Tom Leighton

147 Flips | 3 Magazines | 41 Likes | 3 Followers | @PhotosByTomTom | Commercial Photographer of kids, food and still life. www.PhotosByTomTom.com

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Importing Photos in Lightroom

If you haven't closely examined everything you can do when you import photos in Lightroom, you could be missing the chance to save valuable time in …

Tutorials

Lifetimes

Use A Smarter High Pass Filter to Sharpen Your Photos

Sharpening an image with a high-pass filter in Photoshop is a simple way to make the image pop. But what happens if you've sharpened your image and …

Tutorials

A Beginner's Guide to Photoshop Blending Modes

Want to get better at Photoshop quickly? Master Photoshop blending modes to improve your photo editing skills immediately.<p>This great video from Serge …

Tutorials

A Landscape Shooter’s Guide to Back Button Focus and Hyperfocal Distance

Want to learn how to shoot tack-sharp landscape photos? Photographer Dave Morrow made this solid 27-minute guide that teaches his personal focusing …

Flash Photography Is Easier Than You Think: This Simple Primer Shows You How (VIDEO)

There are two important facts about flash photography that everyone should understand: The first is that a simple external flash mounted atop a …

This is What Happens When You Hire a Nigerian Scammer as a Photographer

Here’s an unusual and inspiring 8-minute video by photographer Adam Grumbo of Matters To That One. After he was contacted online by a Nigerian …

Photoshop Tips: Here’s How to Add Clouds & Enhance Colors for More Dramatic Landscape Photos (VIDEO)

One lesson all outdoor photographers learn is that there’s a big difference between a beautiful location and a great landscape photograph. That’s …

This is What Digital Cameras Were Like in 1995

There are plenty of new digital camera unboxing videos these days, but they’re generally not like this one. <i>Lazy Game Reviews</i> got its hands on an …

Boots on! 20 wonderful winter walks

"How nimbly you step forth!”, decreed the naturalist John Burroughs of walking in winter.<p>“The woods roar, the rivers shine, and the hills look invitingly near. You do not miss the flowers and the songsters, or wish the trees and the fields any different or the heavens any nearer. Every object …

Scotland

Best Podcasts: 13 shows you need to listen to right now

Bored of listening to the same music on your commute? Then there’s a good chance you need to spice things up a little bit with some new podcasts to …

JPEG vs. PNG: When and why to use one format over the other

In the world of digital imaging, there are two image formats that prevail above all else: JPEG (or JPG) and PNG.<p>At first glance, a single image shown …

Tutorials

How to Pick the Right Camera Settings for Every Scenario

Fresh from telling us to stop asking about camera settings, Tony Northrup is back with a 17-minute video going in depth on the general camera …

Chicken with young ginger

For this dish, use plump, tender ginger that is not too fibrous – a small piece should break off cleanly, with no fibres poking out of the cut.<p>INGREDIENTS<p>75g root ginger, the youngest and freshest you can find<br>• 1 spring onion, white part only<br>• 350g boned chicken thighs<br>• 2 tbsp cooking oil or lard<br>• 1 tbsp …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding the focusing modes on your camera

When trying to understand what different focusing modes are for, it's important to have a basic grasp of exactly what focus is in terms of …

Madonna's 15 albums: from worst to best

Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan Ends: Pictures

Pakistan

5 Affordable Graphic Design Programs to Make Your Creations Pop

You know how good cookies taste so much better when you’ve made them yourself? It’s just so satisfying–especially when other people like them too.<p>The …

Graphic Design

One-Minute Tip: Visually Set Optimum White Balance with Your Camera’s Live View Mode (VIDEO)

One way to avoid unnecessary processing time is to set the optimum white balance for your scene before shooting a photograph. That typically involves …

Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops -- mysterious, nonsensical conversations in …

7 Useful Camera Tricks for Nikon Shooters

If you’re a Nikon shooter, listen up. Wildlife photographer and knowledgeable Nikon shooter Steve Perry has some really useful tips and tricks that …

Cameras

Adobe’s New Algorithm Makes Super Difficult Selections a Cinch

Adobe Research has been working on some pretty interesting photo and video editing features, but their latest research might just revolutionize photo …

My Universal Pricing Strategy for Commercial and Non-Commercial Photography

Pricing has always been a subject of interest for photographers. Whether you practice high-end commercial photography or you take beautiful family …

Photography

Bite-Size PS Tutorials: Using the Cinematography Technique 'Crushing the Blacks' to Improve Your Images

Generally speaking, losing detail in your image is a bad thing. However, there is a creative way to do so that is most commonly employed in …

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Using Photography Composition Templates

When doing photography in general, and in my case Travel photography, the use of a photography template can be very beneficial and help improve the …

Here’s How to Use Lightroom to Eliminate Ugly Fringing Effects in Landscape Photos (VIDEO)

Most photographers prefer to spend more time behind the camera and less time sitting at their computer, and it’s easy for all of us to get a bit lazy …

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12 Essential iPhone Photography Apps and Accessories

Take your pictures to the next level.<p>Every iPhone has an excellent camera right out of the box. However, with the help of third-party apps and accessories, you can improve the quality of your mobile photos and videos even more.

Unlock the Hidden Power of Lightroom with These Quick Tips from Anthony Morganti (VIDEO)

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful and widely used tool, but like other comprehensive editing applications it has some hidden features that are unfamiliar …

Lighting Tips: How to Shoot Killer Product Photography at Home

We’re not entirely sure why, but product photography tutorials are coming hard and fast lately. So in case this DIY lightbox wasn’t good enough, and …

A Simple Guide to the ‘Desaturated Urban Look’ in Lightroom

The ‘desaturated urban look’ is incredibly popular these days, especially among rooftoppers and other city photographers who want to give their …