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Choosing a Portrait Lens

Choosing a Portrait Lens

Different focal length lenses allow a photographer to create different compositions and effects. In portrait photography, the key is to balance the focal length of the lens with the distance to the subject. The general rule of thumb in portrait photography is to be 10-15 feet away from your subject. This rule was established after
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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

Last week we talked a little about how to make flash photography fun. Eric Paré, Patrick Rochon and Timecode Lab have certainly done that with their LightSpin project. This is so totally cool.

Drag the Shutter

How to Drag the Shutter

Using flash is one of the harder aspects of photography to master. On camera flash creates a very harsh light, causing harsh shadows and bright highlights. It also falls off quickly. Meaning, it’ll light the foreground but your background will remain dark. I’ve found that the best way to learn flash is to make it
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Adobe Photoshop CC News

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud News

Adobe recently announced that it currently plans to discontinue perpetual licenses for Photoshop CS, choosing instead to launch subscription based Photoshop CC. In short, you’ll need to sign up for a monthly subscription with Adobe to gain access to the newest versions of Photoshop. With the Photoshop CC subscription, you’ll still be able to download,
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How to Create an HDR Image

What is HDR High Definition Range Photography?

What is HDR, high dynamic range photography, and a beginners tutorial on how to create an HDR image in Photoshop – from taking the photo to the final image.

The Leica Freedom Train

The Leica Freedom Train

In 1925, after 12 years of testing and prototypes, Ernst Leitz II released a small landscape camera at the Leipzig Spring Fair. The Leica I was designed by mathematician Oskar Barnack, who was hired by Ernst Leitz Sr. for the purpose of designing this camera. The camera had a shutter speed range of 1/20 to
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Using Photomerge to make a 360 degree Panorama

Using Photomerge to create 360 Panorama Photographs

When shooting a series of photographs for the purpose of stitching them together (or photomerge), it’s important to know how you want the final image to look so that you can shoot it with that in mind. I knew I wanted to make a 360 degree panorama, so I used a tripod with a rotating
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Proper Handling of Old Photos and How to Remove them from Albums

Proper Handling of Photographs

You can cause quite a bit of damage to old photos by handling them incorrectly. In many cases, the damage is not immediately noticeable so it’s easy to become complacent in your handling of them. But, deterioration is an on-going, natural process and you do not want to do anything that will speed that process
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Photoshop Tutorial: Photoshop Liquify Filter

Before and After Example of Using the Photoshop Liquify Filter

How to Use the Photoshop Liquify Filter Have you ever wanted to give yourself a tummy tuck in a photograph before sharing it with others? I know that I have! With Photoshop, it’s easy and painless. Follow these steps to use the liquify filter to slim arms and stomachs. I like to duplicate the layer
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Underwater Photography Tips for Beginners

Beginner Underwater Photography Tips

Ten Underwater Photography Tips geared towards beginner underwater photographers. It’s not on the list of 10 underwater photography tips, but it bears mentioning: Practice. Practice both your SCUBA skills and your photography skills. The more experience you have underwater, the more comfortable you’ll be and the better photographs you’ll take. Now, onto 10 Underwater Photography
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