April 27, 2014

Three Easy Editing Steps for Digital Photos

Even the best photos from your camera can benefit from some gentle editing to enhance their appearance. You don't have to spend time sitting in front of the computer to make your images look good. Here's an easy way to bring out the best in your pictures in just three clicks using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Before and after simple editing steps
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April 21, 2014

Spring Photo Classes Open for Registration

NOTE: These classes were offered during the spring of 2014. They have already finished.

Spring is a great time to learn more about photography and your digital camera. I have the following classes starting the first week of May. Check out the full descriptions and register at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, MT.

People Photos: Casual & Candid with professional portrait photographer Bret Tate

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera


Creative Camera Techniques (
formerly Advanced Digital Camera)

Photography in the Field

April 17, 2014

Designing a Poster in Lightroom 5

Rocky Mountain School of Photography has published a new post I wrote on using Lightroom 5 to design a poster and prepare it for photo lab printing. You can read the instructions here.


April 7, 2014

Changing the Photoshop CC Crop Tool to Work as Before

With the release of Photoshop CC, Adobe made some changes to the crop tool so it acts like the version in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). In all three programs, when you select the crop tool, the bounding box is already placed around the entire image; you do not have to drag a box manually. So you can start adjusting the sides as soon as you select the crop tool.


The crop tool in Photoshop CC, Lightroom and Camera Raw crops to a particular ratio or proportion for the image (e.g., a square, a panorama or a rectangle), not to specific dimensions and resolution. In addition, the cropping box displays reference lines, such as a Rule of Thirds or a traditional grid, to help strengthen composition during the cropping process. And no pixels are permanently discarded when you use the crop tool in Photoshop CC, Lightroom or Camera Raw.

Photoshop CC Crop Tool with 1:1 ratio and Rule of Thirds Overlay

All these features are intended to speed the cropping process and provide non-destructive editing because you can back out of a cropping mistake.

Photoshop CC Crop Tool Standard Options
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