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{ Photoshop Tip and Photography }

by Lee on June 30, 2008

I am following the Thematic Photography over at Written Inc. This weeks Theme was wood and here is my take on it. Just a fence using shallow DOF.

Fence copy

I just love these two videos, they both use stop motion digital camera images to achieve the effect. I found them on Photojojo.

et cetera from jacattack on Vimeo.

This one I like, especially if you are travelling, I think it’s a great idea, I am also intrigued as to why most of the feet are to the right of the shot? Why do you think that is? Maybe it’s because most people look through the viewfinder with their right eye, which means the camera is moved to the left….?

looking down. from hrrrthrrr on Vimeo.


Wow this is hard, always wondering which tip is most useful!The truth is they all are!

OK, lets talk Blendmodes and another handy shortcut. I use Blendmodes ALL the time, on Photos, Digital Scrapbooking Pages, Papers, lots of different ways. The thing with Blendmodes is that the results can be unexpected and it’s not always easy to predict which blendmode will give you the effect you are after. So the easiest thing to do is to look at each blendmode. This is the easiest way to scroll through and find the blendmode that gives you the effect you are after.

* Click on the word Normal in the Blendmode box (found at the top of the Layers palette next to the Opacity Slider). This will open the dropdown menu. Now just click again. The dropdown menu will close but the word ‘Normal’ will now be highlighted (in Windows it will turn blue, I’m not sure what it does with a Mac).

* Now all you have to do is use the arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll through each blendmode and see the the results live on your image.

I hope you find this helpful. If you do, leave a comment and let me know how you have used it.

If you want specific help, post a comment and I will endeavour to help you out :-)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }


Guera (2 comments.) 07.01.08 at 2:35 am

I am loving these tips! This one is particularly useful since I am still learning what all these blend modes do, so this is great way to try them out.


Angela (26 comments.) 07.01.08 at 8:08 pm

stunning wood shot Lee… seriously think that I might need to start with these photo blog things too ;).
Love the shoe video too… and as for blend modes LOVE them, but the one thing I dont’ like about this mac (SHOCK HORROR!!!!!) is that I can’t seem to get my blend mode menu to do that.. used it all the time when using windows and I miss it :(….
Ok have just done a super quick google and found that if you hold the shift and + or – key it will scroll though the modes too… although it does apply them and fill up the history state….


Jude (8 comments.) 07.02.08 at 8:05 pm

Love it that you’ve joined up with the Thematic Photography Lee – it’s such fun. I think your photo is great – to me it looks like it’s bending and has a lot of movement. Fascinating.


sherryll 07.03.08 at 1:40 pm

your photo of the timber is absolutely stunning (as all your photos)
and I’m loving your PS tips, thanks for sharing your knowledge:)


Sharon 07.03.08 at 10:09 pm

Just a little note to let you know I am watching you! Well watching your blog. You are sooo talented.


Karen (10 comments.) 07.04.08 at 7:15 pm

Love the dof in your wood shot, I’d love to join in with some of these photography challenges, might try and find some time 🙂


Robin (1 comments.) 07.05.08 at 6:36 am

I love that wood shot – so dramatic in its simplicity, but subtly complex in the way you’ve focused on a spot neither centered nor quite at the edge. Very impressive.

I was thinking of joining the Thematic Photography crew this week but as I was shooting the wood just wasn’t speaking to me and I ended up with this instead.


Chris Turnbull (4 comments.) 07.08.08 at 12:29 pm

Wow Lee what a stunning wood shot and I don’t know if it is just me but there seems no place to comment on the sky shots so I will do it here. Absolutely brilliant photos Lee and yes what a sad thing they tore down those trees. You honestly wonder what the world is coming too when everything that is beautiful in nature has to make way for progress. Anyway also popping in to say hi… hi and hope you and your family are doing well. Hugs Chris xo


Lee (5 comments.) 07.08.08 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for the heads-up Chris, not sure what happened to the comments, but I have fixed it now 🙂

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