• Introduction to Photoshop Layers

    Published Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

    Introduction to Layers

    For new users of Adobe Photoshop, gaining an understanding of how layers work is arguably the most important thing to learn first. The Layers palette offers a number of features and tools that makes it very powerful. Furthermore it also plays host to the various Adjustment Layers that make it easy to edit your photos in different ways and combine the effects in exciting ways.

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  • How to Give Your Photos a Lo-Fi Retro Look in Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

    How to Give Your Photos a Lo-Fi Retro Look in Photoshop

    In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can use layers of textures to give your photos a lo-fi retro appearance using Adobe Photoshop. Whether you love it or hate it, Instagram and many other similar apps and services have shown that creative photo filters are very popular. While you can use such apps for one click results, taking advantage of layers and blending modes can allow you to get creative and brew up your own unique effects.

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  • 22 Captivating Barn Photos

    Published Monday, November 4th, 2013

    For those who live in rural settings, barns and farms are seen just about every day. If you do see them every day, chances are you don’t give much thought to the amazing photos that are possible when using barns as a subject. In many cases, dilapidated and run down barns offer the best opportunities for interesting and powerful photos. Here you’ll find a collection of barn photos that will spark your creativity and make you want to go for a drive in the countryside to find some great photo opportunities.

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  • 11 Tree Tunnel Photographs for Inspiration

    Published Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    Leading lines and vanishing points can help to create beautiful compositions for your photographs. As an example, photos of tree-lined streets and paths can be very interesting. Here we’ll look at 11 examples that should provide some inspiration. One of the great things about these examples is that similar scenes can be found fairly easily in many rural areas.

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  • Stunning Backlit Photos

    Published Monday, October 28th, 2013

    Lighting is one of the most critical elements in photography. Different types and amounts of light can help to create different moods and looks, and backlit photos are a good example. Shooting shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset can allow you to use back lighting in your own work. If you’re looking for information on how to do this effectively, I’d recommend the backlit photography tutorial from Oh So Posh Photography. And for some inspiration, here are 50 amazing examples.

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  • Beautiful Photos of Trees

    Published Thursday, October 24th, 2013

    You don’t have to visit exotic locations or travel long distances to famous landmarks in order to get amazing photographs. Common, every day objects can make for great photos. As an example, trees can serve as the subject of beautiful photos, and they can be easily found all around us. You can visit a local park, or perhaps not even leave your own property to find opportunities to photograph trees.

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  • 10 Lens Care Tips for Photographers

    Published Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

    DSLR lenses are a serious investment for both professional and amateur photographers. Quality lenses can cost a considerable sum of money, and even the cost of inexpensive lenses add up when you have several in your kit. Taking good care of your lenses will help you to keep them functioning well and prevent damage.

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  • Pre-Shoot Inquiries You Never Want to Hear

    Published Monday, October 21st, 2013

    Questions You Never Want to Hear

    So we’ve probably all been there… the moment you have to decide what to say after a client/friend/family member says something really ignorant about your line of work as a photographer. Natural instinct is to want to haul off and hit something; however, for the sake of saving face you have to find a cordial way to counter what they’ve said. Here are five common lines I‘ve repeatedly come across and the ways I’ve found to retort with a polite, but honest response.

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  • Create a Mask in Photoshop Using Channels

    Published Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

    Create a Mask in Photoshop Using Channels

    In this step by step tutorial, I’m going to describe the basics behind creating a mask in Photoshop using channels. One of the greatest or worst things about Photoshop is the fact that there are often multiple techniques for achieving the same thing. Creating masks is one thing that can be achieved in various different ways and different techniques tend to suit different subjects.

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  • Using Your Camera’s Histogram Display To Take Better Pictures

    Published Monday, October 14th, 2013

    How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

    It’s a mistake to look at a picture in the LCD screen of your camera and think that’s exactly how it’s going to look when you import it into your photo management program. At best the LCD screen is a close approximation; much better now than just a few years ago, but there can be a world of difference between your camera’s LCD and your computer screen, and some details are lost in a screen that small.

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  • Cute Photos of Kids at Halloween

    Published Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    In just a few weeks Halloween will be here and kids will be out trick-or-treating. Halloween is a great opportunity to get some priceless photographs for your clients or of your own kids in costume. With that in mind, here is some inspiration. We’ve got 21 Halloween photos to showcase.

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  • Free Cross Processed Lightroom Preset

    Published Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Free Cross Processed Lightroom Preset

    Today we have a free Lightroom preset that will give your photos a cross processed look. This preset is a sample from our larger set of Cross Processing Lightroom Presets. The preset works in Lightroom 4 and 5 with both RAW files and .jpg files.

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  • Free HDR Lightroom Preset

    Published Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Free HDR Lightroom Preset

    Today we have a free Lightroom preset that will give your photos an HDR-like look. This preset is a sample from our larger set of HDR Hero Lightroom Presets. The preset works in Lightroom 4 and 5 with both RAW files and .jpg files. See preview images below.

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  • Tips for Awesome Self Portrait Photography

    Published Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Self Portrait Tips

    As a photographer, you’ll often sift through your past images and think “where am I?” Being behind the camera is fun, but if you can combine your photographic skills while being in front of the camera you can have fun and get some great shots of yourself.

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  • 40 Waterscape Photos for Your Inspiration

    Published Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

    Recently we showcased landscape photos, and today we’re shifting to focus specifically on waterscape photos. Coastal scenes, lakes, and rivers provide subjects for beautiful photos, and you’ll find 40 examples in this blog post.

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