One of my favorite things about celebrating the 4th of July is watching the spectacular fireworks show that the city of Portland puts on. In this video, I’m going to show you how easy it is to combine the best fireworks explosions into a single photo using ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5. The result will be a memorable medley of light and color that you’ll want to share with family and friends.
It’s so important for photographers to have a good grasp of what ideal conditions are for the type of photography you are setting out to create. When I’m heading to a waterfall, all I can think about is having a socked in, overcast, grey sky with a little rain. As far as I’m concerned, that’s some of the best shooting conditions for my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and when those conditions are present during a shoot, I am completely in my element.
Admittedly, I don’t visit my family back in New York City nearly as often as I’d like to. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know, half a year has gone by. So, when I do get the opportunity to visit, I want to make the most of the time I have with them. Recently, I was able to fly out to NYC for a few days of downtime. On one of those days, my sister and I spent all of it roaming around various parts of downtown Brooklyn, which was a wonderful change of pace seeing as we normally default to visiting Manhattan.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited Little Zig Zag Falls, located near the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon. On one hand, the winding trail and creek that leads you from the parking area to the waterfall is absolutely stunning.
Of all the places I’ve photographed and all the extreme weather conditions I’ve been in, I never would have guessed that one of the most challenging locales to create photos in would be an ice cave in Iceland. I had the good fortune to photograph a handful of ice caves during my very first trip there and, next to seeing the northern lights for the first time, this was something I was most excited for.
Of all the ways you can edit your photos, one of the most powerful and creative has to be blend modes. In fact, blend modes are some of the oldest tools that you would find even in Adobe Photoshop, predating actual layers!
Have you noticed a trend going on over the past few years where more and more images are leaning towards that retro look? Whether it’s applying your favorite one-click preset phone or working on multiple layers to get that precise look, more and more photographers are going gaga over retro and it’s not hard to see why.
It’s crazy to think that we’re approaching four years since I first launched ON1 Perfect Inspiration. Each week, we published a new episode with the goals of expanding your creative reach and helping you get the most out of your photography using ON1’s suite of editing software.