Improving Composition with Cropping

Here is a Adobe Lightroom tutorial on how to use the overlays available in the crop tool to improve your compositions.

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Lens Correction and B&W Conversion

Here is a short tutorial and how I use Lens Profiles and corrections in Adobe Lightroom. I also quickly demonstrate how I utilize Nik Silver Efex Pro to convert a color image in a black and white photograph.



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Photo Quote of the Week

I think the equipment you use has a real, visible influence on the character of your photography. You're going to work differently, and make different kinds of pictures, if you have to set up a view camera on a tripod than if you're Lee Friedlander with handheld 35 mm rangefinder. But fundamentally, vision is not about which camera or how many megapixels you have, it's about what you find important. It's all about ideas. - Keith Carter (from PhotoQuotes.com)

Video Tutorial: Improving Contrast with a Levels Adjustment

As part of our expansion of the content we are providing on The Candid Frame, we introduce the first video tutorial in which we focus on how a Levels adjustment in Adobe Lightroom helps improve the look and feel of your image. A Levels adjustment can dramatically improve contrast, particularly one photographed in open shade or on an overcast day. It should often be the first step to take when working on an image in your favorite photo editing application.


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The Candid Frame #148 - Jay Patel

Jay Patel is an exceptional landscape photographer whose passion for the outdoors began with his family travels in his country of origin,  India. Since picking up a digital camera a little more than a decade ago, he has developed both a keen eye and a mastery of the technical to create stunning images of the natural world. Along with his wife, Varina, another passionate photographer, they share their experience and extensive knowledge of photography and the natural world through workshops, e-books, blogs and an active presence in various social networks.  To discover more about Jay and his work visit his website and blog.

Jay Patel recommend the work of Varina Patel.

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The Candid Frame #144 - Dana Barsuhn




Dana Barsuhn is a young LA-based photographer who honed his skill on the streets of Los Angeles and used what he has learned to serve his early work as a professional photographer. Within a short period of time, he has developed a very personal visual sensibility with his street photography, which has not only allowed him to create distinct imagery in this popular genre, but has also helped him to create unique photographs. His growth as a photographer has recently inspired him to make the leap into a full-time professional photographer, with the hopes of achieving both financial and creative success. You can find out more about his work by visiting his website and blog.

Dana Barsuhn recommends the work of Stanko Abadzic.

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The Candid Frame #133 - Warren Keating



Warren Keating is a painter whose latest works in the Overview series, are the result of collecting photographs and video of unwitting subjects from balconies in France, digitizing them on computer and painting them on canvas. 

Born in New Orleans in 1965, Keating won several regional awards in oil and watercolor painting and received more than a half-dozen commissions before reaching the age of 18. His work now reflects the culmination of 25 years of painting both the figure and the landscape.

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Warren Keating recommends the work of Duane Keiser.

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The Candid Frame #126 - Russell Brown



Russell Preston Brown is a photographer who holds the unique position of educating photographers everywhere in the use of Photoshop. In his role as Senior Creative Director at Adobe, he has helped to teach people on the many creative possibilities available in this image-editing software. But it’s his role as guest-curator for the new exhibit, Digital Darkroom, which opens in December 2011 at the Annenberg Space for Photography that has inspired this conversation about an exceptional exhibit of photography. You can out more about the exhibit by visiting the Annenberg Space for Photography website. You can find out even more about Russell Brown and his work by visiting his website.

Russell Brown recommends the work of Scott Martin.


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The Candid Frame #121 - Julia Dean


Julia Dean is a photographer, educator, and the founder of the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. Julia received a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska. She began her career as an apprentice to pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott. Later, Julia was a photo editor for the Associated Press in New York. She has taught for 29 years at such places as the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Oxford University and the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. You find out more about her and her workshop by visiting her website.

Julia Dean recommends the work of Aline Smithson.

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The Candid Frame #117 - Alia Malley



Alia Malley is a fine-art photographer who's landscapes of Southern California reveal a different aspect of the City of Angels than is popularized in television and film. Her photographs capture the natural scenes that exist in the midst of urban sprawl, and make connections not only to the city's current populace but also to the people of the recent and the distant past who have called SoCal home. Her recent effort to publish a book of her series of images entitled "A Cavalier in Sight of a Village" resulted in a very successful attempt  of crowd-funding using Kickstarter. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website and her Kickstarter page.

Alia Malley recommends the work of Todd Hido.

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The Candid Frame #76 - Anne Day


Anne Day is a freelance photographer and writer based in New York and Connecticut. Her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, Vogue and other publications. An Olympus Visionary, she has worked as a photojournalist and has covered events in Haiti, Cuba, South Africa and Namibia, as well as American Presidential Inaugurations, school picnics, and weddings. In addition to working in journalism, she has many years of experience photographing architecture with a view camera. She is the principal photographer for three books in the W.W. Norton Series on Classical Architecture on The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and The US Capitol. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website.

Anne Day recommends the work of David Hilliard.

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The Candid Frame #63 - Jim Miotke


Jim Miotke is the President and Founder of BetterPhoto.com and author of several photographic books including his latest, The Better Photo Guide to Photographing Children.

Before developing Better Photo, on online photography school, Jim ran a photography business in California and Washington that specialized in weddings and portraiture. He now primarily shoots stock photography (and several of his images can be found on Adobe's Photoshop CD-ROMs). His articles on photography have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and online sites. You can discover more about his work by visiting his website.

Jim Miotke recomends the work of Art Wolfe.

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