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Bryce Canyon under a blanket of snow

Photo By Daniel De Marco
Pro Critique
What many photographers don’t realize is that a white winter sky and a blanket of snow act as the perfect color neutral light source and reflector, making such a day an absolute outdoor studio. The red rock of Bryce can be photographed with the utmost color integrity. Only a hint of color enhancement in the computer may be necessary in the computer. Be aware when you boost the colors of the surrounding rock, that you don’t introduce color to the white snow. In general when enhancing colors, use small steps. It’s easy to take it too far.


Lightroom 2 Tip
Crop With Angle
In many cases when you need to crop an image, you also need to rotate the image slightly to fix, for example, a crooked horizon. Because the Crop tool in Lightroom 2 is so powerful, if you need to both crop and rotate an image, it's more efficient to start with the rotation using the Angle tool. Start by choosing the Crop tool at the top of the right panel in the Develop module. Then click the "level" icon to the left of the Angle setting. Click and drag along a straight edge in the image (such as the horizon) to define the angle of rotation. When you release the mouse, the image will be cropped based on that rotation so the crop area fits completely within the image. You then can refine the crop by adjusting the sides and corners of the crop box displayed over the image.

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