Balanced Illumination

Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it.
By William Sawalich
Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it. Balancing ambience nicely with flash seems like the mark of a masterful photographer, but it's actually fairly easy once you know the basics. The trick to balancing ambient light with your flash is to think of these two…

Histogram Exposure Adjustments in Lightroom

We all know what a good histogram should look like, right?
By William Sawalich
We all know what a good histogram should look like, right? A "normal" scene should not be too heavily weighted toward the left side of the histogram—the shadow side—or else we risk underexposure. Likewise, a normal scene's histogram shouldn't spike heavily toward the right, the highlight side, or the image…

Taking Wing

Inspiration can come to visit at anytime.
By Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters
Inspiration can come to visit at anytime. There's no telling when something wonderful might fly in and land right in front of our lenses, setting our photographic souls soaring. As for this past spring, inspiration was, indeed, something that flapped, flew and quite literally landed, or perhaps a better word…

Exploring Fall Colors

Capturing the essence of autumn and the change of seasons
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm stands are full of crimson, browns and orange. The cooler wet weather creeps in; we light the first fire in the wood stove and walk slowly into autumn. Welcome to…

The Process Of Processing

On the art of making creative choices after capture
By Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters
Over the years, I've been asked a ton of questions about photo editing. Even beyond the obvious inquiries regarding topics like what editing software I use, I've fielded more philosophical—even ethical—questions about the practice of photo editing. In these conversations, the word that has come up more than any other…

Retouching Multi-Layered Files

The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers
By William Sawalich
The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers. Layers allow you to make edits without ever changing the original image-forming pixels. They sit there undisturbed on the background below. By the time I'm ready to do the…
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