Composing for emphasis
Sep30

Composing for emphasis

Here is a little example to help you understand that how you compose and crop and image can change the emphasis of the subject. Let’s use the situation that we are tasked to shoot some photos of this little girl in her flowery dress. Before you begin, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is “Who am I shooting this for and what should I emphasize?” Why does this matter? Let’s say that you are...

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Dealing with Chromatic Aberrations in Lightroom
Sep28

Dealing with Chromatic Aberrations in Lightroom

If your first question is “What’s a Chromatic Aberration?” here’s basically what it is: it’s when you see either a purple or green line around the edges of things in your image. It almost looks like someone took a thin magic marker and traced along the edges of objects (like mountains, buildings, etc.). In the image above, look on the edge of the steps (I’ve zoomed in really tight so you can see...

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What To Do if Lightroom Starts Messing Up
Sep25

What To Do if Lightroom Starts Messing Up

For those of you with a Photoshop background, you know that if Photoshop starts acting weird (anything from tools missing from the toolbar to things just not working like they should), resetting Photoshop’s preference file usually fixes the problem (well, about 98% of the time, which is pretty high). So, is there a way to do something similar in Lightroom if it’s acting weird?  There is in Lightroom CC (Well, you could always dig up...

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Black and White?
Sep23

Black and White?

I have written about this in the past, but it is a great subject to revisit. Steve Gustafson helps to give you food for thought on when to make and image black and white. I have to say the one question that I am asked more than any other is whether someone should display a photograph in color or black and white. What photographer can honestly say they have not struggled when facing this decision. In desperation you post the images on...

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Rob’s 10-Tips Compilation
Sep22

Rob’s 10-Tips Compilation

Hi Gang, and greetings from Phoenix, Arizona where I’m teaching my new “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded!” tour today – hope to see some of you out here today (my next stop is Washington DC on Friday, Oct 16th). I wanted to thank the awesome Rob Sylvan for the series he did here on “10 More Things I’d Tell a New Lightroom User.” In case you missed any of Rob’s “10 more things…”...

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