Photoshop Blend Modes Explained, Part 3

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Note: This 3-part blog post series is now complete! Read part 1 here Read part 2 here Read part 3 here   After an exhaustive run-through of all of the various Photoshop blending modes, you probably noticed that many of them don’t have immediate practical applications. I haven’t been able to find any word from…

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Photoshop Blend Modes Explained, Part 2

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Note: This 3-part blog post series is now complete! Read part 1 here Read part 2 here Read part 3 here As you will recall from our first post in the series, blending modes are the various ways that different layers and brushstrokes can be applied. We discuss them using three simple terms: base pixels,…

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Photoshop Blend Modes Explained, Part 1

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Note: This 3-part blog post series is now complete! Read part 1 here Read part 2 here Read part 3 here Photoshop is an incredibly powerful piece of software, and it has so many settings and tools and options that it can seem almost impossible to learn them all. One of the most useful but…

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5 Tips for Taking Better Night Time Landscapes

Light is the most important element of any photograph. Understanding and appreciating light and the ways it works can make all the difference between a decent photo and amazing photo, and this is never more true than when you have very little light to work with. Night exposures tend to require a very long shutter…

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5 Time-Saving Lightroom Tips for a Faster Workflow

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Lightroom is a great program, designed from the ground up for photographers who have to process a huge number of images in the shortest amount of time possible. There are all kinds of great little tips, tricks and shortcuts that make your Lightroom workflow a breeze to manage, but they’re not all immediately obvious –…

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Getting your photos into the “Goldilocks Zone”

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Someone asked me the other day: “how do I know when enough is enough? [when editing my photos]”. Thing is there’s no way to give a quantifiable answer. You just kinda need to hit the “goldilocks zone”. Not too hot, not too cold, but juuuust right… But the hard part is figuring out that perfect…

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Why Photoshop is like a Carnegie sandwich

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One of my favourite memories of visiting New York back in 2002 is stumbling across Carnegie Deli (on 7th ave). As I walked in the front door the first thing I noticed was every wall jam-packed with photos of celebrities who’ve eaten there. Everything else about the place, the smells, the atmosphere, the food, the…

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When is it ok to shoot in AUTO?

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This might sounding like I’m contradicting myself. Especially after what I’ve been talking about this past few days. But there ARE times when it is ok to shoot in an automatic mode. First though, let me just point out that my push to get you shooting in full manual mode applies mainly to landscape photography.…

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How to shoot bracketed exposures

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Today I’m continuing the theme from some recent blog posts with a quick tip about bracketing exposures. I haven’t calculated it, but I’d guess that half of the photos I create (and probably half of the full image editing tutorials I produce) involve blending multiple “bracketed” exposures. In simplest terms, this means taking shots of one…

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How to pick the right shutter speed for moving water

This shot uses a much longer exposure time, but because the water is further away it still doesn't seem to capture as much movement and energy

Following this question about capturing moving water and giving it that soft silky look in your images, someone specifically asked me what shutter speed you should use to get the “best” effect. As with most things photography… There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. But I do have a basic guideline you can follow. In a nutshell… The longer…

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