Look To The Sky

As a backdrop or even your main subject, explore “skyscapes” to add a different perspective to your scenic photography
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
No matter where I go, no matter what I do, I find myself shooting skyscapes again and again. My location makes no matter. The sky, to me, never looks the same way twice; vast, expansive, clear, cloudy, blue, pink or even ombré (my favorite), the sky can be a source…

Photo Exercise: Afar

Leave room in the itinerary to wander off on your own
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." —Mary Anne Radmacher While our daily photo practice is mainly focused on capturing the beauty that is nearby and in our everyday lives, there are times when we will take our cameras further…

Altered Reality

Create artistic images with these seven techniques
By Rick Sammon
Most photographers are artists at heart. Some are well aware of their artistic side, while others need a quick fix to awaken the artist within. In this column, I'll share with you seven techniques for creating artistic images by removing some of the reality from a scene—because when you remove…

Land Of Ice And Snow

Gear and techniques for photographing glaciers and other “icescapes”
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
Glaciers and ice formations, with their unique and ever-changing shapes, patterns and textures, offer photographers wonderful photographic opportunities. Due to weather, terrain and reflections, they also offer photographers unique challenges. In this article, I'll cover how to take advantage of those opportunities and how to deal with those challenges. To…

Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush Auto Mask

Keep an eye out for unwanted artifacts from Lightroom’s automatic masking aid
By William Sawalich
Lightroom has a little tool called Automask that lives inside the Adjustment Brush. It's intended to help photographers by making their retouching jobs easier, automatically creating a virtual mask that limits adjustments to an automatically selected area. And while I like the idea of this tool a lot in theory,…

Make A Paint Chip Gray Card

Find a neutral gray paint chip and you’ve got an ideal, inexpensive, easily replaceable white balancing aid
By William Sawalich
The other day, as I was perusing paint chips while trying to select a color to paint my dining room, it occurred to me that these paint chips could be useful for photography. A truly neutral gray paper paint sample would make an ideal inexpensive (i.e. free) and very portable…
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