Welcome to the Saffron Tales Photo Blog. I hope these tutorials will help you become better in photography. 

Ep. 10: How to remove a person from your photo

August 27, 2015  •  1 Comment

At times, we end up with photos where removing a person or object would enhance the appeal significantly. In this episode, we look at one such scenario. Today's photo was taken last winter, in the middle of a snowstorm in Philadelphia. My mom and pregnant wife walked outside in sarees to enjoy the snow. I took a group photo, but forgot to take an individual one as my wife had requested. So off we go to the processing table to try and remove a person. 

As always, I look forward to your feedback. 

 


Ep. 09: How to process indoor portraits

August 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

For over two years now, I am a work-from-home dad. I have been Daddy to my two kittens, and then my little boy joined the family five months back. Much of my time is spent with them, photographing their everyday activities. Inevitably, I end up with a lot of photos with a dark yellow cast. In this episode, we look at how to fix those in Lightroom using split-toning and selective application of clarity. 

 


Ep. 08: How to use content aware move tool to fix composition

August 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

After a photography trip, we might look at the photos and wonder what if we shot from a different location. A step to the right, two to the back, and maybe the composition would have been better. Or, we may just wish that some element within our frame was located a bit differently. 

We have the option to implement these changes in post-processing. An amazingly handy tool for that is the 'content-aware move' tool in Photoshop. In this episode, we look how to use this tool and blend it with the original photo. 

 


Ep. 07: How to create a panorama

August 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Back with another episode of my photography blog. In this episode, we look at how to create a panorama in Lightroom and Photoshop. This is a quick and important technique which you will find useful in everyday photography. 

 

There are two particular uses for this: 

  • If you are in front of a large building or monument but your lens isn't wide enough to capture the entire photo, you can stitch some photos in post-processing to create a full photo. 
  • If you are photographing a large group of guests in an event, a panorama is one solution to consider. 

 

 


Ep 06: How to create a fireworks composite

August 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The 4th of July fireworks in the US is perhaps one of the most photographed events. In this episode, we look at how to photograph fireworks, and then create a composite in post-processing. 


Ep. 05: Sunrise in Grand Canyon

July 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In this episode, we go over post-processing of a travel photo using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You will view some intermediate tips and techniques in use. After performing our basic workflow for landscape photos, we export the photo to Photoshop, where we apply a few adjustment layers. We will see how the adjustments can be masked, how the mask can be selectively applied and other relevant tips. 

I hope you will find this tutorial useful. I look forward to hearing your feedback. 

 


Ep. 04: How to use perspective correction

July 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In the fourth and final (for now) episode on travel photos, we look at how to use the perspective correction tool in Lightroom. Tourists are often restricted to locations that aren't the best for photographing tall structures. Nor does it help with distortion if you are using a wide angle lens. In this episode, we look at a simple way to fix perspective distortion. I was on baby-sitting duty while shooting the intro, so you get see a glimpse of my little baby boy. 

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Ep. 03: How to use selective lighting in travel photos

July 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Continuing along the travel photography theme, we look at how to take advantage of the power of local adjustments in Lightroom (or any similar post-processing software). We previously learned how global adjustments can bring out more detail in a photo and improve the overall appeal. To achieve the best results, however, one has to master the techniques of local adjustments. 

In this episode, you will learn to selectively adjust the light in challenging photos. 

  • You will learn to trust in yourself and play around with whatever photos you bring home with you. 
  • You will learn to use the radial filter and adjustment brush tools. 
  • You will learn to analyze a photo to notice what kind of processing it requires and why. 

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Ep. 02: How to remove spots from travel photos

July 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

One of the most nagging problems in travel photos is the amount of dust. The best solution for this is to clean your gear regularly, but that may not be possible while on the road. Thankfully, there are a number of methods to remove spots in post-production. 

In this episode, we review some of the common tricks for spot removal.

  • You will learn to use Adobe Lightroom's built-in spot removal tool.
  • You will learn to use the Spot Healing Brush tool in Adobe Photoshop. 
  • You will learn the use of Luminance sliders in Adobe Lightroom. 
  • You will get an overview of post-processing workflow. 

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Ep. 01: How to post-process travel photos

July 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I spent the last few days processing a set of travel photos that a good friend captured in Australia and Malaysia. With a newborn in the house, I barely get a chance to step out to take photos of my own. This was a welcome break for a very sleep-deprived new-dad. What better topic to start off my photography blog with, right? 

In this episode, we'll go through some basic photo processing to bring out the amazing beauty in two travel photos.

  • You will get an overview of the Adobe Lightroom workflow I use for most photos. 
  • You will learn how to bright out details from shadow and highlight regions, then reintroduce necessary contrast. 
  • You will get a quick overview of how adjustment brushes can be used to dodge and burn photos so that the final output has necessary drama. 
  • You will learn basic tips such as how to batch-process photos, straighten horizon, and selectively sharpen photos. 

I hope you will find the tutorial useful. I look forward to hearing your feedback. 

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