FREE eBook: 13 tips for better wildflower photography

free_ebookcoverIn anticipation of a great spring wildflower season, we decided to put together a FREE 20-page eBook, 13 tips for better wildflower photography. It contains some of our existing articles, but also includes SIX brand new articles!

Here’s what you’ll learn in this free 20-page eBook: [Read more…]

How to fix the “gray snow problem” with Photoshop

Photo by kelpenhagen (used under the CC-Attr-NC 2.0 license)

Photo by kelpenhagen (used under the CC-Attr-NC 2.0 license)

Yesterday, I wrote a few tips for getting a perfect exposure of a snow covered landscape (or, how to avoid the “gray snow problem”).

But, what do you do with all those gray snow photos you already took? Throw them away?

Nope! Fortunately, there’s an easy way to fix the gray snow problem in Photoshop. With just a few clicks, you’ll transform that dull grayness into a beautiful bed of white textured snow.

Here’s how to do it: [Read more…]

How to make your photos super sharp in Photoshop (without adding noise)

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There seems to be a lot of debate about the best sharpening method in Photoshop. Some say it’s “unsharp mask,” while others swear by “smart sharpen,” and a few have developed complex multi-step workflows for sharpening their photos.

I’ve tried a few of these techniques, but the one I like best is High-Pass sharpening. It’s my favorite method for two reasons:

  • It barely adds any noise to your photo
  • It’s a short and quick process

So, here’s how you do it: [Read more…]

How to resize your photos (the “sharp” way)

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Do you constantly find yourself resizing your photos to prepare them for the Internet? Maybe for posting them to a blog, emailing them to a friend, or adding them to your online photo gallery?

Surprisingly, photo resizing (or resampling) involves some very complex computer algorithms. There’s many ways to do it, and I won’t go into all the technical details here, but the bottom line is that the default resizing method in Photoshop isn’t the best one available.

If you change just one setting when resizing your photos, you can get much higher quality results that will even make your photos look sharper!
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