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Perfect Sharpness Every Time - 2/9/09
Subtle sharpening via Photoshop’s LAB lightness channel
Perfect Sharpness Every Time - 2/9/09Issues of sharpness—from too much to not enough—are always on photographers’ minds. While there are a million different methods for sharpening, and a million and one reasons to do it, there’s one rule that always holds true: understanding sharpening is important.

Setting the Mood With Color - 2/2/09
Mismatching white balance makes for great color effects
Setting the Mood With Color - 2/2/09Sometimes the right white balance creates the wrong picture effect. When I recently photographed a puppet-maker’s shop I found the place fascinatingly odd—a workshop combination of cobbler, toymaker and sculptor. I realized that these interesting pieces could be photographed to look a little more interesting—even strange and disconcerting.

Make Amazing Digital Photos Without A Camera - 1/26/09
Use your scanner to make great scanograms
Make Amazing Digital Photos Without A Camera - 1/26/09In the early years of photography, avant-garde artists realized that they could create pictures without even using a camera. Man Ray was a master of making Photograms—interesting images he created by placing objects directly on photo paper and recording the shadows and silhouettes. Photograms remained popular for decades, and they still are today.

Cool Motion Special Effects Created In Camera - 1/19/09
Zoom blur adds interest to images through movement
Cool Motion Special Effects Created In Camera - 1/19/09Blurry pictures are usually an unwanted side effect of an improper exposure. Sometimes, though, creative photographers rely on motion blurs to help tell the story. One of the best in-camera blurs is the zoom blur.

Create Crazy Color Film Effects - 1/12/09
Computer-based cross-processing emulates darkroom technique
Create Crazy Color Film Effects - 1/12/09A decade ago, in the pre-dawn light of the digital revolution, creative photographers were utilizing every method under the sun to keep their images from getting stale. One of the most popular color techniques in fashion, advertising and commercial photography was the art of cross processing—developing color print film (c-41) in slide chemistry (E-6), or vice versa.

Five Fixes for Point-and-Shoot Macros - 1/5/09
High-magnification Tips for Every Compact Camera
Five Fixes for Point-and-Shoot Macros - 1/5/09There seem to be a million mode settings on most digital cameras, including the tiniest of point-and-shoots. One of those modes is likely to be represented by an illustration of a flower. It’s Macro Mode.

Break The Rules For Creative Compositions
The Rule of Thirds is Sometimes Better to be Broken
Break The Rules For Creative Compositions There are some unbreakable rules of photography: always use the correct exposure, never allow blur to ruin your shots, and adhere to the rule of thirds to ensure you create crowd-pleasing compositions. Of course, the best part about all of these rules is breaking them—especially the aesthetic ones.

12 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Camera - 12/22/08
How to buy the perfect camera
12 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Camera - 12/22/08Every new iteration of digital cameras seems to be light years ahead of the previous generation. While it makes the selection of cameras much better, it doesn’t make it any easier to answer the simple question, “Which one is right for me?”

Five Ways To Shoot Good Photos in Bad Weather - 12/15/08
Change your Tactics With the Weather to Get Great Pictures.
Five Ways To Shoot Good Photos in Bad Weather - 12/15/08You’ve got a day of outdoor shooting planned, and you’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Then on the morning of the big day there’s bad news: the weather isn’t cooperating.

Get Great Black & White Shots Every Time - 12/8/08
Customize with Channel Mixer for Grayscale Conversions
Get Great Black & White Shots Every Time - 12/8/08Converting color photos to black & white is a tricky proposition. On one hand, it’s one of the easiest one-click changes to accomplish in Photoshop: Image>Mode>Grayscale. Done. Now you’ve got a black & white version of your previously color photo.

Better B&W Prints Thanks to Digital Toning - 12/1/08
Master Traditional Darkroom Effects with Photoshop’s Duotone mode
Better B&W Prints Thanks to Digital Toning - 12/1/08

The digital darkroom was a giant step forward in retouching and printing for most photographers. The one area that has always lagged behind, however, is black & white (or monotone) printing. Sure you can make great black and white images in the computer, but it has always been a challenge to get them out effectively.




 
 

 
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