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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Colin Ruggiero Wins Audience Award
May 4, 2015  Author:  

We are pleased beyond belief to share some cool news today. Colin Ruggiero, who teaches in the Advanced Intensive course in our Career Training program, recently won the Audience Awards’ Real Montana competition. His winning video, simply titled Montana, is a one-minute long timelapse showcase of some of the beauty and “epicness” of the state […]

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Taking The Magic Out of Moments
April 27, 2015  Author:  

I’ve always been drawn to photographs that capture moments. When I was first starting out I assumed that creating those photographs consisted either of luck or a high degree of skill. While there might be a tiny amount of luck involved and skill is always nice to have, I think that capturing moments is more […]

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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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Spirit of the Honu
April 20, 2015  Author:   (3)

Life lessons are not new. In fact, they’ve been around as long as mankind. You know the type of lesson I’m talking about. That occasional jolt of wisdom that strikes like a lightening bolt causing instant and supreme understanding of your own foibles, misunderstandings and shortcomings. When we’re really lucky, along with the understanding we […]

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Flash Photography Made Simple
March 11, 2015  Author:  

Most photographers tend to shy away from using their on-camera flash and external speedlights. This is understandable given the fact that an uncontrolled flash often causes fake looking pictures with overexposed subjects and harsh shadows. The truth of the matter though, is that flash is easy! Understanding a few simple concepts will allow you take […]

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Shoot For The Moon!
February 25, 2015  Author:  

The invention of the telescope certainly brought some of the mysteries of the moon closer to us, but it was Apollo 11 that brought it within arms length and with the words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong allowed us to imagine the cosmos at our feet. Since […]

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Winter Photography Tips
January 27, 2015  Author:  

Undisturbed, peaceful and beautifully white, winter is a season like no other. From the smallest ice crystal to the great expanse of a snow-covered field, winter’s cold is the visual architect for an endlessly evolving storyline. For photographers it is a pure white canvas for contemplation and creativity. Winter is a wonderland! It can also […]

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Freshen Up Your Photography
December 24, 2014  Author:   (1)

If you photograph long enough eventually the technical aspects of the art form become comfortable and easy. For many folks who reach this plateau they can become complacent and maybe even uninterested in taking the camera out for a stroll. The truth of the matter is when you reach this point of technical proficiency is […]

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

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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