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Ron Leach  |  May 30, 2023  |  0 comments

If your landscape photos lack the impact, color and drama you envision—and you're not sure what to do—the tutorial below from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel is just what you need. In this quick video you'll learn a straightforward Lightroom technique for transforming good images into great ones.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2024  |  0 comments

This 10-minute Lightroom lesson from the PHLOG Photography YouTube channel explains the importance of proper tonal adjustments when editing landscape photographs that appear boring and dull—an uninspiring look you want to avoid at all costs.

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  |  Aug 23, 2017  |  0 comments

OK, so you did your homework, picked up some eclipse glasses, bought a solar filter to protect you camera, and shot a bunch of photos of the epic event that look pretty much like those captured by millions of other photographers. Now what?


Ron Leach  |  Sep 21, 2021  |  0 comments

When improving soft images during the editing process there’s a big difference between sharp, crisp, and crispy. Do things properly and you’ll achieve realistic sharp results. But make a common mistake and you’ll turn an otherwise nice shot into a crispy, ugly mess.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 22, 2023  |  0 comments

Adobe updates their software frequently, with powerful new headline-grabbing features and tools. That’s a good thing for all of us, with one exception: sometimes we get so excited about all the new stuff that we forget about tools we used with great success in the past.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  0 comments

One way to create photos with maximum detail is to upgrade your camera with a new model offering greater resolution. But if a big expenditure isn’t in the cards, the following tutorial explains a “super resolution” trick for making high megapixel images with whatever camera you own.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 15, 2022  |  0 comments

We recently featured a tutorial demonstrating how to create jaw-dropping landscape photos with Lightroom’s oft-ignored Calibration tool. That lesson got a lot of attention, and we have an equally great one for you below.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 23, 2022  |  0 comments

There are a variety of methods for making selections in Photoshop, some easier than others. Unfortunately, the more basic techniques often provide mediocre results.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 20, 2022  |  0 comments

OK, listen up: Todays topic is “bokeh balls” and we don’t want any off-color comments! So what exactly are bokeh balls, and how to they affect your images? Simply put, they are spherical out-of-focus highlights that add interest and impact to all sorts of photos.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 28, 2021  |  0 comments

One characteristic that separates most photographers from the truly greats is that heavy hitters typically have a distinctive and easily recognizable style. Often that’s accomplished by a mastery of technique, sometime it has to do with unique subject matter, and other times a special approach to image editing creates that special style.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Most of us would rather be out shooting than sitting behind a computer editing our work. In this quick episode of the popular “In a Lightroom Minute” series you’ll learn a remarkably easy technique that will save you tons of time processing photos. And that means getting back behind a camera where you belong.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 16, 2021  |  0 comments

Wide-angles lenses are an important component of a landscape photographer’s arsenal, because they make it easy to capture the splendor of expansive vistas. In this tutorial you’ll learn a specific application for wide-angle nature photography; namely, shooting beautiful sunset and blue hour images.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 15, 2023  |  0 comments

One of the most effective ways to transform good landscape photos into great ones is by adding depth and dimension during the editing process. And an easy way to do that in Lightroom is with straightforward adjustments to colors and contrast.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 03, 2022  |  0 comments

Every photographer has a unique approach to editing images, and a variety of favorite tools. In the video below you’ll see why one popular instructor says, “I love Layers” while demonstrating how easy they are to use.