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Ron Leach  |  Mar 16, 2022  |  0 comments

Photoshop’s Selection tools offer a variety of ways to improve an image. They enable you to lighten or darken one portion of a scene without affecting the rest of the image, selectively adjust colors, remove distracting elements, or cut out an object from one photo and place it on another.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 15, 2022  |  0 comments

Most of us have experienced the frustration of returning from a shoot, uploading our images to the computer, and discovering that some of them are darker than we’d like. There are several ways to recover shadow details in an image, and the method you’ll learn today is one of the easiest and most effective.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 14, 2022  |  0 comments

By now you’ve probably realized that some images look better in b&w than they do in color. You can always set your camera to monochrome, but most photographers prefer shooting in color, and making the conversion during the editing process, so they have a choice of which look they prefer.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 11, 2022  |  0 comments

Last week we featured a popular tutorial, explaining how to avoid common shooting errors that can be real image killers. Today were turning to the processing side of our craft, identifying six common image-editing mistakes that are easily fixed.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 09, 2022  |  0 comments

Today we’re not going to get into another discussion of the many advantages of Raw files compared to JPEGs. Let’s just assume that, for whatever reason, you shot a bunch of JPEG images and they look really awful.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 08, 2022  |  0 comments

We’ll begin this Lightroom tutorial with a question: Do you use “virtual copies” in your workflow, or even know what they are? If not, you’re missing out on a simple method for facilitating the editing process and saving plenty of time.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Let’s face it: Not all of us have the time or means to go on safari to photograph exotic animals in their natural habitat. The next best option is a trip to the local zoo with a long lens, and that can be a load of fun.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 03, 2022  |  0 comments

Every photographer has a unique approach to editing images, and a variety of favorite tools. In the video below you’ll see why one popular instructor says, “I love Layers” while demonstrating how easy they are to use.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 25, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s not uncommon to have a distracting object or two in otherwise beautiful outdoor images. Sometimes that’s because you weren’t paying attention, while in other cases there was simply no way to compose the scene without the offending objects in the frame.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 23, 2022  |  0 comments

One challenge with outdoor photography is that landscape scenes tend to be complicated, often confusing viewers and directing their gaze away from your main subject. One of the best methods for simplifying a busy photo is to blur the background, thereby emphasizing what you consider the key point of the shot.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 16, 2022  |  0 comments

One of the basic tenets of landscape photography is to “be at the right place at the right time,” which is why many of us prefer to shoot at blue hour—just before sunrise or after sunset. But what if you stumble upon a beautiful scene earlier in the day when the light isn’t quite right?

Ron Leach  |  Feb 15, 2022  |  0 comments

Have you ever captured a photo, looked at it on your camera’s LCD, and said to yourself, “Wow! This looks perfect,” only to view the image closely on the computer and find a bunch of distracting imperfections? If that’s a familiar scenario, this tutorial is for you.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 10, 2022  |  0 comments

As we've said time and time again, it's ok to make mistakes as a beginner photographer. The important part is learning from your photography mistakes even if they're big ones.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 10, 2022  |  0 comments

Macro photography in winter? You bet. Opportunities abound this time of year, from snowflakes, berries, and pinecones, to frozen dewdrops and barren tree branches covered with sparkling frost. If you’re new to close-up photography, the quick tutorial below will help you get started.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 09, 2022  |  0 comments

There’s nothing more distracting that a beautiful photo with distorted vertical or horizon lines, or a crooked horizon. Fortunately, there’s a simple method for straightening everything out during the editing process in Photoshop or Lightroom.

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