Painting With Light

This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light.
By Rick Sammon
This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light. But first, here's a tip about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject. Instead, create shadows with your lighting. Shadows are the soul of the photograph. Shadows…

Quick Fix Fridays: Cropping – Your Second Chance At Composition

Edward Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) has been called one of the most innovated and influential American photographers.
By Rick Sammon
Edward Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) has been called one of the most innovated and influential American photographers. He was big on composition, and his quote on composition says it all: "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." When you are looking through your camera's viewfinder, you…

Quick Fix Fridays: Extreme HDR

Combine those two situations and you have an awesome HDR (High Dynamic Range) possibility – and challenge.
By Rick Sammon
The most dramatic HDR images are created in situations in which there is an extreme contrast range (differences in brightness levels) – when you are shooting from inside to outside and vice versa, and when you are shooting into the sun. Combine those two situations and you have an awesome…

Black & White Basics

Making black-and-white images is easier than ever, thanks to black-and-white adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as black-and-white plug-ins like Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software and Topaz Labs' B&W Effects.
By Rick Sammon
Making black-and-white images is easier than ever, thanks to black-and-white adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as black-and-white plug-ins like Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software and Topaz Labs' B&W Effects. Sure, you can play around with the sliders in the programs and plug-ins,…

Waterfalls

This Quick Fix installment is a bit different from my past columns.
By Rick Sammon
This Quick Fix installment is a bit different from my past columns. First, I'll share some quick digital darkroom fixes for waterfall pictures. Then, I'll move on to some tips for making the best in-camera waterfall exposures. After all, you must start with the best in-camera image. Always. The opening…

The Beauty Is In The Details

Our eyes are amazing light receptors—much more amazing than even the top-of-the-line digital SLRs.
By Rick Sammon
Our eyes are amazing light receptors—much more amazing than even the top-of-the-line digital SLRs. We can see a dynamic range of about 13 ƒ-stops, while our digital cameras can only see about five or six ƒ-stops in a single image. That being said, thanks to digital darkroom tools, we can…
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