How to Find an Interesting Subject for Black & White Landscape Photography

Black and white landscape photo Asturias

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” – Jim Richardson

If you want to create beautiful black and white landscape photos then it helps if you are standing in front of a beautiful landscape. But do you want to create beautiful photos, interesting photos, or both? It’s a key consideration because once you find an interesting landscape, the beauty often follows if you photograph it in the right light.

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What I Learned About Landscape Photography in Northern Spain

Black & white landscape photo taken in northern Spain

I’ve just spent two and a half months in northern Spain. If you’re not familiar with this region and you’re into landscape photography than I strongly recommend you put it on your list of places to go. The Cantabrian coast stretches from the Basque Country to Galicia, and is marked by high cliffs, beautiful beaches and lots of photogenic rock formations – perfect for those of you who enjoy seascapes and long exposure photography.

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How to Retouch Portraits in Lightroom with Sleeklens Lightroom Develop Presets

Portraits retouched in Lightroom

Some photographers consider Photoshop an essential tool for retouching portraits, but I take a different approach and believe that most photographers can do all the portrait retouching they need to in Lightroom.

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The Perfect Shutter: An Interview with Craft & Vision Author Duncan Fawkes

Landscape photo by Duncan Fawkes

Duncan Fawkes is a landscape photographer who recently moved to Australia. He’s also the author of The Perfect Shutter, one of Craft & Vision’s newest titles. Duncan’s landscape photos are characterised by the moody light and subtle use of colour. He’s an intelligent writer and a gifted teacher and I recommend that you check out his book – it’s become a firm favourite of mine. It’s illustrated by Duncan’s beautiful and inspirational photos and is an excellent guide to the art of landscape photography.

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How to Post Photos to Instagram from Lightroom

Lightroom and instagram

Instagram seems to be growing in popularity for photographers who want to share and promote their work. So, considering all the activity on the social networking site, wouldn’t it be great to upload photos to it directly from Lightroom? Up until recently you couldn’t – one of the quirks of Instagram is that you can only upload images from your mobile device.

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How to Build a Photography Website

Photography website

Photography websites are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable self-promotional tools.

With the right website, stock photographers can sell their photos, wedding photographers can display their best work in online portfolios and hobbyists can share their favourite images with the world.

But what if you have no idea how to build a website? Whether you’re a pro with thousands of pounds to spend, or you have a budget of exactly zero, there’s a solution for you.

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12 Reasons Every Photographer Needs a Website or Blog

Andrew S. Gibson photography website

The thought of creating or commissioning a photography website can be daunting if you don’t know much about web design. But before you even begin to think about how, the important question to answer is why. It’s so easy for anybody to have an account on Tumblr, 500px or Flickr that you may be wondering exactly why a photographer would need their own website or blog. So let’s dive in and take a look at some of the benefits a good quality website will bring you.
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How to Use the Excessor Plug-In to Speed Up Your Lightroom Develop Preset Workflow

Excessor Lightroom plug-in

Last week I showed you how you can use the UltraBlack Lightroom Develop Presets from Creative Presets to process portraits (click the link to catch up on the article).

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How to Use UltraBlack Lightroom Develop Presets to Create Better Black & White Photos

Portrait processed with UltraBlack Develop Presets

Lightroom is a powerful Raw converter that works extremely well for black and white conversions. But it doesn’t do everything, which is why there are plug-ins (such as Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection, or Tonality Pro) you can download or buy to enhance your black and white photos even further.

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How to Use the New Guided Upright Tool and Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom CC

Lightroom Upright Guide tool

Last week Adobe rolled out the latest updates to Lightroom. Lightroom 6 users will see little change apart from bug fixes and new camera support lens profiles (this Adobe article has the full details).

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