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Manipulating Photos

So many times we hear people saying that they want to take the perfect image straight from the camera, but even in the days of film every image was manipulated to some extent in the darkroom. When working in the darkroom not every photo was printed exactly the same. They were all given different exposure times, or different levels of magenta for contrast (I only printed black and white) to get the best result. You could also dodge and burn for tone control.

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6 camera settings portrait photographers always get wrong

The secret to great portrait photography is building a rapport with a model, rather than knowing the best camera settings to use. But in the heat of the moment, when you’re caught up with the lighting and focused on a capturing a person’s expression and pose, it’s easy to overlook a setting and end up with disappointing pictures.

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How to Create Custom Bokeh Shapes in Your Photos

Bokeh, or the quality of the out of focus area in a photograph is an easy way to add interest to your images. By making a bokeh filter for your camera, you can have more control of your photograph by giving the out of focus lights in the image almost any shape that you wish. The filter is easy to make and chances are you probably have most of the supplies you’ll need laying around the house. Read more →

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Butterfly Pictures: How to Capture Them

What else do you know that can compare to the magnificent colors you see when you look through your camera lens at a butterfly? Maybe a butterfly sitting on a beautiful brilliant flower. It doesn’t get any prettier than that. Read more →

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10 Quick Lightroom Tips and Shortcuts

Lightroom is a powerful and complex program. It’s great to have shortcuts and fast ways to do things you do often. Here are ten Lightroom tips to help you out:

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How to Use Survey Mode in Adobe Lightroom

People usually think of Photoshop as the number one photo editing software out there, but Lightroom is, in my opinion, a close contender for the title. At least for me, Lightroom has proven time and time again to be a great utility, and if you know how to use it correctly it can work wonders. Read more →


Can you rely on the free raw software that came with your camera?

When it comes to editing raw, you don’t actually need to shell out for Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom… or do you?

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.8 Now Available

Adobe has released ACR 8.8 as a final release for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC users. For Lightroom users and those using older versions of Photoshop, the company has released DNG Converter 8.8. Other than a few minor bug fixes, ACR 8.8 added support for ten new cameras including the Canon EOS Rebel T6I […]

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Understanding the Difference Between Photoshop and Lightroom

One of the most common questions I hear from people just starting out in photography is, “What program should I use to edit my photos?”. There are many free options such as iPhoto, Picasa, GIMP, and other commercial programs such as AfterShot Pro and Pixelmator but the most popular programs are Photoshop and Lightroom.

That question is usually followed by another, which seems quite logical, “What’s the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?”. While the two programs do share many similarities, and are both widely used by the photographic community, they each serve a unique purpose and are quite different in some very major ways. Understanding what makes them similar, as well as different, can help you make an informed choice when selecting the right software for your needs.

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How to Change Eye Color in Photoshop (Video Tutorial)

You don’t need to buy colored contact lenses to transform your subject’s eye color into a mutant fire-eyed monster… or simply a blue-eyed beauty. Aaron Nace shows us how to achieve this transformation in Photoshop and make realistic adjustments to an eye or even make a crazy fantasy eye. Read more →