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If you’re a reader of this site, we’re very positive that you’re using Adobe Lightroom to edit your images. Overall, it’s an industry standard–and we teach you new things about it all the time that you probably don’t utilize.

For example, consider this: did you know that there are two ways to edit the highlights and shadows? As many of you know, the basic adjustments panel offers this–and beyond that many photographers don’t care to make other edits. But there is also an area below this in the Tone Curve section.

Again, we put high emphasis on many! However as we’ve shown before, there are better ways to work with saturation and brightness of specific parts of the images through the color channels.

So then why would Adobe add two different ways to edit highlights and shadows?

This response came from Eric Chan, Adobe Principle Scientist working on Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.

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Chris Gampat Julianne Margiotta's Edits (54 of 56)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

Almost everyone dreams of getting their hands on a full frame 35mm digital camera, and while people want it, they don’t need it necessarily. So why would you need a full frame camera? Two reasons are high ISO image quality and more megapixels, particularly if your job demands these things. Additionally, if you need a shallower depth of field than what you’re capable of getting (though wide aperture lenses are always available) then you may need a full frame camera. But again, this isn’t entirely necessary.

Not many people really NEED a full frame camera–and if you do then why not shoot with 120 film or 645 medium format digital?

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All images by Amr Elshamy. Used with permission.

Photographer Amr Elshamy is from Egypt, and is a self taught artist used to do various forms of art like Digital art/Traditional art, photography and Filmmaking. The idea for the colors of Ramadan came playing with an old pen in a mug of water and watching the ink swirl around. While projects like this are usually done with high powered flashes and lots of patience, Amr tells us that for every 5,000 photos he shot, he only got around 10 that looked decent.

We talked to Amr about the project and the technicalities that went into it.

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All images by Jonas Jacobsson. Used with permission.

Photographer Jonas Jacobbson is a 23 year old photographer who hails from Sweden and tells us that he’s been very fortunate to travel. He studies full time and the rest of the time is spent on his photography business. Lots of his work focuses on landscapes.

“There is nothing more satisfying than standing with your feet before a magnificent landscape. And the journey there is often as important as the final destination.” he tells us in his pitch email. Jonas further states that making money will never be his objective, it will always be about being inspired by the world.

We talked to him about his inspirational photos and his mentality of simply going out there and shooting.

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All images by Marius Vieth. Used with permission.

Photographer Marius Vieth has graced our site a couple of times, but one of our favorite projects by the award winning street photographer is called “Under My Umbrella.” It features many candid street photos taken in the rain–a time when the streets are crazier than normal and light shows of all sorts happen.

“Once it’s starts raining, the city turns into a whole different place you’ll never see in bright daylight. All of a sudden everything melts into one amazing mixture of lights, reflections and colors I can’t even describe with words.” says Marius. Indeed, his images reflect events that don’t usually happen when the sun is out. But even more so, he combines interesting color usage with capturing candid moments in the downpour.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer TriggerTrap Flash Adapter review black and white (1 of 1)ISO 2003.0 sec at f - 6.4

Let’s say that you’ve got a product, portrait subject, bride and groom, or something else in your photo that you really want to make stand out from the rest of the scene. How would you go about doing this? A shallow depth of field is that many people will say to start, but that’s the most basic of methods. Indeed, there is a specific 3D effect that photographers talk about and there are also lenses with micro-contrast that can help you do this.

Believe it or not though, it all comes down to contrast.

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