How to Retain Highlight and Shadow Details for Print.

How to Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool on the Curves Adjustment Layer, to Get the Widest Tonal Range for Your Prints When you are editing your photographs to be viewed on your computer or to be uploaded onto a server to be see by the world on various devices that have access the internet, from desktop to hand-held then highlight and shadow detail while important is not exactly crucial. Often simply auto-adjusting brightness/exposure is usually good enough for viewing images on a computer monitor, especially since you should upload images optimized for websites…Read more …

Anticipating The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson will always be remembered for his iconic black and white street photographs, but he will also be remembered for a famous phrase that is known by almost every serious photographer, " The Decisive Moment " . The term comes from his 1952 book Images à la sauvette, the English edition was titled, The Decisive Moment. "Photography is not like painting," he told The Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression…Read more …

Alternative Photographic Processes Part 2

Photography trends, techniques, and processes, part 2 In part one of Alternative Photographic Processes , I wrote about high dynamic range imaging ( HDR ), cross-processing, painting with light and Liquid Light photographic emulsion, which are a few of the photographic trends and techniques I have seen used over the years. In this the second of the two part series I will tell you about one of my favourite photographic processes of all time, Polaroid transfers. I will also discuss what is probably the most important tool for photographers since the invention of…Read more …

Alternative Photographic Processes Part 1

Photography trends, techniques, and processes, part 1 Experimentation in different photography techniques is normal and is expected if you want to learn and develop your own personal photographic style. It is a good way to help you find your voice as a photographer, but over use of certain techniques and/or tools can also take away from your work. Many of these tools can be very everyday, tools like filters or Photoshop, or it can be more specialized techniques, like cross-processing, Polaroid transfers or HDR ( high dynamic range imaging ). The problem is…Read more …