Stranger In A Strange Land

When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience. Yes, that experience comes with some challenges, but it's pictures of people that make slideshows and web galleries come alive. Strong portraits,…

Make A Photo Book

After a trip to Moscow in the summer of 2000, I had two choices on how to catalog my travel photos to show off to my friends and family.
By Ashley Myers-Turner
After a trip to Moscow in the summer of 2000, I had two choices on how to catalog my travel photos to show off to my friends and family. The first involved sliding photos into crinkly plastic photo sleeves; the second, pulling out glue sticks, scissors and craft paper for…

Three Great Uses For A 50% Gray Layer

The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing
By William Sawalich
The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing. Any edit you make doesn't irretrievably change the actual image-forming pixels, but rather these edits happen on layers above the original, unmodified background. A layer filled with 50% gray, when combined with a…

Liquid Landscapes

Create evocative images from watery surfaces
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Reflections are the beauty of a childhood imagined. The daydream of life captured in a flash of sunlight and sea sparkle. I dig turning the world on its end, diving inside and outside to peek beneath and beyond the ordinary world I face every day. The dreaminess of a reflection…

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…

How To Find A Lens’ Sharpest Aperture

There’s an old photographer’s rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open
By William Sawalich
There's an old photographer's rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open. That means on a lens with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, the sharpest aperture is likely to be around ƒ/8. In practice, it's different with…
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