Beautiful Backlight

Taking and enhancing a backlit shot
By Rick Sammon
Light—it's the main element in every photograph. It's light that photographers endlessly chase in the field, strive to create and shape in the studio or artfully enhance in the digital darkroom. It's light that creates the mood in a scene—and in a photograph. Simply put, it's all about the light.…

Altered Reality

Create artistic images with these seven techniques
By Rick Sammon
Most photographers are artists at heart. Some are well aware of their artistic side, while others need a quick fix to awaken the artist within. In this column, I'll share with you seven techniques for creating artistic images by removing some of the reality from a scene—because when you remove…

Create An Out-Of-This-World Image

Go from average to awesome in just a few minutes
By Rick Sammon
If you're like most photographers, you go to popular locations and attend popular events to make pictures. Not surprisingly, your straight-out-of-the-camera shots may look similar to those of your photographer buddies. Happens to me all the time. A quick fix is to use digital darkroom enhancement to remove or alter…

Dramatic Black & White

Keys to seeing, shooting and processing monochrome photos
By Rick Sammon
Making beautiful black-and-white images is easier than ever before, thanks to powerful adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as specialized conversion software like Google's Nik Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software, Tonality Pro from Macphun and B&W Effects from Topaz Labs. You can play around with the…

Enhancing The Light

Shooting and processing tips for luminous images
By Rick Sammon
Photographers are basically light chasers—we get up early and stay out late to seek out and capture the best light. When we find that light, we look for a cool subject and determine our composition. We shoot knowing that image capture is just the start of the image-making process. When…

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…
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