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Quick Fix Fridays: Analyze This

As photographers, it's important for us to analyze our images — to see what went right, so we can have repeat successes, as well as to see what went wrong, so we can avoid mistakes.
By Rick Sammon
As photographers, it's important for us to analyze our images — to see what went right, so we can have repeat successes, as well as to see what went wrong, so we can avoid mistakes. To illustrate how we can analyze an image, I thought I'd analyze the opening image…

The Most Important Flash Tip

For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories
By William Sawalich
For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories. Commonly included in that kit is a handheld flash, or speedlight. These flashes mount to the hot-shoe on top of the camera, and are brilliant devices that communicate with the camera via TTL metering…

Quick Fix Fridays: Super Sunset Shots

I hope you get to see some great sunsets over the weekend.
By Rick Sammon
I hope you get to see some great sunsets over the weekend. If you do, here are five quick tips to help you get great shots. #1 Starburst Effect. When the sun is in the frame, set your aperture to f/22 to get the starburst effect. The wider the lens,…

Exposure Solutions: Balance Backlight

Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector.
Text & Photograpahy By Bryan Peterson
Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector. One nice quality of backlight is the illumination at the edges of your subject's hair, creating a warm and healthy appearance. Shoot backlit portraits when the sun is…

Fast Portrait Fixes

Portrait retouching is a fine art in itself, and it can be really time consuming to achieve meticulous results.
By The Editors
Portrait retouching is a fine art in itself, and it can be really time consuming to achieve meticulous results. Using traditional photo software, you'd need to master several of the more challenging techniques—masking, cloning, transform tools and more—to get results like those possible with dedicated portrait enhancement software Portrait Professional.…

New In Lightroom 5

The newest version of Adobe's popular Photoshop Lightroom 5 adds several features that further expand Lightroom's ability to handle the entire photo workflow, from organization to processing and sharing.
By The Editors
UPRIGHT The newest version of Adobe's popular Photoshop Lightroom 5 adds several features that further expand Lightroom's ability to handle the entire photo workflow, from organization to processing and sharing. Two of our favorite new features are Upright and the Advanced Healing brush. These tools make quick work of common…
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