Digital image files are sharp, but those image files can—and should—be made to appear even sharper. RAW shooters have to apply sharpness adjustments to make their RAW images look their best, while JPEG captures have some level of in-camera sharpening automatically applied.
How pro Kurt Budliger uses a high-tech tool to make better landscapes
When I interviewed landscape photographer Kurt Budliger earlier this year for a story in Outdoor Photographer magazine, he described the making of a great image in his portfolio with help from a decidedly high-tech, Internet-era accessory: Google Earth.
A simple paintbrush eliminates shiny skin in 30 seconds or less
I know very little about makeup. As a man, I seldom wear it. That means I'm not especially comfortable suggesting ways for women to modify their makeup when they look a little shiny on camera. Telling a man to put on makeup… well that's even worse.
I’m not a birder, but the idea of a leisurely stroll through the woods with camera in hand sounds pretty appealing to me. Problem is, I have no idea where to even begin considering how to photograph birds. So I called on an expert for help.
My wife just said to me, "A lot of pictures from my new camera look blurry." And I responded, "What sort of blurry?" And that's when I realized: blurry is blurry to a whole lot of folks, but photographers know there are a dozen different types of blurry.
How depth of field works, and how you can use it to your advantage
Depth of field is something you learn about in week one of an introductory photo class. Although it's simple in principle, it can also be fairly complex. It's that dichotomy that makes it equal parts understandable and baffling.
Photoshop post-production tips for improved portraits of people wearing glasses
No matter how diligent you are about eliminating reflections on eyeglasses while shooting, sometimes a stray highlight still sneaks through. This is especially true if you’re shooting with a large softbox or window light, and even more probable if your subject is wearing Coke-bottle lenses.
How to make the most of summer’s evening photo opportunities
One of my favorite things about summer photography is getting outside in the warm evening air and photographing the sunset. Whether it's the sunset as the subject itself—a bold, beautiful sky filled with colorful cloud formations...
Minimize reflections with a light positioned just right
If you take pictures of people, especially posed portraits, you're going to run into a problem pretty quickly: Some people wear eye glasses. And as soon as you start illuminating a face adorned by glasses you're going to see why it's a problem: they often create distracting reflections. So here's how to minimize eyeglass reflections when photographing a bespectacled face.
Photoshop’s Channels palette can help create beautiful, luminous skin very easily
I make portraits for a living. That means my ability to create realistic, believably retouched photographs is crucial if I want to continue eating. But that's in tension with my clients, who want to look absolutely perfect all the time.
How to make the most of the ultimate go-everywhere pocket camera.
The day has come. I refused to believe for the longest time that I'd ever write about using a telephone in lieu of a "real" camera, but if there's anything the internet has taught us it's that not only is the best camera the one you've always got with you, but in fact the camera in the iPhone is capable of doing things digital cameras couldn't do as recently as a decade ago.