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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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Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky.
I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11.

Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky. I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11. Editors Note: This post builds upon Levi’s earlier post on Starbursts. When you include the sun in you composition, you have framed a scene with […]

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Exposure Mode: Manual exposure
Exposure Time: 1/160
F-stop: 2.8
Focal Length: 70
ISO Speed Ratings: 160
Lens Model: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Camera Canon 5D Mark III
Model: Rhus

Guest Post & Photos by Abba Shapiro (NSFW) — Follow Abba on Twitter I was running a lighting workshop where we were using natural light (augmented by reflectors and strobes) and noticed that many of the newer photographers were suffering from the same problem.  They would walk into a room, get an idea, pose the model, fidget […]

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While White Balance presets and Auto White Balance can be quite useful, many choose to manually set the white balance on their cameras.  This is a useful approach if you need to compensate for when multiple lighting sources are mixed together in the same scene.  It is also a way to warm or cool a shot for […]

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I’ve put together a complete lesson on creating High Dynamic Range panoramic photos.  This video tutorial walks you through a few different tools to try out. I’ll show you how to: Organize multiple HDR photos Use Photoshop’s built-in toolset Use Adobe Camera Raw to pre-process raw files before the merge Align images and reduce noise […]

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The White Balance setting on your camera is one of the most important choices to make. This control can be used to neutralize any color cast in an image and to set the overall color (or tone) for the scene. White is most often used as a reference point because it is the perfect blend of all […]

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Aperture is one of the three sides of the exposure triangle.  For many it is the primary force in shaping their photos, particularly if shooting in an Aperture Priority or Manual mode. Aperture is the easiest way to control how deep or shallow the depth of field is in your image.  As such, it’s an […]

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As many explore panoramic photography, they off stop short (at least of making a full 360˚ arc). The truth is that its gotten much easier to make a fully actualized 360˚ image.  If enough photos are taken, then a large panoramic image can be made.  These photos can then be turned into an interactive panoramic for […]

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 A little while ago I showed you how I used a translucent diffuser to create soft light with a speedlight and hot red hairdo in a hot red jeep. When you shine a little through a translucent material, it’s spreads out that light and makes it bigger, and a bigger light is a softer light. […]

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I hear it every week. People want to find ways to save money on their photo hobby. While the economy is on a rebound and things are improving, I know it’s still tough for some of you. So here are some tips that might help you get more out of photography without breaking the bank. […]

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Guest Post & Photos by Abba Shapiro — Follow Abba on Twitter I find when photographing people – controlling light is the key. I often see photographers diligently re-positioning their strobes to control the light – but rarely controlling the dark.  Negative fill can make or break an image.  Light is a pesky fellow – it can bounce […]

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Many often have a difficult time when color correcting or enhancing images. They generally lose sight of the goal: making the image look better while still being believable. Many users go “too far” in their quest to fix images. If the image starts to look fake or too altered, it will be distracting. Although getting […]

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© scyther5 / iStockphoto The shutter speed has an affect on your exposure when shooting time-lapse motion (and can serve as an additional exposure control). When shooting under bright light, you’ll keep the time the shutter is open very short.  For low-light you’re going to need to open things up a bit. However, shutter speed […]

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While the sun is generally incredibly useful to photographers, it can occasionally be annoying. If the sun hits your lens at an undesirable angle, you can end up with spots or flares that ruin a shot. Flares generally take on a geometric shape, and may be easy to miss while shooting.  Additionally, a flare can […]

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I have made literally hundreds of thousands of bird photographs over the last 15-20 years. No matter how many times I photograph birds, I still find myself learning new tidbits that I might take for granted but that may be helpful for you. So here goes. 1. Background, background, background. If you don’t have a […]

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Learn how to use the Philip Bloom PocketDolly with Scott Bourne. We’re on location in Alaska to bring you this special report. _____ This Post Sponsored by: The Digital Camera Store At Amazon

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I’ve rented photo gear my entire career. Before the online solutions existed, many major camera stores had rental departments. Most of the remaining large camera stores still have in-house rental departments. Although I’ve owned lots of gear, there have been times when owning it didn’t make sense or even transporting it didn’t make sense, so […]

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Photo by Levi Sims

Standing at the base of a stanchion on the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon I realized that I’d really like to shoot with an 8×10 camera. In order to frame the picture the way I wanted, I had to use a 14mm lens, which gave too much distortion and foreshortening. I wanted the look […]

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Great photographers show – they don’t tell. The more I hear a photographer explain why or what their image is about, the less likely I am to think it’s compelling. Every year I tackle this subject. It’s not nuts and bolts. It’s conceptual. It’s 30,000 feet thinking. But it’s important to those of you who […]

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