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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The Bugs are Back! Guest Article By Steve Russell
May 9, 2014  Author:  

The Bugs are Back After my usual winter hiatus from bug-art photography, I dusted off my 65mm (Canon MP-E 65mm macro) and 90mm (Tamron macro VC) lenses and headed back to the park. What’s new this year is that I upgraded to a 5D Mark III camera, got a Hoodman Loupe (and elastic band to […]

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The Magic of Light Painting
May 5, 2014  Author:   (1)

What is Light Painting? The word photography means to draw or paint with light. When I first began studying photography, I was told that along with composition, the study of light would be a lifelong endeavor. Over the years, I’ve found this to be an absolute truth. I have also found that light painting is […]

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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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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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