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Shaping the Light of a Landscape Photo Using Only Lightroom

There's often the belief that creating a fully polished photo requires the use of Photoshop at some point in the process. However, Lightroom is …

Bite Size Tips: The Truth About Shooting In Raw

You have probably heard the general advice in photography that you should almost always shoot in raw format. Why? Simple – raw files hold a lot more …

How to Master Photoshop’s Pen Tool in Just 30 Minutes

Mastery of the pen tool enables complex vector shapes and selections that can be used for masking or extracting elements from an image. There is a …

3 Lightroom Tricks That Will Change How You Edit Photos

Lightroom is a fairly straightforward and simple piece of software to get your head around. But, like anything, there are always shortcuts and tricks …

A Beginner’s Intro to Using Histograms to Check and Nail Exposure

Once you understand how to read a histogram, it becomes an extremely useful display of the data that your camera is seeing. This 10-minute video from …

5 Ways to Reduce Your Editing Time in Lightroom

Maybe you're the kind of photographer who takes an abundance of photos for fun. Perhaps you're a wedding or portrait photographer who takes hundreds …

Tutorials

10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes

Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take it to another dimension altogether. You don’t need …

The Most Important Steps In Digital Photography

This is a fact that you may, or may not, be aware of- <b>At this point in time, a digital photograph “REQUIRES” a number of Fundamental Editing Steps to</b> …

How to Increase Impact in Portraits With Selective Masking

What You'll Be CreatingWhen you want to achieve extra visual impact in one of your images, selective masking in Adobe Photoshop can be a great trick …

Tutorials

5 Simple Lightroom Tips You Might Not Know About

Adobe Lightroom is arguably the most widely-used image editing software around these days. While most of our readers are probably quite familiar with …

Tutorials

Canning Like a Pro in 4 Easy Steps

In my previous article, I listed the supplies needed to get every homesteader well on their way to having a great canning experience this year. …

These 5 Margarita Recipes Just Made Your Weekend That Much Better

Whether you’re prepping for your Cinco de Mayo bash or just looking for a fresh drink to serve at all your summer backyard hangs, <b>nothing compares to a refreshing margarita</b>. With the May 5th holiday (and hopefully warm weather) right around the corner, we’ve rounded up a few unique ‘rita recipes …

Cinco de Mayo

How to grow strawberries

<i>Growing your own strawberries is one of the cheapest and easiest pleasures of summer. Here's how...</i><p><b>Start yourself off with a little batch of</b> …

How to scroll through Lightroom / ACR presets with your keyboard arrows!

I’ve been sitting around for the last week trying to find something I can share with you all that will really enhance your enjoyment and time …

5 Important Focal Lengths to Know and the Benefits of Each

Please note: all focal lengths mentioned in this article are in reference to 35mm full frame sensors. There are photographers that favor the …

How to add mist to a landscape in Photoshop

<i>We reveal how to completely change the feel of a landscape image by adding moody mist. Here’s how it’s done…</i>Sometimes the weather can be a …

Graphics

4 Frost-Hardy, Early Spring Vegetables You Can Plant In The Ground Right Now

Lettuce. Image source: Pixabay.com<p>While it may be a few weeks for much of the country before we can plant any warm-season crops like tomatoes, beans …

Gardening

How to Find the Right Ground Cover Perennials for Your Yard

Accent your garden with a lush carpet of blooms or greenery.<p>These low-growing perennials include good choices for both sunny and shady locations, as well as options for light, moderate, and heavy traffic.

Plants

How To Get Rid Of Aphids: 12 Organic Methods That Work

Of the over four thousand species of aphid known to exist, around 250 of those are considered harmful to crops. Also known as green flies or plant …

Spring Has Sprung: It’s Time to Plant Your Garden

Here is what you should be growing in the garden this spring.<p><b>Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to spend some time in the garden.</b> Although …

Gardening

My Ultimate List of Photography Videos to Learn From

My name is Chris McCann, and I’m a photographer based in San Francisco. In this post, I’m sharing a list of photography videos I’ve found that have …

Here’s a Trick for Removing Noise in Photoshop While Keeping Details

Want to remove noise in a high ISO photo while preserving the details and textures in your shot? Here’s a simple photography and Photoshop technique …

How to Trellis Tomatoes Fast with a Florida Weave

Tying tomatoes to their stakes, like so many unruly prisoners, can be one of the most time-consuming tasks for a gardener. Especially if you’re …

Gardening

3 Variations on the Negroni

It's Negroni Week! Here are new ways to enjoy this classic Italian cocktail.

Tipple

6 Veggies You Can (Actually) Regrow from Scraps

1 of 6<p>Green Onions<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 6<p>Lemongrass<p>3 of 6<p>Leeks<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 6<p>Garlic Sprouts<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 6<p>Fennel<p>Advertisement<p>6 of 6<p>Lettuce

Are You Picking the Right Exercise Tempos to Burn Fat and Build Muscle?

Here’s how to mix up your speed to speed up results<p>Most gym goers have one exercise speed: FAST!<p>While performing explosive reps has benefits, doing every exercise as fast as possible may lead to decreasing stability in your muscle and joints, and deteriorating form and technique.<p>As a result, your …

The 21-Day MetaShred Will Strip Away Fat and Reveal Lean, Hard Muscle

This program ignites your metabolism, torches fat, and builds the body you’ve always wanted<p>I’ve been training clients and working on my own body for the past 15 years. I once was a pudgy 275 pounds and wore 44-inch pants. Today I’m a ripped 225 and slip into 32-inch jeans.<p>I tried every fat-loss …

Thanksgiving Cocktails With a Culinary Approach

Last year just before Thanksgiving, someone asked me if I could recommend a punch recipe that would take a long time to prepare. I believe his exact words were "I want a 30-minute punch." I was a bit taken aback, mainly because I didn't understand why. I'm used to recommending simple recipes that …

A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Vegetable Gardening

The post A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Vegetable Gardening is by <br>Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening | Learn Hydroponics, Urban Gardening, and …

Gardening

Cheers to the Weekend with a Grapefruit-Rosemary Moscow Mule

Are you ready for a cocktail? This twist on a Moscow Mule — with fresh grapefruit juice and rosemary — might be just the thing you need to start your …