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Whether you're just learning photography basics or you need some advice on an advanced photo technique, our How-To section offers tips for shutterbugs at every level.



Images With Impact
Techniques to enhance the visual experience of a scenic photo
Images With ImpactOne of my digital photography workshop participants, Gary Potts, strives to make images with impact.

Multi-Shot Noise Reduction
Composite several exposures to practically eliminate noise
Multi-Shot Noise ReductionAs great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures.

Street Portraits
Mixing the spontaneity of candid street photography with the goals of portraiture
Street PortraitsThere's some debate about exactly what street photography is, and this debate also spills over into the realm of street portraiture.

Photographing Clear Objects
Transparent subjects require special lighting techniques
Photographing Clear ObjectsLighting stuff is easy, right? You just point a light at it, and you can see it

Taking Wing
When inspiration arrives in your own backyard
Taking WingInspiration can come to visit at anytime.

Balanced Illumination
Shutter speed is the key to mixing flash with ambient light
Balanced IlluminationLow-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it.

Exploring Fall Colors
Capturing the essence of autumn and the change of seasons
Exploring Fall ColorsWe come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood.

Histogram Exposure Adjustments in Lightroom
Get hands-on by clicking and dragging histogram elements to adjust exposure, brightness and contrast
Histogram Exposure Adjustments in LightroomWe all know what a good histogram should look like, right?

Retouching Multi-Layered Files
Three techniques to make spotting and retouching easier when working with layers in Photoshop
Retouching Multi-Layered FilesThe thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers

How To Build A Book Light
Produce beautiful portrait light, no softbox required
How To Build A Book LightI’m always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire



 
 

 
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