Smoother Skin In Minutes

If you want to be a portrait photographer—whether pro or weekend warrior—you need to know how to light a person for soft and flattering lighting.
By Rick Sammon
If you want to be a portrait photographer—whether pro or weekend warrior—you need to know how to light a person for soft and flattering lighting. You also need to know how to create the soft-focus look in the digital darkroom. The opening picture for this column started out as a…

Blur It!

I don’t know about you, but when I look at a photograph on my monitor, I sometimes wish I had used a different shutter speed (to freeze or blur action) or a different aperture (for more or less depth of field).
By Rick Sammon
I don’t know about you, but when I look at a photograph on my monitor, I sometimes wish I had used a different shutter speed (to freeze or blur action) or a different aperture (for more or less depth of field). Well, in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, accomplishing that feat…

From Drab To Fab In Five Minutes

Check out the color, contrast and sharpness in this picture of a short-eared owl that I photographed with its prey, a small dove, in the Galápagos.
By Rick Sammon
Original Check out the color, contrast and sharpness in this picture of a short-eared owl that I photographed with its prey, a small dove, in the Galápagos. Notice the exposure and the nice composition. Pretty good, don’t you think? Well, the image didn’t start out that way. Here’s the original…

Photographic Time Shifting

I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars.
By Rick Sammon
I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars. I thought, “Man, I wish I had some nighttime shots of those big cats.” Then I thought, “What the heck.” With Photoshop, I easily can make a daytime shot look like…

Expand Your Range

Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans.
By Rick Sammon
ORIGINAL Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans. The opening image was created in Photoshop using basic adjustments, which I applied with Photoshop Adjustment Layers. In my how-to feature in this issue, we consider when to use HDR techniques and the capabilities of specialized…

Exposure Rescues

A confession: I’ve made every photo mistake in the book. But, hey, I’ve been at this game for 331?3 years.
By Rick Sammon
FINAL ORIGINAL A confession: I’ve made every photo mistake in the book. But, hey, I’ve been at this game for 331?3 years. If 331?3 doesn’t mean anything to you, then you’re much younger than I am! Here, I’ll show you techniques for fixing two common mistakes: over- and underexposed images.…
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