Intro To Macro

Explore the fascinating world of close-up photography
Text & Photography By Damon Clarke
Imagine a land ruled by giant eight-eyed creatures the size of a car with long translucent fur, colorful stripes and purple iridescent fangs. Imagine a land where huge balls of glistening water fall from the sky and cling to every surface, magnifying and refracting sunlight, a land where you can…

Photoshop Tip: Automatically Select The In-Focus Area Of Any Image

Believe it or not, Photoshop can tell what’s in focus and what’s not.
By William Sawalich
Last week readers learned about a powerful, efficient, easy-to-use Photoshop selection method called Color Range. This week we'll discuss another tremendous selection tool, in many ways the "sister" to the Color Range since they're found right next to each other in the Select menu. It's called Focus Area, and it…

All About Histograms

How to read a histogram for better exposures and post-production efficiency
By William Sawalich
What exactly is a histogram? In general, it's a way to visualize exposure via a bar graph that displays the luminance values of every pixel in a digital image file. From left to right across the X axis of the graph, pixel brightness values from 0 to 255 are displayed.…

Make Precise Selections With Photoshop’s Color Range Tool

The simple approach to making crazy-accurate selections a snap
By William Sawalich
When working in Photoshop, accurate selections can be a time-consuming, sometimes confounding challenge. And while there are lots of tools to aid in selecting various parts of a scene, not all of them are as efficient and easy to use as others. If you find yourself always falling back on…

From Flat To Fairy Tale

When you photograph and process your images in the digital darkroom, try to think like a painter
By Rick Sammon
When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in. For example, a grunge effect may look great on an image of an old car in a junkyard, but that same effect probably wouldn't look so great…

Road Lighting Hacks

In a pinch, almost anything can become a light modifier
By William Sawalich
There are a lot of great light modifiers out there. From scrims to grids, diffusers to flags, if you've got the money, you can buy some beautifully constructed items from any number of manufacturers for shaping, modifying and controlling light. At my studio we own quite a few versatile light…
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