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Ron Leach  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Autumn is our favorite time of year for nature photography, and scenes of colorful reflections on a lake, stream, or pond offer abundant opportunities for capturing spectacular landscape photos.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Adobe recently updated Lightroom CC, their older non-cloud version of the popular desktop app, now called Lightroom Classic CC. Apart from speed improvements, the latest version offers a number of new capabilities. In the video below, you’ll learn how to save time by using the powerful new masking features, 

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

When he graduated with a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design, Scott Hoyle would have been very happy purely pursuing a career in graphic design and illustration. But along the way, something happened. In his senior year, he’d borrowed a camera from a classmate, entered a photo contest—and won a Mamiya Sekor SLR. 

Scott Kelby  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Q. In the July 2017 issue, one of the questions dealt with processing black-and-white images in Lightroom as opposed to shooting black and white in camera. One of your suggestions was using add-on programs in Lightroom such as Nik’s Silver Efex Pro to “open up a whole new world of black-and-white possibilities.” How much more benefit or advantage do you get from using an add-on program versus just learning the advanced features of Lightroom and creating the effects yourself? Is it worth spending the extra money on the add-ons or should you just learn to use Lightroom more efficiently?

Ron Leach  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

One key task when reviewing a new camera is to answer the important question “Who’s it for?” This challenge is a bit more difficult than usual with Nikon’s new Nikon D850 DSLR, because this powerful camera is one that defies classification.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of traveling to an awesome location for landscape photography, only to discover that Mother Nature threw us a curve, with bland, gray skies and boring, dull light. That’s what happened to professional nature photographer Thomas Heaton on a recent trip to Northern Ireland.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the frustrations with Lightroom has been the software’s lack of speed, at least until Adobe’s recent introduction of the new cloud-based Lightroom CC, and an update to the older non-cloud version of Lightroom CC (now called Lightroom Classic CC). 

Ron Leach  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments

The task of editing portrait photos presents a number of challenges, not the least of which is blurring a busy background in an image of a model with complicated strands of hair. But fear not, because image-editing pro Unmesh Dinda is back with this Photoshop tutorial, demonstrating how to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments

There’s a lot going on at Macphun these days: The company’s name is changing to Skylum, indicating they’re no longer a Mac-only software developer, and they just announced their first cross-platform product, in the form of Luminar 2018—a major update to their popular image-editing program for both Mac and Windows computers.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

The 45.7MP Nikon D850 has been one of the hottest cameras on the market since it launched in the late summer. At the PhotoPlus Expo show in New York City last week, we took a closer look at this full frame DSLR with Steve Heiner, Nikon USA’s senior technical manager.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Yesterday we demonstrated how to make better outdoor portraits by balancing ambient light with flash. Today’s lighting tutorial takes a different approach, explaining how to shoot indoor group portraits with a simple on-camera flash technique.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Nighttime cityscapes always look spectacular, with their shimmering lights, colorful neon signs, and towering buildings. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to return home and discover that our images don’t appear as spectacular on the computer as they did on location. 

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Chase Jarvis seems like ideal choice to be one of the first photographers to shoot with Apple’s new iPhone X. He literally wrote the book on camera phone photography.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

We regularly post portrait tutorials, and they typically involve shooting and posing techniques, lighting guidelines, and image-editing tips. In the video below, you’ll get one pro’s take on the best focal length lens for creating pleasing results.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Sigma’s 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens ($799) is part of their Contemporary series that the company says blends “refined optical design” with “compact and lightweight construction.” The lens is available for Canon, Nikon, or Sony DSLRs. Although as a DG lens it is designed for full-frame DSLRs, it can also be used with APS-C sensor cameras, where it produces an equivalent field of view of 150-600mm.

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