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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.



The Importance Of Waiting To Sharpen For Final Output
The last thing you do to your image file should be sharpening. If you resize after that, you’re going to be disappointed. Here’s why
The Importance Of Waiting To Sharpen For Final OutputThis isn’t intended to be your typical sharpening primer, nor an exploration of all of the myriad creative ways to sharpen your image files

Creating a Top-Down Still Life Setup
Shooting from directly above a subject can be difficult. Here’s how to do it well
Creating a Top-Down Still Life SetupSometimes, it’s necessary to place your camera in a difficult position in order to get the shot you need

Build a DIY Fluorescent Ring Light
This inexpensive, neat little light works well for photos, and videos, too
 Build a DIY Fluorescent Ring Light Ring lights are cool

Blend Mode Basics
Get to know the most useful Photoshop blend modes
Blend Mode BasicsLayers are one of the things that makes Photoshop such a powerful image editing tool

Three Steps For Total Contrast Control
How to use light, exposure and processing to ensure you’re controlling contrast in your digital images
Three Steps For Total Contrast ControlContrast control is at the very heart of photography

Opening RAW Files As Smart Objects
Retain raw image flexibility by sending images from Lightroom to Photoshop as Smart Objects
Opening RAW Files As Smart ObjectsOne of the things that makes Lightroom such a useful tool in many photographers’ workflows is the fairly seamless way it integrates with Photoshop

Light Meters Still Matter
How to use a handheld light meter and why you still should
Light Meters Still MatterHere’s how, and why, to use a handheld light meter effectively

Skin Retouching With Frequency Separation
A powerful technique for beautifying skin without obliterating detail
Skin Retouching With Frequency SeparationI recently met a professional portrait retoucher who taught me all about her preferred method for skin retouching, commonly called the Frequency Separation technique

Build An In-Home Photo Studio
How to turn a basement, garage or spare bedroom into a functional photography space
Build An In-Home Photo StudioWhether you’re shooting for fun or aspire to open your own photography business, building your own in-home studio opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities

How To Photograph Football
Tips from a pro for shooting on the gridiron
How To Photograph FootballFall is here, and for a lot of us, fall means football



 
 

 
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