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Editors Note: Instant Photoshop | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. A Fast-Start Introduction to Photoshop For Photographers When photographers switch from the traditional chemical darkroom to PC-based desktop image processing the hardest part of the learning curve is learning Photoshop. This program is one of the most sophisticated pieces of software ever designed and now with 10 years+ of revisions and enhancements presents a daunting challenge to the newcomer. The rapid expansion in popularity of digital SLRs mean as well that a lot of traditional camera users are making a…

Editors Note: An Approach to CMYK | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. An Approach to CMYK I have written this article specifically for Photoshop professionals should they desire to understand the CMYK Colour Space and the ability to separate RGB to CMYK files specifically for Press operations. When desktop printers were first marketed they were generally Postscript devices. This is a language that describes a page to a printer, a universal language that enabled everyone to print to everyone’s printer, provided Postscript was employed. Postscript was at the time the…

Editors Note: Photographing Snow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photographing Snow Come winter, nothing frustrates photographers more than poor exposures due to extensive amounts of snow in the scene. Here are some ways of dealing with this problem. Brightly lit snow is about 1.5 – 2 stops brighter than 18% (medium) grey — which is what your hand-held or built in camera meter expects to see. Therefore, when metering a scene with large expanses of snow the meter (which doesn’t know the difference between water, grass or snow) —…

Editors Note: Auto Racing Photography | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Lee Carney for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Auto Racing Photography Introduction Every weekend of the year, at hundreds of locations around North America, people gather to race motorized vehicles of every description. From stock cars to motorcycles, from open wheel cars to power boats, motor racing is a grand spectacle of speed and power. The bright colours, the blazing speed and the unique environment make motor races an exciting place to create memorable images. The skills you need to capture effective images of motor racing…

Editors Note: Documentary and Street Photography | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Documentary and Street Photography “In photography, creation is a quick business — an instant, a gush, a response — putting the camera up to the eye’s line of fire, snatching with that economical little box whatever it was that surprised you, catching it in midair, without tricks, without letting it get away. You make a painting at the same time that you take a photo.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson In the Beginning While I am primarily known these days…

Editors Note: Giving Your Photos A Glow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D. for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Giving Your Photos A Glow Adding A Diffuse Glow To Your Images I was looking at some of the recent work of Michael Reichmann. I was struck by one of the photos from a fair in Seville. Michael added a diffuse glow to a group of women, and it really added a defining touch to the image. It gave the image a dreamy look, as if the image truly was painted with light.…

Editors Note: Photographing Fall Colour | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photographing Fall Colour Why Less is More Is there a photographer alive who doesn’t enjoy a drive or walk in the woods when the leaves are turning? Colours are vibrant, the air has a unique smell and there’s a melancholy in knowing that cold rain, snow and dropping temperatures are on their way. But if you’re like me you’ll find that your fall colour photographs can often be disappointing. The brilliant hues of a sunny Fall day can appear…

Editors Note: Getting Started with Digital Panoramas | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Joe Beda for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Getting Started with Digital Panoramas I dream about being able to afford 22 megapixel medium format backs.  I think that it would be great to be able to capture that much detail with one click of the shutter.  Heck, I’d love to be able to afford a Canon 1Ds.  However, for most amateur photographers that type of hardware is out of reach.  But, with a little bit of practice, you can get some of the same eye…

Editors Note: Understanding Depth of Field | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Understanding Depth of Field Plumbing The Depths (Of Field) The issue of Depth of Field (DOF) seems to cause a great deal of confusion. Every photographer understands it somewhat, but rarely with the rigour needed to explain it to others. In fact, to be completely honest, I’ve had to go to a couple of reference books to be sure that I get the explanations here technically correct. The term “Depth of Field” describes the range in a photograph,…

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