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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.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2021  |  0 comments

One of the first things photographers do when editing images is reduce noise and sharpen soft photos. And while there’s a bunch of helpful apps that address these tasks, the video below describes what one expert says is the “quintessential” method of accomplishing both jobs in Lightroom.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  0 comments

Handheld photography under low-light conditions often involves extremely high ISO settings that you’d never use under any other conditions. But taking this approach typically results in those ugly artifacts we call “noise.”

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2021  |  0 comments

Most photographers would rather be out shooting than sitting behind a computer editing dozens of images. One way to dramatically reduce processing time and get back out in the field is to “batch process” your photos.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Every so often we come upon a simple-and-effective processing technique that will make a big difference in outdoor photographs. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the seven-minute tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments

Whether you prefer portraiture, macro, or tabletop photography, it’s nice to have a choice of backdrops to make your images stand out. Unfortunately, many of us shoot against a plain wall because we can’t afford to invest in backdrops of various colors.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2021  |  0 comments

What if you arrive at a location, only to encounter atmospheric that obscures important objects in the background, reduces details throughout the scene, and basically ruins your shot? You can either return on a better day, or take a few photos and fixed them in Photoshop with the simple technique below.

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