GUIDE (1)Sure, you can apply a preset or photo effect to your entire image, but why would you want to do that? There are certain instances when applying an effect globally will only hurt the image rather than make it better.

For instance, you wouldn’t want to apply a blemish removal filter found in Topaz Clean to the entire image. If you own a copy of Photoshop, there is a valuable tool you must start using now if you haven’t already. This feature is called layer masks.

In his book, The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins, author Scott Stulberg refers to layer masks as the “best kept secret in Photoshop.” By using layer masks with plugins, you are granted more control in the editing process as you can selectively apply adjustments to your image, while leaving other areas untouched.

So are you ready to have complete control in your editing workflow? Whether new or experienced with layer masks, read on for some tricks on how to use layer masking with plugins.

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At the age of ten Scott Stulberg’s father gave him the gift of a film camera. What he describes as opening Pandora’s box to the realm of photography, come adulthood Scott would switch his career as a landscape designer to that of a professional photographer.

Today Scott focuses on travel photography, taking pictures and selling his images to stock agencies such as Corbis and Getty images. He also teaches photography courses and workshops across the globe and is the author of the book, Passage to Burma.

Having just returned from a photography workshop in the South of France, read on to see his beautiful images of the indigenous Camargue horses and other inspiring photographs from around the world…

Inspiring Travel Photography by Scott Stulberg

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