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Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2023  |  0 comments

If you're new to shooting in Raw and need some help color grading your images, the tutorial below from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel is just what you need. Even if you've done this before, there are likely a few tips and tricks that will speed up your workflow and deliver superior results.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2023  |  0 comments

If you ask a bunch of photographers what they found most exciting about the recent Photoshop update, you're likely to receive this two-word answer: Generative Fill. Nonetheless, professional photographer Nick Page begs to differ, claiming the Remove tool is a real game changer and the best new capability.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 03, 2023  |  0 comments

There are enumerable methods for processing landscape photos to create just about any effect you can imagine. When intense colors are what you're after, the tutorial below from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel explains how to get the job using the favorite method of a top German pro.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2023  |  0 comments

It's really important to maintain consistent colors when processing your images, especially if you've developed a unique, recognizable style. This is also an essential goal when editing a series of photos from the same shoot.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 29, 2023  |  0 comments

It's been a long time since we've posted a tutorial from notable photographer Peter McKinnon, so this is your lucky day. That's because he's a very popular instructor known for lessons with a unique twist.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 29, 2023  |  0 comments

If you're familiar with Lightroom's frequently ignored Dehaze tool, there's more to it than adjusting a slider if you want the best possible results. And if you've never used this powerful and easy-to-use tool, now is the time to start.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 28, 2023  |  0 comments

Adobe has been busy updating Lightroom, making this popular editing software more effective, faster, and easier to use. The quick tutorial below from Photoshop Café explains how to improve your workflow with a trio of new capabilities.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 27, 2023  |  0 comments

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.


When making color adjustments in post-processing, Saturation plays a big role, whether you're after a realistic representation or something more unusual. We have some good news for those of you who use the Curves Adjustment tool to refine Saturation: Earlier this month Adobe added a very small adjustment that can pay big dividends by tackling a common problem with this approach.


Instructor Matt Kloskowski is a specialist in all things Adobe, who says his goal is "to provide straightforward tutorials to help photographers get the results they've always wanted," and this episode fits the bill. He jumps right in to Lightroom's Tone Curve panel and demonstrates how the new capability works.


Kloskowski begins by demonstrating the most common approach, that involves boosting the highlights and mid-tones a bit and then dropping the shadows by grabbing the relevant points on the Curve. This method, unfortunately, often results in oversaturation.


But here's the trick, now you'll find a simple Refine Saturation slider beneath the Curves graph that simplifies the fix because it's no longer necessary to employ Blend modes to get Saturation right. Kloskowski uses a tight shot of a vibrant hummingbird against a green background to demonstrate how easy this is to do.


This quick trick works with all sorts of photos, and Kloskowski pulls up a pretty seascape scene to prove this point. As you'll see, in this case he's able to retain the desired amount of contrast, without oversaturating the shot—simply by moving the slider. Whether you prefer light pastel colors, or a more vibrant look, the new tool gets the job done in a hurry.


After watching the video how about pulling up a few images you've already processed and see what you can create by using Kloskowski's advice. We think you may be surprised at how simple and effective this is to do.


You can find a wide range of editing tips and tricks on Kloskowski's instructional YouTube channel, so be sure to take a look.


We also recommend watching the tutorial we posted from another accomplished pro, with an in-camera technique for using complimentary colors to capture eye-popping photographs.


Ron Leach  |  Jun 26, 2023  |  0 comments

One of the most important tasks when editing portrait photos is carefully adjusting the model's skin, so it looks as good as possible while retaining enough texture and other attributes for a realistic look. Typically, that means eliminating obvious blemishes and other imperfections like dry patches or oily spots.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  0 comments

We occasionally hear from Shutterbug readers, requesting that we post image-editing tutorials for those just getting started. If you're new to post-processing, the quick Photoshop tutorial below is just what you need.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  0 comments

Are you struggling to get correct exposures when shooting landscapes and other outdoor scenes? Well, join the club, because this can be a real challenge with ever-changing light, and a wide range of tones from highlights to shadows.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  0 comments

We all been in situations when shooting landscapes or outdoor portraits when the images we capture aren't quite as dramatic as we would like. Sometimes that's because lighting conditions could be far more interesting.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed ugly banding artifacts in the gradients you create in Photoshop? Well, here's the good news: There's a quick Photoshop fix that you'll learn in the four-minute tutorial below from the globally popular PIXimperfect YouTube channel.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2023  |  0 comments

Layer Blend Modes are straightforward tools that deliver superior results when working with layers. Unfortunately, they are frequently ignored—either because some photographers don't know they exist, or because of a misconception that they're difficult to employ.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2023  |  0 comments

We frequently post tutorials from Danish landscape pro Mads Peter Iversen, sharing his in-camera techniques for shooting impeccable images, which is why the tutorial below is a departure. Today he discusses five "crucial" editing technique that he says, "will change how you edit landscape photos."