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More Than A Snapshot provides online photography education.

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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

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A First Look at Topaz Sharpen AI

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The images below are the processed images by Topaz Sharpen AI. The first image of each set is the full size and the second is the 100% crop of the image. I found the results to be good. In the fourth image the sharpening messed up a spot in her hair when I looked at it in Sharpen AI but I don’t see the problem in this jpg. This could have just been a rendering problem in the software but this could also easily be fixed if you use some masking in Photoshop.

How to Create a Slideshow with Photoshop CC

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Slideshows can easily be created with Adobe Lightroom, however, you can have more options and media choices if you make your slideshows with Photoshop.  I made this set of tutorials to show you how you can use Adobe Photoshop CC to make simple slideshows with just still images or mixed media slideshows that can include animation, video and text.

How to Make a Slideshow in Photoshop CC

Here are some of the important steps in the process along with screenshots.

  • Export Images from Lightroom at 1920 x 1080
  • Photoshop:  Click File>Open
  • Open one image
  • Click Window>Timeline
  • Click create video timeline
  • Click add Media to add more images
  • Drag images around to re-order them
  • Drag the edge of images to change the length of time they will be displayed
  • Add transitions between images
  • Add animations to individual images
  • Add a black background for images that may not be 1920 x 1080
  • Add Sound and adjust sound options
  • Click the hamburger menu on the right side of the timeline > Render video (see video #2 for more information.)

Basic Slideshow with still images only.  Music from Bensound

Enhancing a slideshow with video and text.

Adirondacks slideshow with Text and Video.  Music from Bensound


Photography Challenge #3: Reseach

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Tips for Adding Photos to Lightroom's Quick Collections

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Photography Challenge #1: Describe Yourself as a Photographer

Gary Detonnancourt

This is a free one year long series that will help you to make a personal photography project. I'm also offering a free Create Challenge Toolkit, which will contain all of the worksheets and resources that go along with this series.


Since this is my video, I should do the challenge too.  I have been doing photography for most of my life but I really began to study it around 2005, when digital was really coming in to its own. I am an opportunist with regard to my subjects, as I'm sure many people are. I tend to photograph subject that are easily available to me, however, I mostly shoot wildlife, portraits, and landscapes. I would say most of my quality work is of wildlife and beauty shots of models. I would say my style included images with vibrant colors and artificial light. However, these days I seem to be shooting more natural light and in Black and White so my style is ever changing. I frequently shoot with a 24-105 mm lens but my most frequent focal length is probably 600 mm since I like to shoot wildlife. I would say my photographic weakness is caring too much about technical things and not enough about creativity and capturing the decisive moment. I hope to be able to work on this throughout the year.

3 Ways to Set a White and Black Point in Lightroom CC

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How to Use the Match Total Exposure Settings Function in Lightroom CC

Gary Detonnancourt

When you review a series of images in Lightroom you may notices that sometimes images taken just seconds apart from each other have different exposures.  This can be due to using automatic or semi-automatic shooting modes in your camera because the camera meters each shot individually and producing slightly different exposures.  One fix for this would be to shoot in manual mode and simply make sure you are starting with a good exposure, once set, it will not change unless you change it.  However, if you encounter this problem, Lightroom provides a simple solution for a post processing fix.  Check out the video below to find out how.