Taming Unwanted Reflections

Photographing interiors means dealing with tons of reflective surfaces just waiting to spoil the fun. These little mirrors are everywhere bringing unwanted reflections into what would be an otherwise inviting inside space. The answer is simple. Show those offensive mirrored surfaces what you want the camera to see–nothing! Essential tools In order to successfully avoid […]

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Classes to see at PSW

I’ve had the honor of teaching at well over twenty Photoshop World conferences. While I am there to teach; I am also there to learn. What a great opportunity to discover new ways to work in Photoshop, a lighting idea (Thanks Glyn Dewis!) or something I didn’t know Lightroom could do. Photoshop World offers concise, […]

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Shooting Smoke

There are times when a photographer needs some smoke. Want to make a candle look like it’s just gone out? Smoke. How about a steaming cup of coffee? Smoke. Make the cigarette or cigar look realistic? Smoke. Add some magic to a fantasy portrait? Yep. Smoke! Here’s a quick tutorial on making photographs of smoke’s […]

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LRCCFireworkColors

Independence Day fireworks displays happen in a couple of days.  An almost unimaginable number of photographs will be made of these blazing bursts of colorful light and smoke. Sadly, what we remember of these magnificently ephemeral moments just aren’t what we see when the photographs are showing on monitors. If your photos from the upcoming […]

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LRCCPanoramas

I recently posted about Lightroom’s new Photo Merge to HDR tool. Lightroom refers to this as Enhanced Dynamic Range. HDR is High Dynamic Range by the way. I believe that since Lightroom uses a floating point math that uses RAW files to produce a 16-bit HDR as opposed to Photoshop’s pixel based 32 bit HDR. […]

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LRCCPanoramas-Kevin_Ames

Panoramas are one of the wonders of digital capture. Pan a scene with an iPhone and Voila! Instant panorama albeit kinda low resolution all things being equal. Enter the much higher resolution DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Photoshop does a solid job of stitching images together into panoramas. Would it be nice if panos could be […]

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LRCC HDR

Lightroom CC, the 2015 release, adds Photo Merge to its tool set. Photo Merge comes in two flavors: HDR (Control + H) and Panorama (Control + M.) The same shortcuts work for Mac and Windows so Mac users, don’t substitute the Command key for the Control key on this one. HDR or High Dynamic Range […]

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