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…

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…
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