Nature Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Feb 02, 2024  |  0 comments

Most photographers strive to "get it right" in the camera so they don't have to resort to serious post processing to fix the image. Unfortunately that's often difficult—if not impossible—when shooting outdoor scenes with a wide range of tones that exceed the density range of their cameras.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 01, 2024  |  0 comments

Bright blue featureless may be great for a trip to the beach, going on vacation, taking a bike ride, or hiking in the great outdoors. But when it comes to nature and landscape photography, well, not so much.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 31, 2024  |  0 comments

Here's something that occurs all too often when composing images in the field: We tend to ignore what's right in front of our face, and instead we concentrate on accentuating the midrange and background of a shot.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 31, 2024  |  0 comments

Landscape photographers constantly grapple with complicated, messy scenes that have a wide range of tones, whether their shooting at sunrise, sunset, or in the middle of the day. As a result it's not uncommon to return home with a few images that would be spectacular were it not for the fact that they're seriously underexposed.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2024  |  0 comments

We're all looking for a creative edge when editing outdoor photos captured in difficult light. One goal is to create images with maximum impact, and the other is to accomplish that task in way that makes our imagery stand out from the crowd.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2024  |  0 comments

We're always a bit wary about so-called editing hacks, tips, and tricks that promise great results, especially when they're of the 10-second variety. But the quick Lightroom technique you'll today really pays off on the promise to easily transform any landscape photo in a hurry.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2024  |  0 comments

Most outdoor photographers understand that mid-day light is one of the worst times to shoot. That's because at this time of day illumination tends to be harsh—thereby resulting in boring, unimpressive results. And this holds true whether you're photographing landscapes, wildlife, and even environmental portraits.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 29, 2024  |  0 comments

Last week we featured a tutorial explaining a foolproof way to install, organize, and manage image-editing plugins so they work most efficiently for your specific needs. We're following that up today with what one pro says are "the five best plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop."

Ron Leach  |  Jan 29, 2024  |  0 comments

Most landscape photographers always carry a polarizing filter to solve a bunch a problems. These affordable tools let you darken pale blues skies, reduce reflections on water and other non-metallic objects, and even boost saturation if need be. But as you'll see in this tutorial from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel, these benefits often come at a cost.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 26, 2024  |  0 comments

Does size really matter? To be clear, we're referring camera sensors here so don't let your mind go elsewhere. Or as photographer Anthony Gugliotta poses the question more specifically, "do your really need a full-frame camera or is a crop-sensor model enough."

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2024  |  0 comments

A thorough understanding of the ins and outs of White Balance is essential if you want to create photos with accurate colors, regardless of the type of images you shoot. And according to professional photographer Chris Parker, "there are three things pros know about White Balance that are rarely taught."

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2024  |  0 comments

Today you'll learn how to elevate your landscape photography game by using an oft-ignored Lightroom tool to process images that need a bit of help. The method known as "midtone contrast" is both easy and effective, and it's guaranteed to add impact to just about every image you edit.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 24, 2024  |  0 comments

We've all heard the blather from so-called "purists" who insist that images should be presented straight out of the camera without any post processing at all. Not only are we told to avoid adjusting exposure, color, sharpness and the like, but creative cropping is verboten as well.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 23, 2024  |  0 comments

The craft of photography is full of long-held concepts and conventional wisdom that have proven helpful for years. But as technology, techniques, and editing software have evolved, some of these so-called "rules" deserve to be pushed to the wayside.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 23, 2024  |  0 comments

Experienced landscape photographers know that some intense colors are difficult to deal with during the editing process, especially when processing images captured just as the sun drops below the horizon. In this tutorial from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel you'll learn how to render these vibrant tones in Lightroom while achieving a realistic effect.

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