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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 →

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10 most common mistakes amateur photographers make… and how to avoid them

The joy of digital photography is that it’s a lot cheaper to learn from your mistakes. With no film costs to worry about, you can instantly gauge the success of your technique and settings, and easily delete howlers. Read more →

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Video: Extreme Shadow Recovery Trick in Lightroom

Sometimes a photograph needs extreme shadow recovery, and Lightroom 5’s shadow slider just doesn’t cut it. Lightroom 4’s old fill light slider can be way more powerful, but how do we get it back? Read more →

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Using the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Camera Raw

The Adjustment Brush is an editing tool in Adobe Camera Raw (known simply as ACR). This tool is possibly the equivalent of the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop. So what is dodging and burning? To dodge is to lighten and to burn is to darken a specific area. Read more →

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How to compose images with central subjects

One of the very first things that you learn about composing photographs is usually to follow the ‘rule of thirds’.
This asks you to mentally divide a scene into three equal sections horizontally and vertically, to create nine rectangles, and then position key elements of the image along the lines or where they cross. The aim is to produce non-symmetrical images, because these are generally more pleasing to the eye than symmetrical compositions. Read more →

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How to photograph early spring flowers (free cheat sheet)

Discover how to shoot early spring flowers. Download our free photography cheat sheet and discover the best camera settings to get you started this spring!

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4 Lighting Effects You Can Create in Photoshop

There are numerous methods to creating lighting effects in Photoshop. I’m only going to cover four but they can be used in many ways. But first let’s take a look at a couple that are in the Filter gallery under Render in Photoshop (CS6 and CC). The first is Lighting Effects, which has been upgraded and is more powerful and easier to use than previous versions of Photoshop. Read more →