3 Tips to Help Keep Your Photography Passion Alive

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Photography is like any other pursuit in life, in that it requires a great deal of time and practice. Unless you make a living as a professional photographer, you might find that you simply don’t have enough hours in the day to devote to taking pictures. With work, family, school, and plenty of other obligations in our lives, it’s easy to let photography take a back seat to everything else. So, unfortunately we often find our expensive cameras gathering dust on the shelf, and our vibrant photo libraries growing ever more stagnant as the months and years pass. How in the world is it possible for hobbyist or enthusiast photographers, much less beginners who are just entering this brave new world for the first time, to find chances to learn, stretch, and grow, or just do what they enjoy doing? Thankfully there is hope, and I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me.

7 Tips to Help Improve Your Seascape Photos by Controlling the Waves

When photographing outdoors, you generally take the world as you find it, and you have very little control over the elements. You cannot control the weather. The terrain is a given. You certainly cannot control the skies or the clouds.

But when photographing seascapes there is one thing you can control, and that is the waves. At least, you can control the appearance of the waves. This is a fundamental difference between landscapes and seascapes.

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Quickly Add Interest to Plain Looking Textures in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to quickly add some extra interest to plain looking textures using Photoshop filters and layer styles.

Quickly Add Interest to Plain Looking Textures in Photoshop

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Creative flower photography: how to shift the focus using layer blending techniques

In this tutorial we show you how to get creative with your macro flower photography by adjusting the focus in three separate exposures, and blending the shots for a magical effect.

Creative flower photography: how to shift the focus using layer blending techniques

We’re kicking off our new series on macro photography by creating a flower image with a difference. Flowers are a favourite macro subject, and you can produce great results simply by shooting conventional close-ups, but in this tutorial we’re going to be using layer blending techniques to get creative with focus, and produce a colourful image with a dream-like quality.

We’ll show you how to shoot three separate exposures of the same flower, and then combine them. The aim is to capture one shot that’s in focus and two that are blurred, and the magic happens when you blend the images together, using layer masks in Photoshop Elements.

It’s important when planning your shoot to take into account the light. For the best results you want to shoot either first thing in the morning or late in the day, when the sunlight is softer and warmer.

Although this effect lends itself particularly well to shooting flowers, feel free to try it with other subjects – for example in a woodland setting or at the beach. Just make sure you compose your image so that you have something of interest to keep in sharp focus, and other elements that you can throw out of focus.

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Down and Dirty Guide to Milky Way Photography

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Seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes is a life-changing, mind-blowing experience. It will put your place within the universe in to perspective and remind you just how small and insignificant we all are. The sad part is that most people have never seen it. Over half of our planet’s population lives in cities where seeing the Milky Way is all but impossible.

Even when people get out of the city and have a good view of the stars, they usually don’t focus on them long enough to find the Milky Way. It’s something that you either stumble onto by accident, or something that you have to plan ahead of time. Here’s a few quick tips for getting the Milky Way in your viewfinder and exposing it properly – your guide to Milky Way photography.

Before and After: How This Photo was Processed in Lightroom

Post-processing in Lightroom

The Story

A few years ago I passed through Bolivia, South America’s poorest and, in some ways, least developed country. I spent a few days in Potosí, a small, largely forgotten city whose history had a central role in shaping the modern world. Built at the foot of the Cerro Rico (Rich Hill), the silver mined in Potosí flowed across the continent, through the cities of Cartagena and Havana, and across the ocean to Sevilla and Madrid in Spain, where it powered the rise of European nations as the wealthiest and most developed of the era.

How to create foam textured text or shapes

Learn how to create realistic sea foam text effect and how to apply sea/ocean foam pattern to the text shape on the beach sand.

How to create foam textured text or shapes

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