Lightroom’s Awesome Painter Tool

Better organize and edit images with that strange little spray paint can
By William Sawalich
One day you'll look at your screen while Lightroom is in Library mode, and you’ll think to yourself, “Why is there a can of spray paint at the bottom of the preview pane?” Lightroom’s spray paint can isn’t for painting pictures in Develop mode. It’s actually very useful when it…

Step Up To Adjustment Layers

Improve brightness, contrast and color with Photoshop’s simplest and most powerful nondestructive editing tools
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
One of the many things that makes Photoshop so powerful is its ability to facilitate nondestructive image editing. Traditionally, anytime a pixel is altered—even if it’s just an adjustment to its luminance or color—image data has been modified in a way that can’t be undone. Additional edits degrade data even…

Fighting Chromatic Aberration

Color Fringing: What causes it, how to avoid it, and how to fix it when it appears
By William Sawalich
I use good glass. Still, sometimes chromatic aberration rears its ugly head. Even with quality lenses, sometimes I see color fringing at the edges of my subjects. And sometimes it’s obnoxiously bright! So how can I keep it from appearing, and can I fix it when it does? - First,…

Tips For Natural Posing

A handful of helpful hints to make posed portraits look a little less formal
By William Sawalich
What’s that you say? You don’t like the look of posed portraits? You prefer your subjects to look natural and spontaneous? Well that’s great. But did you know that posing still plays a big role in natural and spontaneous portraiture? Some people naturally fall into comfortable and attractive poses. Other…

Focus On The Details

Create unique images of the natural world using your smartphone
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Photography is a powerful tool. We wield our cameras with the possibility to share a different perspective of the world. In this day of instant everything, I find myself taking a majority of daily photos with my smartphone. This little device has become a great resource for documentation, and it…

Crafting A Monochrome Image

Plug-ins aren’t your only software solution when converting to black-and-white. Try the power of Lightroom and Photoshop for sophisticated results.
Text & Photography By Ellis Vener
There are some excellent monochrome plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, but it’s not necessary to use these plug-ins to get great monochrome conversions; you just need the native controls. While plug-ins like Google’s Nik Silver Efex Pro, ON1 Photo 10, Alien Skin Exposure 7, Tiffen Dfx v4, Macphun Tonality,…
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