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We all have tons of images that could be so much more compelling if it weren’t for that blasted dull sky.  You know that giant gray nothingness that seems to suck the power right out of your masterpiece. In my view, an awesome sky can totally change the mood, feel and drama of a landscape […]

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The process of HDR is a beautiful tool when used correctly.  With that being said, we want to show you some amazing examples of photography talents doing great things with this technique for more doses of inspiration. To learn more about HDR, check out our HDR Learning Center. First up, meet French photographer, Girolamo Cracchiolo. Girolamo’s […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 28mm, f/11, 7 frame HDR, finished in Photomatix Pro. Chromatic aberration may show up as a colored halo in your images, usually surrounding a dark object placed against a bright background, like a mountain against the sky. In my experience, the color is usually pink or green or […]

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I’ve started focussing on how to get the most out of real-estate shots.  Particularly when those photos have to be taken under poor lighting and high contrast situations.  Before you say shoot at a better time of day, you need to know that most photographers shooting real estate have few options to control this.  Here […]

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He’s a Seattle-based portrait and wedding photographer that’s been known to have “a natural talent for capturing real human-connection in his photographs”.  I would have to agree.  But the depth of his photographers go deeper than human connection.  This photographer seems to capture beautiful brides and stunning couples in front of the most iconic scenes […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 48mm, f/16, 5 frame HDR, ISO 200, finished in Lightroom 5 and Photomatix Pro 5. It was about minus 15 degrees F when I made this photograph in Grand Teton National Park. Anytime you take something cold into a place where it’s warm, you’re likely to see water […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 170mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200. As you’ll see in the video below, the finishing touches for a black and white image often makes the color version of the same image look terrific, too. Personally, I think removing the distraction of color helps me make tonal adjustments with better […]

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This video goes through the process of post processing the 5 bracketed HDR image in Lightroom and Photoshop, and how Graduated Filters can ‘spice’ up your images! Disclaimer: This is just one way to edit sunsets For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug  Stick With Viewbug […]

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Turn day into night! Use the power of Adjustment Layers and Blending Options to turn a bright daytime image, into a semi-realistic nighttime image. While these settings may not give you 100% perfect results, you can use the same techniques on your images with a bit of tweaking. Disclaimer: This is just one way to […]

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What’s better than 1 HDR photo? A really big panoramic photo.  But in this case I was light on gear.  Here was my shooting process. The Shoot I set my camera to a higher ISO and midrange f-stop so it would shoot fast (IS0 400 at ƒ 14). I shot a 5 shot bracket with […]

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Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400.

Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400. You need to change two things in your camera. First, set your camera so that there is one autofocus square lighting up when you press the shutter halfway down to focus. This lets you choose where to place the focus point (using arrow keys on the back […]

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Not every photo you take will be incredible, but that doesn’t mean you should simply throw it in the trash. Combining your image with stock images, you can get some pretty magical mystical results. Let me show you how to create a neat photo composition in Photoshop! Disclaimer: This is just one way to work […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Mark Morrow. One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny afternoon is to grab the kids, the GoPro & monopod and head for water.  If you’ve owned a GoPro Hero camera and have experimented with underwater shooting in creeks and streams, you’re probably well-accustomed to the […]

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This week’s show features interviews with two photo gurus.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer Bill Fortney about his approach to shooting and life. Then Rich Harrington talks with Bruce Dorn about his photography and cinematography. Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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As far as I know the great Ansel Adams coined the idea of pre-visualization.  In it’s basic form, it is the idea of visualizing the final image at the moment you are clicking the shutter.  Ansel mastered this practice to epic levels. He is legendary for taking copious notes about the exposure and scene and […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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He has been named the 2014 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year.  Usually these award recipients are talents that photograph for prestigious publications like National Geographic.  But this artist set himself apart from some of the best travel photographers in the world.  How?  He was the first blogger to win this award, his work has never […]

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Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @14mm, f/4, 19minutes 55 seconds, ISO 100.

Winter is the perfect time to practice nighttime photography. I took advantage of the long nights during my Christmas holiday to make some photographs with a friend who hadn’t done nighttime work before, and the tips I shared with her will help you get started making stunning star pictures, too. I don’t mean this to […]

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