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How to Change the Mood of Your Photos Using Color Gels

Sometimes a simple thing like a color gel can drastically change the mood of a photo. Gels can also come in handy when you need to give a very specific look to your photos— something that would otherwise take a lot of effort to achieve. The best thing is these gels are inexpensive. Read more →

How to bounce flash indoors: try this simple technique for portraits at parties

Harsh flash can kill the atmosphere at a party, but twisting a flashgun and using its bounce card can give a more natural look. In this bounce flash tutorial we explain everything you need to know to turn harsh flash into soft illumination…

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Bud, by Mike Schwarze

5 Macro Photography Tricks to Make Your Images Stand Out

In the world of macro photography, most of discussions seem to surround the technical aspects of this photographic art form. Amongst my colleagues, lens choice comes up a lot, along with the use of a flash, extension rings, and bellows.

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Little Crawler by Mike Schwarze

Backyard Macro Photography Safari

As photographers, we often have the opinion that in order to capture a great image we need to head out to an exotic location. But, what if you don’t have the time or opportunity to go to one of those places? Say you have free time some morning, and would like to go outside and capture some stunning images. You might be surprised at what you can find to photograph right in your own backyard!

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35 things photographers do wrong (and how to stop doing them)

It’s impossible to learn the art of photography without making a few mistakes along the way, but if you find yourself doing the same things wrong every time you pick up your camera, it’s probably worth getting to the bottom of it.

To help you, we’ve come up with 35 common photography problems that photographers are likely to encounter, and suggest ways that you can overcome them.

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How to Fake a ‘Past Vs. Present’ Picture-in-Picture Photo

In this post, Arman shares a fun Photoshop challenge for this weekend: fake a ‘past vs present’ picture-in-picture photo in Photoshop using two different photos of the same spot. Find out how to do it and then go give it a try! Read more →


How to Create Your Own Cinemagraph with Photoshop

You might think shooting and editing your own cinemagraph is a little beyond your Photoshop skill level, but it’s really not that hard. Aaron Nace shows us how to create a professional cinemagraph from capturing the footage to the final Internet-viewable GIF. If you follow along with the video, you’ll be able to create a smooth, great looking cinemagraph in no time:

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Top 10 Tips on How to Take a Great Photo

Start with a clear view. This first tip might sound very obvious, but it is key to make sure your camera lens is clean Read more →


How to Give Your Macro Photography a Fine Art Touch in Post-Processing

Macro photography is very popular and you will find lots of images, of all sorts of subjects on the internet. People spend a lot of time taking the photos, planning them, setting them up, and getting all the gear they need to get all the shots they want. Then the photos are loaded onto the computer and minimal processing is done to them. Read more →


How to Make Your Photos More Interesting with a Human Element

I believe that when someone asks how to improve their composition, that what they’re really asking is how they can make their photos more interesting.

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