How to retouch to ensure the people in your pictures will love the way they look
If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work.
Tips from action sports photographer Justin Kosman
Action sports are bigger than ever these days, and nothing's more exciting than high-flying BMX. Whether it's racing or freestyle, on a half-pipe or on the street, if you've got friends who are into the sport—or maybe you're just curious about it—you might try taking pictures of it.
How a film-era axiom still applies to help you create perfect digital pictures
When I was in high school my photography teacher was quite a character. Mister Colgan challenged students to one-armed pushup contests, and promised that if you were to bring him a box of Cuban cigars and a bottle of Napoleon Brandy he'd give you an A for the semester. As far as I know, nobody ever took him up on either count.
Some flare’s good. This flare’s not. Two simple fixes to keep it at bay
Some lens flare is obvious and dramatic. It produces specular highlights and disembodied orbs and streaks of light—caused by light bouncing around through the optics in your lens—that show up obviously in your pictures.