It is a disappointment all photographers face at some point. In fact, it is a disappointment most photographers face on every shoot! There are so many things that can go wrong, so many mistakes that can be made to cause a photograph to be blurry. It's inevitable. Here are 5 common reasons why your photos are not as sharp as you want them to be: 1. Your shutter speed is … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Your Photos Aren’t Sharp
The Orton Effect is a simple technique you can use to add a soft, dreamy look to your photos. I love this effect because it has a way of making a photo magically soft and sharp at the same time. In this video, I'll show you how to create the Orton Effect using Photoshop, Lightroom, or Luminar. https://youtu.be/PWvdlYd2Blo Click here to watch the video larger on … [Read more...] about Create a Soft Dreamy Effect (the Orton Effect)
When it comes to post-processing, my goal is usually to enhance a photo’s best qualities while maintaining a natural look. After all, nature is stunning just as it is! But sometimes I want to take my images a bit further; I want to go beyond the natural look, maybe add a painterly effect, some texture or colour grading. That’s when I turn to the plugins from Topaz Labs in my … [Read more...] about Creating Unique Photo Effects with Topaz
I'm not big on cities. But photographing cityscapes makes it all worthwhile! And Shanghai must have one of the prettiest skylines I have ever seen. When I visited China a couple of years ago, I had an extra day to explore Shanghai and get used to the time change. It was hot, muggy and raining. So when I processed this photo I decided to make an abstract impressionist version … [Read more...] about Photo Editing Case Study: Shanghai
Last winter I returned to one of my all time favourite bird photography destinations: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge which is on the border between California and Arizona. During my first visit to Cibola the previous year, I discovered some problems with my wildlife photography gear, which resulted in my not getting any long lens photos. Bummer! That was one reason why … [Read more...] about What is the Best Focal Length Lens for Bird Photography?