Before and After Image

By Amy Horn

During a recent visit at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, AZ, I captured this monkey photo in mid-afternoon light. I loved the moment when the monkey walked across the log, but didn’t feel the mid-afternoon light added to the photo. I couldn’t go back later, so I thought about what would make a stronger image. First, isolating the monkey from the background would help the animal to stand out. So, I used the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom and increased exposure while decreasing clarity, this evened out the exposure and softened the background. Next, I converted the image to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro. The “fine art, high key, framed” preset gave me the look I wanted. And like that, I transformed a mid-afternoon light into something better! Follow the process through the images below.





Amy Horn is an Instructor with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

iPad on the Run

by Amy Horn

I love my iPad. There may be some tablets that do these same tasks, but I began on an iPad and it is what I know. Last Saturday, my son was running in a track meet in Phoenix and since I love photographing sports, I contacted our Flagstaff newspaper to see if they had anyone covering the meet. With such a tight budget, journalists are rarely sent out of town. So, I was told I could send in photos and with the coach’s report of highlights of the day, they would try to publish something. Track meets are long. So, after 7 hours of shooting and 300 action photos of the athletes, I talked to coach and reviewed the results of the day. It was time to select the photos for the newspaper. This is when I began my iPad workflow.

I downloaded the images to my iPad using the camera connector kit and then began sorting. I found six images that included the top performers of the day and tagged them in the photos app (application) as “favorites.” After minimal editing (exposure and cropping), I created a new folder with these images in my Dropbox app. I was ready to email my contact at the Daily Sun. A slight setback occurred when I realized I was out of wifi range. My iPad is a wifi only iPad, so from the outdoor bleachers at the track meet I set my phone to create a hotspot and connected my iPad. Through the Dropbox app I created a link to share my new folder and copy/pasted it into the email along with details about the athletes and photos. Then, I hit send. A few days later, the AZ Daily Sun included one of the photos with their story and I never left the track meet.

If you would like to learn more about using an iPad in a photography workflow, sign up for my workshop on June 20, 2015 here.