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Winter Photography Do’s And Don’ts

Winter brings unique outdoor photography opportunities. It also requires a bit more forethought to keep photographer and equipment warm and dry.
I know it can be difficult to get out and take pictures this time of year when cold weather makes it much more comfortable to stay warm and dry indoors. But the payoffs for making the effort to get out and photograph outdoors in winter can be well worth it. Here are a few ways to keep yourself and your equipment safe and warm when photographing outdoors... Read more

Better Compositions With Natural Framing

Shooting past foreground elements not only adds interest to a scene, it can add to the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional image as well
Better Compositions With Natural Framing
There are lots of compositional rules designed to help photographers create stronger, more interesting compositions that drive the viewer’s eyes directly to the center of interest. One of the simplest, most powerful and easiest of these to apply is natural framing. By identifying real-world objects that you can “shoot through” and incorporate... Read more

Fit One Filter To Several Lenses

Step-up rings affordably and easily adapt a single filter to fit lenses of different sizes
Fit One Filter To Several Lenses
Everybody loves buying new lenses, right? Well, maybe not laying out the cash investment in new glass, but certainly the enjoyment of using a new great lens. The only problem with adding a new lens to your arsenal, whether you’re switching camera systems or just adding a single prime to your existing kit, is that you need some other new accessories... Read more

Wintertime Portraits With Window Light

Stay warm this winter without sacrificing natural light by shooting beautiful portraits indoors
If you’re like me, you love the look of natural light portraiture. There’s a spontaneity and natural feel to it, and when it works well it looks absolutely beautiful. The problem is, for many of us across the U.S. winter isn’t conducive to shooting outdoors. We’re forced to move inside, where working with natural light gets trickier. Fear... Read more

New Features In Lightroom Classic CC

What you need to know to make the most of the new tools in Adobe’s Flagship for RAW file processing and image management
Adobe has added several new features to Lightroom Classic CC in the last few months, and the updates add some pretty cool functionality that makes it not only easier to work with images the way you want to, but more importantly to improve the results that are visible in your pictures. Here’s a look at the best of what’s new and how you can put it... Read more

New Year’s Resolutions For Photographers

Five things to resolve right now that will make this a great year to be a photographer
The year is still new and hopefully so is your resolve. If you haven’t yet made your own new year’s resolutions and you’re not looking to exercise more, eat right or spend more quality time with your family, consider making a few new year’s resolutions that might make you a better photographer. Here are five simple suggestions to help get you... Read more

An Awesome And Affordable Soft Light Source

Build your own beautiful diffuse light source simply and inexpensively with LED bulbs and paper lanterns
A longtime tried and true soft lighting technique is to use round paper lanterns, also called Chinese lanterns or China balls, to create affordable diffuse light sources. These light modifiers are especially useful when grouped together to create a large area of even lighting—like a cloud or a skylight right there in your studio. What’s unique about... Read more

Preserve Details When Upscaling Photoshop Images

A new technology hidden in Photoshop makes turning small image files into big ones better than ever
Sometimes your image file isn’t as big as you’d like it to be. Perhaps you have a 20-megapixel camera but you have poster-print aspirations. Or maybe when the decisive moment came you had on a too-wide lens or were too far away. In either case, you’ll need to upscale your image. That task has long been fairly straightforward in Photoshop, though... Read more

No Macro Lens? No Problem!

Five ways to make close-up photos without a macro lens
The best method for making close-up photographs of small objects is with a dedicated, fixed focal length, macro lens. Although some cameras and zoom lenses are touted as having macro capabilities because they can focus close, a true macro lens creates 1:1 magnification, rendering subjects on the sensor as big or bigger than life size. (Slightly less... Read more

Restore An Antique Photo With Photoshop

The effect is huge, and the technique is surprisingly simple
From 1980s family snapshots to 1880s family heirlooms, many of us have old photos in need of repair. Even images with significant creasing, pitting, discoloration and tears can be restored with just a few simple Photoshop tools. You don’t have to be a Photoshop expert to make massive repairs to damaged old photos. You just have to be patient. Here’s... Read more

Creative Use Of Lightroom’s Dehaze Slider

One simple slider can add punch and pop by boosting contrast and color, as well as pulling details out of the fog
Creative Use Of Lightroom’s Dehaze Slider
Do you know about the Dehaze Slider? It was added to Lightroom a few years back and became a hidden gem so beloved that in a recent upgrade, Adobe moved the slider to a more prominent position in Lightroom CC’s Develop module. So now you may have noticed it there, front and center, right beneath the Clarity Slider on the Presence panel. But what,... Read more

Photographing Architecture Without Special Equipment

Three techniques for making great shots of structures while traveling or any time you find yourself without specialized equipment on hand
Tips For Photographing Architecture Without Special Equipment
From simple tripods to more specialized perspective control lenses, there’s lots of equipment that’s standard for photographing architecture. So, what do you do if you don’t have access to these special pieces of equipment—while traveling, for instance? Here are a few useful techniques when you find yourself photographing architecture without... Read more