The Herb Ritts Signature Touch – Steal The Master’s Look

A Quick Bio Herb Ritts, A California native, was born in 1952. Photography was never a career path he planned for, it started as simple hobby, as it does for most of us. His big break came quite unexpectedly in the late 1970’s, as these critical first shots were shot simply to be shooting, as […]

Monochrome Mojo – Mixing in Grayscale – Part 2 of 2

Techniques and Tools In part 1 of this series, we gave an overview of the basics of creating monochrome images in Lightroom.  Today we are going to delve a bit deeper into a few techniques you can use to create magnificent monochromes and more.  So without further adieu, let us jump right in. Toning and […]

Monochrome Mojo – Mixing in Grayscale – Part 1 of 2

Black and White photography is one of the simplest yet one of the most powerful visual arts there is.  The stark contrast of the blacks and whites uncover a certain truth that lurks in an image, a truth that color often times obscures.  For the first decades of photography, color was artificially introduced into an […]

Lightroom Preset – Infra Ready

This past weekend, I was shuffling through one of my boxes of negatives and I came across a big batch of infrared images shot between 1998 and 2003. I was nuts for this stuff! So naturally I unleashed Lightroom to provide the mimicry … and the X=INFRA+READY preset was born! Infra Ready is included in […]

Lightroom Preset – TMax 3200

On my everyday camera, anything over ISO400 gets quite noisy. So I decided to embrace the noise – and build a preset to mimic one of my favorite types of film – Kodak Tmax 3200. One thing to keep in mind … This preset leans pretty heavy on the sharpening settings to accentuate the noise. […]

Lightroom Preset – Super Punch

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Richard Avedon. His genius lies not only in his composition and storytelling, but also his use of deep blacks and bright whites in his shots – punching on both extremes until they are boiling over! While working on a recent project, I wanted to […]