Adjusting Contrast in a Photo: Are You Doing it Wrong? (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
3d ago
One big advantage of today's sophisticated post-processing software is that there are usually multiple methods and tools for accomplishing the same task. And oftentimes the technique that works best for one type of image is not the best choice for another. The video below demonstrates eight ways to get the job done, whether your goal is to boost contrast or reduce it depending upon the specific effect you're trying to create. This tutorial from photographer Mike Rogala comes with the warning that there's a good chance that you're doing it wrong. Rogala puts it like this: "There are several wa ..read more
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DON'T Do This When SHARPENING Your Photos (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
3d ago
The failure to attain precise focus is a sure way to ruin an otherwise great photo, but fortunately there are post-processing methods to sharpen blurry images IF you use the right tools. Taking the wrong approach, however, will only make things worse. We promise that  you'll never look at sharpening the same way again after watching this eye-opening tutorial from acclaimed landscape photographer Mark Denney—especially after experimenting with the process on your own images. Sharpening soft photos is one of the most important image-editing tasks, and there are varying opinions about the b ..read more
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Edit Raw Photos for Light, Color & Detail (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
3d ago
Are you one of those photographers who always shoots Jpegs because you think editing Raw files is beyond your skills? If so you're not alone, even though there are significant image-quality benefits to shooting in Raw. This beginners Lightroom post-processing guide will change your mind by demonstrating how easy it is to edit Raw files for light, color, and detail. The comprehensive lesson runs about 15 minutes so we suggest taking a few notes, but by the time the video concludes you'll no longer be a beginner. Instructor Pablo Garcia was trained as an engineer, but these days he says, "photo ..read more
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Use Shutter Speeds Creatively to Capture Unique Landscape Photos (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
5d ago
Shutter speed is one of the three elements that combine to achieve a proper exposure, the other two being aperture and ISO. But unless you shoot in Manual mode, it's likely that you use Aperture Priority—thereby leaving it up to the camera to choose an appropriate shutter speed. There are times, however, when Shutter Priority can be a big help, like when photographing fast-moving subjects or when you want to create a unique look. This comprehensive tutorial is devoted to the latter, with a bunch of examples and suggestions on the best shutter speeds to use for creating dynamic images in diffe ..read more
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An "Amazing" Lightroom Technique That Most Pros Can't Live Without (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
5d ago
There's a common denominator running through many of the post-processing tutorials we post, and it's a technique that one of our favorite instructors says he can't live without. Many of his fellow pros agree wholeheartedly, and today you'll learn exactly how it works. Instructor Simon d'Entremont is an acclaimed wildlife and nature photographer based in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, and the topic of this episode is taking advantage of "local adjustments" to bring out the best in every image you edit. In fact, Simon insists that this is "the most important Lightroom technique there is ..read more
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Why Camera Lens Hoods Are Essential & When Not to Use One (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
5d ago
Most experienced photographers rarely shoot without a lens hood for several important reasons, whether they're photographing indoors or out. These affordable accessories not only protect the front element of a lens from damage, but they also improve image quality in a number of ways. This 10-minute tutorial  from landscape pro Vlad Manea reveals everything you need to know, including the rare instances in which you should remove the hood. As you'll see, lens hoods are available in different shapes and styles because each is designed for lenses of a special focal length or range. And as s ..read more
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5 Ways to Boost Autofocus with Whatever Gear You Own (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
6d ago
Simply put, if you miss accurate focus you miss the shot, no matter how compelling the scene or the subject. In this tutorial from the Wildlife in Focus YouTube channel you'll learn a handful of proven techniques for getting the job done every time. Focusing speed and precision varies among different cameras and lenses, and the five tips below will greatly improve your odds of success—regardless of the gear you use and whether you're a beginner or a more advanced shooter. Instructor Adrien Coquelle is a French wildlife photographer, but the advice he provides is applicable to other genres as ..read more
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Take Mobile Photography to the Next Level with 4 Powerful Tips (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
1w ago
Is your smartphone a camera of last resort when you've left your photo gear at home, or do you have higher aspirations for mobile photography? In either case, you'll be able to significantly improve your mobile imagery by taking advantage of four helpful tips in the four-minute tutorial below. Instructor Vlad Manea is a working pro based in Germany who frequently shares shooting and editing tips that are designed with the beginner's point of view in mind. Today's quick episode follows this approach with a quartet of tips for making impressive photographs (rather than mere snapshots) the ..read more
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What's the BEST Camera Sensor Size for YOU? Bigger Isn't Always Better (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
1w ago
The world of photography offers a wide array of camera systems, each designed to cater to different needs and budgets. And one of the key considerations is choosing a model with a sensor size that works best for your style of photography. Some photographers are under a misconception that bigger sensors and full-frame cameras are always the optimum choice, but this tutorial from instructor Jalen Oban will likely change your mind. In barely six minutes he discusses the pros and cons of full-frame, crop-sensor, and medium format cameras so you can choose what you really need versus what you want ..read more
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3 Easy Edit Hacks for Landscape Photos with the Wow Factor (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
1w ago
Today's quick Photoshop lesson is designed for photographers who are frustrated and dissatisfied with how their landscape images turn out after post-processing because results "lack that special something." The goal is to solve this dilemma with three simple Photoshop hacks for injecting photos with the WOW factor to make them stand out from the crowd. Instructor Steve Arnold is a landscape pro, image-editing expert, and respected instructor whose tutorials are intended to "help other photographers level-up their Photoshop skills" with straightforward techniques for shooters of all skills lev ..read more
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