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Straightening a Photo in Photoshop

I was recently hired to do the photography for a wine event at a local restaurant. Much to my chagrin I discovered that, in a couple of photos, my tripod wasn’t quite straight at the time, and I ended up taking a few slightly crooked pictures. What may have once been a BIG problem is […]

Sunny 16 – A Rule of Thumb

“Sunny f/16″, or “Sunny 16″, is a mnemonic to help photographers recall a “rule of thumb” for estimating correct daytime exposure. Initially established for film photography (which is an obvious statement, since most “rule of thumbs” that have been around for a while, such as this one, were based in film photography) to help estimate […]

Fix My Photo – Flagstaff from Mars Hill

I was recently in Flagstaff, Arizona, hanging out for the weekend while my husband had to work a job for the local hospital. I drove up to the top of Mars Hill, from which the entirety of Flagstaff was laid out before me for my viewing pleasure. It was the middle of the day. The […]

Editing in Camera Raw

I admit that I don’t fiddle around too much with images in RAW format. I’m on the fence when it comes to shooting in RAW – I don’t really have an opinion about it one way or another. I can see circumstances where it would be really useful; I can see other circumstances where it’s […]

Review – The Digital Photography Book Volume 3

The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3 (Peachpit Press, copyright 2010) is Scott Kelby’s follow up to the first two volumes in the series – aptly named “The Digital Photography Book Volume 1″, and “…Volume 2″.  Scott uses his usual straightforward manner and unique brand of humor to describe some tips and tricks in his photographer’s […]

Freelensing

While perusing the Internet for new photography techniques, I came across something referred to as “freelensing”. This technique is achieved by detaching the lens from the camera but holding it in place, then shifting the lens around to focus the shot. Shafts of light are “leaked” into the image, a high degree of bokeh is […]

Photoshop CS3 – Create a Black and White Image

More often than not, instead of shooting a picture using my camera’s black and white (or “grayscale”) setting, I prefer to take color photographs and convert them to black and white. Rather than going to Image/Mode/Grayscale in Photoshop CS3 to turn a color photo into black and white, here is a new technique that I […]

Destination Photography Workshops

Travel to exciting destinations while receiving expert instruction to expand your photography skills! Y Explore offers custom photography tours/workshops of Yosemite National Park. Learn techniques from expert photography instructors in the dramatic scenery that Yosemite is famous for. Photographic subjects during the tour include granite monoliths and domes, waterfalls, wildflowers, black bears, and other wildlife. […]

Four Things Photography Has Taught Me

1. Patience.  It has never been my strong suit. Yet it is absolutely required to first learn photography, then to exercise what you’ve learned. I used to get frustrated because I couldn’t make the shot happen – the one that I envisioned within my mind’s eye. Now, I try more often (it’s still a work […]

How It Was Done (Part Two)

Finishing up with what I started on the 10th, here are the techniques used for the last two photographs that I featured: Photo #3: “Light writing” is really easy and pretty darned entertaining. All you need is a light source (a glow stick or a flashlight works well), a dark room (or outside at night), […]