Category: Street Photography Photograph: "1" by Denis Malciu The image "1" by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo. As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancers' performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color. The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing. Instead the photographer … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu
Category: Sports Photograph: Jesse Pells "Dream Racing Motorsport - Lamborghini Huracan GT3" I love the elegance and tone to Jesse's photograph, as it highlights a stark contrast between the car and the rest of the scene. The car just "pops" and your eye is immediately drawn to it. Jesse also does a great job of showing the flow of the racetrack, both behind and in front of the car. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Jesse Pells
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast? A common complaint is that a photo often lacks contrast. It just doesn't seem to have that richness or depth that a good, strong image has. This could be really common if you're shooting under harsh lighting or low lighting levels. Let me show you some different strategies for quick fixes. Let's use our next image here and I'll go … [Read more...] about How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast in Lightroom?
Recently I wrote an in depth article on circular polarizers, where and how they come in handy. To use a polarizer, screw the filter onto the front of your lens (using the right filter size, of course!). Once it is on, the front part of the filter opposite the threads will still be able to rotate freely. This is what you use to adjust the effect of the polarizer on your image. The best way to judge where the filter should be rotated to is to eyeball it. Look through the viewfinder and slowly spin the filter until you see a change in your … [Read more...] about The Quick Tip: How to use a Polarizer
Circular polarizing filters, a.k.a. “polarizers”, are some of the few filters I always have in my pack. Polarizers are important tools in my landscape photography. They can dramatically enhance the look of skies, water and other features of the landscape. Polarizers can remove unappealing glare. They can increase the vibrant color and help the detail of a scene burst through. As with many pieces of photo gear, it's easy to label them as something you use for only a certain type of photography. I once thought of my polarizers as something used … [Read more...] about Polarizer Filters: They’re Not Just for Landscape Photography
The latest versions of Lightroom include a new slider in the Effects tab called Dehaze. It's a useful tool for cutting through hazy pictures and revealing the landscape. It seems to work by adding contrast and you slide it to the right. It's different from Clarity because it doesn't affect details, and you have to keep an eye on it because it may add a blue color cast to the picture. This Dehaze slider also goes to the left. Used on landscapes, it can add a sense of fog to a picture, but it's a terrific tool for gently touching up a … [Read more...] about How to Use Lightroom’s Dehaze for Portrait Retouching
I often see photographers misusing an important piece of gear, and it's one of the simplest tools in your bag. Many lenses come with a lens hood, and right now I'll show you why you have it and why you should be using it. What's It Do? The lens hood is intended to keep the sun from shining into the front of your lens, and ruining your pictures. Not that it'll keep the sun from shining in if you point it at the sun, but it keeps the sun from shining across the front of the lens and reducing contrast. These two pictures are taken straight … [Read more...] about The 411 on Lens Hoods
I'm a big fan of HDR photography (so is Scott). HDR unlocks shots that we just can't get otherwise (especially with challenging lighting situations). But many photographers are wary... and justifiably so. When used incorrectly, HDR tools can give an image a telltale look. Let's objectively explore the technique of High Dynamic Range photography and what it can achieve when used correctly. Here are few of the reasons we choose to shoot HDR. Dramatic Colors The possibility of boosting color in a HDR photo is one of the main reasons people … [Read more...] about Don’t Be an HDR Hater — Exploring The Aesthetic Benefits