How to Correct Wide-Angle Stretch

September 2020 issue Tech

If you’re using lenses 24mm or wider, you’ve likely noticed unnatural effects at the edges of your images. This is especially apparent when a lack of space forces you to use a wide-angle lens for a group photo or wedding party. These abberations exist even after applying lens corrections in editing software because they’re not the result of optical lens distortions but due to an effect called anamorphosis or, more commonly, volume deformation.Volume deformation arises because a... Continue Reading >

Christoffer Relander Superimposes Nature onto Portraits

September 2020 issue News

In-camera multiple exposure or digital compositing via Adobe Photoshop? For 10 years, Christoffer Relander remained true to the multi-exposure method for his ongoing series “We Are Nature.” “But I asked myself every now and then, Am I limiting myself?” So for his most recent iteration, “We Are Nature VI,” he went digital, using Adobe Photoshop to composite portraits made under studio lighting with photographs of elements in nature.The drawback of the in-camera work is the lack of... Continue Reading >

Use Free Transform to Enhance Creative Work

5.22.2020 Tech

I use Adobe Photoshop’s Free Transform tool on almost all of my creative photography projects. There is rarely a cloud that doesn’t appear more graceful or delicate after adding a little curvature, or a tree that doesn’t get more interesting with some bending or stretching. Old shacks gain character with more sag in the roof. Foregrounds benefit from being less flat, backgrounds contribute more drama with taller mountains, and dirt roads come alive with an exaggerated S-curve.In most... Continue Reading >

How-to: A grand wedding composite

9.25.2019 Tech

Photographer: Charmi Patel PeñaDate: June 23, 2019   Location: The Ritz-Carlton PhiladelphiaSubject: Shauna and Saheelan and their large bridal partyEquipment: Nikon D850, 28mm 1.8 lens, Speedlight, and Magmod grid/sphere combo.Notes from the photographer: Shauna was extremely glam and wanted a glam bridal party photo. A single light just wouldn’t have produced the vision she wanted. Knowing this is a busy lobby, we started by posing everyone in their places, starting with the... Continue Reading >

Tutorial: Off-leash (not really)

6.29.2017 Tech

As a location dog photographer my number one priority during a photo session is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the dog. In my suburban location about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., this means more than 95 percent of my subjects are on a leash during the session. However, looking through my gallery on my website, you would never know it. Digital leash removal is an essential skill for any dog photographer.Having images in the gallery that give the appearance of a carefree,... Continue Reading >

Adrian Sommeling’s dreamy composites star his son

February 2017 issue News

Can a child ride a rhinoceros? In Adrian Sommeling's fantastical photo series starring his son, yes. The photographer was inspired to create this image after reading a story in the newspaper about the near extinction of the northern white rhinoceros. “I wanted to create a kind of image where the rhino fights back,” he says.The photo of his son was captured in a friend’s studio, with the boy sitting on the back of a large chair. “To make it as realistic as possible, my son had to be at... Continue Reading >

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017: Select and Mask technique tutorial

12.16.2016 Tech

Photographers with the Creative Cloud subscription for Adobe Photoshop anticipate, and sometimes dread, the big new-name version releases that Adobe engineers have prepared. With the Photoshop CC 2017 release, both camps seem to have found something to discuss.Only two additions in the new release are truly important for photographers familiar with Photoshop. And one of these, Select and Mask, discussed in detail in the tutorial below, has become the subject of considerable controversy.... Continue Reading >

10 steps to better workflow

November 2016 issue Business

You, like me, are wearing many hats: entrepreneur, artist, accountant, tech support, stylist ... . It doesn’t take long for all those varied responsibilities to consume your day. You can have some great business improvement ideas, but if you barely have time to deliver client images efficiently and are spending nights and weekends working, how will you find time to implement new marketing programs?Most photographers struggle to describe their workflow because it’s not something they’ve... Continue Reading >

13 productivity tips

February 2016 issue Business

What I learned at Adobe MaxEach year Adobe Systems presents its Adobe Max Creativity Conference  showcasing products that will hit the market soon and revealing what the company envisions for the future. But the real value to most participants is the bounty of sessions presented by industry educators. Participants  get a creative boost and learn some helpful tricks. Presenters acknowledge that most users have a preference for either a Lightroom or Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) workflow;... Continue Reading >