Expand Your Range

Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans.
By Rick Sammon
ORIGINAL Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans. The opening image was created in Photoshop using basic adjustments, which I applied with Photoshop Adjustment Layers. In my how-to feature in this issue, we consider when to use HDR techniques and the capabilities of specialized…

From Flat To Fairy Tale

When you photograph and process your images in the digital darkroom, try to think like a painter
By Rick Sammon
When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in. For example, a grunge effect may look great on an image of an old car in a junkyard, but that same effect probably wouldn't look so great…

Ends Of The Day

Saving and enhancing sunrise and sunset shots
By Rick Sammon
We all love photographing beautiful sunrises and sunsets. When everything comes together—the correct camera settings, the light, the composition, the foreground subject, the background, the mood and the all-important clouds—we get a near-perfect in-camera photograph. Of course, there are times when our photographs need a bit of workin' and playin'…

Beautiful Backlight

Taking and enhancing a backlit shot
By Rick Sammon
Light—it's the main element in every photograph. It's light that photographers endlessly chase in the field, strive to create and shape in the studio or artfully enhance in the digital darkroom. It's light that creates the mood in a scene—and in a photograph. Simply put, it's all about the light.…

Altered Reality

Create artistic images with these seven techniques
By Rick Sammon
Most photographers are artists at heart. Some are well aware of their artistic side, while others need a quick fix to awaken the artist within. In this column, I'll share with you seven techniques for creating artistic images by removing some of the reality from a scene—because when you remove…

Create An Out-Of-This-World Image

Go from average to awesome in just a few minutes
By Rick Sammon
If you're like most photographers, you go to popular locations and attend popular events to make pictures. Not surprisingly, your straight-out-of-the-camera shots may look similar to those of your photographer buddies. Happens to me all the time. A quick fix is to use digital darkroom enhancement to remove or alter…
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