Light Field Photos with the Lytro

LytroThe emergence of the digital camera led to a surge in the number of people who could touch up and edit their images once they have been taken, giving the user a bit more wiggle room with their camera set up accuracy. We are pretty good at showing how to do this with our range of Photoshop Training Courses, but here are some things even Photoshop can’t sort out. If the right subject is not in focus, there’s very little you can do about it in Photoshop.

With the newly released Lytro camera this wiggle room is about to become a vast canyon which has the potential to greatly change the way by which photos are taken in the future.

At the moment to get that perfectly balanced shot, where your camera is accurately adjusted to your intended target’s lighting conditions, much time, care and photographic knowledge is required to set up and prepare your camera, hopefully in time to catch that decisive moment.

This concept was conceived by Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographic style and popularity means that an original version of his book, The Decisive Moment, can be purchased on Amazon for not so reasonable sum of £1450. Read the rest of “Light Field Photos with the Lytro”

Photoshop Tutorial – Save for the Web

Images are the main cause of websites taking an age to load. Slow websites not only annoy users but can affect a website’s Google ranking.

Speed is often overlooked by graphics and web designers because as digital pioneers they are usually hooked up to the fastest connection available. A graphic designer’s goal is to produce high quality images that look great so they want their images to be as sharp as possible. As a factor in Google’s algorithm, speed should be taken seriously – images are often the largest files on a site so are key to bringing down the load time of a page.

This isn’t just something that concerns SEOs but anyone who produces images for the web. We offer a Photoshop for Web Graphics course for a more in-depth look into how to optimise images for the internet.

For advice on SEO for Images read our guide on getting your images ranked on Google Image Search.

Handily, Adobe Photoshop has a feature that allows you to optimise your photos for websites without affecting how an image looks. The tutorial uses a photo as an example but can be used for other images too. I will show you how I turned a 13mb photo direct from a camera into an 86kb photo suitable for the web.

save for web final product

0.6% file size of the original image without compromising on quality

Photoshop’s Save for Web & Devices Feature

‘Save for Web & Devices’ is a commonly overlooked but very useful tool. Most people just use File>Save which does contain resize bar and will tell you the resulting file size. That’s okay but Photoshop has a much better feature that is usually ignored – ‘Save for web & devices’. Read the rest of “Photoshop Tutorial – Save for the Web”