Portrait Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Jun 01, 2023  |  0 comments

We've been bringing you all the capabilities of Lightroom's recent update as fast as we can, and today's tutorial describes the new Adaptive Presets, and demonstrates how to use them for a variety of image-editing tasks.

Ron Leach  |  May 31, 2023  |  0 comments

Well, the above quote from image-editing expert Ryan Breitkreutz is about as emphatic as it gets. The reason for his enthusiasm is this: Adobe's recent Lightroom update included enhancements to the already powerful Tone Curve tools—with changes Ryan says are "insane."

Ron Leach  |  May 26, 2023  |  0 comments

Blurring the background of a photo is a very effective way to make the main subject of an image really pop off the page. It’s possible to create this effect in the camera or during the editing process, and today’s tutorial involves the latter.

Ron Leach  |  May 25, 2023  |  0 comments

Every photographer who sits down behind a computer to process their work wants to do the best job possible. But there’s often a competing goal: finish up the edits quickly and get back out in the field behind the camera, doing what they love most.

Ron Leach  |  May 18, 2023  |  0 comments

Adobe recently added two new AI Masks to Lightroom 12.3 (and Camera Raw). Unfortunately, one performs just fine, but the other “works terribly” according to the trustworthy Photoshop Café YouTube channel. There is, however, a quick fix, as you’ll see in the tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  May 17, 2023  |  0 comments

Those new to Photoshop are often overwhelmed by everything this feature-packed program can accomplish. The quick video below from the Adobe Photoshop YouTube channel is designed to shorten your learning curve in a big way.

Ron Leach  |  May 16, 2023  |  0 comments

The use of Selections in Photoshop is an oft-ignored technique because of a misconception by some photographers that it’s beyond their skill levels. Fortunately, the comprehensive guide below will allay your concerns, and get you up and running today.

Ron Leach  |  May 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Photoshop’s easy-to-use Healing Brush is typically considered a tool for editing portrait photos, and rightly so because that’s how it’s often used. But it can be very valuable for cleaning up other types of images too.

Ron Leach  |  May 09, 2023  |  0 comments

Have you ever wondered how some photographers create photos with a magical, dreamy effect that make a subject seem to pop out of the background and direct a viewer’s eye to exactly where it should go? That’s what you’ll learn how to in the tutorial below, in barely seven minutes.

Ron Leach  |  May 04, 2023  |  0 comments

How often have you captured what you thought was a great photo, only to view it on the computer and discover it’s not sharp? If you’re like the rest of us, the answer is “more than one or twice.”

Ron Leach  |  Apr 27, 2023  |  0 comments

Earlier this week we featured an easy five-minute fix for poorly exposed photos using Layer Masks in Lightroom. But that simple task provided just a taste of what these powerful tools can do.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 25, 2023  |  0 comments

There are numerous ways to edit b&w images depending upon the look you’re trying to create. Sometimes the goal is a soft, moody effect, while other times you want a photo to jump off the page. The tutorial below is geared toward the latter, explaining how to use two “hidden” Photoshop filters for achieving eye-popping results.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 25, 2023  |  0 comments

Lightroom masks are very effective for quickly fixing photos that are improperly exposed, like when some areas in the scene are too dark or too bright, or perhaps even both when shooting in mixed light.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 18, 2023  |  0 comments

How often have you returned from a shoot thinking you captured some great images, only to discover that they look flat and uninspiring on the computer? If you’re like most photographers, you’ve experienced this disappointment more than once or twice.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 14, 2023  |  0 comments

Boudoir photography is an increasingly popular genre of portraiture, particularly among those who shoot people pictures with available light outdoors, or others with a home “studio” that doesn’t rely upon complicated artificial illumination—like when using light streaming through a widow to brighten the scene.