It is something many a landscape photographer will be aware of, but many others may not. Diffraction is an obscure effect but one we should all be know about. You might have noticed it without really understanding what it is, a slight but perceptible softening of the image quality when using small apertures. You might […]
My recent move to a mirrorless system using Fuji X series cameras has been a smooth and enjoyable transition. One of the items of kit I had decided to get for the new system was a square filter system. The king of the squares is, of course Lee and they have recently introduced their new […]
France is undoubtably a photographer’s paradise, from majestic Paris to the stunning landscapes of Dordogne, there is barely a corner of the country that is not photogenic. One of the many photographic gems is Bordeaux in the Gironde Department in South Western France. Many may be surprised that it is not a large metropolis, its […]
Let’s be honest, photography has never been cheap, in the pre-digital age we needed to buy and process film and ironically the free digital era requires us to upgrade computers buy bigger hard drives and stay in touch with the latest tech. Or does it? Today we are going to have look at ways of […]
Photography is a lifelong learning experience. Even the best of the best will tell you that they still have much to learn. This is perhaps doubly so in the digital era where new ideas and techniques are constantly evolving. If you are just starting out in photography, all this information can seem overwhelming, so today […]
If you have been into photography a little while, think back a few years. Remember the early days of digital. Remember all those articles telling us how digital not only would revolutionise photography but also make it infinitely cheaper to everyone. Now think about not only the cameras, lenses, flashguns, memory cards and camera bags […]
Red, it is one of the most powerful and emotive colors in the spectrum but have you ever noticed that when you take a predominately red image, those reds have a tendency to over saturate or blow out? You are not alone, and it’s not your technique either. The fact is that reds are not […]
There is no doubt that microstock photographic libraries have divided opinion in the photographic community. With good reason. Like any disruptive technology, microstock took the long established photographic library business model and turned it upside down. Instead of selling from a highly curated selection of images at high prices direct to large businesses, microstock sells all sorts of photography at low prices and allows submissions from anyone who can pass their quality control. As you would imagine, many photographers, including myself, derided this as the death of paid photography. However, as the microstock business has developed, my personal views on it have somewhat mellowed, to the extent that these days I make significantly more money from the microstock world than I do from the likes of Getty and Alamy. Today I am going to share my thoughts on the microstock industry.
Photography is a lifelong learning experience. Even the best of the best will tell you that they still have much to learn. This is, perhaps, doubly so in the digital era where new ideas and techniques are constantly evolving. If you are just starting out in photography, all this information can seem overwhelming. So, today, we are going to take a look at ten everyday, very simple techniques to improve your images.
A very powerful and yet often forgotten function within Photoshop CC are Smart Objects. Smart Objects were originally created for graphic design use and introduced in Photoshop CS2. Since then, they have evolved into an extremely useful tool for photographers. One of their major uses is their ability to allow non destructive editing not only of the images but also of filters applied to an image. In this article we will take a look at some things that you can do with Smart Objects.