Whether you mail or email your holiday cards, or post them online, it’s time to start working on them. First, you have to sift through a bunch of shots to zero on a few decent ones. As you know from experience, none will be perfect, especially if there are several people in the picture. No worries! PhotoHand pros will clean up your photos of “distractors” and “evil shadows” and even unwanted persons and make your image perfect for the holiday greetings.
Taking photos of fireworks is tough — they’re hard to capture on any camera. Every 4th of July and New Year’s Eve we strive to fulfill the impossible dream of capturing a magnificent shot worthy of a million likes and re-twits. PhotoHand has some tips for you to make it easier.
1. Turn off the flash
The flash illuminates objects only within five to ten feet of you. Presumably, you want to shine the light on your friends and family in the foreground. Remember that the flash will over-expose the image. The fireworks will turn up to dark. Suggestion: get their faces lit with a light that’s behind you and your camera.
2. Turn off the HDR
HDR is bad for fireworks because they’re a moving, morphing subject. As a result, when the camera captures the multiple exposures to blend the fireworks together into one HDR image, they won’t match up.
3. Create a long exposure
The longer the shutter is open, the more light gets exposed to the photo sensor. 5-10 seconds exposure should do the trick. Start timing the shot right before the incendiary explodes.
4. Use a tripod or a monopod
If you are really into it, use a tripod to keep your mobile camera stable during the longer exposure. You can also use a selfie stick as an ad hoc monopode to steady your shot.
5. Have your photos edited
Even professionals get their photos edited. You can do some simple cropping and photo editing yourself and for those special images, PhotoHand will give you a hand to make them perfect.
Ever wondered why your photo gifts don’t come out as good as the ones you see as the examples? Take a closer look at the photo that was used in the ad. The happy family are usually stock photography models skilled at posing, even the kids. Then the lighting is perfect – probably set by the photographer’s lighting assistant if the photographer didn’t do it personally. And, of course, there was a hair/makeup artist and a stylist at the shoot. The last one watches over the posing, clothes and all other details that make the photo picture-perfect.
And then there is stage two – post-production, a.k.a photoshopping where a photo retoucher (photo editor) fixes what went wrong during the production phase.
Now, maybe you don’t want such a media production in your life. You just want a photos printed on a canvas to give to your grandmother. As a matter of fact, you have a photo that is almost perfect. How do you make it picture-perfect and print-ready? Just move to phase two – get it “photohanded”! Order photo retouching service online at PhotoHand.com.
At level 1 ($5.50), we fix hair and skin like a hair and makeup artist. At level 2 ($8.50), we also make adjustments to clothes like a stylist. At level 1 ($13.50) we also remove people or objects, do head swaps and change the background, like a magician. Lighting and color corrections are always included.
Once you get your photo back from PhotoHand all primped up, enlarged and set in the resolution optimal for quality printing, you can send it to any of the numerous photo gift printers to have it reproduced on canvases, photo panels, phone cases, mugs, coasters, pillows, blankets…
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When you need to digitize a printed photo simply taking a picture of it is not an option. The image will come out blurry and distorted. Some of photo restoration orders we received in the past contains such photos. Luckily, there are apps these days that turn taking photos of photos into approximated scanning.
Whatever app you choose just don’t set your expectations too high. The quality will be lower than what you get with proper scanning and you’ll have a hard time struggling to take a good shot. Here’s some advice:
– Use a dark surface with no patterns so that the software doesn’t take the lines of the pattern for the edges of the photos.
– Use daylight or reflected light to avoid the glare.
– To prevent image distortion, use some weights to hold down the curling corner of vintage pictures.
– Get close to the photo but make sure you don’t cast a shadow on it.
Google PhotoScan automatically detects edges, corrects perspective and does smart rotation. Unlike other photo scanning apps, PhotoScan takes multiple shots of a photo and blends them, which results in glares automatically removed while also improving the quality of the scan. The app integrates with Google Photos app, so you can save your scanned photos in the cloud for free.
Photomyne isn’t a very popular app but it makes up for a great photo scanning app, thanks to its ability to scan multiple photos in one go. You can either scan multiple photos through your old albums or lay out photos on a table and scan them through Photomyne. The app automatically detects different photos and saves them into albums.
Pic Scanner is a good iOS-only photo scanning app with the ability to scan multiple photos. It detects, crops and saves different photos individually. You can rotate the scans, enhance them, trim, add effects and caption. Note that the free version of the app limits the number of saves & shares to 12. To save unlimited scans and export them, you will have to make an in-app purchase for the full version.
Note: Whatever the results of your scanning are, PhotoHand will accept your images for photo restoration.
The first comfortably warm days of spring open the season for plein air photoshoots – professional and otherwise. Children, dogs and significant ones are being dragged outside to be shot by professional photographers and keepsake enthusiasts.
Our team members will undoubtedly follow the trend and force our dear ones pose forever by the flowers to capture that brilliant picture that they will love us for, at least some day if they are kids. Pets will never understand.
Now, how often has it happened to you that upon a closer look at home you realize the faces in the photos are overexposed or spotty with light and shadows? Quite a lot, I bet! So, we’ve compiled some advice that might help you prevent such disappointments.
Keep Away From the Sun
Under the direct sun the picture is guaranteed to be overexposed and the person’s face will have strong shadows distorting the image. Even your nose can cast such a shadow.
First Tree of the Forest Trick
Shooting under the trees is very tricky. when the sun shines through the branches it throws spots of light on the subject making the photo look weird. By putting the person under the first row of trees you block the downward rays from the sun, while the subject looks out to the open and bright area. This brightens the face.
Find a Shadow or Wait for a Cloud
The best weather for outside photography is overcast. But who’s gonna head to the park when it’s iffy outside? If there are no clouds that day, move your photoshoot to a shadow.
Shoot From Below
This works for close portraits. The subject will block the sun for you. To make this angle more attractive tell the person to lean forward over the waist line.
I hope your images look great and if not, PhotoHand wizards will photoshop them to perfection for you.
From its origin, photography in opposition to drawing and painting was considered a truthful means of representing objective reality unaffected by the photographer’s perspective.
For this reason, any notion that photos should be enhanced or otherwise altered seemed to be preposterous. Little was known about the fact that most photographers used manipulation after capture to compensate for the flaws that are inherent in the process. Photoshop just made it easier.
It’s a fact: unaltered photography doesn’t equate the true reality. There are four basic reason why:
1. Image degradation occurs when representing three-dimensional reality in a two dimensional photograph.
2. A still image might capture the subject in a given moment that is the least representative from the usual perception of the subject.
3. The camera captures light and color differently from our eyes.
4. The photographer can’t help being “selective” about the truth as s/he alters the camera settings, the angle, composition etc.
Photography is subjective and affected by the abilities of the photographer and the constricting environment whether it’s uncontrollable lighting or the surroundings that don’t allow for better framing. Photoshop experts can fix all the distortions and make your images truly authentic.
March 8th – the International Women’s Day and the month that follows is the time of the year to give tribute to outstanding women that we admire. This year we were fortunate to participate in a project celebrating Romanian actresses who contributed to the artistry of Romanian films that gave the country’s cinematography a global stature.
The essence of the project was for young generation of Romanian actresses star in the re-creation of the iconic images known to everyone.
PhotoHand worked with Ana Pasti, an international actress born in Romania, to perfect the images and help create the atmosphere of each original shot. The images were featured in the Ziarul Metropolis magazine.
‘Jennifer in Paradise’ was the first ever image to be Photoshopped. So, who is the girl in the picture?
The woman in the shot is Jennifer Walters (now Jennifer Knoll). The picture taken in Bora Bora in August 1987 was Photoshopped to enhance the original image.
When John Knoll took a photo of his topless girlfriend on a secluded beach, he didn’t think the image would get so much exposure. But his brother Thomas was working on the software that became Photoshop, and “Jennifer in Paradise,” as the picture came to be known, was the perfect candidate for the program’s first color test image.
John and Thomas often used the picture of Jennifer to perform demonstrations of their software. Those demonstrations, and the photo itself, helped Photoshop become synonymous with image manipulation.
Cliche images are annoying till someone decides to make fun of them. So, Internet jokesters from the Facebook page Thunder Dungeon undertook to recreate some of the typical Instagram and Facebook photos that seem to trend among women. The result is hilarious. Here are our favorites and there are more on Facebook.
Photo retouching has always been a subject of controversy. When Photoshop arrived 25 years ago, the photography community was up in arms as it was affecting photographic truth, according to David Hlynsky, a University of Toronto professor in Photoshop and digital media.
Leaving aside the point that photography is more of a point of view than the truth, the question is whether photo retouching is any more dishonest than wearing makeup.
Now photo retouching is moving mainstream – there is no doubt about it. According to a research conducted by Glamour magazine, nearly 60 percent of respondents feel it’s OK for a woman to tweak her personal pictures, and 23 percent of women ages 25 to 29 do it; that number climbs to 41 percent among those ages 18 to 24. “Several years ago, retouching personal photos would have seemed strange, even vain,” says Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D., a Cincinnati psychologist and coauthor of The Life You Want.“This survey shows it’s common and women are fine with it.”
“[Retouching] is the nature of the digital age, we edit because we can,” says Professor Hlynsky. “Technology will process our image whether we like it or not.”
Why do we do it? Your photo makes a big difference in how people perceive you, so you want to put your best foot forward. Photo editing can help a picture appear to be more professional, and can express one’s personality better. That is if it’s done right.
Retouching: How Much Is Too Much? – Glamour
Personal Photo Retouching: Millennials Going To Great Lengths For Perfect Pictures Online – Huffington Post