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If it will help improve your digital photography, it will be in DP's Tip of the Week. Check back each week for a new photography tip.

How To Up-Res An Image File
Increase the pixel dimensions of photos while minimizing loss of quality
How To Up-Res An Image FileI recently sent an image file to a client who had plans to enlarge it to more than five feet wide for a trade show display

Give New Life To Old Lenses
A variety of inexpensive adapters opens up a whole new world of lens options
Give New Life To Old LensesAs much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to my gear, I can be a bit of a cheapskate

Layer Images To Eliminate Noise
Composite Multiple Exposures for Powerful Noise Reduction
Layer Images To Eliminate NoiseAs great as digital camera sensors have become at combating noise, this film-grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head

Getting Creatively Unstuck
To get beyond the obvious in photography, just think sideways
Getting Creatively UnstuckThere’s a technique I preach when teaching students about arranging tabletop still-life photographs

How To Future-Proof Your RAW Files
A combination of an open-source file format and an online backup plan will keep your RAW files viable for years to come
How To Future-Proof Your RAW FilesIn a back room of my studio we have a half dozen file cabinets jammed full of negatives and transparencies from the good ol' film era

Catalog Photography How-To
Shoot Through A Glass Tabletop To Make White Background Shots Easy
Catalog Photography How-ToSometimes it's the simplest shots that require the most carefully crafted techniques

Split Toning Three Ways
Add depth and dimension to black & white images with subtle color toning
Split Toning Three WaysIn the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn’t settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print

What You Can Learn From Shooting JPEGs
RAW files need more processing than you might be providing
What You Can Learn From Shooting JPEGsI've been a RAW shooter for several years now, but that doesn't mean I’ve mastered every aspect of the format

How To Shape Hard Light
The tools that tame a contrasty specular light source
How To Shape Hard LightSoftboxes and umbrellas—and the soft light they produce—really seem to get all the love.

Reverse Engineering Instagram
Recreate the lo-fi look of your favorite filters with Photoshop
Reverse Engineering InstagramIn the early days of cell phone photography, I resisted the trend

How To Build And Use A V-Flat
This multi-purpose modifier can be a reflector, a flag and a background
How To Build And Use A V-FlatIf you’re outfitting a shooting space of any sort, from huge studio to converted garage, one of the most useful tools is a V-flat


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