A simple crop can often dramatically improve your images. Here is a quick tutorial on cropping in Lightroom:
Compositing in Photoshop often requires creating delicate cutouts and placing them on new backgrounds. Even the most careful selections have a bit of fringing that must be removed to allow for seamless blending with the background. In this video, I show you how use a simple inner glow layer style to remove fringing.
Dodging and burning is often used to add depth to an image and there are a variety of ways to dodge and burn within Photoshop. This video demonstrates a simple technique to get you started.
The before image was taken during the early morning hours under heavy fog conditions along Canal Street in New Orleans. The after image is the result of post-processing in Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and On1 Photo 10.
Gymnasium lighting is not the most conducive to capturing the fast paced action of indoor sports. Selecting an automatic function on your camera often results in blurry photos at best. Here are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a sharp shot of the action:
1. Set your camera to manual (M).
2. Set your ISO to 800 or higher (likely higher depending on the ambient light in the gym).
3. Set your shutter speed to ~1/500.
4. Select a wide aperture (e.g., f/2.8, f/4.0, etc.).