A Taste of Spring

We had a beautiful couple weeks of sunshine and spring, but for all this week I’ve hardly seen the sky through the clouds and pouring rain. And now the weather people are threatening frost and even snow! In May?! So to bring a little sunshine back into our lives I decided to share a few images from this spring so far.

Sometimes I’m not certain whether spring has really arrived, or whether it’s just taunting me with hints of what’s to come. But once the magnolia starts throwing forth its abundant blossom there’s no more room for doubting.

(Photo taken at: 1/1600, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1600, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100)

Suddenly there’s colour and life in every direction…

More if you click here!…

Clearing a Colour Cast

This is a tutorial for one of the Photoshop techniques I use the most. It’s a great help in quick photo clean-ups.

So, let’s say you have a photo and the colours just aren’t quite right. Maybe there’s a bit of a haze, or there’s a slight colourcast over the image. Try this 30 second adjustment and see what happens.

As an example I will use a photo I took while flying over the Alps this summer. In my experience photos from the air, or across long distances, never look quite as striking and clear as the view when we took them. The moisture in the atmosphere clouds things a little. Before learning this little trick, I used to spend ages with masks, levels and selective colouring, trying to get my airplane photos looking like they should.

Try this:

Step One: Open a photo that needs some work (feel free to save my “before” image from the bottom of this tutorial and practice on that). Hazy and brown, not so nice. This is my CS4 workspace.

Step Two: Create a curves adjustment layer by clicking on the adjustment layer button at the bottom of the layers palette.

(Note: If you’re using CS2 or earlier, your curves palette won’t have the histogram that it does in CS3 or CS4. To do this tutorial and get the same result, open a Levels Layer here instead.)
Continue reading