Using Off-Camera Flash Creatively

Although I have been using OCF (off-camera flash) for many years, there was a time in the beginning of my career that it terrified me. I had no idea what it...

Location Lighting… Letting Go

What do weddings, wars, and sunsets have in common? ...fleeting moments. For photographers, however, these offer some of the most stressful conditions under which to shoot. For example, shooting sunsets is...

Taking the Ordinary to Extraordinary

by Kimberly Smith, Texas School Instructor As everyone knows, sessions with one-year-olds can be a bit of a challenge. A sweet little girl named Addie had her moments but, for the most...

Controlling Light Direction

by Alison Carlino, Texas School Instructor No matter the genre of photography, one quickly realizes that he/she has to learn to control the direction, color, quantity, and quality of the light falling...

Making Creative Name Badges

If you’ve ever wanted to make some good looking name badges for an event, chances are you created a nice Photoshop file and spent hours editing the text layer that had...

The Day the Sky Fell

As I packed my truck for the shoot, the ominous skies were dumping rain. My client, a lovely and affluent mom, called me and was obviously quite stressed. Her large family...

Color Lookup Tables

by Thom Rouse Have you tried the Color Lookup adjustment layers? Although it has been included with Photoshop for some time, it’s one of those features I’ve repeatedly overlooked until recently. Color...

SPLASH! Underwater Photography

Underwater photography can be fun and challenging and it can take a lot of work to create a fabulous work of art. Although the basic technique may be similar, no two...

Dodging & Burning, Photoshop Techniques

by Ross Benton, Texas School Instructor Anyone who has ever printed pictures in a darkroom can appreciate how much easier Photoshop has made life for professional photographers. But many of the tools...

Light Options for Light at Dusk or Dawn

by Nikki Harrison So, you are a natural light photographer but you never really caught on to using off-camera flash, or you are afraid of it, or you simply hate to haul...