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,…

Background Control

When I give a photography workshop or a seminar, I tell the students and attendees that the background is just as important as the main subject.
By Rick Sammon
When I give a photography workshop or a seminar, I tell the students and attendees that the background is just as important as the main subject. It can make or break a shot. So, the first thing to consider when making a picture is to determine whether or not the…

RAW Advantage

"RAW rules!" is one of the daily chants at my workshops.
By Rick Sammon
"RAW rules!" is one of the daily chants at my workshops. That’s because I encourage all my workshop participants to always shoot RAW files since you can do more—and rescue more detail in highlight and shadow areas—with RAW files compared to JPEG files. For my professional processing work, I use…

Target Fixes

In the digital darkroom, it’s important to think and work selectively, rather than thinking and working globally.
By Rick Sammon
In the digital darkroom, it’s important to think and work selectively, rather than thinking and working globally. In other words, you usually want to work on only part of an image, rather than on the entire image. In this column, I’ll share a few examples of this thinking and working…
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