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

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

Quick Fix Fridays: Enhancing Shadow And Highlight Detail

When you think about it, every picture you have ever taken, and every picture you will take, has one main element: light.

When you think about it, every picture you have ever taken, and every picture you will take, has one main element: light. Break that down and you have two sub elements: highlights and shadows. When working on a picture in the digital darkroom, controlling and enhancing shadows and highlights is of the utmost importance. Over the years, digital darkroom... Read more

Painting With Light

This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light.

This installment of "Quick Fix" is about creating a dramatic portrait using a technique called painting with light. But first, here’s a tip about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don’t light the entire subject. Instead, create shadows with your lighting. Shadows are the soul of the photograph. Shadows add a sense... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Fill-Flash Shots In A Flash

Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash.

Many long articles have been written on fill-flash, also known as daylight fill-in flash. It’s a technique where you use your flash/speedlite to fill in shadows in harsh and backlit situations. Well my friends, fill-flash really not that difficult. Here’s the quick technique. Set your camera on the Manual exposure mode and adjust the aperture... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Cropping – Your Second Chance At Composition

Edward Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) has been called one of the most innovated and influential American photographers.

Edward Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) has been called one of the most innovated and influential American photographers. He was big on composition, and his quote on composition says it all: "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." When you are looking through your camera’s viewfinder, you decide what’s in the... Read more

Quick Fix Fridays: Extreme HDR

Combine those two situations and you have an awesome HDR (High Dynamic Range) possibility – and challenge.

The most dramatic HDR images are created in situations in which there is an extreme contrast range (differences in brightness levels) – when you are shooting from inside to outside and vice versa, and when you are shooting into the sun. Combine those two situations and you have an awesome HDR (High Dynamic Range) possibility – and challenge. The... Read more

Black & White Basics

Making black-and-white images is easier than ever, thanks to black-and-white adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as black-and-white plug-ins like Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software and Topaz Labs’ B&W Effects.

Making black-and-white images is easier than ever, thanks to black-and-white adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as black-and-white plug-ins like Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software and Topaz Labs’ B&W Effects. Sure, you can play around with the sliders in the programs and plug-ins,... Read more

Waterfalls

This Quick Fix installment is a bit different from my past columns.

This Quick Fix installment is a bit different from my past columns. First, I’ll share some quick digital darkroom fixes for waterfall pictures. Then, I’ll move on to some tips for making the best in-camera waterfall exposures. After all, you must start with the best in-camera image. Always. The opening image for this column, taken in Iceland,... Read more

The Beauty Is In The Details

Our eyes are amazing light receptors—much more amazing than even the top-of-the-line digital SLRs.

Our eyes are amazing light receptors—much more amazing than even the top-of-the-line digital SLRs. We can see a dynamic range of about 13 ƒ-stops, while our digital cameras can only see about five or six ƒ-stops in a single image. That being said, thanks to digital darkroom tools, we can re-create, and even go beyond, that dynamic range, especially... Read more

On-Location Portrait Fixes

We all enjoy creating on-location portraits.

We all enjoy creating on-location portraits. Often, we want to go beyond the straight portrait and add a little digital darkroom magic to enhance the photograph, to create a more dramatic image. In this column, I’ll share techniques that you can use to add some color and drama to your portraits—techniques that can also make your pictures... Read more

A Better Background

In photography, the background can make or break a shot.

In photography, the background can make or break a shot. Therefore, composing a scene in which the subject stands out against the background is important, as is the aperture we choose to control the sharpness or softness of the background. Of course, choosing a background that complements the subject is also important. Many times, however, we’re... Read more
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