A true professional photographer needs the basic skill sets to take a good picture. Common sense says it should be in focus and composed nicely. A common mistake among youth sports photographers is taking action shots that are blurry. Among non professional photographers there are a lot of common mistakes that can easily be avoided with a few tips.
Before we start there are some things you are going to need. A camera, obviously, to take your images with. Something to keep your camera from moving. This can be a tripod or anything else. This will help you a lot as it makes it easier afterward to merge them together. Finally you are going to need some photo editing software. If you have Photoshop then you’re in luck. If you don’t then you can download gimp for free.
Now $400.00 in a year for a stock photo is hardly what one would call spectacular, hardly worth mentioning, I suppose. But the cool thing about this image earning that amount over the last year is that I created this image in 1990! This image was, I believe, the first stock photo I ever created in Photoshop.
By using all of these layers of information with Datat Masking Software and different opacity brushes you not only have an extreme latitude to work with your images, but you also have the flexibility to come back and alter or edit your creation.
Instead, we want to use the existing color information to create new tonal relationships within the image that are to our liking. Here is where channels come in.
You will not usually need to copy all of these channels each time you make a black and white. Many times you will like only the information from one or two channels. However, it helps to copy all of the channels over the first few times you try this technique.
Go outside, look around at colorful things, take a 15 minute nap, go to sleep for the night and come back the next day or days later. You need to see the image from a fresh viewpoint that you can only see with some time away. There have been so many times where I have woken up the next day and looked at a black and white that I had spent so many grueling hours on and was shocked to see that it looked terrible!