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Get the best from content-aware fill in Photoshop

Content-aware fill is such a useful tool in Photoshop as it will save you so much time removing unwanted, distracting elements from your photos. In the early days of Photoshop we would use the clone tool to remove things, but sometimes the results were patchy at best, especially with subtle gradation of tones. Then came […]

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Over the great blue

Originally published in N Photo magazine. When you’re 1200 feet above your shooting location, it’s essential that you know the lay of the land…or in this case, the ocean. Funny the things you think about when cruising 1200 feet high over the Great Barrier Reef in a helicopter with no door. Am I strapped in […]

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Shooting architectural interiors

Originally published in Amateur Photographer Magazine November 2013. Tom Mackie shows that there’s more to a building than its exterior. He offers tips and techniques on how to create great images of architectural interiors. When you think of striking architectural images, it’s usually exteriors that spring to mind, but it’s often a building’s interior that […]

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15 Fresh ideas for summer landscapes

Everybody thinks that autumn and winter are the best times of year for landscape photography – certainly summer isn’t the season that first springs (ahem) to mind. Because of the sun in summer being much higher in the sky than in other seasons, you may think that it’s not an ideal time to produce striking landscape. […]

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N Photo Interview: Tom Mackie

Originally published for N Photo Magazine in 2013 For years, Tom Mackie used a 4x5in plate camera to shoot landscapes. He tells Keith Wilson why he switched to digital, and how he combines large-format principles with digital advances Growing up in the American Midwest, Tom Mackie dreamt of being a photojournalist, but ended up working […]

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Getting the most from your images using Luminar 4

The number one thing to remember when creating images in the field is to make sure you capture all the necessary information in the scene. This is why it’s so important to check your histogram so you’re not blowing the highlights out and losing vital information. It’s very difficult to replace something that’s not there […]

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Images revitalised

I thought with the difficult times we are experiencing, I would feature an image that would help to lift your spirits and you could imagine standing on this beach instead of sitting behind your computer. I know I wish I could be there right now. With all this newly found free time on our hands, […]

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Arctic inspirations

Someone once asked me why I go to the arctic at this time of the year. Well, apart from the obvious incredible winter conditions it’s the light that draws me there. At this time of the year the sun remains low on the horizon all day so the quality of light is like having a […]

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Iceland: Land of fire and ice

Iceland never ceases to amaze me. It’s an island that is constantly changing with the harshness of the weather, relentless volcanic activity and the natural progression of glacial movement – which, I’d noticed, had greatly diminished over the five years from 2010-2015 when I ran workshops there. Another change that I’d noticed is the increase […]

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