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Ron Leach  |  Jun 27, 2023  |  0 comments

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.

One variable that can make or break a photo is how the color in your scene is represented. Typically, the goal is natural-looking tones (unless a special effect is what you're after). And that's OK too.


When making color adjustments in post-processing, Saturation plays a big role, whether you're after a realistic representation or something more unusual. We have some good news for those of you who use the Curves Adjustment tool to refine Saturation: Earlier this month Adobe added a very small adjustment that can pay big dividends by tackling a common problem with this approach.


Instructor Matt Kloskowski is a specialist in all things Adobe, who says his goal is "to provide straightforward tutorials to help photographers get the results they've always wanted," and this episode fits the bill. He jumps right in to Lightroom's Tone Curve panel and demonstrates how the new capability works.


Kloskowski begins by demonstrating the most common approach, that involves boosting the highlights and mid-tones a bit and then dropping the shadows by grabbing the relevant points on the Curve. This method, unfortunately, often results in oversaturation.


But here's the trick, now you'll find a simple Refine Saturation slider beneath the Curves graph that simplifies the fix because it's no longer necessary to employ Blend modes to get Saturation right. Kloskowski uses a tight shot of a vibrant hummingbird against a green background to demonstrate how easy this is to do.


This quick trick works with all sorts of photos, and Kloskowski pulls up a pretty seascape scene to prove this point. As you'll see, in this case he's able to retain the desired amount of contrast, without oversaturating the shot—simply by moving the slider. Whether you prefer light pastel colors, or a more vibrant look, the new tool gets the job done in a hurry.


After watching the video how about pulling up a few images you've already processed and see what you can create by using Kloskowski's advice. We think you may be surprised at how simple and effective this is to do.


You can find a wide range of editing tips and tricks on Kloskowski's instructional YouTube channel, so be sure to take a look.


We also recommend watching the tutorial we posted from another accomplished pro, with an in-camera technique for using complimentary colors to capture eye-popping photographs.


Ron Leach  |  Jun 26, 2023  |  0 comments

One of the most important tasks when editing portrait photos is carefully adjusting the model's skin, so it looks as good as possible while retaining enough texture and other attributes for a realistic look. Typically, that means eliminating obvious blemishes and other imperfections like dry patches or oily spots.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  0 comments

Are you struggling to get correct exposures when shooting landscapes and other outdoor scenes? Well, join the club, because this can be a real challenge with ever-changing light, and a wide range of tones from highlights to shadows.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  0 comments

We occasionally hear from Shutterbug readers, requesting that we post image-editing tutorials for those just getting started. If you're new to post-processing, the quick Photoshop tutorial below is just what you need.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed ugly banding artifacts in the gradients you create in Photoshop? Well, here's the good news: There's a quick Photoshop fix that you'll learn in the four-minute tutorial below from the globally popular PIXimperfect YouTube channel.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  0 comments

We all been in situations when shooting landscapes or outdoor portraits when the images we capture aren't quite as dramatic as we would like. Sometimes that's because lighting conditions could be far more interesting.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2023  |  0 comments

Layer Blend Modes are straightforward tools that deliver superior results when working with layers. Unfortunately, they are frequently ignored—either because some photographers don't know they exist, or because of a misconception that they're difficult to employ.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2023  |  0 comments

We frequently post tutorials from Danish landscape pro Mads Peter Iversen, sharing his in-camera techniques for shooting impeccable images, which is why the tutorial below is a departure. Today he discusses five "crucial" editing technique that he says, "will change how you edit landscape photos."

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2023  |  0 comments

Sunrises and sunsets are among the most popular scenes captured by photographers, and they present a few challenges for arriving at correct focus and exposure. One factor is the unusual light that occurs just before the sun peaks over the horizon in the morning, or when it drops out of view at dusk.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2023  |  0 comments

We featured a tutorial not long ago explaining how to make the sharpest photos possible in the camera when shooting nature and landscape subjects. Today’s tutorial from Camera Focus—a new YouTube channel based in France—takes things further with a method that relies upon both shooting and editing tricks to get the job done with perfection.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2023  |  0 comments

We often discuss the challenge of shooting and editing landscapes scenes with a wide range wide range of tones from bright highlights to deep shadows. But there’s another problem you may encounter, and that’s what you’ll learn how to handle in today’s tutorial below from the popular PHLOG Photography YouTube channel.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2023  |  0 comments

If you're sort of new to Photoshop we have a welcome treat for you today: Another installment of the popular "Photoshop for Beginners" series from the PiXimperfect YouTube channel.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Image noise can really ruin an otherwise nice photo with ugly artifacts that appear as random speckles of grain and unsightly variations in the brightness and colors of your shot. It's a rather common occurrence, shrouded in a common misconception, that's demystified in the tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 09, 2023  |  0 comments

Adobe created quite a buzz with the recent update to Photoshop, much of it with regard to new Generative Fill capabilities. But there's another significant improvement that hasn't received quite the attention it deserves.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2023  |  0 comments

We constantly preach the importance of experimenting with new techniques that enable you to create a style all your own and make your images stand out from the rest. There are a variety of ways to achieve these goals—either in the camera or during the editing process,