Seeing In Black & White

How to determine what types of scene characteristics will create compelling black-and-white images
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
As much as I like color, there’s just something that’s compelling about black-and-white images. Maybe it’s the purity, grit or tension, but black-and-white continues to be a popular medium in photography. Thanks to digital capture, we can convert any image into black-and-white, but not all color images are created equal…

Photoshop’s Top Time-Saving Automation Tools

How to record actions and use batch processing to speed up a workflow
By William Sawalich
Recording actions and batch processing are, in my opinion, Photoshop’s best time-saving features. Any time you’ve got a repetitive task to perform, a recorded action makes it quicker. Any time you’ve got that repetitive task, or a series of tasks, to perform on more than one image file, batch processing…

Minimalism & Monochrome

Bring simplicity and space to your black-and-white photography
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
As we embrace winter, I think about accepting the lack of sunlight and how this affects my photography. The leaves have all fallen, leaving us in the depths of “stick season,” the snow flies and washes out all color. Darkness comes before dinner, and I have hibernation and warm cups…

Five Techniques For B&W Improvement

Not everyone is a great black-and-white photographer from the get-go. These techniques will help refine your monochrome eye.
Text & Photography By Jen Lemen
What does it take to really master black-and-white as a photographer? If the perfect flash or reflector was the only thing required, we’d all be winning prizes by now. No, what’s required is a daily practice where you go straight to your edges and allow yourself to truly explore the…

Winter Photography Warm-Up

Equipment and tips to help you make the most of cold-weather photography
By William Sawalich
Along with the new year, winter has arrived. If you pocketed a little money over the holidays, here’s some suggested equipment you can invest in for your cold weather photography adventures, as well as a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your valuable time outdoors this…

How To Align Layers In Photoshop

Two techniques for perfectly precise alignment of multiple frames in a single file
By William Sawalich
Aligning layers is one of the most common tasks I perform in Photoshop, particularly if I’m trying to composite two exposures or subtly different compositions of the same scene. One approach is simply to move the top layer around, nudging to and fro, until it looks about right, then turning…
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