Idea To Image

Some thoughts on the creative photographic process
By Rick Sammon
All of our photographs start with an idea. After we have our idea, we set a goal on how to create the image we see in our mind’s eye. We shoot, then we process. In this column, I’ll take you through the steps in one of my idea-to-image sessions, during…

Go Wild!

Make your wildlife park pictures look like Out of Africa images
By Rick Sammon
An African photo safari is a dream come true for wildlife photographers. Not all wildlife photographers, however, have the time or the funds to make that dream come true. Still following their love for wildlife photography, photographers who can’t make the trek to Africa enjoy photographing at wildlife parks. With…

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.…
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