Holiday Scenes & Portraits

The holidays are here, and no matter what you celebrate, you’re sure to enjoy photographing holiday lighting displays.

The holidays are here, and no matter what you celebrate, you’re sure to enjoy photographing holiday lighting displays. Here are some easy tips to make good exposures. 1. Use a tripod. Tripods make almost every image better, but for night and low-light indoor exposures, they’re essential. If I don’t have a tripod, I’ll settle for resting my camera... Read more

Winter Photo Tips

I always look forward to the holiday season. Everyone has time off from work, the mood is festive and snow is falling through the air.

I always look forward to the holiday season. Everyone has time off from work, the mood is festive and snow is falling through the air. The holidays are also a great time for photography. Beautiful winter scenes are plentiful, parties provide portrait opportunities and holiday lights produce colorful twilight images. This winter season, make sure to... Read more

Better B&W With Digital Toning

Long ago in the darkroom, just when I thought I understood black-and-white printing, my teacher introduced another challenge: toning.

Long ago in the darkroom, just when I thought I understood black-and-white printing, my teacher introduced another challenge: toning. Toning adds a hint of color to a chemical print and can aid in its archival stability by augmenting silver with more stable metals. In the digital world, toning has nothing to do with archival processing, but the technique... Read more
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Blur It!

I don’t know about you, but when I look at a photograph on my monitor, I sometimes wish I had used a different shutter speed (to freeze or blur action) or a different aperture (for more or less depth of field).

I don’t know about you, but when I look at a photograph on my monitor, I sometimes wish I had used a different shutter speed (to freeze or blur action) or a different aperture (for more or less depth of field). Well, in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, accomplishing that feat is sometimes possible—to a degree. In this column I’ll show you how... Read more

Thinking In Video

Chances are, if you recently bought a digital still camera, it also has the ability to shoot video.

Chances are, if you recently bought a digital still camera, it also has the ability to shoot video. Not only that, but the quality of the video is really good. The digital camera race has shifted from the megapixel count to video quality. Why the big shift? Because exciting creative techniques are possible using interchangeable-lens cameras. If you... Read more

A Sharper Image

A common misunderstanding about image sharpening is that it can save a blurry or out-of-focus image.

A common misunderstanding about image sharpening is that it can save a blurry or out-of-focus image. It can’t. Sharpening tools can do a lot to enhance your pictures, but don’t try to use it to fix an out-of-focus original. That said, all images shot digitally, regardless of how well you capture them, usually require some sharpening to match... Read more

RAW Workflow Basics

Capturing digital photos in RAW mode provides a variety of benefits, such as the ability to fine-tune color temperature after capture, greater exposure latitude than JPEG capture and the opportunity to work with high-bit data.

Capturing digital photos in RAW mode provides a variety of benefits, such as the ability to fine-tune color temperature after capture, greater exposure latitude than JPEG capture and the opportunity to work with high-bit data. Despite these benefits, many photographers opt for JPEG capture because RAW is perceived as being overly complicated. The truth... Read more

Shooting For Action

There’s nothing more thrilling in sports photography than nailing the climactic moment in a still image.

For sports with movement that’s less predictable, by using zone focusing, you can set up your aperture and focus to cover an area where your subject will most likely end up. There’s nothing more thrilling in sports photography than nailing the climactic moment in a still image. For an athlete, those moments might only last a second, but when a great... Read more

Creative Wedding Photos

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take.

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take. For photographers who excel at it, like Laura Pineda, owner of Alternate Angles Photography, it’s a passion. You can hear the excitement in Pineda’s voice when she talks about weddings, and with 15 years of experience, she’s a master of capturing special... Read more

Key Steps to A Better Print

Printing photographs well is both an art and a science. The science of printing involves all of the technology made for inks, papers and printers. It also includes monitor calibration, color profiles and other printing technology built into your software and computer.

Printing photographs well is both an art and a science. The science of printing involves all of the technology made for inks, papers and printers. It also includes monitor calibration, color profiles and other printing technology built into your software and computer. The art of printing is based on how you look at a print and how you tweak that... Read more

Content-Aware Fill

We’ve all taken images that are perfect except for some unwanted element in the frame.

We’ve all taken images that are perfect except for some unwanted element in the frame. Whether we had no choice but to compose it into the frame—or it just “snuck” in—removing objects from an image typically involves detailed masking and careful cloning. The newest version of Photoshop CS5 addresses this time-consuming work with a powerful... Read more

Photo Storytelling

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs?

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs? A well-crafted photo essay is the answer. Travel magazine photo editors will tell you “a location isn’t a story.” In other words, you can’t suggest an idea to a publication by saying, “I want to do a story on Italy.” You need to choose a topic and focus on it. Applying... Read more
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