If you need to re-open a PSD file to make further changes, correct an error or add a flare for example, there's a few hoops you need to jump through in Lightroom to make this work properly.
This video shows you a simple way to remove people from your images by using part of another backplate. Using multiple backplates shot on a tripod will make life easier but as this video demonstrates other 'similar' backplates can be used as well.
This new flare pack offers another twenty flares for you to use on your featured images. From natural sun flares to some crazy artificial 'out of this world' ones, overlay them on your images and give your location a whole new feel.
Remember, when using flares you can be a lot more creative than just slapping them on as they are. Tweak their colour and intensity, combine them, blur them, do whatever you want with them to create fantastic light FX.
Watch our tutorial video on applying flares to your featured images here.
This new set of flares is specifically designed to allow you to enhance street lights in your urban night locations and will allow you to add a sun spot or moon where needed.
Overlay the artificial flares on the original street lights within your image to give an enhanced flare, bring more consistency to lights with variable white balance or even fix a broken light all together.
Use the natural flares to add a subtle bit of drama to your image such as a sun glint above a mountain or a moon in the night sky.
These flares are rendered on a large square at three different sizes so you can blend the edges in and apply as your wish.
We've put these videos together for those of you who are interested in tracking your own featured images. Currently this requires specialist software and all our tracking is done using VirtualRig™ Studio.
Whilst the results can be stunning we appreciate this is an expensive piece of software to invest in and would therefore like to make it clear that we're not expecting you to go out and spend money on it. We just wanted to share these tutorials so you can keep developing your skill set overtime.
If you would like to practice these techniques you can download a full working demo version.
This download contains the all the basic things you need to get going when it comes to working on your images in preparation for submission to us. Please download the pack and install the files before you begin working on any imagery.
Using specialist VFX software we have created a pack of pre-rendered flares for you to use when grading your featured images. Make realistic enhancements to original lighting or add a dramatic stylistic effects to your images.
The pack contains a range or artificial and natural flares that are designed to be used with images of a resolution up to 36MP.
In this video we will show you how to grade your locations with a consistent look and get your featured images looking good. If implemented properly, the method shown here will allow you to grade imagery quickly, consistently and to a high standard.