Nikon D800’s Wonderful Ability to Crop

One of the things I’m loving about the Nikon D800 is the ability to frame the photo relatively loosely and then crop to what I need. I went out last evening to photograph the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at dusk. I shot the image at a wide-angle and then cropped it in Photoshop to a 12″ [...]

The Importance of Black in Monochrome Images

I love converting my images to black and white. There is a timeless quality and a sense of abstraction that we just can’t see with traditional color photography. Many black and white images are greatly improved by having areas of dense black in the composition. These solid black areas anchor the photo and can add [...]

Photo Sequence - Old Faithful Eruption

Effectively showing action sequences in our photography can take some thinking and ingenuity. For this image of Old Faithful, I wanted to do a good job of demonstrating how the geyser started erupting with a whimper, then built into a massive gush of steaming water. While at the visitor’s center, I noticed how another photographer [...]

The Venerable S-Curve

There are many plugins and special software products designed to help you enhance your photographs. I use a lot of them and think they are extremely helpful for our digital workflow. However, I hear from lots of people that they don’t want to use all the fancy software. Rather, they just want something simple they [...]

Do You Think in Photoshop?

Do you aspire to get the photo as close to perfect in the camera or do you wonder how that photo might look if you continued processing it in software? It is an interesting dilemma and one that can never be truly answered for everyone. Many people state, “I’m a purist. What I see in [...]

Bleach Bypass from Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0

I think all photographers should keep current on software and post-processing methods. In the “old days” of digital photography we had to create everything in Photoshop. We learned all kids of tricks and methods to produce frames, grunge looks, cross processing, etc. Now, all we need to do is spend a few bucks on a [...]

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Sepia

Mt. Kilimanjaro above the town of Moshi, Tanzania. November, 2010. I took the image with my Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f2.8 lens during one of my African Safari trips. In the computer, I processed it Photoshop CS5 using ACR, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Polarizer and Nik Silver Efex Pro Sepia conversion.

Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

I was working on some of my Yosemite photographs the other day and came across this one taken from Tunnel View. As soon as I opened it up, I noticed jet contrails in the sky and was ready to immediately close it to find another one without the contrails. Honestly, I didn’t want to spend [...]

Quick and Dirty Single Image HDR in Photoshop CS5

Here’s a super quick and easy way to get a single image HDR in Photoshop CS5.
1. Open your image in Camera Raw (ACR).
2. Set Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, and Clarity to 100.
3. Adjust exposure and brightness to taste.
4. Readjust any settings that make the image seem over the top.
5. Click Open Image when finished.
The method [...]

November 2010 Newsletter is Posted

I’m just about to step onto the plane for Africa but wanted to post the link for our November 2010 newsletter. Follow the link to learn about:
- Free Camera Bag Giveaway for November
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot at Night with Ambient Light
- November GOAL Assignment: Less is More
- Digital Tidbits: Panorama Merge to Single Image [...]