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Create an Ethereal Landscape

Creating a “soft glamour glow” is a popular Photoshop technique for portraiture. When applied to a landscape photograph, the same technique adds a sense of the ethereal and the fanciful. For this tutorial I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Here is the original photograph, taken in the red mountains of Sedona, Arizona. (Click any […]

Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography

The creative use of depth of field is one of the first things we learn as photographers. To some it was an epiphany to learn that we can choose which aspects of our image are in focus – from the smallest portion to the largest landscape. We know that if we choose a small aperture, […]

Create A Custom Preset In Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 comes with a bunch of great presets, and I find myself using a combination of four of them fairly often. I decided to create a custom preset that incorporates all four presets, so I can apply the effects with a single click. For a lot of my landscape photos, I like […]

Clarity vs. Sharpening in Lightroom

One of the last steps that we perform in post-processing is sharpening our photos. I find myself to be a greater fan of “clarity” when post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (or Lightroom 3), and apply it with a more liberal hand than I apply sharpening. But what is the difference between clarity and sharpening? […]

Rounded Corner Tutorial

Last weekend I was messing around in the back yard, trying to determine how best to photograph subjects in harsh light where the sun was directly overhead (another topic for another day). I had my Lensbaby Composer on my Canon EOS 7D and was just messing around. When I got back to my computer and […]

The Beauty of Soft Focus

We talk a lot about how to achieve tack-sharp, perfectly focused photographs. We extol on the virtues of the Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, and enumerate the countless ways to steady our cameras in order to achieve perfectly crisp images. There is great beauty to behold, though, in a softly focused photograph – keeping in mind […]

Color Correction Using Photoshop

Here is a great color correction technique that I recently learned while trying to address some haze issues that occurred during our recent trip to Maine. This technique can be used in any of the latest versions of Photoshop (CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5). I’m using CS3, as I am still saving for the upgrade to […]

Creative Frames in Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3

Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3 allows you to create frames for your photographs quickly and easily. For the purpose of this tutorial, I took some shots of a recently purchased bottle of Taylor Fladgate port (pictures, that is… one does not “shoot” port!). Here is the original: Open your photograph in Full Editor Mode. Then […]

A Brief HDR Tutorial

“HDR” stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. The definition from Wikipedia is, “a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range […]

Video Tutorials

Like many people, I am a visual learner. I absorb information best when it is demonstrated to me, or taught directly to me by another person. For this reason, I really value the efforts put forth on KelbyTV. The site is organized into several sections, or channels. Photoshop User TV features tips and tricks about […]