September 22, 2017

Enhance Your Images with Adobe Camera Raw

Learning to shoot and develop raw image files gives you the ability to refine your vision for the picture the way master wet darkroom printers do. In the before and after versions of this backlit group of autumn trees, I was able to adjust the cropping, exposure and color to create a photo that reflects the qualities in the scene that appealed to me.

Original image before processing

Final image after processing with Adobe Camera Raw
Learn how to get the most from your camera's raw photos in my Shooting and Processing Digital Camera Raw Files class beginning October 26 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.

September 21, 2017

Strong Foregrounds Make Strong Landscape Photos

When we're shooting a beautiful landscape, we often focus our attention on a distant part of the scene. Including a relevant and appealing foreground subject in our composition helps the viewer feel part of the environment and increases the feeling of depth or distance in the photograph.

In this image some lupine beside a pond reflecting the clouds in evening light makes an interesting foreground to draw the viewer into the scene before their gaze moves on to the distant trees and sky.

Learn more techniques in my Better Landscape Photos class beginning September 28 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.

September 20, 2017

Be Smarter Than Your Camera

We often assume that the camera records our subject as it appears to our eyes, but this is not always the case. When our subject is very dark or very light, the camera gets fooled and makes an inaccurate exposure. Using exposure compensation to override the camera's choices can give us a better picture of dark and light subjects.

In the two photos here, the black urn tricked the camera into making the wrong exposure. By setting exposure compensationto -1, I got an image that better reveals what the urn looks like.

Camera's Exposure
No Exposure Compensation

Adjusted Exposure
-1 Exposure Compensation

Learn how and when to use the exposure compensation control in my Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera class starting October 24 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.

September 19, 2017

High Key & Low Key

Photographing the same subject to make a high key and a low key version can produce strikingly different moods. Much of the effect comes from the background and subject itself as well as the lighting and exposure. In the two photos here, a white and a black background serve to enhance the exposure effect.

You can learn this and other fun approaches in my Creative Camera Techniques course beginning September 25 in Missoula, MT, at the Lifelong Learning Center. Click here to register.

September 18, 2017

More Winter 2017 Missoula Classes Open for Registration

I'm happy to announce that I've added several more photo editing classes to go along with the camera skills courses already available at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. These new courses are designed for more experienced photographers and concentrate on advanced photography and editing skills. I still have seats in beginning and intermediate camera courses designed primarily for people with interchangeable lens models (DSLR or mirrorless). Read the descriptions below for more information.
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Advanced Camera Raw Processing
  • Photo Editing: Layers and Masks
I hope you can join me!