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You can't always choose a decent background, and cameras only record so much detail in highlights and shadows. Drama added to wake and water surface to draw attention to the boat.

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What to do on the one day you actually wanted inclement weather to show off your new rain gear? Applying a cheap rain filter from the internet is not going to be convincing. Neither is a dry-looking jacket with no moisture accumulation.

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You can't always choose your background or lighting. The answer: import a realistic background, blend the colors on the water, and bring out the boat's details.

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A rifle on white isn't the most interesting subject. Adding a background from, in this case a cliff face, and turning it into a landscape creates an image viewers are more likely to linger over. Adding contrast to the rifle and extra shadowing seals the deal.

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Even little background distractions can detract from a photograph's impact. Bringing out more details, including adding gel-coat glitter, shows off the boat in an otherwise low-light setting.

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Last portrait: When a photographer friend asked me to shoot his ailing 15-year-old dog's final portrait, we started in a controlled studio setting, then chose one of Tobi's favorite places and blended him in there.  

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When Roper Green started writing down-and-out country songs, I figured he needed a new portrait. Floor thanks to a rock cliff, the back wall from various images captured in an alley downtown.

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Nothing wrong with the original image, but blurring the water and background adds drama and focusses more attention where you want it.

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Cool sky but too contrasty and not loving the neighbor's RV. Plus where's the drama?

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Post-Apocalyptic bowhunt. Well, sometimes you can turn a boring picture into something that has a lot of edge and drama.

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Harsh light of late morning doesn't make for a very interesting picture. Applying heavy blurring can tone down contrast and jack up visual appeal.

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Tattoo Me: When a bald photographer ends up having to crop his remaining hair short due to a clipper malfunction, he decides to pull off an idea he'd had for a while, thanks to a Mossy Oak t-shirt for the tattoo pattern.

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Sometimes you have to shoot products in studio and add the environment later, simple as this one is.

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