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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

Photoshop’s Top Time-Saving Automation Tools

How to record actions and use batch processing to speed up a workflow

Recording actions and batch processing are, in my opinion, Photoshop’s best time-saving features. Any time you’ve got a repetitive task to perform, a recorded action makes it quicker. Any time you’ve got that repetitive task, or a series of tasks, to perform on more than one image file, batch processing will save the day. Let’s say you always... Read more

Winter Photography Warm-Up

Equipment and tips to help you make the most of cold-weather photography

Along with the new year, winter has arrived. If you pocketed a little money over the holidays, here’s some suggested equipment you can invest in for your cold weather photography adventures, as well as a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your valuable time outdoors this winter. COLD IS GOOD…TO A POINT You want your camera cold, but not... Read more

How To Align Layers In Photoshop

Two techniques for perfectly precise alignment of multiple frames in a single file

Aligning layers is one of the most common tasks I perform in Photoshop, particularly if I’m trying to composite two exposures or subtly different compositions of the same scene. One approach is simply to move the top layer around, nudging to and fro, until it looks about right, then turning off the layer visibility to check the alignment. This is,... Read more
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