How to Create Presets in Lightroom
December 22, 2014  Author:   (0)

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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Double Vision Part 1: Making Your Macro Shots Stand Out
December 15, 2014  Author:   (0)

Stop for a second and picture a good macro shot in your mind. What does it look like? More importantly, what does it feel like? Seriously, do it, I can wait…… Okay, so you need some inspiration? Here are a couple of images that might help you along. Now, the answers will be different for […]

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Why I Love Weekends
December 4, 2014  Author:  

For most people, weekends are a time to relax and unwind from the workweek. For me it’s when I get to work … and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Every year between January and April I take to the road. Friends and family get my voicemail as I get to trek around the […]

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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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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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Printing Multiple Photos On A Page Using Lightroom 5
September 4, 2014  Author:   (1)

In my previous posts, I’ve described how to prepare individual images and posters for printing with a photo lab. In this article I illustrate the steps you can take to arrange multiple photos on a single piece of paper. This technique works whether you are using your own inkjet printer or sending a file to […]

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Using Photoshop CC to Create a Poster for Photo Lab Printing
June 16, 2014  Author:   (3)

In this fourth post on preparing images for printing at a photo lab, I describe using Photoshop CC to lay out a poster that includes one of your photographs plus some text that acts as a title. Note that most of the steps can also be accomplished with older versions of Photoshop as well as […]

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Clouds
June 6, 2014  Author:  

In the late sixties Joni Mitchell wrote the lyrics: “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow its cloud illusions I recall. I really don’t know clouds at all” Joni may not have known about clouds back then, but we should as outdoor photographers today. They are so […]

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Using Lightroom 5 to Create a Poster for Photo Lab Printing
April 16, 2014  Author:  

In my previous posts, I’ve outlined how to prepare a single photo for printing by your favorite photo lab (called “outsource printing” by some). In this article, I describe how to use Lightroom 5 to create a poster layout featuring one of your best photos and get it ready to send to a photo lab. Lightroom includes many […]

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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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What’s that NOISE? Part 1
April 9, 2014  Author:   (1)

It’s pretty likely that you’ve at least heard about noise in digital photos. I’d also be willing to bet that you’ve got a few images in your archive that are great examples of this artifact, but do you really know what causes it? I would imagine that most of you answered “yes” but how about […]

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Elizabeth Stone Wins PhotoNOLA Review Prize
April 8, 2014  Author:  

Great bit of inspiring news here from RMSP headquarters. We just found out that earlier this year RMSP Co-Owner and Former Instructor Elizabeth Stone won the PhotoNOLA Review Prize. PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide. According to Elizabeth, “Being part […]

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Shooting a Realistic HDR Image
March 19, 2014  Author:  

The High Dynamic Range Image HDR imagery can be considered a recent fad or a well-worn technique, depending on how you look at it. In the early days, film failed to produce visible detail in the highlight and shadow values of high-contrast scenes. Because of this, photographers resorted to difficult and tedious darkroom techniques to […]

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