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From digital photo restoration to fine-art conversion, Rick Sammon's Quick Fix column can help you create a masterpiece -- or at least take a truly great photo.

Smoother Skin In Minutes
Enhance your portraiture with these simple skin-softening techniques
Smoother Skin In MinutesIf you want to be a portrait photographer—whether pro or weekend warrior—you need to know how to light a person for soft and flattering lighting.

Blur It!
Change the shutter speed and aperture in Photoshop for creative effects
Blur It!I don’t know about you, but when I look at a photograph on my monitor, I sometimes wish I had used a different shutter speed (to freeze or blur action) or a different aperture (for more or less depth of field).

From Drab To Fab In Five Minutes
Quick steps in photoshop lightroom to add punch and contrast to a flat exposure
From Drab To Fab In Five MinutesCheck out the color, contrast and sharpness in this picture of a short-eared owl that I photographed with its prey, a small dove, in the Galápagos.

Photographic Time Shifting
Change the time of day and date of a picture
Photographic Time ShiftingI recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars.

Expand Your Range
Using common photoshop adjustments for dynamic range enhancements
Expand Your RangeLook, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans.

Exposure Rescues
Save a good shot from a bad exposure
Exposure RescuesA confession: I’ve made every photo mistake in the book. But, hey, I’ve been at this game for 331⁄3 years.

Seeing The Big Picture
Use panoramas to open up tight spaces
Seeing The Big PicturePanoramas usually are associated with sweeping landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes.

HDR To The Rescue
High dynamic range saves the day in high-contrast situations
HDR To The RescueI guess I could have entitled this column, “Ricky’s Believe It or Not!” but “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” already has the corner on fascinating and intriguing stories—and has had that corner since I used to read the column of the same name in the Sunday comics in the 1950s at my grandmother’s apartment.

From Flat To Fab
How basic Photoshop CS4 enhancements can save a shot
From Flat To Fab This is a bad news/good news story—one with a happy ending. This past November, I had the opportunity to travel to the bottom of the world to photograph emperor penguins. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. I planned this trip to Antarctica for a year, and couldn’t wait for the day that I’d be on the ice photographing these magnificent animals.

Quality Of Light
Change the direction, color and mood of the light in your images
Quality Of LightYou may not believe it at first, but all the photographs in this issue of PCPhoto have something in common. That something in common is, of course, light.

Thinking Ahead For Better Photos
Envision the end result, and you’ll see your world differently
Thinking Ahead For Better Photos Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of all time, was big on thinking ahead, or as he put it, envisioning the end result. I’m also big on envisioning the end result, as illustrated by the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that I used to open this column. It’s one of my favorite images from a recent trip.


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