The Caps Lock Trap

Sometimes you’ll find that your brush tool cursor in Photoshop or Elements has turned into a crosshair.  You’ll be changing your brush size like a maniac, and wondering why nothing is happening!  Then you’ll click with the brush tool, and paint an...

Low key and high key photos

From time to time I see confusion about low key and high key photos.  Some photographers think they can simply underexpose a photo and it will be “low key”; or over-expose a photo and it will be “high key”.  But that’s not right. Both low...

Weddings: A plea to all photographers

In my line of work, I receive quite a number of emails that go like this: “I hope you can help us. We got married in [insert month/year here] and our photos are really bad. They’re [insert flaw here – blurry/dark/etc]. How much does it cost for you...

Free texture files – old leather

When you keep a pommel horse in your back yard … … its leather inevitably starts to deteriorate.  I was looking at it today (thinking about re-covering with all-weather canvas) and I realised that the old leather is as charismatic as anything! Well, I...

Camera resolution: less is more

There’s a school of thought, to which I mildly subscribe, that six megapixels is easily enough for most needs. (Google “6 megapixels” and have a look at some of the articles.) The truth is, a well-taken photo out of a six megapixel camera can be...