Fixing Blue Skies With Lightroom

Here's a useful tip, made even more necessary when working outdoors this time of year. No, it's not about staying warm when shooting in winter, it's about helping those not-quite-as-blue-as-you'd-like-them skies to being more beautifully blue. Jason Weddington writes on the DPS blog about using some of Lightroom 4's simple tools and techniques to help make a washed out blue sky a little more bold, a little more vibrant, a little more straight up blue. No, it's not a tutorial in making unrealistic, candy-colored landscapes. It's just a simple way to help make a blue sky a little more photogenic, and you don't need to be a computer expert to make it happen.

http://digital-photography-school.com/enhancing-blue-skies-in-lightroom
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Here's a useful tip, made even more necessary when working outdoors this time of year. No, it's not about staying warm when shooting in winter, it's about helping those not-quite-as-blue-as-you'd-like-them skies to being more beautifully blue. Jason Weddington writes on the DPS blog about using some of Lightroom 4's simple…

Hands-On Copyright Protection

If you find your photograph on a site where it doesn't belong, do you know what to do about it? I don't mean send an invoice and hire a lawyer, I mean the basics. Namely, how to send a takedown request the quick and easy way via our old friends at Google. Google announced last month that it now receives an average of 2.5 million copyright infringement-related takedown requests every week. (Thanks to Rob Haggart's A Photo Editor blog to pointing me to this interesting statistic.) In the last six months since Google made it incredibly easy to report copyright infringers—whether they're using your photos, music or other copyrighted intellectual property—the company reports that takedown requests have grown tenfold. So if you find your photo being used improperly, yes you can start by sending the infringer an invoice and hiring a lawyer, but you should also visit Google to have the content removed from search results. Check out the cold hard facts, straight from Google's mouth, on their copyright data page,  then head over to the search giant's information page for help on removing infringing content from Google's index. 

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright
http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1114905&page=ts.cs
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If you find your photograph on a site where it doesn't belong, do you know what to do about it? I don't mean send an invoice and hire a lawyer, I mean the basics. Namely, how to send a takedown request the quick and easy way via our old friends…

The Earth At Night

Here's a pretty pretty beautiful image of the earth, not only because it animates the planet's rotation, but because it's comprised of images of our earth at night. It comes from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, via the Pixiq photo blog. The animation was made of images captured over 22 days in the spring and fall of 2012. The satellite had to make 312 orbits to capture 2.5 terabytes of data, which provided a perfectly clear image of every last little bit of the Earth's surface. It's a beautifully subtle image of dark tones punctuated by occasional bursts of map-defining electric light. Simply gorgeous.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/earth-at-night-from-space-the-big-picture#3GyKVGST0dBIK1ca.99
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Here's a pretty pretty beautiful image of the earth, not only because it animates the planet's rotation, but because it's comprised of images of our earth at night. It comes from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, via the Pixiq photo blog. The animation was made of images captured over…

New Year's Resolutions For Photographers

This new year is still young, and so I think it's fitting to consider your most important new years resolutions for 2013. Not the personal kind, like exercise more and eat less, but the photographic kind—like pushing your creative boundaries to become a better photographer. Tremendous outdoor photographer, blogger and educator Ian Plant has published a list of his personal Top 5 New Year's resolutions for photographers on the OP blog. It's a good place to start when looking for a little bit of creative guidance to get this year off to a great start. 

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/blog/ian-plant/2013/01/top-5-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolutions-for-photographers.html
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This new year is still young, and so I think it's fitting to consider your most important new years resolutions for 2013. Not the personal kind, like exercise more and eat less, but the photographic kind—like pushing your creative boundaries to become a better photographer. Tremendous outdoor photographer, blogger and…

Best Landscape Advice Of The Year

The Digital Photography School blog frequently has helpful posts for photographers looking to improve their landscape photography. That was certainly the case in 2012, and just the other day DPS recapped its top ten best landscape photography tutorials from last year. The list includes tips for better all around landscapes, as well as specifics such as shooting seascapes, long exposures, and making high-dynamic range sunset images. If you're interested in making better landscape photos in 2013, start with this list of the best landscape tutorials of 2012.

http://digital-photography-school.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-landscape-photography
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The Digital Photography School blog frequently has helpful posts for photographers looking to improve their landscape photography. That was certainly the case in 2012, and just the other day DPS recapped its top ten best landscape photography tutorials from last year. The list includes tips for better all around landscapes,…

New Year, New Metadata

While the new year is still young and you're kicking around the idea of some photography-related new year's resolutions, consider this little tip: update your metadata presets in Photoshop and Lightroom to show 2013 as your copyright year. I did it just the other day (at the same time I updated my catalogs and archived the last remaining bits of 2012). If you're up to speed on Metadata, this serves as a simple reminder. But if you're not yet a convert to the importance of digitally embedding your name, contact information and copyright in your digital image files... Well, you've got the perfect resolution right there to start off the new year. Get your metadata and copyright houses in order in 2013—a great goal for any photographer.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/lrtip-update-your-metadata-preset
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While the new year is still young and you're kicking around the idea of some photography-related new year's resolutions, consider this little tip: update your metadata presets in Photoshop and Lightroom to show 2013 as your copyright year. I did it just the other day (at the same time I…
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