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…

Drab To Fab

In this installment of Quick Fix, I'll cover some of my favorite Photoshop features.
By Rick Sammon
In this installment of Quick Fix, I'll cover some of my favorite Photoshop features. Don't worry if you don't have Photoshop since many of these features or similar effects are found in other imaging programs. Okay, here are the features I'll cover: Adobe Camera Raw, Shadows/Highlights, Lens Correction, Levels, Sharpening,…

Supersize Me

Does this sound familiar? You get a great shot of a subject, but the subject doesn't fill the frame.
By Rick Sammon
Does this sound familiar? You get a great shot of a subject, but the subject doesn't fill the frame. You want to make a cropped enlargement of the subject, but you think that upsizing the smaller portion of the frame will result in a soft, noisy and pixelated image. If…

HDR Without HDR Software

Okay, I admit it. I used the title for this column to grab your attention.
By Rick Sammon
Okay, I admit it. I used the title for this column to grab your attention. Of course, there are times when using specialized High Dynamic Range (HDR) software is a must to create a true HDR image—very high-contrast scenes require multiple bracketed exposures to produce a single HDR shot. However,…
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