Images With Impact

Techniques to enhance the visual experience of a scenic photo
By Rick Sammon
One of my digital photography workshop participants, Gary Potts, strives to make images with impact. That's an admirable goal, and it's something to add to our photo hit list when we're out shooting. Like Gary, I enjoy making images with impact, but that's not always possible. What's more, not every…

Playing With Color

In Photoshop and in Lightroom, as well as in most image-editing apps, we can control the color in our photographs.
By Rick Sammon
In Photoshop and in Lightroom, as well as in most image-editing apps, we can control the color in our photographs. We can increase color by increasing saturation, and we can reduce color by reducing saturation. Increasing contrast can make colors more vibrant, and vice versa, too. Adjusting Levels and Curves…

From Flat To Fairy Tale

When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in.
By Rick Sammon
When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in. For example, a grunge effect may look great on an image of an old car in a junkyard, but that same effect probably wouldn't look so great…

Dramatic Portrait Light

There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject.
By Rick Sammon
There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject. In other words, you can create interesting lighting by creating interesting shadows. And when it comes to shadows, keep this adage in mind: Shadows are the soul of the picture. Here's something else…

Black-And-White Magic

I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here.
By Rick Sammon
I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here. Before we begin talking about the "how" of black-and-white, let's talk about the "why." Here's the original color file from which I created the opening image for this column. I took the shot in Iceland on one…

Quick Fix Fridays: Shadows Are Your Friend

Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background.
By Rick Sammon
Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background. Sometimes, that's good. However, shadows can add a sense of depth and drama, and interest, to an image. Case in point: Here you see how the shadows in the background add to the dramatic mood of the photograph.…
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