How to Control Tricky Lighting in Landscape Photography

While shooting in Nauvoo, I found a beautiful stone bridge built by Mormon pioneers over 150 years ago.  The small rock bridge included a small waterfall underneath it, so I knew it was time to take out the camera and start shooting. Unfortunately, as soon as I got underneath the bridge and waded into the water, I could see that …

Review of Nik HDR Effex Pro and Photomatix 4

What are the differences between Nik HDR Effex Pro and Photomatix 4?  Which one is better?  Which one is best?  Read this review and learn… First of all, the conclusion.  After fairly extensive testing of both Photomatix 4 and HDR Effects Pro, I have come to the conclusion that the best product for serious HDR photographers is Photomatix 4, and …

5 tips to show off the texture in your HDR photography

More than any other type of photography, HDR loves texture.  The reason is that the HDR process exaggerates fine detail in a scene.  Because texture has so much fine detail, we see it in a way that captivates viewers.  There are a few ways to bring even more texture out of your HDR photos that you might like to know. …

My HDR photos are noisy!

Actually, they probably aren’t noisy but if you clicked on this link, I bet they are suffering from grain.  What’s the difference between noise and grain?  Let’s talk.  This post is an excerpt from my book “Improve Your HDR Photography.”  If you’d like to buy the book, you can buy a digital copy for $5.99 direct from this website and …

That’s PHOTOSHOPPED!

Snore!  I’ve heard it before… people turn up their noses at my photography because I Photoshop my images.  The ignorant remarks lack an understanding that there are extremely few professional photographers who don’t use digital image editing techniques.  If you’re ever faced with these whiners, consider arming yourself with the following arguments. First, no photograph is realistic.  Was that sunset …