Christmas Open House At My Gallery

My Gallery and Studio Is Open Debra and I will be at our Gallery / Studio this Friday night with a collection of affordable photographs for sale.  Debra has a number of her paintings also available.  This is a fun time to...

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Reduction can be created with a panning technique, which effectively blurs the background so the viewer can concentrate on the subject. Reduction can be used effectively in many different ways. All photographs

The Reduction Method In Landscape Photography

If you think about how we ‘make a photograph’ and then compare it with painting or drawing, you soon realize that the two disciplines are diametrically opposed in their construction and method of expression.  With painting or drawing, you start with an...

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  • Eric Brody
    Eric Brody
    Posts: 14
    Replacing Photoshop – what works?
    on: December 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    You could get rid of the “damnable” (your word not mine) Windows 10 and try a Mac. That would effectively end your concern about viruses (I’m only one person and this is an anecdote, and I shouldn’t say this as to not tempt the gods, but in 30 years with Mac’s I’ve not had a virus, nor do I use antivirus software). Your fear of being hooked up to the internet is well founded own the Windows world, I’m told. I’ll not try to convince you to use Lightroom, though it is a remarkable piece of software, not perfect but impressively useful. I’ll also not try to get you on the Adobe subscription model either but I have found it to be both helpful and economically reasonable. A frustrating fact of digital photography is the pace of change. If one paints, one can use the same tools essentially forever, not so in digital photography. I sympathize with you but urge you to start to rethink what you want to do with your images. The two you posted are pretty cool. I don’t live where combines rule but it must be interesting to watch them in action. I know nothing of alternative programs. I spend enough time just trying to keep up with the ones I use that I’ve not had a chance to try alternatives. Best of luck to you in your quest.


    Rand Scott Adams
    Rand Scott Adams
    Posts: 67
    Re: Tilt-shift sensor? Variable ISO sensor?
    Reply #1 on: December 5, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I wanted to pop in here and thank you all for the thoughtful replies to my original post.  A great learning experience for me.  Thanks one and all.


    Rand Scott Adams

    Terry McDonagh
    Terry McDonagh
    Posts: 1
    Re: New Article Announcements & Discussions
    Reply #2 on: December 5, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Nice to see the article but I think you’re not really giving the best advice.
    i do a lot of food photography for restaurants etc and your techniques are too stiff for today’s styles.

    by using a tripod your slowing down your workflow and really limiting your angles.
    i used to use one all the time but one day I decided to get a bit more fluid so I shoot it almost all handheld. This way you can get some amazing angles that you are missing. Some dishes are best overhead and others very low. I have the tripod on standby but it completely changes the pace.
    by going handheld you can do a wide shot and then move in changing your dof as u go. Modern cameras can go up to about 1000 iso and are still very sharp so a tripod isn’t essential.
    On lighting it’s a personal thing but again I use flash as I have total control. In Ireland it’s sunny one minute and wet later so the quality of light is not consistent.
    the new battery operated profoto with remote control are incredible as you can change ratios and depending on the dish can really bring it to life. And the go very low in power so I can shoot at f1.4 if I want and then go to f8 for same dish in a moment.
    good on you for writing the article but give it a try handheld and you’ll be surprised how much more you get.

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
    Posts: 288
    Re: High contrast waterfall
    Reply #3 on: December 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

    When in a pinch you have to do what you have to do.  The image is too high in contrast.  I am all about the subtleties that you find in shadows. Details in shadows are full of surprises and make your eye wander to see what it can find.  While this is dramatic it misses those details. Is there any way you can lighten up your shadows? I have been in the same similar situation as you have been and now always have a neutral density filter I have been in the same similar situation as you have been and now always have a neutral density filter in my pack.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of and

    Ken Rennie
    Ken Rennie
    Posts: 52
    Re: Landscape & Nature Photography
    Reply #4 on: December 4, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Forgot my ND filters so tried shooting multiple images and median merge in photoshop.  KenUntitled-3-white-stroke