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Show Clipping For Black & White

Use this handy Lightroom feature to ensure deep blacks and bright whites
Text & Photography By Wes Pitts
In addition to the histogram, one of the most useful tools for checking your exposure in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is the Show Clipping option. You can toggle it on and off in the View menu or with the keyboard shortcut "J". Show Clipping identifies shadow and highlight areas at…

Pro Black & White Printing

Tips for getting the best results when working with a professional photo lab
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Drew Gurian & Andy Biggs
Before digital, enjoying and sharing photographs meant either slideshows, or more commonly, prints. Printmaking is an art unto itself, and that's no less true in digital photography. Some photographers prefer to master this part of the craft and make their own prints with a fine-art photo printer, but others prefer…

Converting To Black & White

Using Adobe Lightroom’s powerful tools for translating color images to monochrome
By William Sawalich
It's easy to convert a digital image from color to black-and-white. The challenge is to do it well. Replicating the richness of silver-based black-and-white images is the ultimate goal, and while there are lots of options out there, there's one ubiquitous photo management and RAW editing tool that's full of…

Instagramification

Tips for finding an audience with the popular Instagram App
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Tracey Clark
Instagram has become a leading social network with its highly addictive feed of visual candy. Photographers can network with each other, sharing inspiring images and new techniques, and connect with potential clients by showcasing new work on a regular basis. With loose rules, you're free to personally define your own…

HDR Basics

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
By Wes Pitts, Photography By Kevin McCoy
There's a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by "mapping" tone values of each pixel to surrounding pixels, reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. It's a…

Multi-Shot Noise Reduction

As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures.
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures. So, reducing excessive noise, or literally improving the signal-to-noise ratio, is as important as ever. There are plenty of traditional…
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