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The Best Way to Watermark Your Images in Photoshop

Master the Watermark: learn how and when to apply water marks to all of your images using a custom brush in Photoshop so it is easily repeatable.

13 Attractive Ways To Add Privacy To Your Yard & Deck (With Pictures)

1. Tiered Hanging Pots & Vines<p>Add privacy and shade to a covered porch by layering hanging pots. Trailing plants like Ivy are excellent fillers, but …

15 Creative Water Projects For The Garden

Water features in the garden are beautiful as well as calming and peaceful. Including a fountain in your garden landscape is one of the best ways of …

Back to the Basics: A Simple Workflow for Rating & Flagging Images in Lightroom

No matter how many years you’ve been a photographer or what level you’re on, sometimes it’s important to get back to the basics. To help do just …

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Easily Replace The Sky in Your Photos Using The Gradient Tool

In my previous article, I talked about how powerful luminosity masks are in blending multiple exposures. However, using the same exposures as last …

Easy Studio Lighting for Noir Portraits

Noir portraiture – timeless, sleek, and mysterious. A product of Hollywood’s film noir period of the 1940’s and 50’s, noir portraiture has the …

How to Make a 'Round Trip' in Lightroom (LR to Photoshop, Back to LR)

Adobe’s Lightroom is an incredibly powerful tool incorporating perhaps 80-90% of all the tools that we photographers generally need. There are …

Don't Miss These 7 Incredible Tutorials on Strobe Lighting for Portraits

As much as we love natural light, there are times when you have to rely on artificial light to create striking portrait images. Artificial lighting …

How To Retouch Your Portraits Like A Pro

Retouching portraits can be a controversial subject, but it is also very often requested of portrait photographers to edit out minor blemishes and …

A Concise Guide to Choosing a New Lens

How-To: Picking a Great Lens for Milky Way Photography

The lens is the most important factor in the image quality of a landscape astrophoto.<p>There are a number of lens traits that will determine the …

50 DIY Projects for Lighting Photographers

Do you have more time than money? Time to get your MacGuyver on with this collection of DIY projects. From the ridiculous to the sublime, it's all …

10 Green Smoothies That Actually Taste Good

Green juice always sounds good in theory — until you throw it out after three sips because it tastes like lawn. But green juice really can be good if you make it right. Try one of these ten recipes and you'll be downing one daily.<p><b>1. Debloating Smoothie</b><p>Perfect for the morning after a night out, this …

9 Fantastic Tutorials on Skin Retouching in Photoshop

One of the issues with photographing people is that cameras tend to pick up every imperfection and blemish on people's faces – far more than we tend …

Posing Guide for Photographing Women: 7 Poses to Get 21 Photos

Working with Off Camera Flash and TTL

Working with Off Camera Flash and TTL - on location portraits using off camera flash, tips for lighting positions, examples and diagrams

5 Daily Exercises to Become a Better Photographer

Photography is fun because it is all about learning and advancing your skills. Self-improvement brings happiness and a sense of pride as we see our …

Lightroom Tips for the Develop Module the Magic Alt Key

Lightroom Tips for the Develop Module - using the Alt (Option) key to get valuable feedback to help you process your images in Lightroom.

10 Things You Need to Know About Masking in Photoshop

Masking is one of the most important techniques or skills to learn in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will explain 10 things you need to know about …

Tutorials

If Surrealism is your cup of tea, you’ve got to check out the work of Christopher McKenney. The haunting portraits show a clear mastery of perspective and thoughtful editing. Surreal Photography At...

If Surrealism is your cup of tea, you’ve got to check out the work of Christopher McKenney.<p>The haunting portraits show a clear mastery of perspective …

Quick Tip: Using the Background Eraser

The Background Eraser is one of many Photoshop tools that's a little tucked away, and many people don't even realise it's there. As it turns out, …

10 Spectacular Fall Soup Recipes - Weed 'em & Reap

I did it. I went full crazy.<p>I started making Fall soups when it was still 95 (face-melting) degrees outside. In my defense, I do live in Arizona, so …

Long Exposure Photo

Learn how to freeze moving subjects in a long exposure photo by creating a composite of a long exposure shot and a high ISO fast exposure.

Juice Your Way … to Workout Energy!

I know you’re supposed to like the gym because it makes you feel good. But between you and me, when I’m in a spinning class dying and there’s still <i>45</i> …

Throwback Thursday: Naturistics Lip Gloss

I kept this glossy lip balm in my locker and applied in between every class, over a layer of Max Factor Nude Lip Liner (still a favorite of mine that …

How to Organize Your Photos with Lightroom So You Can Always Find Them Quickly

The introduction of Lightroom and Apple’s rival Aperture, heralded a new era in digital asset management for photographers. Initially aimed and …

How to Add Mist to Your Landscapes with Photoshop

Adding a bit of mist to your landscapes is not only simple, but fully customizable in Photoshop. This is a great way to alter the entire mood of your …

Add the Model Look to Your Portraits with These Photoshop Tips

Having a “model look” to your portraits is a bit more than just great lighting and using a sharp lens – while you can create stunning, …

How a Vignette Can Make Your Photographs Pop (And How to Do It in Photoshop)

Some people love them and some people hate them, but whatever your tastes you should probably know a little about the vignette effect in photography. …