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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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Photographer’s Guide to 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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21 Amazing Photos of Mountains

Mountains are a common and popular subject in landscape photography, and with good reason. Whether the mountains serve as a background to a pristine lake or blooming flowers, or the mountains provide the focal point of the photograph, they can play an integral role.

In this post we’ll showcase 21 beautiful photos of mountains captured by a variety of different photographers. Let these images inspire you and give you some ideas that can be put to use in your own photography.

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How to Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter Tool

Lightroom’s graduated filter tool is an invaluable resource when processing landscape photos. With the graduated filter tool you can make selective adjustments that impact a certain part of your photo without impacting other parts. For example, if you wanted to lighten the foreground area below the horizon without impacting the sky.

The graduated filter tool is fairly simple to use, and in this video Simon Plant covers the basics of the tool, how it works, and shows examples in real world situations.

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