Photo Critique: Martin Briones

by Anthony Morganti

Today, I’m please to critique the work of Martin Briones. I’m telling you, the photographs I’m receiving to critique are getting better and better. What’s particularly impressive about Martin is that he’s only be taking pictures for four months. I think you’ll agree that his work is quite impressive.

Mark sent me three photographs to critique. Here they are in no particular order.

Martin Briones

Copyright (c) Martin Briones 2013

This first shot is quite impressive. It’s very difficult to balance the twilight shot of the lit buildings on the beach along with the sky. Martin did a nice job of keeping it well balanced without any excessively bright areas.

On the right of the picture, there is a large dark area of cliff that doesn’t add much if anything to the photo...

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Part 3: Camera Raw

by Anthony Morganti

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This is the third installment of my Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 series. In this video, I demonstrate how you edit the raw image in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and after you do some editing in ACR, you send the image off to the editor in Elements 11.

Parts 1 and 2 of the series can be found here:

Part 1 – The Organizer: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/29/learn-adobe-photoshop-elements-11-part-1-the-organizer/

Part 2 – Easy & Guided Processing: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/01/learn-adobe-photoshop-elements-11-part-2/

Adobe Camera Raw is very similar to Adobe Lightroom. If you’re interested in Lightroom, check out the free training I have on Lightroom...

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 11: Questions & Answers

by Anthony Morganti

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In this video I answer a few common questions I’ve received regarding the Lightroom 5 Training Videos. There are just a few questions but they’re ones that I’ve been asked several times so I decided to answer them in a video.

If I can indulge you in some quick housecleaning:

I’ve had numerous requests to do more portrait retouching with Lightroom 5. So, in the next installment – Part 12, I’ll be doing another portrait retouch.

As you know, in part 7 I retouched a portrait in Lightroom 5 and you’ll remember me mentioning that I don’t normally use Lightroom to retouch a portrait preferring to use a program called Portrait Professional so I’ve decided to do a vid...

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More Free Photoshop Actions

by Anthony Morganti

More Free Photoshop Actions

Photo courtesy of http://Gavtrain.com

Last week I posted some links where photographers could find some free Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions and brushes. It proved to be immensely popular so I’ve decided to try to make it a semi-regular feature here on AnthonyMorganti.com.

I’ve found several sites that have free photoshop actions. I’m not sure of the quality of the actions because I haven’t used them but what the heck, they’re free and we can try them out. If you find an action or two that prove to be awesome, please email the website you got it from to thank them and, if you have time, post in the comment section below and let us all know which one(s) you like.

Very soon I’m going to do a video on how to load an action in Photoshop...

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Photographing Autumn Leaves

By Peter Henderson

When you shuffle through leaves that have been swept across pavements by the wind in late autumn, it is worth casting an eye toward the odd leaf that has been curled or furled or rotted in some odd way. When I was young I used to press leaves between sheets of blotting paper that would preserve the autumn colours, so it seemed a natural progression to want to photograph and preserve that wonderful look. There is a certain delicacy in some decaying objects is mesmerising.

Autumn Leaf 1

Mounted in door jam, sprayed with glycerol and water
Nikon D800E, Nikkor 85mm 1.4G, ISO 100, f8
Copyright (c) Peter Henderson 2013

I started the easy way...

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Two Filters I Won’t Leave Home Without

by Anthony Morganti

In my film days – before there were things called Lightroom and Photoshop, I had a huge bag that was chock full of lens filters. Color correcting filters, star filters, soft focus filters, vignette filters and several different colors of graduated filters. Today, I’ve replaced all of those filters with Lightroom and Photoshop.

It’s amazing what can be done in post nowadays, but today, there still are a couple filters that go with me everywhere because they can’t be replaced by software — that would be a circular polarizer and a 10 Stop ND filter.

Circular Polarizer

Circular Polarizer

A Circular Polarizer lets in 2 stops less of light

Back in the day when, like Billy Joel, I wore a younger man’s clothes, one of the first filters I purchased was a circular polarizer...

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Photo Critique: Peter Henderson

by Anthony Morganti

Today I am pleased to critique the work of Peter Henderson.

Of all the critiques I’ve done so far, I would have to say that Peter is the most advanced of all the photographers. I feel the need to state that up front because it may look like I’m nitpicking as I critique each of his photos, but far from it. Peter sent me some really nice stuff, but I truly believe the perfect shot is rare. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that I’ve EVER taken a perfect photo. Every photograph I take I tend to look at in disgust because I only see the flaws. Like a 14 year old anguishing over a tiny zit on her chin, I tend to do that to my photography. I believe that to get better, you must be critical of your own work.

So, with that said, Peter’s work is fantastic but I’m going to point...

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Learn Lightroom 5 Part 10: Creating Presets

by Anthony Morganti

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This is Part 10 of my Learn Lightroom 5 Video series. In this episode I demonstrate how you can save your work to a preset and how when using presets, you can save time in your post processing.

Watch the entire series of Learn Lightroom 5 videos on YouTube here:

Learn Lightroom 5 Videos on YouTube

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Part 2: Quick & Guided Processing

by Anthony Morganti

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

This is the second video of my new training series, Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. In this video, I give you an overview of how to process your photographs in the Elements 11 Editor using the Quick and Guided processing methods.

Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

This video covers the “Quick and “Guided” processing options

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is a reasonably priced alternative to Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CC. Selling for less than $70.00, it has from what I’m told, 80% of the functionality of the $789.00 Adobe Photoshop CS6. So, if you can’t afford to buy CS6 or a monthly subscription to CC, consider getting a copy of Elements 11.

In subsequent videos we’ll...

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 9: Develop Module Mayhem

by Anthony Morganti

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This is Part 9 of my Learn Lightroom 5 Video series. In this episode I process 6 different photographs from start to finish in Lightroom. In it, you should get an idea of how the develop module works and the processing power that is available to you.

Watch the entire series of Learn Lightroom 5 videos on YouTube here:

Learn Lightroom 5 Videos on YouTube

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