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New Photoshop Video (YouTube link inside)

Hi! I just uploaded a brand new video tutorial you might like to YouTube. Click here to watch it now It shows how to balance a really dark foreground with a bright background - something I know is a common issue for the sunrise and sunset photographers among us!...

Going to the dark side

Going to the dark side

I’ve noticed over the years as my photography has developed (pun intended!) that a trend has emerged. It was probably only semi-intentional too, because I only recognised it as a pattern after it happened. But now that I’ve recognised it, it makes a lot of sense. What...

Does it work for THIS type of photography?

One of the most common questions I get asked about luminosity masking is:  “will it work for [insert type of photography]?" Portraits, landscapes, night photography, real estate, bird/nature photography… the list goes on. I always give the same answer. Luminosity...

Why Photoshop is like a NY deli sandwich

One of my favourite memories of New York when I visited there in 2002 is stumbling across Carnegie Deli (on 7th ave). Walking through the front door the first thing that hit me was the atmosphere. Everything about the place from the jam-packed walls full of photos of...

RAW files coming out dull?

Ever had a photo that looked bright and colourful on the back of your camera, only to open the RAW file and discover all that goodness has mysteriously gone walkies? Or if you’re a Lightroom user, for a second or two after you open the image for the first time it...

The 3 levels of exposure blending

There are lots of ways to do things in Photoshop, which is great because it’s so flexible. But not all are created equal. Sometimes, the simpler and quicker way will work just as well as a more complicated alternative. But a lot of the time you might just need to go...

5 ways to dissolve your Photoshop Block

Have you felt this before?Back from a shoot, you open up a new pic in Photoshop for the first time... excited to see the magic of what you saw with your own eyes, re-produced on-screen. Only there’s a problem. Your camera gave you a dud. The RAW file looks nothing...