Tilt-Shift Focus Effects

Create super-shallow depth of field with tilt-shift lenses and their Photoshop equivalents
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
Tilt-shift lenses are often used for architecture and product photography. The “correct” way to use a tilt-shift lens is to adjust the lens elements in order to minimize distortion or to shift the plane of focus for massive depth of field. But breaking the rules with a tilt-shift lens is…

Photo Exercise: Simplicity

Less can be more for stronger, meaningful images
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
Contrary to our natural inclination to fit as many elements as possible into the frame, keeping things simple can result in images that are strong, purposeful and soulful. Simple doesn’t have to be boring. A single subject against a clean background can be utterly captivating. We can achieve simple and…

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,…

Adjusting Canvas Size with a Batch Process

Photoshop’s Canvas Size tool gets even better once you know how to apply it to several images at one time
By William Sawalich
Some Photoshop functions seem so simple, what could you possibly have to learn about them? Take Canvas Size for instance. It’s the function found under Photoshop’s Image menu, and it’s most often used to increase the size of the “canvas” on which a digital image file sits. Canvas size is…

Transforming (Weaker) Images With B&W

Black-and-white has the magical power of rescuing some images that didn’t quite make it as color photos, if you know how to look at them
Text & Photography By Jen Lemen
Long gone are the days when photographers shot with black-and-white film and developed it in a darkroom or waited for the technicians to send our rolls back so we could see once and for all what magic our lens wrought in that tricky, elusive medium. Because digital cameras capture in…

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…
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