Water Photography: Composition & Creativity Ideas

Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water and there’s anywhere from 50-65% of water within us. As photographers, we see and take images of water in many forms. From reflections, silky waterfalls, rippling waves, abstracts to seeing to the bottom of the pond, water serves as a picture-perfect subject, stage and back drop.

Taking advantage of water’s diversity is easy, finding your own style and creative composition is where the work begins. It may be slight adjustments of settings is all that’s needed to maximize the shot or choosing a different lens. Other scenarios may call for an extra tool or two.

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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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How to Enhance Light with Flare and Haze in Photoshop

In this video from our friends at Contrastly Simon Plant shows how to improve a landscape image with the help of Photoshop by boosting light with a flare and haze. You may have tried Photoshop’s lens flares in the past and been disappointed with unnatural results, but Simon shows how you can take control of the flare and get a much better look.

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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.

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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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Sunrise Photography: Make Your Images Sparkle & Shine

What do most people do an hour before sunrise? While others are catching “z’s”, photographers are active participants in watching the sunrise cast its brilliant morning shine. Some of the most delicate and beautiful hues of the day happen before sunrises and right after sunsets. During this ‘blue hour,’ the sky has a deep blue hue. Rich, saturated colors paint the landscape and sky.

The transition from the blue hour to the golden hour happens quickly. An array of colors appears from blues, lavenders, pinks, reds to oranges.

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