Geotagging for Landscape Photographers

The Global Positioning System is one of the most useful innovations of the last 40 years. Over 30 satellites orbit the Earth at 20,000 km with no other purpose than to help people triangulate their position anywhere on the surface of the planet. As landscape photographers, the surface of the planet is probably one of…

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Getting your photos into the “Goldilocks Zone”

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

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?

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

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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Is this standing between you and your best shot?

Have you ever been about to shoot a landscape, patiently awaiting that fleeting moment of perfect light… The moment arrives, you take your first shot then you take a quick look at the back of your camera at what you hope will be “the money shot”… Only to find it’s turned out overexposed? So you…

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4 Reasons to Use a Non-Destructive Processing Workflow

Today we’re going to look at one of the most important decisions you can make in your Photoshop workflow. It’s one of those pesky ‘best practices’ that sound so tedious at first, but can make a huge difference in how effective and efficient your editing is. In this case, the best practice we’re referring to…

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Are Your Eyes Being Fooled When Editing In Photoshop?

Here’s something that used to have me perplexed… You spend time in Photoshop perfecting a shot on your computer only to come back to it the next day and it looks different. Brighter, darker, colours look different somehow. Like I said, it had me perplexed for ages. Until one day someone sent me one of…

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The 3 levels of exposure blending

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

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17 Mistakes Other Photographers Have Made So You Don’t Have To

I asked some folks on Facebook to share their biggest photography mistakes. There were heaps of replies, some sad, some funny, and some frightening! So I have collected all that data and turned it into something positive that we can all learn from. Here’s the list: Lesson 1 Always be ready to shoot. Have your camera at the ready, turned…

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