Steve’s Photography Blog

Saving an Image for Print

  • February 21, 2016

First, some background information:

Some time ago, I posted a blog article entitled, “Are Your Photo Prints Darker Than They Should Be?” At the time, I was frustrated that my printed photos were darker and dingier (is that a word?) than they appeared on the computer screen. In fact, the photos looked great on just about any computer screen but not in print. See the article I posted back in April 2014 at:

One of the problems was that I was using a Mac. Don’t get me wrong… Macs are my preferred platform for photo editing! However, new Mac monitors come from the factory overly brightened to make them more vibrant and colorful… increasing sales. Because my monitor was too bright, I was compensating by lowering the exposure, whites and highlights (unbeknownst to me) on the images that I was editing. Naturally, when I printed them, they turned out darker than I had anticipated and I was displeased with the results.

Luckily, I’ve overcome this problem and you can too!  There are two parts to the problem that you need to address… the brightness of the monitor that you are using to edit your images and the image’s brightness itself.

You may have to adjust the image’s brightness when going from one printer or printing firm to another, too.  For example, I recently printed some photos at a local store and they came back too dark (i.e., they needed more brightening) whereas I had previously printed them at and they came out fine (because I knew the brightness required there).

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How to Change the Image’s Background When Your Model Has Fly-Away Hair

  • February 16, 2016

In this video tutorial at at, Calvin shows how to use the Multiply blend mode when doing some compositing (blending images together). In a matter of seconds, he demonstrates how you can replace the background of an image with a model that has flyaway with another image that serves as the new background. He accomplishes this without loosing any of the model’s hairs… this is really a fascinating technique and it is a must see video!

As with other video tutorials, I wrote the notes below for future reference.  That way, I don’t have to go back and watch the tutorial each time that I apply this particular technique (saving time).

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Don’t Toss Out that Horribly Underexposed Image… At Least Not Yet!

  • February 15, 2016
Don’t Toss Out that Horribly Underexposed Image… At Least Not Yet!

The image above shows the before (almost totally black RAW image) and after (an amazing recovery of detail and color information in Camera Raw).

How many times have you discarded a shot because it was too dark… perhaps underexposed to the point of being black? I know that I have! However, after watching Kevin Hollywood’s short video tutorial about making exposure adjustments using Camera Raw, I won’t delete them simply because they are woefully under or overexposed any more!  The black portion of the feature image for this blog post is the actual image before it was processed in Camera Raw!

Watch his video tutorial that he recorded in English about “The Power of Adobe Camera Raw” at
as he demonstrates how it possible to get amazing results with underexposed images. As you may know, Camera Raw is part of Adobe Photoshop. Calvin demonstrates some of its capabilities by using an image that is almost totally black! As he points out, RAW images are amazing because of what you can do to them (compared to a JPEG). However, the power of Camera Raw is even more amazing whether you are using a JPEG or a RAW image. Of course you should away try to capture the best image that you can (i.e., avoid under exposing or over exposing them).

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Amazing Details and Contrast

  • February 13, 2016
Amazing Details and Contrast

How to get details and high contrast.

After watching Calvin Hollywood’s tutorial on Details and Contrast, I decided to write down some notes for future reference.  That way, I don’t have to go back and watch the tutorial each time that I apply this particular technique.

You will need to watch Calvin’s short video about his technique before trying this.  My notes are not meant to be a substitute for his video tutorial.  These notes are abbreviated and leave out a lot of his explanations. Calvin does a wonderful job explaining his technique in detail and step-by-step so that anyone (regardless of their level of familiarity with Photoshop) can understand.  You can find his video here:

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Links to Calvin Hollywood’s Photoshop Tutorials

  • February 5, 2016

I recently learned about Calvin Hollywood from Regina Pagles’ website where she talks about some of the artists that have influenced her photography and post processing techniques (see I have greatly admired Regina’s portrait work for some time and so I took an interest in those photographers that she found inspirational.

Despite his English-sounding name, Calvin Hollywood is a digital artist/photographer who is from Germany. While many of his Photoshop video tutorials are in his native German tongue (yes, I wish I understood German!), he has also made a number of them in the English language (dank Calvin!). Here are links to some of them that I’ve found on youtube (Calvin has also posted a number of “SpeedRetouching” videos that fast forward through his editing sessions that are not included in this list.). I am posting this list for my own reference with the intention of coming back and commenting on some of his techniques later. Regardless of your skill level with Photoshop, you may find something of interest in his unusual techniques too.

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