Author: Marc

Free Deep HDR Lightroom Preset

This free Lightroom preset will open up the dynamic range of your photos with a beautiful faux HDR effect. The presets works very well with landscapes and nature shots, as well as other types of photos. It can be used in Lightroom 4 and newer. Download it today and try it with your own photos.

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25 Beautiful Photos of Flowers

In the northern hemisphere it is finally starting to warm up and spring is almost here! For landscape and nature photographers spring means no more harsh winter conditions and some opportunities to capture the beautiful colors of spring and summer.

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7 Sites and Apps for Researching and Scouting Photography Locations

Researching and scouting locations is critical to success as a landscape photographer. You don’t have to go to iconic destinations to get great photos, but you do need to know the ins and outs of the locations that you are shooting.

There are a number of websites and apps that can help with research, and in this article we’ll look at 7 of them. In addition to the sites and apps featured here you can also turn to a Google search or to any number of photography forums. If you’re researching a location chances are there have been many people before you who have been interested in the same location, and some of that may be documented in forums and on blogs.

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How to Get an HDR Look in Lightroom

HDR photography tends to be a somewhat sensitive topic. Many people either love it or hate it. The purpose of using HDR and exposure blending is not to create unrealistic or fake-looking images, but rather to simply increase the dynamic range of the photo. Many of the best uses are HDR and exposure blending are subtle and can still produce realistic images.

In landscape photography HDR techniques can be especially effective. Perhaps you need to use multiple exposures the shadows being cast by a mountain are much darker than a bright sky. There are all kinds of scenarios in landscape photography where an increase in dynamic range will help the photo.

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How to Crop and Straighten in Lightroom

Getting the right composition in the camera is a goal of any landscape photographer, but there will be times when some cropping is necessary, or at least very helpful. Maybe you want to use cropping to eliminate some distracting elements around the edges of a photo, or to change the composition to emphasize a specific element in the photo. Cropping may also be needed to prepare a photo to be printed in a specific size or aspect ratio. The straighten tool within the crop tool is also extremely helpful for straightening horizons in landscapes.

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Photographing Zion National Park

Utah’s Zion National Park is truly an unbelievable place. It is filled with striking rock formations, canyons, and the Virgin River flows through the park. Zion is a popular destination for hikers, climbers, as well as photographers.

If you drive to Zion from the Grand Canyon, as many visitors do, you will leave the arid desert of Arizona and when you reach Zion you will feel like you stepped into another world. In this article we’ll take a look at Zion from a photographer’s perspective, with plenty of insight and tips to help you get the most out of your time at the park.

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