Adjusting individual areas with Photoshop

Camera Raw (by Adobe Photoshop) allows you to make localized corrections to your photos quite easily, which means adjusting individual areas with Photoshop. Particularly, Camera Raw is equipped with several adjustment tools. As a sample I will use this image of a beach near the worldwide famous Golden Gate suspension bridge in San Francisco (USA). This photo has two specific areas that need absolutely two different adjustments: the sky must be darker and possibly with more vivid colors and the rocks in the foreground should be brighter and punchier.

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RamadanIf you plan to visit a Muslim country here are a few tips and explanations about Ramadan for travel photographers. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. Being the Islamic calendar a lunar calendar, months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 10 to 11 days shorter than the solar year and contains no intercalation, Ramadan varies every year.

In 2017, Ramadan will start on May 27 and end on June 25.

During this period, observant Muslims tend to abstain from food (sawm), drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk and also restrain from all activities or behaviours that are not compatible with Islamic values.

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Fixing lens distortionLens distortion (by perspective or by optics) is a common issue in photography and often causes unnatural-looking deformation of photos we shoot. Fixing lens distortion in your image is an easy thing that can be done with Camera Raw in Photoshop. This is a quick tutorial that shows how to correct the lens distortion in an image. 

 
 

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Urban photographyUrban photography is full of fantastic subjects for your camera: monuments, squares, markets, superb views, ancient or modern buildings, people. The urban environment offers a wide variety of subjects in a restricted area, more than any other existing photographic category. From a terrific night skyline to the day frenetic street activity, from close-up architectural details to busy markets, every city, big or small, provides plenty of  exciting photographic opportunities. Cities or towns in every part of the world, anyway, may reveal also quite a few technical and organizational “problems” for the travel photographer. Here are a few tips for getting the best from urban photography.

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Photographing lakesPhotographing lakes is a favorite subject for every landscape photographer. Think about one of those north american lakes surrounded by wild forests and snow capped mountains or some European lakes where picturesque and tiny villages reflect into. Probably, the mountain lake reflection is the image most landscape photographers aim to. For a successful photo with a mirror-like reflection, lake water must be perfectly still.

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