Quick Fix Fridays: Fill-Flash Shots In A Flash

Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash.
By Rick Sammon
Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash. It's a technique where you use your flash/speedlite to fill in shadows in harsh and backlit situations. Well my friends, fill-flash really not that difficult. Here's the quick technique. Set your camera on the Manual exposure…

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…
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