The Camera That’s With You

You have probably heard of the philosophy that the best camera is “the one you have with you.” The phrase was originally used by Chase Jarvis in his book The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You: iPhone Photography. The concept – so simple and yet somehow so profound – is being embraced by […]

The First Three Things to Learn in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. Lightroom is a very powerful tool for viewing, organizing, retouching and sharing your photos. At first glance, it may seem that the program is too complex to be mastered quickly. […]

10 Things I Learned from Jay Maisel

It’s finally September, and psychologically the end of summer. The triple-digit heat still holds Arizona in its grip, though, so I still spend my days inside, in air-conditioned comfort. Luckily for me I have a subscription to Kelby Training. Just because I can’t physically wander the streets, camera in hand, doesn’t mean that I can’t […]

Brightening Gray Skies in Photoshop CS6

It’s really hot in Arizona right now. So hot that the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Valley of the Sun. I would think that the heat advisory would be implied, since it’s a) mid-August; and b) it’s the Phoenix metropolitan area. It sort of goes without saying that the temperature […]

Photo Analysis for Personal Improvement

We typically know, within a few seconds of viewing a photograph, whether we “like” it or not. It’s an automatic assessment, one that speaks to our instincts and our sense of aesthetics. When you’re learning to take great photos, though, it really helps to go through the process of understanding why we like or do […]

Tone Adjustments in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. “Tone” refers to the presence and quality of the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks contained within the photo. This is related to, but different than, “exposure” which refers to how […]

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Masters of Photography – W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) W. Eugene Smith began his photographic career by taking pictures for two daily newspapers in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Smith eventually moved to New York City where he worked for Newsweek and then Life Magazine for a while. As a correspondent for Ziff-Davis Publishing and then again with Life, he […]

Masters of Photography – Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) Some people quietly open a door and then gently close it after they have passed through. Others kick down the door and storm through. Whether or not Bourke-White ever kicked down a door, she opened so many that she wouldn’t have had time to be quiet about it. I could easily write […]

Masters of Photography – Mathew Brady

Beginning today, we are adding a new feature to Beyond Megapixels. The feature is entitled “The Masters of Photography.” The feature can be found each Tuesday in the “Asides” section of the home page. The articles will be organized by the genre of photography and each one will be limited to one or two paragraphs […]