Go With The Flow

Capture the silky water effect with these tips and tools
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
John Lennon said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” When it comes to your photography, it’s your imagination—your creativity—that makes you who you are. That’s very cool. One of the controls we can use to create our own photographic reality is the shutter speed setting on our cameras. With…

Travel with A Purpose

Planning and focus can be the difference between amazing travel photos and a collection of dull snapshots
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Have you ever sat through a friend’s vacation slideshow and dreaded every minute of it? Countless images of cluttered markets, busy landscapes and cliché snapshots blur into oblivion. You nod your head in a daze of encouragement, wanting to be polite, but after the last shot of the cute kid…

Night Light

Create stunning landscape astrophotography images
Text & Photography By Adam Woodworth
Welcome to the night sky! Get ready to stay up all night taking in the wonder of the stars. I've been shooting landscape astrophotography for the past four years, and these are some of the most important tips for success. Before we start, I want to note that these images…

Why Do You Need a Hair Light?

In studio and outdoors, a hair light can help separate a portrait subject from the background
By William Sawalich
One of the best ways to increase the production value on any photograph is to add to the illusion of three-dimensionality. Skilled photographers use depth of field, light and shadow to accomplish this, accentuating shapes and separating subject from background in an effort to make it easier to interpret what’s…

Gel Your Flash To Mix Light Sources

Alleviate color balance issues with a simple gelled-flash technique
By William Sawalich
With all the technological advances Digital SLRs have made in recent years, it may seem like there's literally nothing they can't do. They can automatically select the appropriate ISO, the shutter speed, aperture, white balance, flash exposure… They can do almost everything automatically and perfectly every time. But the one…

Expand Your Range

Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans.
By Rick Sammon
ORIGINAL Look, ma! No HDR (high-dynamic-range) program or HDR plug-in! That’s right, HDR fans. The opening image was created in Photoshop using basic adjustments, which I applied with Photoshop Adjustment Layers. In my how-to feature in this issue, we consider when to use HDR techniques and the capabilities of specialized…
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