Room For Improvement

Don’t give up on an image when one element or another isn’t cooperating—consider transforming color photos to monochrome
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Being intentional with my photography is always in the forefront of my mind. My creative process, like many artists, often includes careful consideration and a lot of forethought. In my professional work, that can translate into plotting, planning and time-consuming setup. I can recall working in the studio, capturing portraits…

Minimalism & Monochrome

Bring simplicity and space to your black-and-white photography
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
As we embrace winter, I think about accepting the lack of sunlight and how this affects my photography. The leaves have all fallen, leaving us in the depths of “stick season,” the snow flies and washes out all color. Darkness comes before dinner, and I have hibernation and warm cups…

Five Techniques For B&W Improvement

Not everyone is a great black-and-white photographer from the get-go. These techniques will help refine your monochrome eye.
Text & Photography By Jen Lemen
What does it take to really master black-and-white as a photographer? If the perfect flash or reflector was the only thing required, we’d all be winning prizes by now. No, what’s required is a daily practice where you go straight to your edges and allow yourself to truly explore the…

Winter Photography Warm-Up

Equipment and tips to help you make the most of cold-weather photography
By William Sawalich
Along with the new year, winter has arrived. If you pocketed a little money over the holidays, here’s some suggested equipment you can invest in for your cold weather photography adventures, as well as a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your valuable time outdoors this…

How To Align Layers In Photoshop

Two techniques for perfectly precise alignment of multiple frames in a single file
By William Sawalich
Aligning layers is one of the most common tasks I perform in Photoshop, particularly if I’m trying to composite two exposures or subtly different compositions of the same scene. One approach is simply to move the top layer around, nudging to and fro, until it looks about right, then turning…

Time To Get Connected?

Connected cameras may represent the future of photography. But are they ready for prime time?
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
DxO ONE Olympus AIR A01 The connected camera market launched rather suddenly in 2014 with the arrival of the Sony QX1. A sort of mashup between a lens and a camera, the QX1 attached to a mobile device and used the phone (or tablet) as the brains for image capture…
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