Mastering the Digital Age of Photography (By Dustin Olsen)

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

This is a guest post by Dustin Olsen, who now works with me (Jim) on Improve Photography.  Here’s Dustin… The photography industry has taken a turn for the worse! It has gone digital and the younger generations of our time have embraced it gladly and the older generations have about thrown it away. Before the …

Lightroom vs. Photoshop

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

This is an outdated post.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 …

Organic HDR: It’s HDR without the HDR!

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

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

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

15 Tips For Stunning Black and White Photography

In Landscape/Nature, Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

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

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

Review of Nik HDR Effex Pro and Photomatix 4

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

5 tips to show off the texture in your HDR photography

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

My HDR photos are noisy!

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

That’s PHOTOSHOPPED!

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

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 …

HDR Photography Tips [Video]

In Landscape/Nature, Post-processing by Jim Harmer

Join me, Jim Harmer, on an HDR landscape photography shoot at the beach in Florida.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the audio from my microphone, so I had to use the windy audio from the camera’s on-board mic.  Woops! In this video, I teach some compositional tricks for landscape photographers and go through an in-depth tutorial …