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A Better Background

In photography, the background can make or break a shot.
By Rick Sammon
In photography, the background can make or break a shot. Therefore, composing a scene in which the subject stands out against the background is important, as is the aperture we choose to control the sharpness or softness of the background. Of course, choosing a background that complements the subject is…

The Dramatic Portrait

We can take many different types of portraits: soft, dramatic, pleasing, fun, low-key, high-key and so on.
By Rick Sammon
We can take many different types of portraits: soft, dramatic, pleasing, fun, low-key, high-key and so on. From our original captures, we also can create even more dramatic portraits in the digital darkroom. In this column, I'll show you a quick fix for creating a dramatic image from a fairly…

Removing Reality

In this column, I'll share with you a simple technique for removing reality using Photoshop.
By Rick Sammon
John Lennon gave us an all-so-true quote: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." In photography, imagination is the key to a creative image. Removing a bit of the reality sometimes can result in a more artistic and creative image. In this column, I'll share with you a simple technique…

Fix Creative Fatigue

I've been having a blast writing this column for Digital Photo for many years, offering mostly technical tips on digital photography and digital image processing. In the future, I'll continue to talk tech, but for now I'd like to offer some tips on a quick fix for those who have creative fatigue—photographers who feel as though they're in a slump and need some inspiration.
By Rick Sammon
I've been having a blast writing this column for Digital Photo for many years, offering mostly technical tips on digital photography and digital image processing. In the future, I'll continue to talk tech, but for now I'd like to offer some tips on a quick fix for those who have…

Sunrise & Sunset

We all enjoy experiencing beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
By Rick Sammon
We all enjoy experiencing beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We also enjoy "making" sunrise and sunset pictures, rather than just taking pictures. Getting a good image when we're shooting directly into the sun, however, requires three things: Envisioning the end result and thinking ahead about the enhancements that are possible in…

Think Like A Painter

When I give a workshop, I stress to my students the idea of thinking like a painter because painters see and paint light on canvas in a unique and artistic way.
By Rick Sammon
When I give a workshop, I stress to my students the idea of thinking like a painter because painters see and paint light on canvas in a unique and artistic way. I thought—and worked—like a painter to create the opening image for this column, enhancing my original RAW file in…
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