A Second Season of Shooting Dragonflies in Natural Light: Three New Lessons Learned – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 20, 2015  Author:  

Dragonflies have survived since prehistoric times with their extraordinary hunting prowess and prolific procreation (I highly recommend the excellent You Tube video, “Sky Hunters,” to drive home just how remarkable they are). But as a macro photographer I am drawn to them because of their vast array of colors, their always-surprising behaviors, and the fact […]

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Using Lightrooms New Photo Merge to HDR
May 12, 2015  Author:   (1)

Like many photographers, I am super excited to find about the news of the new Photo Merge>HDR capability in the latest release of Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® CC. Adobe has designed an especially simple and effective HDR process that takes advantage of Lightroom’s ability to tone map HDR files. In the past we selected our images […]

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Let’s Get Close Up Part 2: Stability
April 22, 2015  Author:   (1)

In Part 1 of Let’s Get Close Up, I introduced the extension tube as an easy and inexpensive way to focus closer on your subject with any lens you own. The post discussed how to achieve a 1:1 ratio or life size magnification (that’s close up!) using the appropriate extension tube and focal length combination. […]

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Printing On Acrylic Is A Gorgeous Way To Present Your Images: Here’s A Great Resource!
April 15, 2015  Author:   (3)

We have so many options for ways to present our photographs to the world. Many of us share our images via the web (email, social media sites, personal websites). Sometimes, though, we forget how wonderful it is to see our images printed and hung on the walls of our home or in homes of people […]

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Let’s Get Close Up Part 1: Equipment
April 1, 2015  Author:  

In the past, RMSP has published blogs from Steve Russell and Tony Rizzuto on creative ways to shoot close-up, from insects to using achromatic filters and double exposures. In this post I’ll discuss an easy and cost effective way to get closer to your subject using one of the most versatile pieces of close up […]

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Digital Imaging Workflow
January 20, 2015  Author:   (1)

One of the most important skills for the modern photographer to have is a solid workflow that takes them through all the steps from capture to output. Because many people are intimidated by the computer, they will easily become lost and lose sight of the goal they had when they began editing a set of […]

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How to Create Presets in Lightroom
December 22, 2014  Author:   (2)

A Lightroom Develop preset is a single setting or combination of settings that can be applied to a few or many images all at once. Think of it as one click to apply several settings. For example, when I download images from a portrait session, each image gets a -5 reduction in Clarity, has its […]

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Graduated Neutral Density Filters
November 18, 2014  Author:   (2)

For landscape photographers the golden hours of light at the beginning and end of day are captivating. Long shadows and dynamic colors that illuminate the natural beauty at this time are certainly magical. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to capture what we see with one exposure because of the limitations in film and camera sensor […]

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False Color Infrared – Digital – Guest Article by Mel Mann
November 6, 2014  Author:  

In my previous article, Photography In the Red Zone, I discussed the interesting world of Infrared photography and my experimentation with it. The traditional look of Infrared photography is black and white, and while this can be very dramatic, it’s not the only way you can portray IR photography. There is a version known as […]

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In Living Color: My Summer of Dragonflies – Guest Article by Steve Russell
October 6, 2014  Author:  

My summer began with a chance photographic encounter with the “birth” of a dragonfly (the topic of my last blog) and is winding down with a concerted effort to capture dragonflies in flight. In between I’ve taken thousands of shots of dragonflies doing what they do: hunting bugs, eating, mating, perching, laying eggs and when […]

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Using the Contact Sheet II Plug-in With Photoshop CC
September 25, 2014  Author:  

Photoshop CC includes only a single automated way of adding multiple images to a page: the Contact Sheet II plug-in. So to combine several photos on a page, most of the time you will use the same process described in my article about creating a poster with Photoshop. (See link here.)   Contact Sheet II arranges a […]

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Refining Masks in Photoshop
September 11, 2014  Author:  

Refining Selections The marching ants that represent selections have been around forever. But it doesn’t mean that they are the best tool for the job; it’s just all we have had until recently. Some years back Adobe gave us the Refine Edge tool. In addition to viewing the selection in a different way, it gives […]

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What’s That NOISE? Part 2
April 11, 2014  Author:   (1)

In the last post I covered the most widely recognized cause of digital noise in your photographs and solutions for removing and minimizing this problem. Now I want to cover two other causes and how to combat the different noise that results Cause #2: Exposure Didn’t see that one coming did you? We love digital […]

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Using Photoshop CC to Prepare a Picture for Photo Lab Printing
March 17, 2014  Author:  

In my last post I described the process of getting a single image ready for photo lab printing using Lightroom 5. In this article, I am illustrating the comparable process using Photoshop CC. Note that all the steps can also be accomplished with most older versions of Photoshop as well as many versions of Photoshop […]

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