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Dan Havlik  |  Feb 15, 2019  |  0 comments

Tilt-shift photography can be incredibly striking, providing a miniaturized effect to your subject that’s unforgettable. But it’s not an effect you want all the time, which is part of the reason why buying an actual tilt-shift lens might be an unnecessary investment.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 16, 2018  |  0 comments

You might already know how to do “dodging and burning” techniques in Lightroom to tweak the exposure of your images, but here’s a way to do it even better thanks to a special new feature called Luminance Range Masking. In the video below, Aaron Nace of Phlearn explains how to “dodge and burn quickly and accurately in Lightroom using luminance range mask.”

Ron Leach  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  0 comments

In many parts of the country it feels like we’re still in the throes of summer, but fall is right around the corner with all the changing colors that make autumn such a great time for nature photography.

Dan Havlik  |  May 01, 2018  |  0 comments

Julia Trotti is a photographer we feature a lot on Shutterbug.com because she always has a great way of explaining how she captures her professional quality portraits. Trotti’s the first to admit though that much of her time is spent in Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing her images to get them exactly the way she wants.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Software guru Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE is who we turn to for helpful tutorials on how to better use those all-powerful and often confusing imaging programs known as Photoshop and Lightroom. You’ve heard of them, right?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 12, 2019  |  0 comments

They don’t call Photoshop the “800-pound gorilla” for nothing. There’s a lot to wrestle with in this this incredibly deep, complex, and helpful piece of image-editing software.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 03, 2018  |  0 comments

Most photographers who use Adobe’s Lightroom know that it gives you the ability to see “before and after” previews of editing effects on your images. But there’s probably a lot more to Lightroom’s Before and After tools than you know.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  0 comments

You’ve probably noticed that lots of photographers these days are offering Lightroom preset packs. And you’ve probably wondered, how do they create all these awesome Lightroom presets? Even better, how do you create one yourself?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments

Let’s face it, most of the time, photos can look pretty bland when you see them straight out of the camera. And it’s no secret that even the best photographers do some editing in post-production to make so-so images look beautiful.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 21, 2018  |  0 comments

In the below video, Photoshop expert Unmesh Dinda of PIXimperfect will show you how to shape your colors in Photoshop to make them pop using a “secret code.” Well, it’s not so secret actually, and it’s not really a code but it will give your photos a striking, vibrant look.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 24, 2019  |  0 comments

We've been singing the praises of Luminar software for some time now and now photographer and YouTuber Pierre T. Lambert has discovered it as well. In the below video, he shows you how to make your photos epic in under two minutes while using the new Luminar 4 program.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Pro photographer Tom Mackie gets so many questions about how to make photos “pop,” he decided to do a whole video on the subject, which we have embedded below. And while a lot of folks might think all you need is some deft Photoshop skills to get your images to sparkle, there’s really a lot more that goes into it than that.

Henry Anderson  |  Dec 09, 2019  |  0 comments

There are many ways to sharpen your images and reduce noise using Lightroom but some are better than others. In fact, some sharpening and noise reduction methods in Lightroom can actually degrade image quality.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 30, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the first “rules” everyone learns about composition is to avoid having telephone poles growing out of a subject’s head. But what about distracting background elements like power lines or airplane contrails in the sky?

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 26, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s a typical photo scenario: someone you know has an otherwise attractive portrait which, unfortunately, also includes an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend in the shot. They want to keep the portrait of them but get rid of the now unwanted dude or gal in the shot. Knowing that you know a little something about Photoshop they come to you to, ahem, retouch the image.

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