How to Add a Creative Light Leak Effect in Adobe Lightroom

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“Light Leaks” is the name we give to this popular kind of “accident”, which happens when there is a gap or hole between the lens and the camera body, so light can get in, meaning that the sensor is forced to process unintended light. Why do I label it as an “accident”? Because despite being indeed an undesired effect, many photographers tend to use this technique as another creative resource within their compositions. Today we’re going to show you how to create a light leak effect with the help of presets for Adobe Lightroom. Consider the image as already processed …

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World Press Photo Awards

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Check out this if you want to see what the best photographers with the best equipment can do.  The word ‘pro’ is bandied about pretty loosely in photography but these photographers are tight! Personally I would find most of this stuff hard to take a photograph of on moral grounds – could you take photos of such suffering and death? But for the people who do have the stomach to do it – they are bringing back messages and stories for all of us to look at and feel about. I note that the trend of enhancement with software applies …

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Get it Straight

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One thing that can bother you about photos is where the upright or horizontal lines are slightly (or more) out. For instance buildings can make the whole photo look out of true, and horizon lines in landscapes or seascapes can look even worse. Here are a few tips on how to make your photos straighter. Here is a photo that is slightly out of true (ahem – done just as an example) the building is slightly out of the vertical. A few points: First it may not bother you. Second in many photos where you may have a lot of …

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Flowing Water Examples – Long Exposures

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Here are a couple of example photos of flowing water in a stream taken at 2 different speeds to show the varying effects you can get. A tripod is preferred for slow shots like these but just experiment if you dont have one. Note that the photos look very similar in layout so it can look as if the blurred one might have been done in software from the first photo. No, they were two separate photos. They have the same position because I used a tripod and wanted to have the same view for comparison. The fact that the …

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Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition

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This year I visited the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition on display at Waterloo National Rail Station. You will find the exhibition on the upper floor of the station with many fine prints on display. The exhibition and competition is organised by Take a View and is in its 8th year. This year’s winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014 was Mark Littlejohn for his photograph of a transient stream in Glencoe. Mark wins the title and a whopping £10,000 prize. Mark Littlejohn was thrilled to win and said, “When I got the call, I was in a …

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