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Five Minute Upgrade: Learn to customize Photoshop for speed and creativity

Most photographers spend a lot of time in Photoshop.  We do our best to learn tips and tricks on how to use Photoshop to create various effects, but if you’re still using Photoshop on its default settings and preferences, you’re totally missing out.  Today I made a list of a few customizations I always make to Photoshop when I install it on …

Lightroom vs. Photoshop

This is an outdated post.  To see the up-to-date article comparing Photoshop vs Lightroom, check this post. Yesterday, I wrote an introduction to Lightroom Presets.  This prompted MANY readers to ask whether they should buy Photoshop or Lightroom, and whether Lightroom is useful on photos other than portraits, or if it is just a portrait photography tool.  Michael Bates wrote …

Organic HDR: It’s HDR without the HDR!

HDR, or high dynamic range photography, is generally accomplished by taking three (or more) photos with varying exposure levels and then combining the light information to create one single image that carries detail in both the shadows and highlights.  That’s the HDR that we all know and love. However, you can hold detail in your shadows and highlights to achieve …

Amazon is Selling Lightroom 3 for $119 Today!!!!!

Lightroom 3 is a program made by Adobe, the makers of Photoshop.  I usually recommend that photographers buy Lightroom 3 rather than Photoshop as your first image editing software choice because it is MUCH easier to use, faster, and perfectly capable for making 95% of the edits that most photographers make.  Photoshop is really for making major changes to a …

15 Tips For Stunning Black and White Photography

This post is in response to a question from Matthew Tapley, who is interested in learning how to improve his black and white photography skills.  I hope this article has information that is valuable enough to you that you’d consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. Black and White Photography Tip #1: Shoot in RAW.  Many times when I shoot for …

What Photographers Need to Know About Sharpening for the Web and Print

Steve McGanity, a reader from England (or do you prefer UK?) asked a question regarding sharpening in response to my article on tips for sharper photos. In the article, I briefly mentioned that photographers need to sharpen photos that will be used on the web differently than photos that will be printed.  Steve wanted to know how to properly sharpen …