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Ron Leach  |  Feb 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Quite a few photographers prefer making portraits with available light—either because they prefer the look, or they don’t own supplemental light equipment. It’s possible to do that indoors, like when using window lighting, but the typical approach is to shoot outdoors.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 04, 2022  |  0 comments

One challenge with all forms of outdoor photography is that we're always at the mercy of the weather and prevailing lighting conditions. That fact is particularly evident when you wake up on a nice day, pack your gear, and travel to a favorite location—only to confront a pretty scene with a rather boring sky.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 03, 2022  |  0 comments

Outdoor photographers often encounter lighting situations with such a wide range of tones that it’s difficult or impossible to capture a properly exposed image in just one shot. Under such conditions, if you expose for the highlights, shadows are crushed. Conversely, if you expose for the shadows, highlights are blown out.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 03, 2022  |  1 comments

Much of the buzz surrounding Photoshop 2022 has to do the new version’s powerful yet easy-to-use masking capabilities. If you thought creating and using masks was beyond your skills, now’s the time to jump in.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 02, 2022  |  0 comments

One frustration when reviewing images on the computer is that we see things we missed when making the shot. A common belated observation has to do with faulty composition, and not positioning a key subject for maximum impact.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Last week we featured a straightforward Lightroom tutorial explaining how to recover shadow detail in underexposed photos. Today we’ll help you solve the opposite challenge; namely, dealing with images that are far too bright.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Even if your landscape photo has a lot of things going for it, an overcast or flat sky can make the image look dull. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can do in Lightroom to make a boring sky in a landscape photo go from drab to fab in no time.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 27, 2022  |  0 comments

When shooting portraits, nature, or other types of outdoor images, one of the best ways to accentuate a key foreground subject is to create shallow depth of field with an out-of-focus background. You can often do that in the camera by selecting the proper focal length and aperture setting, and positioning your subject close to the camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 26, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s not uncommon to end up with underexposed photos if you don’t carefully compensate for bright light sources in the background of a scene. But mistakes are meant to fixed, not trashed, as you’ll see in the Lightroom tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 24, 2022  |  0 comments

Most of you know that processing b&w images requires a much different approach than dealing with color, and in both cases there are a number of ways to achieve optimum results.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Most photographers prefer to be out shooting, not sitting behind a computer processing images. In the quick tutorial below, you’ll learn how to dramatically lessen your computer time by bulk editing photos in Lightroom.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2022  |  0 comments

Winter landscape photography can be a serious challenge, with dreadful, uninviting weather and bleak, barren scenes devoid of color. But rather than stow you gear until conditions improve, take a look at the tutorial below and pick up a few tips for making truly epic images this time of year.

Henry Anderson  |  Jan 19, 2022  |  0 comments

We've taught you how to quickly remove people and objects from an image, now here's a tutorial on how to easily Photoshop a person into an image with just a few clicks. Led by software guru Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE, the video shows you how to place a person onto a different background.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2022  |  0 comments

Lightroom’s powerful new masking tools created a huge buzz as soon as Adobe released the latest version of their software. Today we’re going to show you how easy it is to achieve remarkable results with these sophisticated capabilities.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 18, 2022  |  0 comments

When one of our favorite travel and nature photographers describes what he says is “Lightroom’s Most Powerful color grading tool,” it’s time to pay attention. And in the tutorial below, you’ll learn how easy it is to use.

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