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    MICHAEL MOWBRAY: PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHIFIER, PHOTO EVANGELIST -- Michael is a noted speedlight expert and the best-selling author of flash photography books Shoot to Thrill and The Speedlight Studo. These are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and wherever fine books are sold.
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30 second hack for fixing tanlines in Photoshop

Here’s a new 30-second hack for you:  Get rid of those pesky tanlines using the healing brush (the second option down in the healing brush menu) on DARKEN mode. Sample the skin tone you want by pressing the Alt key (PC) and clicking on the tone you want, then paint that tone onto the problem area. The skin will darken and shift color without losing any texture.  Quick and easy!  Now, I’ve used any number of methods for this before:  patch tool, content aware patch tool, paint with luminosity, clone brush on darken, etc.  But this is the quickest way I have found to get it done well in a short amount of time.  Feel free to share!

30 second hack for better high key images

I was just working on editing a recent senior session and I thought I’d show you this quick 30-second hack for cleaning up your high key floors and backgrounds if you didn’t quite get the lighting perfect — which we all know is hard to do in the midst of a fast-paced senior session.  This does involve using Lightroom as your editing tool along with the Nik Viveza 2 plugin.  There are other ways to clean up the whites in Lightroom, but to me this is by far the fastest and the easiest.  Enjoy and feel free to share!