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Ron Leach  |  Jul 28, 2021  |  0 comments

One characteristic that separates most photographers from the truly greats is that heavy hitters typically have a distinctive and easily recognizable style. Often that’s accomplished by a mastery of technique, sometime it has to do with unique subject matter, and other times a special approach to image editing creates that special style.

Henry Anderson  |  Jul 27, 2021  |  0 comments

The Tone Curve tool, as we've explained before, is one of the most powerful and effective editing tools in all of Lightroom. But it's also one of the most intimidating.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 26, 2021  |  0 comments

When one of our favorite image-editing instructors says, “This is one of Photoshop’s most powerful features,” it’s time to stop and listen. And when he demonstrates how to use this tool in barely five minutes, we’re definitely paying attention.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Neutral Density (ND) filters are among the most popular tools for nature and landscape photographers because of the versatility they provide in setting exposure. By limiting the amount of light entering a lens, ND filters permit shooting at very slow shutter speeds under bright light, for creative effects like soft-flowing water, cotton-like clouds, light trails and more.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 21, 2021  |  0 comments

Whether you’re photographing an experienced model or a member of your family, simple portraits can be a lot of fun. But even with an attractive subject, skin blemishes can spoil an otherwise great shot.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 21, 2021  |  0 comments

Sometimes you capture what you think is a beautiful image, only to look at it on the computer and realize it’s simply not sharp. There are a number of third-party apps and plug-ins that do a good job of fixing this problem, but you can actually get great results using Photoshop with the following advice.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 20, 2021  |  0 comments

Outdoor photographers love shooting at “Blue Hour”—that quiet, moody time just before dawn or after sunset. That’s because images take on a soft, ephemeral glow before the sun rises in the morning or drops below the horizon at night.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 19, 2021  |  0 comments

One of the basic rules of composition, that’s even familiar to most beginning photographers, is to avoid framing a shot so a tree, fence post or telephone pole appears to be emanating from a subject’s head. But what about those ugly power lines running across the sky, that seem to be everywhere we look?

Sponsored  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments

In this article we look at one of the lesser known but, nevertheless, incredibly useful and simple-to-use features in the new PortraitPro 21 – background replacement. Background replacement allows you to instantly isolate the subject and place them on a new background that fits the purpose of the photoshoot and your creative goals - be it moody scenes or studio to outdoors transformations.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments

Photographers of all skill levels are using Instagram these days to showcase their work, and some pros even use this platform as an online portfolio. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, there are few things you need to know.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 14, 2021  |  0 comments

Commercial photographer Joel Grimes has been making outstanding images for over 30 years, so when he says there’s one simple Photoshop tool he “can’t live without, we stop and pay attention. And while this “essential” tool isn’t exactly a secret, Grime’s uses it in a unique way.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2021  |  0 comments

Photoshop has a bunch of powerful hidden tools, and there’s one that image-editing expert Colin Smith calls a “Magic Button” that will instantly fix colors in an image. If your guess is we’re speaking of the Auto Color Tool, think again!

Ron Leach  |  Jul 12, 2021  |  0 comments

Blue hour, that magical time just before sunrise or sunset, is usually a great time to shoot. With the sun just below the horizon, beautiful blue tones bathe the landscape and create a dreamy soft glow.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 08, 2021  |  0 comments

Adobe is constantly updating Photoshop and Lightroom, and usually that’s a good thing—with helpful new features and streamlined performance. Every so often, however, something gets screwed up, and familiar tools no longer work as they should.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 07, 2021  |  0 comments

Summer means stormy weather, with threatening thunderstorms that offer great opportunities for dramatic landscape imagery—especially when lightning is involved. The challenge to coming up with dramatic photographs is dealing with the complex lighting conditions that electrical storms present.

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