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Sharpen your Adobe Photoshop techniques with Outdoor Photographer. Our articles offer Photoshop tips on topics ranging from resizing images to enhancing color. Begin your lesson in Photoshop for wildlife and nature photography now.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

High Dynamic Range Done Naturally

Explore the basics of HDR to get details in shadows, highlights and everywhere in between

If you want to spark up a heated debate amongst a group of nature photographers these days, all you need to do is mention HDR.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Defringing

How to defeat edge artifacts in composited landscape images

Few things are more frustrating to a photographer than edge fringes or halos that appear in Photoshop after a selected or extracted object has been placed onto a new background.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Making Your Best B&W

Conversions in the computer have become easier, allowing you to get better results than ever before

Today, the choice to make a color or a black-and-white image is far different from the era of film. With film, the decision would be made when you loaded your film.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Photoshop Tips From The Pros

Some of the best in nature photography share 11 techniques that will turn a good photograph into an award-winner

There are many elements that separate the top nature photographers from hobbyists. With today’s digital tools, not only do photographers rely on a great eye, time-tested technique and quality equipment, but also on their ability to optimize images after capture using Photoshop and other tools.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Power Cloning

Instead of wrestling with tools that only can do part of the job, try this technique to clone color while maintaining the all-important texture in your image

Photoshop provides many tools for cloning, the process of cleaning up small imperfections before printing. Dust on the sensor, contrails in the sky, twigs protruding into the frame or a cigarette butt in the scene are examples of things a photographer might choose to clone out. Several tools are provided in Photoshop to make easy work of these situations. The Rubber Stamp tool, the Patch tool, the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush are the usual choices.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Photoshop CS4 And The Nature Photographer

The gold standard in imaging software has been updated. OP takes you through the new features most useful to nature photographers.

Many photographers anticipate the arrival of a new version of Photoshop. Should I upgrade or not? Photoshop CS4 offers outstanding tools, naturally, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for everyone.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Photoshop Secrets Of The Pros

Discover new ways to enhance images using this classic editing program

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to using Adobe Photoshop to improve the quality of your nature photography. Photoshop is, after all, the standard by which all other image-editing software programs are measured.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Photoshop Lightroom 2: For Nature Photographers

The new version of the popular Adobe software melds traditional darkroom controls with the digital world

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is an amazing program. I’ve been working with it throughout its development process, and I feel like I’m back in the world of the traditional darkroom, now for color images. Lightroom was designed to help the photographer gain more control over his or her images while maintaining an efficient and effective workflow. It’s about organizing digital images to make them more accessible, processing them quickly and then getting them to an audience through slideshows, prints or web galleries (and, of course, image files).

Friday, August 1, 2008

Where In The World?

Geotagging puts a new spin on how to track photos

Keeping track of where you photographed that last spectacular sunset or a deer roaming a mountain landscape is a challenging task. This is where GPS technology is an outdoor photographer’s best friend. While popular spots like Delicate Arch or Half Dome are well documented, when you’re venturing deeper into the wild, having a tool to mark exact locations, times and dates of when the shutter was pressed comes in handy, especially later when you’re downloading and cataloging images.

Friday, August 1, 2008

HDR For The Landscape

Take advantage of High Dynamic Range software to photograph the landscape in a more visual way

Landscape photographers have been challenged by the range of tones in real life compared to what they can capture with the camera. This was true when Ansel Adams was shooting black-and-white large-format images 60 years ago, and it’s true today for digital photographers. Sunlight and shade can be too much for even the best of sensors.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Making Summer Color

In a season dominated by green, you can help the natural landscape with your camera, filters and the delicate use of Photoshop tools

In the summer, hot on the heels of a season that positively bursts with varied hues, the color that most comes to mind is green. The landscape becomes a green carpet, and finding dramatic color combinations can be a daunting task. Sure, there still are flowers and blooms to work with, but compared to the explosion of spring colors, summer photography can be tough. To make summer color really pop, you can turn to some special equipment and technology.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Unlimited Depth Of Field

A revolutionary software package redefines what’s possible for you to achieve with sharp focus in a photograph

In the digital era, advancements arrive every few months—not just in cameras, but also in the form of image-processing software programs. Some of these give us new standards for judging both photographers and their photographs. Coupled with decent equipment and capturing techniques, great image-processing programs leave no excuse for images that are less than sharp, improperly exposed, incorrectly colored or poorly framed. Now another new program, Helicon Focus, has removed the limits to depth of field in photography.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Making A Conversion

A professional landscape photographer tells why and how using advanced capabilities in software can give new life to color images by converting them to black-and-white

Whenever the terms "black-and-white" and "landscape photography" are mentioned in the same sentence, most of us conjure up the dramatic work of Ansel Adams or perhaps Edward Weston. Along with several other photographers, Adams and Weston formed the ƒ/64 group in the early 1930s and set the aesthetic standard for American photography for years to come.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Lightroom For Nature Photographers

Adobe's newest entry in digital imaging is a powerful tool for outdoor shooters

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has gained well-deserved attention in the short time it has been on the market, and it’s the true photographer-centric way the program has been designed that makes it so inviting.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Magic Buttons

The Targeted Adjustment Tool—a geeky name for a wonderful part of Lightroom

Wouldn’t you like a magic button that would allow you to get the most from your photography, make digital easier to work with and shorten your time in front of the computer? Of course, you would! Any nature photographer would, especially if it means less time inside and more time outside.

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