Category Archives: Photoshop Tricks

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New Video Workshop – Noise Reduction Using LR & PS

For a LONG time now, I’ve had people asking if I was ever going to do a post-processing guide of some sort. I have gone back and forth on it, waffling between e-books and videos, and finally decided to do a video series. (I just think that for post processing, video is the best way to learn, always has been for me.)

I’ve also decided to create this series in …

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Use Photoshop To Blur Out Backgrounds

I’m a sucker for a nice, clean background. In my opinion, nothing ruins a wildlife shot (or portrait shot, if you roll that way), faster than a busy, distracting background. 

The thing is, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to do wildlife, fast glass and full frame cameras were the rule. However, with cameras like the D7500 and D500, we now have some serious DX options. In …

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How I Got The Shot – Storm Warning

It was a dark and stormy night.

There I did it. I know it’s painfully cliché but I’ve always wanted to start an article with that old line. Although, in this case, it truly was a dark and stormy night. I remember it just like it was yesterday.

I had just captured the shot you see below and had beat tracks back to my new solo backpacking tent, arriving just …

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Waterfall Photography In Eight Easy Steps

It’s 5:00AM and my obnoxious alarm shatters the silence, bringing an abrupt end to my slumber and jarring me out of bed. As my synapses reluctantly begin to fire, I notice the pitter-patter of raindrops as they dance upon the top of my camper.

A grin starts to draw across my face, but not because I think I’m going back to bed. See, I’m out for waterfalls and conditions are about …

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Remove Chromatic Aberrations And Color Fringing

Check out this Photoshop trick for removing chromatic aberration and small areas of color fringing. This method works great for small problem areas where the normal chromatic aberration tools don’t quite get the job done or when you notice a problem part way through processing your image.

With just a few quick steps, you’ll be able to “erase” the problem areas and be rid of annoying color fringing or chromatic …

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Wildlife Photography: Enhance The Eyes

When it comes to wildlife photography, there’s not too many hard and fast rules. However, there is one – you gotta pay attention to the eyes!

Well, I like to take that one step further by using a couple easy photoshop techniques to help enhance them a little. Keep in mind that we’re really just talking about a minor little “upgrade” to the eyes here, but it can make a …

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Straighten Your Horizon, No Cropping

Have you ever taken a photo only to later realize that the horizon was less then level? Of course, that can be easily corrected in Photoshop, but you’ve probably noticed there is a downside – you lose part of the image when you fix that corked horizon. Instead of just laying down and taking it, why not try this trick instead?

In this tip, I’ll show you two ways to fix …

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Getting Rid Of Lens Flare

Want to get rid of and eliminate lens flare? Well, in this video I’ll show you a technique you can use to easily eliminate flare, even if you’re pointing directly at the sun. If you’re ready to banish lens flare from your photos, you’ll love this odd little trick.

The video covers everything you need to know from the field to the computer. Go on, press the play button, you …

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Blue Skies Without A Polarizer

When I talk about polarizers, people are often surprised that I don’t use one for enhancing blue skies (the most common use for that filter). Instead, I have a handful of photoshop tricks that I like better. (for more on polarizers, click here)

Well, that generated a ton of questions about how the heck to do it, so I decided to make the video below. In the video, I’ll show …

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Orton Effect – Add A Soft Focus Glow To Your Photos

This video will show you how to create the Orton Effect in your photos, giving them a soft, dreamy, glowing feel.

We start with a quick introduction, and then a demo on how to create the effect. Next I’ll show you some workflow suggestions, and finally I’ll give you some free actions you can download and install – and I’ll show you how to do all of that was well. …

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