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…

On-Location Portrait Fixes

We all enjoy creating on-location portraits.
By Rick Sammon
We all enjoy creating on-location portraits. Often, we want to go beyond the straight portrait and add a little digital darkroom magic to enhance the photograph, to create a more dramatic image. In this column, I'll share techniques that you can use to add some color and drama to your…

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…
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