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Always Be Sharpening

Raw image files are great, but they come out of the camera half-baked. If you’re not sharpening your RAW image files, your images won’t look their best.

Last month I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some rare birds—raptors, owls and eagles—at a wildlife rehabilitation facility. With a long zoom in hand and a light snow falling, I managed to get a few interesting photos, one of which is included here. I knew in an instant the shot was a keeper, but when I looked at it close up... Read more

Options For Instant-Print Cameras

A guide to great compact cameras that make small prints on the spot

I recently gave my daughter an instant-printing point-and-shoot camera. Seeing how much she loved it, and what a kick she got from making actual photographic prints, reminded me just how much fun I’ve had with instant-printing cameras—especially since the digital era has largely erased the fun of cheap, quick prints from our lives. So in an effort... Read more

Lightroom’s Awesome Painter Tool

Better organize and edit images with that strange little spray paint can

One day you’ll look at your screen while Lightroom is in Library mode, and you’ll think to yourself, “Why is there a can of spray paint at the bottom of the preview pane?” Lightroom’s spray paint can isn’t for painting pictures in Develop mode. It’s actually very useful when it comes to organizing image files in your library. ... Read more

Fighting Chromatic Aberration

Color Fringing: What causes it, how to avoid it, and how to fix it when it appears

I use good glass. Still, sometimes chromatic aberration rears its ugly head. Even with quality lenses, sometimes I see color fringing at the edges of my subjects. And sometimes it’s obnoxiously bright! So how can I keep it from appearing, and can I fix it when it does? – First, what exactly is chromatic aberration? Also known as color fringing... Read more

Tips For Natural Posing

A handful of helpful hints to make posed portraits look a little less formal

What’s that you say? You don’t like the look of posed portraits? You prefer your subjects to look natural and spontaneous? Well that’s great. But did you know that posing still plays a big role in natural and spontaneous portraiture? Some people naturally fall into comfortable and attractive poses. Other people seem to look good no matter how... Read more

The Revert Workaround

How to use Photoshop’s “start over” command without actually starting over

One of my most often-used Photoshop tools is called Revert. Found under the File menu, the Revert command might be thought of as the “throw it all out and start over” tool. That’s how it’s usually used, anyway. Revert discards every edit you’ve made, every last one, since the file was last saved. Or if it hasn’t been saved yet, it will revert... Read more

The Develop Module’s “Solo Mode”

Clean up your interface and streamline your workflow with this simple setting

One of my favorite things about Lightroom is that it’s a one-stop shop for organizing and editing images. I use the program’s Library mode to sort, edit, keyword and generally organize my image files from all of my assignment work and personal photography. Then I simply click over into Develop mode to make edits to my Raw image files—everything... Read more

The Best Lights For Matching Ambience

Easily match ambient light, from tungsten to daylight, with a bi-color LED

In recent years, more and more of my portrait clients have shied away from formal, studio-style poses and lighting, preferring instead a natural, realistic appearance. That means more often I’m working with ambient light—be it daylight, window light, or tungsten-lit interiors—and augmenting it with my own source. In the old days I’d overpower... Read more

The Best Way To Meter Exposure

What you need to know about handheld light meters

Your camera is smart and it gets the exposure nailed 99% of the time. But when you’re a control freak like me, you want absolute dominance over every aspect of your exposure process. And that means you want to be able to effectively meter the light and dial in a manual exposure. People like us need a light meter. I know you could just use the TTL... Read more

The Importance of Preparation (Sort of)

The Secret to Photo Shoot Success: Have a plan, but remain flexible

I’ve long been a believer in being really prepared for my photography assignments. Whatever I may be shooting, I want to have gone over the whole plan in my mind ahead of time, I want to have visualized the shots I plan to make, and I want to make sure I’m prepared for every eventuality. But there’s something else I do too: I make sure I’m ready... Read more

Rectangular Marquee Cropping

Use Photoshop’s marquee tool to quickly break free from a cropping preset

Last week’s tip was all about canvas resizing. This week it gets even more action packed with a tip about a cropping shortcut. Will the excitement ever end? I know these tools may not be particularly glamorous, but they’re immensely practical—the kind of Photoshop shortcuts that I use them on most of the images I work on. So how do you make... Read more

Adjusting Canvas Size with a Batch Process

Photoshop’s Canvas Size tool gets even better once you know how to apply it to several images at one time

Some Photoshop functions seem so simple, what could you possibly have to learn about them? Take Canvas Size for instance. It’s the function found under Photoshop’s Image menu, and it’s most often used to increase the size of the “canvas” on which a digital image file sits. Canvas size is different from image size in that it does not offer... Read more
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