Michael Smith

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How to Use the Simple but Powerful Effects Panel in Lightroom (VIDEO)

If you’ve been following Lucy Martin’s excellent series of Lightroom tutorials you have, no doubt, already learned a lot. A few months ago, we shared …

Tutorials

This Best-Selling Digital Photography Book is Free Right Now

Heads up: you can currently download one of the most popular digital photography books out there. Tony Northrup is giving away <i>How to Create Stunning</i> …

Digital Photography

Post Tips: How To Change The Background In A Portrait (Part 1 of 2)

In this two-part tutorial Sony Artisan Chris Orwig shows how to prepare images in Lightroom, then send them over to Photoshop to combine them and …

Tutorials

How to Set Up and Customize an Amazon Echo Flash Briefing

Want to quickly catch up with the news? Here's how to set up a Flash Briefing from your favorite news outlets, which Alexa will read to you from your …

Smart Homes

5 Must-Know Photoshop Retouching Tips and Tricks for Photographers

Here are five quick tips for doing retouching in Photoshop that are essential to know. Learn them to do better retouching on your photos.<p>#1 – Load …

Tutorials

How to Calculate and Use Hyperfocal Distance for Better Landscape Photography

Hyperfocal distance, much like the “Sunny 16 Rule,” is one of those things that has arguably lost some relevance in the age of digital photography; …

How to Disable 'Galaxy Apps' Notifications on Your Samsung Phone

As most Galaxy owners probably know, Samsung phones come with their own app store, Galaxy Apps, which includes items like new fonts and Edge setups …

5 Things You Need to Discuss Before Traveling With Your Significant Other for the First Time

Bring these up before you pack your bags.<p>Planning a getaway with a new partner is an exciting relationship milestone. But how you handle that first …

How to Win Photo Contests

<b>Ruin, San Diego, California, 28 July 1996.</b> This image has won first prize in every contest in which it's been entered. I shot it with my Linhof …

Photographers Show Budget-Friendly Studio Lighting Setups

Detroit-based fashion and lifestyle photographer Jessica Kobeissi typically shoots exclusively with natural light, but in her latest video she …

From Start To Finish...Lightroom & Photoshop Tips For Portraits

Sony Artisan Of Imagery Chris Orwig shows how he uses Lightroom and then Photoshop to as he takes a portrait from start to finish. In the tutorial, …

I went on a magical trip through Iceland — here's what you should know before you go

Katie Lockhart<p><b>Renting a car is the best way to see the country</b>• <b><br>Watch out for hidden speed cameras, they can lead to big fines</b>• <b><br>Visit the lesser-known</b> …

European Travel

How to Blur a Background and Create Bokeh in Photoshop

One of the classic characteristics of a great portrait is a sharp subject set against a blurry background. This tutorial will teach you how to …

32 Of The Coolest Photography Links Of The Week

After a few weeks away we are pleased to see that Toad Hollow Photography is back and looking in all corners of the internet for links to tutorials …

How to Shoot Awesome Long Exposure Photos at Night: 6 Tips from Serge Ramelli

Long exposure photography, when done right, can produce some stunning images. Even better is long exposure photography at night, which can transform …

Photographers: It's Time to Start Watermarking Your Images

<i>A Virginia Federal Court ruling has potentially affected how copyright images are protected</i><p>We won’t get much into the specifics of what is going on …

Look Closely: These Aren't Flowers—They're Fireworks

If you look down and see flowers, you're likely out in nature or passing a neighborhood flower bed. However, if you look <i>up</i> and see flowers, you're …

Landscape Photography

Want More Instagram Followers? Here Are 12 Proven And Successful Organic Strategies

Instagram is the star child of the social media scene at the moment. Its popularity is on a continuous rise, and the implementation of Instagram Stories mid last year has only amplified that fact. This week— they announced the addition of their latest feature, IGTV; adding long-form video to the …

Social Media

Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 3: Protecting The Big Little Things

Even though it’s crucially important to back up your photos, a thorough and systematic workflow must also include paying attention to the little …

Five Techniques to Remove Anything From an Image Using Photoshop

One of the most useful things you can do in Photoshop is remove an object from a photo, whether that's a building ruining your landscape shot or that …

What most people are getting wrong about their credit score is costing them big time

Credit scores greatly impact a consumer's financial moves — and how much they'll pay along the way — yet many don't even know how the rating works.<p>Around 40 percent believe, incorrectly, that age and marital status play a role in their three-digit score, according to the Consumer Federation of …

Personal Finance

How to Keep Mulch Weed-free

Mulch helps keeps weeds from growing, but by itself, it isn't foolproof<p>Step 1<p>Pick up large tree branches, rocks and other items that are in the area …

The 13 best photography websites

These top photo sites will help you develop your skills behind the lens, boost your camera know-how and offer photographic inspiration.<p>The web is …

These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Each and every day we …

It Looks Like Amazon Accidentally Leaked When Prime Day 2018 Is

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s big summer sale, will start on July 16, according to a banner that appeared briefly on the Amazon UK …

How to Use Windows 10 Timeline

Lost a file? No problem. The April 2018 Update to Microsoft's Windows 10 allows you to journey back in time to find recent documents, photos, …

Prints That Pop: 10 Ways to Get Better Photo Prints from Digital Images

When teamed together properly, your image files, monitor, image-processing software, and printer can produce prints that you will be justly proud to …

How To Actually Edit Your Pics — According To 8 Photo Pros

Contrary to what your favorite Instagram accounts may have you believe, you don't <i>need</i> studio lighting, zoom lenses, tripods, and reflector discs to …

Airfare Study Claims This Is Exactly How Far In Advance You Should Book Your Flights

<i>This story originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.</i><p>CheapAir.com announced the results of its annual airfare study on Wednesday, analyzing 917 …

How to spot fake reviews on Amazon

Amazon is the place to get just about anything, from a Unicorn Mask to a cardboard cutout of Buddy the Elf. But behind every amazing product is a …