Dodging and burning is an easy and effective way to make portions of your image lighter or darker. So why is it so confusing to understand how it works? Because the terminology comes from the old darkroom days when processing photos was a two stage process. First we made the NEGATIVE by exposing the film to light. Just like when you make an image in your digital camera … [Read more...] about How to Use the Dodge and Burn Technique in Photo Processing
I’m having so much fun playing with HDR again! I feel like a whole world has re-opened. I used to enjoy HDR many years ago, but I have always wanted my final images to have a natural look. Achieving that look was challenging with the software that was available to combine exposures and time consuming to do it by hand in Photoshop. So when camera sensors started getting … [Read more...] about How To Use Layer Masks To Make Realistic HDR Images With Aurora
One question I get asked quite frequently since doing my review of Luminar 2018 is “What is the difference between Lightroom and Luminar and which is better?” While Lightroom and Luminar do have some things in common, there are more differences between them than similarities. In this video I’ll explain the similarities and differences and show you which features I use and … [Read more...] about Lightroom vs. Luminar – What’s the Difference?
A few months ago I started to feel like my post-processing routine was getting a bit stale. I guess as soon as I can call it a routine I should be changing it up a bit! But the software I was using had some problems. My workflow consists of 1, 2 or 3 steps, depending on what I want to do with the image: Step 1: RAW processing using Lightroom - sometimes this is all it … [Read more...] about Luminar 2018 SuperNova Review and Video Demo