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Quick Fix Fridays: Turn Day into Night

This post is about turning a photograph that was taken during the day into one that appears as though it was taken at night.
By Rick Sammon
This post is about turning a photograph that was taken during the day into one that appears as though it was taken at night. It's about altering the reality of a scene and, perhaps most important, having fun with your photography. When we remove the true color from a photograph,…

Archiving With Lightroom

When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed
By William Sawalich
When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed. Well, a few years have passed and I couldn't be happier with Lightroom's organizational capabilities. One of my…

Mastering Intentional Blur

Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad
By William Sawalich
Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad. Whether they're caused by poor focus, camera shake or a fast-moving subject, blur is not usually desirable. But, in some situations blur can actually be a valuable story-telling tool. It can demonstrate the speed of a fast-moving subject, or communicate…

Quick Fix Fridays: Enhancing Shadow And Highlight Detail

When you think about it, every picture you have ever taken, and every picture you will take, has one main element: light.
By Rick Sammon
When you think about it, every picture you have ever taken, and every picture you will take, has one main element: light. Break that down and you have two sub elements: highlights and shadows. When working on a picture in the digital darkroom, controlling and enhancing shadows and highlights is…

Envision The End Result

You know, it doesn't take much to turn a snapshot into a great shot.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
You know, it doesn't take much to turn a snapshot into a great shot. Most of the time, envisioning the end result—what you can do in the digital darkroom—is the key. Hey, if it worked for Ansel Adams (using film and the wet darkroom), it can work for you, too!…

Painting With Light

This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light.
By Rick Sammon
This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light. But first, here's a tip about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject. Instead, create shadows with your lighting. Shadows are the soul of the photograph. Shadows…
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