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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Planning For Outdoor Art Shows
April 7, 2014  Author:   (1)

Outdoor Art Shows are a popular summer activity for many people; artists and visitors alike.  Not only are they a great way to “put your work out there,” they are a great way to network with other artists, get ideas and inspiration and hopefully sell something. Here are some things to consider before applying: Which […]

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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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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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Important First Steps
March 6, 2014  Author:  

Have you ever noticed how seemingly small decisions we make at the beginning of a process can have a large impact on everything we do from there on out? Well that’s probably the case in your photography. There’s a little camera setting working against you if you are a JPEG shooter and a software setting to be aware […]

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7 Quick Tips for Shooting Birds – Guest article by Steve Russell
March 4, 2014  Author:   (1)

Desperate for sun, warmth and shooting opportunities I recently joined a group of experienced wildlife photographers in the San Diego area to shoot birds. What I learned from them and from my own trials and errors over five days has opened up a whole new, exciting world of nature photography for me and I’d like […]

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Copyright: To Register or Not To Register?
February 25, 2014  Author:   (3)

Photographers create intellectual property on a daily basis. For some it is done purely for enjoyment and for others it is the means by which we feed our families. Wherever you fall on the creative spectrum, you are the owner of the images you create and you have the exclusive right to decide how those […]

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Strong Primary Subjects with Lightroom’s New Radial Tool
February 20, 2014  Author:  

A good photograph usually exhibits a strong, recognizable main subject that is supported by less noticeable, secondary subject matter. The goal of the initial composition is to use subject placement, lenses and camera positioning to obtain this relationship. Sometimes, however, no matter how hard we try, our backgrounds or secondary subjects can tend to overpower […]

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Using Lightroom 5 to Prepare an Image for Photo Lab Printing
February 10, 2014  Author:   (4)

Lightroom 5 makes it easy to get your favorite photos ready for printing by a photo lab. In this post, I lead you through the correct choices in the Print module to produce a JPEG file you can upload to your favorite printing service. Start by selecting and processing your photo to look its best […]

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Creating More Depth in Your Photographs
January 28, 2014  Author:  

One thing that confronts a lot of photographers is the inability to capture the kind of depth they see when looking at the scene. You may have heard others proclaim or even thought to yourself, “this image just looks flat and uninteresting.” There are many variables that might influence this disappointment, like the way our […]

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Random Acts of Photography – Guest Article by Steve Russell
January 15, 2014  Author:  

In the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest’s late fall and winter it is usually light-starved, wet and 50 shades of gray. Occasionally, though, the sun peeks out and it stops raining long enough for some shooting opportunities of the outdoor nature kind. For example, I found salmon leaping out of the water trying to get […]

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Handholding Techniques
January 9, 2014  Author:   (1)

“To hand hold or not to hand hold,” that is the question. Throughout the history of photography the tripod has been a blessing and a curse, a love and hate relationship for sure. Most well-traveled photographers know how important the tripod is when you need to maximize depth of field with small apertures or shoot […]

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Arachnophobobes, Avert Thy Eyes: The Annual Spider Issue – Guest Article by Steve Russell
November 13, 2013  Author:  

They’re creepy and they’re crawly; they cause more screams and heart palpitations per millimeter of length than just about any other creature; and they make great models for photo shoots as long as they don’t jump onto the photographer (i.e., ME) or crawl into the camera bag. Spiders. Arachnids. Orb weavers. Stalkers. Jumpers. Trappers. Lightning […]

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Polarize It!
November 7, 2013  Author:  

In the dawn of the new age when photography evolved from film to digital capture, some tools we were familiar with were left behind. One of the most important was film choice, as it provided a direct reflection of what we wanted to communicate in color, contrast and sharpness. Photographers now accomplish this either in […]

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Lightroom Shortcuts I Can’t Live Without
October 30, 2013  Author:  

Like most photographers I prefer my time shooting to that spent behind the computer.  Downloading and editing images sucks up precious energy and time so I’m eager to streamline my workflow and shave time wherever possible. One of the best ways to do this is by using keyboard shortcuts.  Whenever you find yourself continually repeating […]

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