Contrast Part 2: Composing it right in camera

Contrast is everything in photography composition. Right now we’re going through a moment in history that is defined by playing with light. The memorable images are the ones that use contrasting elements to draw the user in, and keep them there. Because photography has become so accessible through applications like Instagram and Google Images, there […]

Tips for reducing noise without ruining your photos

Banner image, the photo that we'll be using in this tutorial

Reducing noise without degrading image quality can be tough. But over the years, I’ve learned a number of techniques for reducing noise without paying for expensive Photoshop plugins. There have been many times where I was traveling without a tripod to save some weight and ended up needing to boost my ISO. The best photo […]

Contrast Part 1: Edit Photos to Stand Out

One question I get asked all the time by new photographers, is why aren’t my pictures turning out? What problems are causing these images to look flat, or uninspiring? And the truth is, it can be hard to know what makes a really good photograph. In the beginning of my photography days, I would take […]

How to make your own presets to create a consistent look on Instagram

Presets are a professional tool that every photographer needs in their belt. Not only do they help speed up the editing process, but they’re a game-changer for making images look good side by side in a single click. That said, rarely will anyone just turn on a preset and consider an image complete. While that […]

Replacing the Sky in Photoshop

Leaving heavy lenses behind

The Artificial Intelligence-powered Sky replacement tool is one of the greatest new features in the latest version of Photoshop. If you haven’t updated yet, you should. The simple tool can flawlessly replace a drab sky with a dramatic one in under 2 minutes.  [twenty20 img1=”1877″ img2=”1891″ offset=”0.5″ before=”Before Sky Replacement” after=”After Sky Replacement”]   Is […]

The secret behind stunning fireworks photography

Fireworks photography in Paris

New Years’ Eve is coming up, and that can only mean one thing for landscape photographers — it’s fireworks season. I’m going to show you in this video how you can take stunning photos of fireworks. So, number one, here’s the quick equipment list. You’re going to need a tripod in order to keep that […]

3 easy ways to create a vignette in Lightroom

Vignetting used to be just a characteristic of bad lens design. Lenses wouldn’t transmit as much light onto the corners of the frame, be it digital or film. The effect would be especially amplified at the widest apertures.  But these days, vignetting is almost completely fixed. The best and brightest lens designers in the world […]

Use Dodge and Burn to create fine art landscapes

The secret to making beautiful photos is as old as photography itself. Dodging and Burning has been around since light was first recorded onto glass plates. It’s a technique so powerful, that Ansel Adams once said “ Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”  Thankfully, you […]

How a tripod can take your landscape photography to the next level

I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve been asked by photographers this simple question. When do I need to use a tripod? And when can I hand hold my camera? It’s a good question, and the answers aren’t always as simple as you might think. Here’s why I always use […]

8 reasons why your photos aren’t sharp

Wildlife photos require quick focusing and shutter speeds

There is one mistake that’s unrecoverable, and that’s taking an un-sharp photograph. You could have researched the perfect time and place to catch that evening glow. When you get there, the scene is exactly what you were hoping for. Only to get home, load the images into Lightroom, zoom in, and feel your heart break […]

Supermoons: How to Take AMAZING Photographs

Watch the video above to see how you can be in the right place at the right time to photograph the supermoon with a picture that will include a landmark in the frame. The trick to getting amazing moon photos is to capture the  supermoon just as it is rising. The big bonus is that […]

The histogram explained through music

The histogram is a photographer’s best friend, and the easiest way to understand how it works is to compare it to music. If you look at a music equalizer, the bars on the left represent the bass, and the bars on the right represent the high notes, or treble. The same is true with a […]