Dramatic Black & White

Keys to seeing, shooting and processing monochrome photos
By Rick Sammon
Making beautiful black-and-white images is easier than ever before, thanks to powerful adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as specialized conversion software like Google's Nik Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software, Tonality Pro from Macphun and B&W Effects from Topaz Labs. You can play around with the…

Beautiful Proof

The fine art of turning an honest lens on oneself
By Kristin Zecchinelli Of Shutter Sisters
We live in the age of the "selfie," one-armed snapshots of ourselves, alone or with friends, mugging for our own cameras. The Oxford Dictionaries even named "selfie" 2013's Word of the Year. I think all this duck-lip, doe-eyed snapping is giving the selfie a bad rap. "My typical style of…

Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium
By Tracey Clark
Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There's a poignancy to black-and-white images that's palpable. Maybe it's because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape all seem to…

Lose The Winter Blues

10 ways to capture the unique scenes of the season
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I used to dread October 1 every year. Why? Because I was living in Alaska, and that date seemed to mark the beginning of another long, cold, snowy winter. Birds had left, leaves had fallen, and temperatures had plummeted. After a frantic pace of shooting during the long summers, I…

Creating Faux Infrared In Photoshop

No need for infrared film, filters and processing. You can make any image appear infrared with a few easy editing steps.
By William Sawalich
It’s easier than ever to recreate the look of an infrared black and white photograph with the help of Photoshop. Using a Black & White Adjustment Layer, you can easily turn landscapes and portraits into faux infrared masterpieces. Here’s how. First, open your image file in Photoshop and keep it…

Add Pop to Portraits in Post

Soft lighting is flattering, but a little drama can add interest
By William Sawalich
I’m always striving to keep my portraits from being flat and boring. Consequently I find myself reaching for harder, contrastier light sources to give my photos pop and pizazz. The problem is, contrasty lights don’t look good on everybody. On most people, in fact, they accentuate wrinkles and blemishes and…
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