Imaging Skills

Toning RAW files with Color Grading

Whether you want sepia, cyanotype or a two-colour split-toning treatment on your black & white images, your first port of call should be the Color Grading panel in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom, write...

Lightroom: Using Masking to rescue underexposure

In this 10-minute Lightroom video Andrew uses a series of Masks to rescue a badly underexposed dragonfly image without degrading image quality.

Understanding Fill Opacity in Photoshop

In Photoshop's Layers panel, you can fade down a layer's content by using the Opacity control, writes Jon Adams. But right underneath it is another opacity control called 'Fill', that seems to do exac...

Processing a backlit butterfly in Lightroom

Shooting some images with the main light source directly behind them will often result in more atmospheric images but it's easy to process them the wrong way and lose the element that gives them that ...

Underexposing to retain detail

There are occasions when a little underexposure isn't necessarily a bad thing! But you need to be sure that you can underexpose, or allow the camera to underexpose, without causing issues of image deg...

Understanding Resolution

In Understanding Resolution Andrew and Jon discuss various technical aspects related to megapixels, pixel per inch, longest edge, and various other confusing techie phrases. If you'd like to understan...

Extending backgrounds in Photoshop

Sometimes, no matter how good your reflexes are, you don't get a moving subject quite where you want it in the frame, writes Jon Adams. It can be too close the the edge, and that means your compositio...

Using RAW workflow preferences in Adobe Camera Raw

Speeding up your RAW processing in ACR by using Preferences is a great time-saver, writes Jon Adams. But how do you find them, what settings should you use, and what on earth is a Smart Object? All th...