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Intro: I’m in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many other systems to use when making photographs other than the ones I’ve highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce prints with a high image quality and the process that I use works for me. […]

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In a recent personal photo shoot with my father-in-law, I wanted to take a realistic photograph that captured his true and realistic self without much editing manipulation.  I’ve been asked quite a bit to explain the process I took to get this look of minimal editing. First of all, I took this photo underneath a […]

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Long exposures are a whole different world of photography, and in the winter months when the sun is gone more often than not, they expand your opportunities for shooting. Here are a few quick tips to get you started making long exposure photographs. Get Stable First of all, use a tripod, or a bean bag, […]

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Editor: Don’t miss Howard Pinsky and Bryan O’Neil Hughes in our Photoshop Hangout this Friday! Yellow teeth are one of the few things that can’t be covered up with makeup. If your models are suffering from dark, yellow teeth, both Lightroom and Photoshop contain many tools to help you solve this issue. This video will […]

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This is a guest post from the talented photographer and videographer, Anders Lönnfeldt. A couple months ago, I was in London working together with artist & photographer Lukas Renlund on his photo project called Steal My Photograph!. It is a different kind of art exhibition where he encourages people in the street to steal his […]

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States.  A day that many come together with friends and family.  Around the world, we are entering into times of holiday, reflection, and get togethers. This is a great time to bring your camera to functions.  Shooting candid portraits helps preserve memories for all who come.  You might not […]

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The picture above is of my daughter Francesca and was taken with in camera softening and a simple studio lighting set up. The diffusion is created using a thin silk chiffon gauze stretched over a skylight filter. I like to get the look right in camera to save post production time later. Here are some […]

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There are so many ways to convert your color photo to black and white.  But today, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite and easiest (in my opinion) ways to do a quick black and white conversion in Adobe Photoshop. 1.  Desaturate A quick way to desaturate the color in your photo […]

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One reason for using a telephoto lens (such as 100mm or 200mm) is to keep some distance between you and your subject. This can be great for portraits of people, as well as nature photography (so you don’t scare away any animals). However, longer focal lengths affect more in your images than just bringing your […]

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Have you ever been working away in photoshop, keyboard short-cutting like no other, when suddenly you do something that is unexpected and awesome?  It happened to me when working on a image of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  This technique is one of the best kept secrets in Photoshop and it has changed the […]

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In the shot above I used a single 400Ws flash pack and head. I fitted a 28cm high efficiency reflector and lit my model from a distance of five metres. The pack was an Elinchrom Quadra and it was flat out on full power. Full length pictures require more flash power than close ups because […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200. Copyright Levi Sim Most of the time, when I’m making a portrait I have a million things running through my mind all at once: How bright is the light? How soft is the light? Is the light flattering? Is the pose flattering? Is my subject […]

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Just for fun… In my last post I showed my Hollywood portrait lighting style using just hard light from fresnel spotlights. The post before that featured two point lighting on the street using Speedlights. Now I’ve combined two point lighting with fresnel spotlights and styled the shoot with a Film Noir theme. Film Noir calls […]

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I love a fine art print, with a well fit matte and a custom frame. Unfortunately, my walls (and my wallet!) are not big enough to accommodate all the prints I would like to make. I could cycle my images up and down, and trade frames, but they don’t always look good in the ratios […]

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We are thrilled to have another fun yet informative Google+ Hangout with some industry pros who want to tackle and throw down some pretty cool Photoshop Lightroom tips and tricks. Wednesday, October 30 at 10:00AM PST Join me with special guests Rob Sylvan, Levi Sim and Gerard Murphy for tutorials, some “battle of the best […]

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I made this portrait at Pacific City on the Oregon coast the other day. It’s a wonderful place to shoot, and the cliffs at the northern edge helped me control the direction of light on this little family. Almost everybody looks better with light coming across the face from the side, so that one side […]

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I began adapting my photographic style and philosophy from “hard core purist” to “compositor” the first time I ever opened Photoshop. For me, within this type of application were the keys to unlimited visual possibilities. The only bummer? I had to learn to love and to effectively clip (select and extract) items from images in […]

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If you’ve ever seen a photo with a shallow depth of field, you may find the background is very out of focus.  And you’ll often notice colorfully blurry dots around the photo.  That is called “bokeh”. This tutorial will teach you how to create custom bokeh in Photoshop, using a custom brush, blending options, and […]

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Editor’s Note — For complete coverage of the new Lightroom 5.2 features click here. There have been many times when I’ve used Lightroom’s adjustment brush to its maximum use.  In other words I’m getting positive changes, but I’ve hit the highest value on the slider. In the past, I’d need to paint paint another mask on […]

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The eyes are one of the most important things when creating a great portrait.  While there are several ways to brighten someone’s eyes, here’s one quick and easy way to do it. I can use this technique and in less than a minute, brighten someone’s eyes.  This is a simple and effective way improve a […]

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This image shows the transition of a darkened silhouette, where the image was exposed for the sky, all the way to an image where the metering was set to the foreground. We’re excited to welcome Nicole S. Young as a regular contributor. Be sure to circle her on Google +. A silhouette can make a beautiful photograph—they are a […]

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