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By Justin Reznick | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Capturing Water with Long Exposure Photography


Long exposure photography can be a fascinating technique when you’re photographing water. I’ve shown you the great cotton-candy look you can get with long exposures.

Now let me show you what you get when you focus on other features in water—features that, when long-exposed, can make something special from an otherwise ordinary scene.

By Jan Kabili | Friday, May 08, 2015

After the Shoot: New Photo Tools Series Offers Quick Tips

photo tools weekly

Learn new image-editing techniques in just a few minutes each week with our new series Photo Tools Weekly.

It’s all about photography after the shoot: tips and techniques to help you work smarter in programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, and with plug-ins and lesser-known apps, too.

Each week photographer Jan Kabili will focus on a post-processing technique or powerful app you can use to enhance your photos or improve your post-capture workflow. Each movie is 10 minutes or less—bite-sized and to the point.

Jan tells us who it’s for, why she created it, and what she’ll cover:

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, May 04, 2015

A Fair Flight: Drone Photography and the Law

get to know drone photography laws

Photographers and videographers are always looking for a new angle to shoot. The latest trend is using “unmanned aircraft systems” (“UAS”)—also known as drones—to provide an exciting new view of the world.

But before you take off into these skies, make sure you really understand drone photography laws. Here’s all you need to know.

By Derrick Story | Friday, May 01, 2015

What to Pack for a Photo Trip to Cuba: Nine Essentials


Having just the right gear, and not too much of it, facilitates creative travel photography. A light bag means less fatigue. And when you’re not tired, it’s far easier to be creative.

Have you ever passed on a shot just because you didn’t feel like walking a couple hundred yards to investigate it? (Yeah, I don’t like to admit it, either.)

On a recent photo assignment in Cuba, I was allowed 17 pounds for a carry on. I needed to have enough gear to capture the required stills and video, but not so much that I would grow weary hauling it through long days that always stretched into night.

In preparation for the trip, I developed this list of nine essentials for my camera bag—scrutinizing each item carefully to make sure it provided the maximum performance per ounce.

Here are the things you need for a photo trip to Cuba:

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, April 24, 2015

What’s New in Photoshop Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6?

Lightroom CC

When major software updates come out, we want to know what’s new to determine whether we should upgrade or not.

In most cases, the stakes are pretty low: Will a new spreadsheet program work faster? Will that new note-taking application sync with my phone?
But when we’re talking about photo management software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the stakes are higher:

  • Will it improve my photo workflow?
  • Am I risking my entire photo library with its tens or hundreds of thousands of images?
  • Will it bring my computer to a crawl as it’s processing photos?

This week Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom CC, and I’m happy to report that the answers are yes; no; and surprisingly, no.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, April 09, 2015

3 Ways to Share Your Lightroom Mobile Photos on iOS

Share your Lightroom mobile photos via iOS
My main photo library is stored in Adobe Lightroom, so I often browse and edit selected shots on my iPad using the Lightroom mobile app.

I sync a folder of images that I’ve already imported into Lightroom on the desktop and then, using the iPad, rate and edit photos on the couch instead of in front of my computer.

Until recently, if I wanted to use those photos in another app, I’d have to first share them to the iPad’s built-in photo library and then open them in the other app from there.
Well, some shortcuts are finally working around that diversion. Several apps can now pull images directly from an Adobe Creative Cloud account, bypassing the internal photo library.

Here are three apps that let you spend time being creative—instead of shuffling image files around:

By Jeff Carlson | Saturday, March 21, 2015

Photos for OS X App: The Smart Way to Install the Public Beta

installing the photos for os x app beta

Apple is now offering the new Photos for OS X application as a public beta, so anyone who signs up for (and is accepted into) the Apple Beta Software Program can start using a pre-release version of the photo library software.

But there’s a catch: You must also install the beta of the entire operating system, OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, to get the Photos for OS X app.
That means your data will be vulnerable to the sometimes unexpected behavior of pre-release software—and not just any data, but your library of irreplaceable digital photos.

You need a smart plan of action to make it work. Before you download the newest software, follow my advice in this article and save yourself potential headaches and wasted time.

By Konrad Eek | Friday, March 20, 2015

Darkroom Equipment: Everything You Need and Where to Get It

find the darkroom equipment you need

The rise of digital cameras has spurred a surprising trend: The return to analog and black-and-white photography.

Sure, digital photography gives us amazing power and control, but there’s something irresistible about creating a tangible artifact of captured light that you’ve translated—through chemistry—into a work of art. Also, I’d argue that the luster, finish, and depth of tone of digital black-and-white prints can’t compare to those of gelatin silver prints.

Did you know that many of the tools you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques?

My new course Setting Up a Home Darkroom shows you how to create your own darkroom to make old-school-style prints.

In this article, I’ll help you decide what darkroom equipment you need, where to get it, and how to get the most for your money.

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