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  • Dodging and Burning: Simple Tools, Powerful Results

    February, 2021

    Dodging and burning are fundamental and robust post-processing techniques. But they are often overlooked by digital photographers. In this eBook, I’ll introduce you to the dodge and burn tools found in many post-processing programs. I’ll show you how to use the tools for dramatic effect and push the idea of dodging and burning to the next level. The tools are simple to use but can have powerful results.

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  • How to Add a Sepia Tone in Photoshop

    February, 2021

    In the age of filters, there are more colour tints than you can count. Yet, not one holds a candle to the time-tested sepia tone. There are a couple of ways to go about this on Photoshop. They’ll all give you a sepia photo effect, and most give you a lot of flexibility in how your photo looks.

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  • How to Change Aspect Ratio in Lightroom

    February, 2021

    Choosing an aspect ratio fixes the size of your image crop. This is helpful when printing and framing your work or formatting your photographs for social media.
    Lightroom makes it very easy to change image proportions. You can select from popular presets or create one of your own.

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  • How to Create a One Photo a Day Project

    October, 2020

    A One Photo a Day Project (also called a 365 Project) can be deeply rewarding. It has the potential to change your photography – and it may even change your life. By the end of the project, my photographic skills had increased tremendously. I was also a very different person with a different outlook on the world around me. This ebook is about starting and staying with a One Photo a Day Project. We’ll talk about different ways you can personally define the project and how to stay motivated over time and I’ll give you a few tips to make your daily photographic journey a success.

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  • How to Easily Understand the Exposure Triangle: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO

    December, 2019

    If you find the exposure triangle confusing, you’re not alone. For many photographers, the exposure triangle seems to be a moving target. Just when you think you understand one side of the triangle, everything changes. In this article, I’ll talk about how to control exposure in digital photography. I’ll talk through each of the three settings that make up the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. As I go, I’ll help you understand how the settings interact with each other. Finally, I’ll give you a shooting exercise to help solidify your understanding of the exposure triangle.

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  • How to Edit Photos Like a Pro in 10 Steps

    April, 2020

    If your photos look different from the professionals, you may not need a better camera. Your photos may just need some post-processing love.
    In today’s digital photography world, taking a photo is only half of the photo-making process. The other half is digitally enhancing the photo in a photo editing program. Almost every professional photo you see online has been digitally altered in some way. Sometimes the photos are completely changed to create a unique world. But mostly the photos are tweaked to fix errors or make them visually more appealing.

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  • How to Make an Image Black and White in Photoshop & Lightroom

    February, 2021

    There are many reasons for converting coloured images to black and white. Monochrome photos highlight lines, light, and shapes. Colour can sometimes be distracting or dull. Removing colour is easy. I’ll show you how to convert an image to black and white in Lightroom and Photoshop. In both programs, there is a simple method and one that gives more artistic flexibility.

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  • How to Understand Depth of Field in Photography

    May, 2020

    Depth of field (DoF) is one tool that will make your images more powerful and interesting. It is an artistic focusing choice with a technical foundation.
    In this article, I’ll help you understand depth of field and how you can use it in your own photography. To increase your depth of field, you have three options:

    You can narrow your aperture by increasing the f/stop, move further away from your subject, or by shortening the focal length of your lens.
    To decrease your depth of field, you have three options:
    You can widen your aperture by decreasing the f/stop, move closer to your subject, or by lengthening the focal length of your lens.

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  • Photographing Wild Horses

    December, 2020

    A few hours’ drive from my home is a field deep in the Missouri Ozarks. The field is quiet and secluded, tucked back at the end of a series of dirt roads. But if you stumble across this particular field you might get a surprise – the thundering sound of wild horses. The wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri are technically “feral” rather than wild. Their ancestors were likely domesticated animals turned loose during the economic difficulties of the Great Depression. Today, the horses run free in the fields and forests of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
    This ebook will help you find and photograph wild horses – or even domesticated ones. Many of the lessons in this ebook apply to photographing other animals in the wild.

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  • The Sky's the Limit: Photoshop's Sky Replacement Tool

    February, 2021

    In October 2020, Adobe released a powerful new tool in Photoshop 2021: The Sky Replacement tool. Other programs have sky replacement tools (e.g., Luminar), but this is the first time Photoshop has included this option. With the new Sky Replacement tool, two clicks in Photoshop will take care of the masking. Even Lightroom users who don’t have a lot of experience in Photoshop will find this tool accessible. You don’t have to know how to create layers or layer masks. The program will do it for you. Let’s take a look at Photoshop’s surprisingly easy-to-use Sky Replacement tool. "

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  • Travel Photography in your own Back Yard

    January, 2021

    Travel photography is fun and exciting. We see new places and have new experiences. When we travel, we always something new to photograph.
    But let’s face it, most of us can’t travel all of the time. If we’re lucky, we get a couple of trips a year. The rest of the time, we’re home doing everyday things in familiar places. During the pandemic, many of us found our traveling greatly reduced or eliminated entirely.We often think of traveling as part of a long trip, but traveling is a mindset. As long as we're open to the experience, travel photography can happen wherever you are. Even in your own back yard.

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  • What Makes a Strong Creative Portfolio?: Interview with Robert Bullivant

    November, 2020

    Robert Bullivant is a fine art printer and photographer based in the American midwest. He is the owner of Bullivant Gallery and Consulting. We talked to Robert about the importance of the creative portfolio and how to create a successful commercial portfolio.

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  • Why I’m Sticking with Lightroom Classic… for Now

    January, 2020

    Ever since Adobe announced that Lightroom would become “Lightroom Classic”, the writing has been in the wall. Lightroom as I know it will someday become a technological dinosaur. If Adobe gets their way, the replacement - confusingly known as Lightroom (non-Classic) – is the way of the future. When CC came out, I opened the program and poked around a bit. But it was such a different interface and I couldn’t really see the point. I had photos to process, so I closed CC and went back to work in Classic. In this article, I’ll give you my impressions as I revisited CC with a view to switching from Classic.

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