Copy The Sky & Clouds From One Photo Into Another Photo Using Photoshop CS6

by Anthony Morganti

In this video I demonstrate how to copy an interesting sky from one picture and place it in another using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

 

 

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3 Simple Things To Improve Your Photography

by Anthony Morganti

While teaching photography over the years, I’ve seen people make the same mistakes over and over. Surprisingly, many of the mistakes are easily corrected. Today we’re going to talk about three common mistakes and how to fix them.

Straighten That Horizon

Crooked Horizon-1

A Nice Picture Ruined By The Crooked Horizon (click on image to make it larger)

This is my personal biggest pet peeve. Over and over I’ve seen what could have been a great landscape picture ruined because the horizon was crooked. Actually, it isn’t a problem relegated to landscape photographers as I’ve seen wedding pictures where the altar was not level or the wedding party looked like they were standing on a hill.

Years ago when there wasn’t any such thing as a digital camera and bokeh wasn’t even a word, I decided...

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Weekly Photo Critique: Laura

by Anthony Morganti

A weekly feature on AnthonyMorganti.com is a photo critique. If you’re interested in having me critique your photos, click here to find out how to send them to me.

This week I’ll be critiquing the work of Laura. All the photos below are the property of Laura and cannot be used without her permission. If you want to see more of Laura’s work, check out her flickr page: Lil Green Witch

Ice CrystalsI started with this shot only because it’s my least favorite of the group. It’s still an excellent photo because the exposure of the ice is excellent and the composition of the foreground ice is pretty cool. What I’d like you to keep in mind is that whenever you skew the horizon, you run the risk of causing the person looking at the picture to strain when they view it...

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Add The Moon To A Photograph Using Pixelmator

by Anthony Morganti

In previous videos I demonstrated how to add the moon to a moonless photograph using both Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The extended version of Photoshop CS6 runs over $800.00. Elements 11 runs $70. Pixelmator is currently, as of this writing, selling for less then $15.00 and it does many of the same things that Photoshop does. The only caveat is that Pixelmator is for Mac only. If you own a Mac, head over to the  app store and check out Pixelmator. You can get a demo version of Pixelmator here: Pixelmator Demo

 

 

Buy Adobe Elements 11   Buy Adobe Photoshop CS6   Pixelmator Demo

 

 

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How To Add The Moon To a Photograph Using Adobe Elements 11

by Anthony Morganti

Ok, I still sound like a dork in these videos — I was hoping that I would sound better. My hope is that someday I’ll develop a velvety smooth voice for these instructional videos. Until then… yuck!

In this video I demonstrate how you can add the moon to an existing photo using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Elements is a much cheaper alternative to Adobe Photoshop that has many of the same functions. If you can’t afford to drop the coin on Photoshop CS6 or the subscription to Photoshop CC, check out Elements 11.

 

 

To learn how to do the same thing utilizing Adobe Photoshop CS6, Click Here

 

Buy Adobe Elements 11           Buy Adobe Photoshop CS6

 

 

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Great Photography Articles and Great Photography I Ran Across This Week

by Anthony Morganti

Once a week I’ll be posting some photography websites, articles and videos that I ran across over the past few days that I think will be of interest to you. In this first installment I’ll be sharing four great articles, a couple websites and a couple cool portfolios.

Interesting Photography Articles

Are You Guilty of These? Five Hard Photography Habits to Break

Going Fishing! Fun With Fisheye Lenses

10 Landscape Photography Mistakes Every Photographer Makes (and how to fix them)

How to Handle Catch Lights and Eyeglasses Glare in Portrait Photography

Photography Websites

Matt Kloskowski’s Site – A lot a great tips!

Gavin Hoey’s Site – Tips and Freebies!

Nice Portfolio’s

Pixel Passion – The sky in all their photos are incredible!

KM Salvatore – A shout out to my si...

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Beyond Basic Composition

by Anthony Morganti

Ok, you’ve mastered the rule of thirds and know all about leading lines, framing and a dozen other of the so called rules of composition and you’re careful to incorporate them in your photographs.

What’s next?

There are other things you can do to bring your photography to a higher level. More indistinct than specific rules of composition but despite their subtlety, when done correctly, will have a tremendous impact on your photography.

We’ll discuss three things that will help bring your photography to the next level.

Complimentary Colors

Of course color is all around us. Because of that, we tend to take it for granted and not recognize how the subtlety of color can enhance our photographs.

Just like a good writer builds tension and conflict with their prose,...

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Photographer Spotlight – Amy Heiden

by Anthony Morganti

A weekly feature here on AnthonyMorganti.com is our Photographer Spotlight — A look at a photographer who many may not have heard of, but who’s work I greatly admire.

This week, we’re looking at the photography of Amy Heiden.

Amy Heiden Photography

Amy Heiden Photography

Looking through Amy’s work you’ll notice that she excels at all types of photography but she seems to have an affection for old, dilapidated buildings, cars and equipment. If you’ve ever tried to photograph such things you’ll come to realize how difficult it is. First of all, the exposure is difficult to nail when you’re in these old powerless buildings but Amy’s shots have perfect exposure. Secondly, when you photograph old dilapidated things, you want the ghost of years past to be illustrated in your pictures...

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Video: How To Add The Moon To A Photo Using Photoshop

by Anthony Morganti

Well, for my first video I thought I’d try something relatively easy as I learn and get comfortable with the recording process. Like many people, I hate hearing my own voice! Hopefully I grow on me.

In this video I demonstrate how you can add the moon to an existing moonless shot using Photoshop CS6. My speech awkwardness aside, it’s a relatively easy process.

In future videos I’ll show the same thing using Adobe Elements 11 and Pixelmator — two programs that are low cost alternatives to Photoshop.

Until then, I hope you enjoy this video. Feel free to comment on how I can make the videos better.

 

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Photography From The Couch

by: Anthony Morganti

Have you ever felt like taking pictures but you were too lazy to get your butt off of the couch?

Well, I have the answer for you! You can shoot some really interesting abstract shots of your television screen.

Abstract - A Face In The Crowd

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Abstract - Rock Star

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The pictures above were three (3) second exposures of my television. As the TV program naturally shifted from scene to scene, my camera captured all of it on one frame creating a cool abstract that wouldn’t have been available otherwise.

The Technique

For Best results, you only want the blur and distortion to come from the varying television picture, not from any camera movement so you’ll need a tripod or a table to set your camera on because the exposure is 2-3 seconds long...

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