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Creative Photography: Shallow Depth of Field

Understanding depth of field (DOF) and how to use it is one of the most important learning stages in creative photography. If we always keep our cameras on full auto mode, so that the (DOF) is chosen for us, we will never have full creative […]

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Where on the Curve are you?

The Curve dialog in Photoshop hides some surprise features that aren’t immediately apparent at first glance. In Photoshop CS3 and later, one surprise is that you now have the adjusters under the chart that you’re used to using in the Levels dialog inside Curves. So […]

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Paint in color in Phothoshop with color brushes

If you ask most people they’ll tell you that brushes in Photoshop don’t paint in color. That’s not true. Brushes can paint in all sorts of colors when you know how. To see this at work, select two colors in your color palette for foreground […]

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Prince Doesn’t Underestimate The Value of Good Lighting Even In His Passport Photo

Bust out the soft box for a tiny photo on a government document. My mother and father-in-law recently asked me to shoot their passport photos for them. Of course I agreed, and when they came over, I already had a soft box set up. I […]

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10 Easy Steps To Advanced Photography Skills

A camera does not work like an eye; film does not work like memory. There is a fine line between a photo that is quite nice and one that is quite breathtaking. At some unknown point, a photo can cross the Rubicon and be forever […]

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The 10 Steps Every HDR Photographer Goes Through

HDR. Oh that word. A word that is either famous or infamous, taboo or revered depending on what circle you are a part of or stumble onto. HDR has been through a lot in the past few years no doubt and one thing I’ve noticed […]

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How To: Light an Outdoor Location with Strobes

Lighting illuminates, sure. But that’s not all. It can suggest shape and dimension, draw attention to specific subject details or qualities, freeze action, or separate your subject from the background. In this amazing image by Scott Markewitz, it does all of these things. Markewitz, based […]

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The Best Star Trail Images That You’ll Never Take

Astronaut captures astonishing images of star trails from space at 17,000 MPH. Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit gives us a view of our planet from space unlike anything we’ve seen before. The familiar blue-green ball is replaced by striking fast moving lines of light. […]

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ZOO PHOTOGRAPHY: TOP TIPS FOR GREAT IMAGES

Taking good shots at zoos isn’t as easy as it first appears, but Duncan Heather from MyPhotoSchool has all the advice you need to make your next visit a roaring success. A trip to the zoo has always been a popular destination, but all to […]

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Lighten versus Screen in Photoshop

If you’re confused about the difference between the Lighten and Screen blend modes in Photoshop, here’s how they work: The Lighten blend mode compares the pixels on the effected layers and selects the lightest to display. The Screen blend mode multiples the pixel values on […]

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DSLR Tips Workshop: How to blur water for a creative effect

When it comes to photographing moving subjects, you’d naturally assume freezing the action would give the best result. That’s certainly the case for some subjects, but others can end up looking static and lifeless. Waterfalls and rivers are classic examples which can take on a […]

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Eight Ways To Avoid Photography Clichés

Taste is a subjective concept in photography, as in all the arts, but if you have ever seen a ‘tacky,’ over-processed image, you will spot bad taste instantly. Here are some common pitfalls to watch out for in order to ensure your images are as […]

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Use Ambient Light to Make Your Photos More Dramatic

Available light is as expressive and a whole lot less expensive than store-bought light. The available-light strategy makes a lot of sense for many photographers for several reasons: Good light is usually easy to find, it comes in all varieties (flat, contrasty, bright, or dim), […]

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Depth of Field – Video Tutorial

Today’s Depth of Field Tutorial comes to us in the form of Video from Shelton Muller of Australia’s Total Image magazine. I’d love to hear whether you find the video tutorial to be a helpful way of learning.

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Using Curves in your Photographic Composition

There’s no right or wrong way to compose a photo. However, there’s just something inherently pleasing when curves are included in an image. When you look at a photograph your eye naturally wanders around it. Curves are a good way of deliberately guiding the eye […]

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Shooting an Ants-Eye-View

I’ve not done the research (I’ve been a bit busy this morning) but I’m fairly confident that most photos are shot at eye-level. It’s understandable of course. It’s the way that we see the world when we stand up. What could be more natural than […]

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How-To: Take Better Breakfast Instagram Photos

Adam Goldberg’s tips for more appetizing #foodphotos. Adam Goldberg never expected to be taking mobile photos of his food, but now, like many Instagram enthusiasts he can’t imagine not doing it. “I almost consider my iPhone a camera that has a phone function, rather than […]

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Photoshop on the web – Yes, you heard right!

Ok, so it’s not the entire Photoshop program but it is edit to go Photoshop style and you can find it here – it’s called Photoshop Express and it’s the Beta release we’ve all been waiting for. You register on the site then wait to […]

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