Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 16: Create a Dramatic B&W Image

by Anthony Morganti

As many of you know, in part 4 of this series, I demonstrated how to create and process a photo into black and white using Lightroom 5. I’ve received numerous requests to show more examples of black and white photography with Lightroom. So, in this video, I take an image of a horse and demo how to make it an over the top rustic looking black and white portrait.

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Photo Critique – Episode 7

by Anthony Morganti

Today I’m pleased to critique the photography of Kristen Smart. Kristen sent me a very nice variety of work. Watch the video where I critique each photograph or jump below the video were I write specifically about each image.

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Kristen Smart - Abstract

Copyright (c) Kristen Smart 2013

The color in this abstract is very nice. One thing about abstract photography is that it’s difficult to critique because there really are no rules. You just shoot to elicit a feeling. The only thing I noticed right off the bat with this image is that it’s slightly out of focus...

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Work The Scene

by Anthony Morganti

When I started out in photography, I would often come upon a photographic scene, pull my camera up to my eye, trip the shutter than head off to the next scene. At times I was a bit more ambitious and took two shots before I headed off to something else. All too often, the results were disappointing.

As I learned more about photography and studied great photographers, I’ve found that all of them share one trait in common, when they come upon a photographic scene, they work it. They shoot it from every angle imaginable, with different shutter speeds, apertures and lenses. They return at different times of day and under varying weather conditions to photograph it.

They work it….

They work the scene. Once I started working the scene, my photography improved dramatically and...

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Photo Critique – Episode 6

by Anthony Morganti

Today I’m happy to critique the work of Martin Briones. Those of you that frequent my website will recognize that name because I critiqued a few images for him in the past. Martin sent me three more of his images asking me if I wouldn’t mind critiquing them for him. Of note, a couple of the images are late twilight shots — I’ve been getting a bunch of requests to show how to shoot and process such images. Martin already did the processing but I’ll be making some comments on it as well as the composition. In the near future I’ll be doing articles and videos demonstrating how to shoot and process night photography.

Watch the video where I discuss Martin’s work and/or read the article below the video.

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 15: Create An HDR Like Effect With Lightroom

by Anthony Morganti

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You can’t process multiple bracketed photos into a single HDR image in Lightroom but you can easily process a single image so that it appears to be an HDR image and in this video, I show you how.

Of all the requests I get to do videos on specific subjects, requests on how to shoot HDR are by far the most that fill up my inbox. Admittedly, this technique isn’t for everyone but some photographers really like the HDR effect and like to utilize it to obtain a surreal look to their images.

If anyone has a video that they’d like to see, you can email me at Tony@AnthonyMorganti.com and I will attempt to make a video that explains what you’re seeking.

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How To Photograph a Waterfall

by Anthony Morganti

Glen Falls-2

Everyone loves a good waterfall.

Photographing a waterfall is one of the mainstays in landscape photography. There’s something about the milky smooth flow of water captured by a camera. Surprisingly, it’s not that difficult to do. All you need are a waterfall and a few tools.

The Key

There is one key to photographing a waterfall and that is to make sure you use a long exposure. Using a long exposure means that a greater amount of water will flow over the crest of the falls while the shutter is open and because of that, the moving water will blur. The blurring water will be rendered silky smooth by your camera’s sensor or by your camera’s film if you’re so equipped.

Akron Falls

A long exposure is key in waterfall photography. In this photo, a shutter speed of 1...

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Photo Critique – Roy Deng

by Anthony Morganti

Today I’m pleased to critique the work of Roy Deng. Roy sent me three similar environmental portraits of a beautiful young lady. Because the three images are similar in subject and style, there isn’t a lot to critique so this article will be relatively short but, you’ll see that Roy does a lot right. If you’re interested in environmental portraiture, read on because I think you’ll learn a lot.

Before I begin the critique I should probably explain exactly what environmental portraiture is. Environmental Portraiture is a genre of photography in which the subject is photographed in their common environment — perhaps a football player on a football field or an iron worker in an iron mill...

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Demo Of Portrait Professional 11

by Anthony Morganti

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In this video, I demo Portrait Professional 11. In this demo you’ll see how easy it is to use, yet powerful, Portrait Professional is.

Those of you familiar with my free “Learn Lightroom 5” video tutorials know that I did portraits using Lightroom 5 exclusively in episodes 7 & 14. In this video, I use the same portrait that I processed in episode 14 so you can see how much more you can do with Portrait Professional over and beyond what you can do with Lightroom 5.

If you’d like to watch the Lightroom video, you can check it out here:

http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/21/learn-lightroom-5-part-14-portrait-retouch-redux/

 

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 14: Portrait Retouch Redux

by Anthony Morganti

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In this, episode 14 of Learn Lightroom 5, I do another retouch of a portrait using only Lightroom 5.

You may remember that I did a portrait retouch in episode 7 but I’ve received numerous requests to  do another.

Remember, if anyone wants me to do a video on anything concerning photography, email me at Tony@AnthonyMorganti.com and I’ll be happy to make a video on the subject.

Watching this video you’ll see that Lightroom 5 does an admirable job on a unretouched portrait of a person. As I mention in the video, I don’t typically use Lightroom for portrait retouching preferring to use a program called, “Portrait Professional”...

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Photo Critique – Dimitris Zarahanis

by Anthony Morganti

Today I’m please to critique the photography of Dimitris Zarahanis. Dimitris uses an Olympus FE-190 which is a relatively simple point and shoot camera. I think you’ll see that despite using a point and shoot, Dimitris has taken some pretty nice images. This proves that you don’t need a DSLR to take nice shots and more importantly, to enjoy photography. Although, with that said, if Dimitris ever upgrades to a DSLR he’ll have a lot more opportunity for creativity and he’ll basically be able to do more.

Following is the critique in video form where I discuss Dimitris’ work. If you don’t care to watch videos, the critique is below the video.

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