Curves For Color

Use this simple, yet powerful technique for perfectly neutral color, by the numbers
By Wes Pitts
Maybe your white balance setting was off, or you've scanned an old slide, or you were dealing with difficult-to-control mixed light. Or, maybe your image looks pretty good, but you want to be sure you have perfectly neutral color, regardless of how accurately your monitor is calibrated. Working with Photoshop's…

Below The Surface

Explore the creative possibilities of underwater photography
Text & Photography By Elena Kalis
Ten years ago, seeking to extend my traditional art background, I picked up a camera and an underwater housing and started "playing in my backyard" with my young daughter as my model. I was also lucky to live nearby clear, warm water, and soon became fascinated by what I found.…

Night Light

Create stunning landscape astrophotography images
Text & Photography By Adam Woodworth
Welcome to the night sky! Get ready to stay up all night taking in the wonder of the stars. I've been shooting landscape astrophotography for the past four years, and these are some of the most important tips for success. Before we start, I want to note that these images…

Intro To Macro

Explore the fascinating world of close-up photography
Text & Photography By Damon Clarke
Imagine a land ruled by giant eight-eyed creatures the size of a car with long translucent fur, colorful stripes and purple iridescent fangs. Imagine a land where huge balls of glistening water fall from the sky and cling to every surface, magnifying and refracting sunlight, a land where you can…

Photoshop Tip: Automatically Select The In-Focus Area Of Any Image

Believe it or not, Photoshop can tell what’s in focus and what’s not.
By William Sawalich
Last week readers learned about a powerful, efficient, easy-to-use Photoshop selection method called Color Range. This week we'll discuss another tremendous selection tool, in many ways the "sister" to the Color Range since they're found right next to each other in the Select menu. It's called Focus Area, and it…

All About Histograms

How to read a histogram for better exposures and post-production efficiency
By William Sawalich
What exactly is a histogram? In general, it's a way to visualize exposure via a bar graph that displays the luminance values of every pixel in a digital image file. From left to right across the X axis of the graph, pixel brightness values from 0 to 255 are displayed.…
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