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Show Promo ImageWe’ve featured several tutorials on how to use the powerful Curves tool in Photoshop and Shutterbug readers keep asking for more so here’s another one, this time from Colin Smith at photoshopCAFE.Fri, 05/11/2018Shutterbug Staff... READ MORE
Shutterbug | 05-11-2018 11:45 AM
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We know, you already have so much on your plate that how dare we ask you to take on another thing. And it is especially egregious because we’re asking you to do something that requires equipment and a set of the skills you have no time to learn.But hear us out. While we understand if you have no time or desire to shift your resources to something new, there are some very positive effects taking up a little bit of photography can have on your... READ MORE
Creative Live | 05-03-2018 10:00 AM
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Today, let’s get a bit into portrait photography. Here are two quick tips for you. Though they may seem minor, they can make a HUGE difference in the effectiveness of your portraits. Who knows, maybe you’ll start winning some of those photo contests!Photo by Mustafa Sayed; ISO 100, f/11.0, 1/200-second exposure.Today’s first tip involves photographing people’s joints.No, I am not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about physical joints, like wrists elbows, knees, and so on.Photo by Igor Gorshkov; ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/250-second exposure.One of our... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 04-28-2018 3:46 PM
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FROM RAW TO GLORIOUS JPEG #6: We’ll play with a photo I shot a few years ago in New York City to get this...... READ MORE
TutVid | 04-27-2018 4:00 PM
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Photographer Andrew Marr doesn't specialize in lighthouse photography, but when he was visiting Augusta in the southwest of Australia, he had a good opportunity for lighthouse photography. The only problem was that the exposure range in the scene was dramatic, leading Marr to bracket exposures using his Fujifilm X-T2.Normally, Marr uses graduated neutral density filters to balance scenes, but he had forgotten them at camp so he needed to combine exposures during post-processing. In total, Marr combined five frames using... ... READ MORE
Imaging Resource | 04-23-2018 9:30 AM
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Photographing the moon can be tricky. Last year I had a go at it, and it was a complete disaster, with the moon looking like a big, bright, blurry mass in the sky. After a bit of trial and error I discovered how to take nice shots of the moon.“Harvest Moon” captured by PictureSocial member RobinThe right lensThe first thing you need is a powerful zoom lens. The moon may look big in the night sky but when your camera takes a photo of it,... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 04-21-2018 4:37 PM
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Have you ever felt like your photos were missing something? In this quick Photoshop tutorial, learn how to make your photos pop with this simple sharpening technique to bring your photos to life in minutes.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 04-21-2018 12:04 PM
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Whether you are a food blogger or starting out in professional food photography, you will need to develop your food styling skills. Food styling is inseparable from lighting and composition. All of these components work together equally in the aesthetic of the final photo. If one of them is off, the...The post The Right Tools for Food Photography Styling and How to Use Them appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 04-21-2018 10:00 AM
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Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.The exposure brush in both Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC is extremely powerful.  Many of the capabilities found in the very precise Select and Mask tool in Photoshop are found in this brush.  The great news is that you don't have to mess with a lot of sliders or different options to get a ...The post How to Make Precise Selections in Lightroom CC appeared first... READ MORE
Improve Photography | 04-02-2018 9:00 AM
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Since its inception, photographers have found weird and wonderful ways to create photographic images in amazing styles and mediums. The first photograph, or more specifically, the earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. He used a polished sheet of pewter coated with a thin layer of bitumen, a naturally occurring petroleum tar, which was dissolved in lavender oil, applied to the surface of the pewter and allowed to dry before use.As cameras developed, the... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 03-29-2018 6:00 AM
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Stuck at home? Lost for ideas? Have a boring wall? Think again. You may have everything you need, boring wall notwithstanding. What you’re missing is a fresh perspective. Highlight Your Wrinkles demonstrates:Apart from some artificial lights, you’ll need a few pieces of foam core, which you can find at a hardware or craft store.Cut some shapes out of the foam core.Place the foam core against your external light source to cast a checkered shadow on your model. See how creative you can get with a... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 03-28-2018 12:05 PM
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Standing in awe under the starry night sky is only 50% of the fun in astrophotography. What’s the other 50%? Post-processing photos, of course. Make no mistakes: if you do astrophotography, you must learn how to edit your images. Problem is, this editing is often a long, complex and rather...The post Post-Processing Astrophotography: All You Need To Know appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 03-27-2018 10:00 AM
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Color is all around us. As beautiful as black and white can be, color gives us variety and sometimes, unpredictability. But funnily enough, it’s also easy to take it for granted.Over time, I’ve come up with a few exercises to keep color at the forefront of my mind. One of these exercises is to focus on photographing a different color each day. It’s great for keeping your photography fresh and training your eyes to look out for new photographic opportunities.Getting startedColor may make up the... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 03-22-2018 6:00 AM
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When it comes to taking a great photo, many photographers argue that it starts and ends with great composition. I’m not sure I’m so black and white in my outlook, but good composition is hugely important without a doubt. And one of the most overlooked parts of great composition is adding foreground interest. Today I will discuss how foreground interest in your photos can really improve your end results, and what you can do to nail the foreground every time.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-20-2018 8:00 AM
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Focus stacking is a technique in which one takes multiple shots of the same scene at different focus distances, then merges them together to create a final photo that is as sharp as possible from front to back. This helpful tutorial will show you how it's done.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-20-2018 7:00 AM
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Have you ever found it hard to choose between processing an image in color or black and white? It can be a tough decision. Enriching colors that instantly captivate your attention versus a timeless black and white photograph full of texture and complex shadows.There’s every chance you’ll process both versions because you can’t have the best of both worlds, right? Well, with split toning, maybe you can – sort of.Split Toning 101At its core, split toning is a pretty simple editing technique. You can create... READ MORE
Digital Photography School | 03-20-2018 6:00 AM
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Work smarter, not harder. This quick tutorial will make the painstaking process of removing stray hairs in Photoshop easy.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-15-2018 4:51 PM
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PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: CLEAN UP STRAY & FLYAWAY HAIR! | Check out this cool feature in the Healing brush that works perfectly for getting rid...... READ MORE
TutVid | 03-15-2018 4:00 PM
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Portrait LightingThe five portrait lighting positions are the key to being successful in the studio. You can also apply these principles on-set as well. When you’re just starting out, the five lighting setups we’re going to talk about today will help as a jumping off point for your own creativity.Tamron 35 mm f/1.8 Instagram GiveawayRembrandtRembrandt lighting is the first one we’re going to talk about. Rembrandt was a painter but the name Rembrandt talks about the lighting in his painting. Most of them were moody and... READ MORE
The Slanted Lens | 03-15-2018 3:00 PM
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Taking photos of the Milky Way requires a totally different approach than almost any other kind of photography. This is why we’ve dedicated an entire article to the Milky Way photography settings that we use for 98% of our shots. Before we get started though, I want to make one...The post Milky Way Photography Settings: Use These for 98% of Your Shots (2018) appeared first on Expert Photography.... READ MORE
Expert Photography | 03-15-2018 7:04 AM
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Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.This article will take you through the ins and outs of how to photograph the Moon. Capturing images of our nearest celestial neighbor requires patience, skill and a fair bit of luck. If you know about luck, you know that you have a surprising amount of control over it. Armed with knowledge and control, one ...The post How to Photograph the Moon appeared first on Improve Photography.... READ MORE
Improve Photography | 03-13-2018 3:40 PM
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Have you ever had an incredible idea, but couldn't find a model to help you? Learn how to bring your vision to life through the art of self portraits.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-11-2018 12:00 PM
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The Internet is full of articles and videos telling you what technique will revolutionize the way you add sharpness to your images, but almost none of them tell you the most crucial step to take before sharpening, no matter the technique. In this article, I’ll show you this simple yet essential action to make your sharpening genuinely efficient.[ Read More ]... READ MORE
FStoppers | 03-06-2018 2:01 PM
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