial contains 6187 words, 61 illustrative images and screen grabs, and has received 10 comments.

Photoshop files included with this tutorial

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Image 1
In this example I will show you how to tone an otherwise dull, grey image to produce an image that more accurately captures the spirit of a scene rather than its literal reality.
Image 2
In this example we will discuss the benefits of toning a black and white version of your winter images.
Image 3
In this example I will show you how to a) produce high-key winter portraits, and b) move elements of the original scene to improve the overall composition.
Image 4
In this example we will discuss a variety of techniques you can use to enhance local contrast (i.e. fine scale detail), including: the Unsharp Mask filter, High Pass Sharpening, and Topaz Detail (a Photoshop plugin produced by Topaz Labs).
Content overview (the rollover graphics and embedded videos are not illustrated)
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