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the best shutter speed for moving water?

the best shutter speed for moving water?

Here’s a shot I took in July at a spot just down the coast. It required three separate exposures (for the sky, water and rocks) which I then blended together in Photoshop. The reason it wasn’t just two shots (one for sky and one for foreground) is the bright water and...

A horses a_

A horses a_

  I thought I’d share this shot with you today, it's one of my favourites. The rock in the middle is known as “horse head rock” because from the other side, it looks like a horse. But shooting from this viewpoint, we’re looking at it from behind, so I really wanted to...

How to make your photos stand out more

How to make your photos stand out more

Here's an image that is a classic example of how adding the right amount of contrast in just the right places around the image can make it pop. On this rather gloomy morning, there was a bit of colour in the sky to play with but the RAW files came out really flat and...

Flat, lifeless RAW files? Do this

Flat, lifeless RAW files? Do this

  It's easy to get frustrated seeing the fruits of so much effort capturing a set of photos reduced to a set of dreary, uninspiring, and bland RAW files. It's a barrier that gets in the way of many photographers realising the true potential in the shots they're...

Turn your ZERO shots into HERO shots

Turn your ZERO shots into HERO shots

When it comes to landscape photography, there are two high points for me. 1) The magical feeling being out in nature, capturing its raw beauty as best I can with my camera. 2) The satisfaction of turning the dull, lifeless RAW data captured in camera, into a HERO shot...

New feature!

New feature!

Here's one for the more advanced luminosity masking practitioner...  And for those who want to be 🙂 It's a video I just recorded showing off a new feature I spent today adding to my Luminosity Masking Panel. This feature was a popular request from people who were...

Where does your photographic vision begin?

Where does your photographic vision begin?

At some point in the process of creating a photo, a vision of how you see it turning out forms in your head. Where and when this vision forms will heavily impact how the finished image will look. For example, does a vision form even before you've decided where to take...

3 Important Tips for Better Sky Swapping in Photoshop

3 Important Tips for Better Sky Swapping in Photoshop

If you like the idea of being able to swap the sky in a photo and for it actually look good, then today is a good day! When you follow these three important tips your sky-swapped images will look better than ever. 1) Make an accurate selection It all starts with an...

Start with the end in mind

Start with the end in mind

When photographing in the golden hours, we have three main options for how we make a photo turn out: Make it look how it looked. Make it look how it felt. Make it look like something else entirely. And all 3 take work. When photographing at sunrise and sunset, the...