Layers, Shake, and Cradles

Using Adjustment Layers

The Photocritic posted an article titled “Using adjustment layers” that talks about the difference between adjustments and spot edits, and how to apply image adjustments using layers.  This method of using adjustment layers can be very useful and it allows you to make changes to a photo without committing to the change.  These adjustment layers can include things like layers, curves, saturation, filters, black & white, and many more.  The adjustment layers form the building blocks of a great (edited) photo.

Camera Shake VS Poor Focusing

The Digital Photography School posted an article called “How to Tell the Difference Between Camera Shake and Poor Focusing?“.  Both of these things can cause what would-have-been a good photo to turn bad.  This post tells you how to identify which one is causing the poor outcome, along with some tips on how to minimize or eliminate the problem.

Composition Tips for Macro Photography

Macro Art in Nature has posted a good composition tip in the post titled “Using the ‘Cradle' Method in Photography“.  This article talks about framing subjects to gain the most effect from them.  Although the article is geared for macro photography, framing (or cradling) is a technique that can be used in any type of photography.  Along with the how-to part of it, they have some stunning photos posted that utilize the framing effect.

Photo of the Day…

Under the Weather

Photo by Brian Auer
06/26/06 New York, NY
Boat against foggy Manhattan background
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200
300mm equiv * f/8 * 1/200s * ISO100