Quick Fix Fridays: Super Sunset Shots

I hope you get to see some great sunsets over the weekend.

I hope you get to see some great sunsets over the weekend. If you do, here are five quick tips to help you get great shots. #1 Starburst Effect. When the sun is in the frame, set your aperture to f/22 to get the starburst effect. The wider the lens, the more pronounced the starburst effect. Also, make sure your lens is totally clean. Even a tiny speck... Read more

Be More Social

Social media has provided a tool to bring everyone together for sharing, commenting, and sending photo and video content instantly

As photographers, we all want to share our photos with an audience, be it our friends and family, clients who hired us, or other photographers. Social media has provided a tool to bring everyone together for sharing, commenting, and sending photo and video content instantly. Through the years, these networks have grown, changed, expanded and multiplied,... Read more

New In Lightroom 5

The newest version of Adobe’s popular Photoshop Lightroom 5 adds several features that further expand Lightroom’s ability to handle the entire photo workflow, from organization to processing and sharing.

UPRIGHT The newest version of Adobe’s popular Photoshop Lightroom 5 adds several features that further expand Lightroom’s ability to handle the entire photo workflow, from organization to processing and sharing. Two of our favorite new features are Upright and the Advanced Healing brush. These tools make quick work of common photo enhancements. UPRIGHT ... Read more
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Exposure Solutions: Balance Backlight

Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector.

Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector. One nice quality of backlight is the illumination at the edges of your subject’s hair, creating a warm and healthy appearance. Shoot backlit portraits when the sun is at a low angle in the sky: early morning... Read more

Fast Portrait Fixes

Portrait retouching is a fine art in itself, and it can be really time consuming to achieve meticulous results.

Portrait retouching is a fine art in itself, and it can be really time consuming to achieve meticulous results. Using traditional photo software, you’d need to master several of the more challenging techniques—masking, cloning, transform tools and more—to get results like those possible with dedicated portrait enhancement software Portrait... Read more

Use A Polarizer On A Cloudy Day

Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right?

Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right? You do it when you want to make blue skies on sunny days look really deep blue. Oh, and you can also use polarizers to eliminate strong reflections, from window glass or even lakes and streams. Those are probably two of the most popular answers, but the truth... Read more

Step Up Your Light

Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights.

Harbor Digital Design Ultimate Light Box Diffuser ProPack Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights. Thanks to wireless communication, multiple flashes can be used together in several groups to produce very sophisticated lighting setups. Just as adding... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Turn Day into Night

This post is about turning a photograph that was taken during the day into one that appears as though it was taken at night.

This post is about turning a photograph that was taken during the day into one that appears as though it was taken at night. It’s about altering the reality of a scene and, perhaps most important, having fun with your photography. When we remove the true color from a photograph, we remove some of the reality. The same is true for removing some... Read more

Mastering Intentional Blur

Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad

Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad. Whether they’re caused by poor focus, camera shake or a fast-moving subject, blur is not usually desirable. But, in some situations blur can actually be a valuable story-telling tool. It can demonstrate the speed of a fast-moving subject, or communicate anxiety with a bit of camera... Read more

Archiving With Lightroom

When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed

When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed. Well, a few years have passed and I couldn’t be happier with Lightroom’s organizational capabilities. One of my favorite features is the way the program allows... Read more