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Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 2

Sending High-Resolution Finished Image Files

Last week we addressed my favorite methods for sending low-resolution proof files to subjects and clients. This week I’ll explain part two of the delivery process: sending those pesky high-resolution finished digital image files. In the early years of the digital revolution, I found myself delivering high-resolution image files to clients on physical... Read more

Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 1

Sending Digital Proofs

Isn’t it great, living in the future? In the old days we only had one option for delivering pictures to our clients: prints. But these days we’ve got all those old options that we can produce from our digital image files (like prints, albums and books) as well as a slew of new options for delivering the actual digital image files. It’s... Read more

You Need A Cable Release

To make sharp pictures, get your hands off your camera with these tools and techniques.

If you go back far enough in the history of photography, you’ll get to a time where photographers absolutely had to use a cable release in order to trigger the shutter. And this was a good thing, as it usually makes for sharper pictures. Consequently large format photographers have been employing cable releases since day one, and they’re... Read more

Beautiful Backlight

Taking and enhancing a backlit shot

Light—it’s the main element in every photograph. It’s light that photographers endlessly chase in the field, strive to create and shape in the studio or artfully enhance in the digital darkroom. It’s light that creates the mood in a scene—and in a photograph. Simply put, it’s all about the light. Light can illuminate a... Read more

If You Can Only Have One Background…

…A white seamless is your best bet. Here’s why.

– When you want your background to look white in pictures, it’s much easier to start with a white background. True, you could dump enough light on a gray background that you overexpose it and make it look white, but this presents a number of challenges that are usually alleviated by simply starting with a white background. –... Read more

Turn A Hollow-Core Door Into A Long-Lasting Studio Reflector

How to DIY a versatile, rolling reflector that’s built to last

Foamcore and insulation sheeting make nice reflectors when you need something large—say, four feet or more in any dimension, and especially if you want a big ol’ 4×8 sheet reflector. But the problem with these paper-based products is that they don’t hold up well to use and abuse. So that’s why at my studio, we discovered that... Read more

The One-Click Trick To Make Photoshop Adjustment Layers More Useful

A tiny little button makes a real big difference with Adjustment Layers

When working with Layers in Photoshop, one of the most powerful tools for lossless editing is the use of adjustment layers. Rather than actually changing the pixels in the content layer (i.e. altering the original image), you can use an adjustment layer to virtually put a filter over the layer and make the layer hold the adjustment for you. Turn off... Read more

Look To The Sky

As a backdrop or even your main subject, explore “skyscapes” to add a different perspective to your scenic photography

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 of continual photo inspiration. Although it may not seem like the most obvious or even... Read more

Photo Exercise: Afar

Leave room in the itinerary to wander off on your own

"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 out into the world. Photography can help us connect with other cultures,... Read more

Altered Reality

Create artistic images with these seven techniques

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 some of the reality, your pictures can look more... Read more

Land Of Ice And Snow

Gear and techniques for photographing glaciers and other “icescapes”

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.... Read more

Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush Auto Mask

Keep an eye out for unwanted artifacts from Lightroom’s automatic masking aid

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, I don’t really like it at... Read more
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