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All About Image Sharpening—08/13/12

Digital image files are sharp, but those image files can—and should—be made to appear even sharper. RAW shooters have to apply sharpness adjustments to make their RAW images look their best, while JPEG captures have some level of in-camera sharpening automatically applied.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom No Sharpening Digital image files are sharp, but those image files can—and should—be made to appear even sharper. RAW shooters have to apply sharpness adjustments to make their RAW images look their best, while JPEG captures have some level of in-camera sharpening automatically applied. In…

Use Google Earth to Plan Landscape Photos—08/06/12

When I interviewed landscape photographer Kurt Budliger earlier this year for a story in Outdoor Photographer magazine, he described the making of a great image in his portfolio with help from a decidedly high-tech, Internet-era accessory: Google Earth.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, as viewed from above in Google Earth When I interviewed landscape photographer Kurt Budliger earlier this year for a story in Outdoor Photographer magazine, he described the making of a great image in his portfolio with help from a…

Retouch Away Shiny Skin In Photoshop—07/30/12

I know very little about makeup. As a man, I seldom wear it. That means I'm not especially comfortable suggesting ways for women to modify their makeup when they look a little shiny on camera. Telling a man to put on makeup… well that's even worse.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom I know very little about makeup. As a man, I seldom wear it. That means I'm not especially comfortable suggesting ways for women to modify their makeup when they look a little shiny on camera. Telling a man to put on makeup… well that's even…

How to Photograph Birds—07/23/12

I’m not a birder, but the idea of a leisurely stroll through the woods with camera in hand sounds pretty appealing to me. Problem is, I have no idea where to even begin considering how to photograph birds. So I called on an expert for help.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom I'm not a birder, but the idea of a leisurely stroll through the woods with camera in hand sounds pretty appealing to me. Problem is, I have no idea where to even begin considering how to photograph birds. So I called on an expert for…

My Pictures Are Blurry, But What Kind Of Blur Is It?—07/16/12

My wife just said to me, "A lot of pictures from my new camera look blurry." And I responded, "What sort of blurry?" And that's when I realized: blurry is blurry to a whole lot of folks, but photographers know there are a dozen different types of blurry.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Focus Blur My wife just said to me, "A lot of pictures from my new camera look blurry." And I responded, "What sort of blurry?" And that's when I realized: blurry is blurry to a whole lot of folks, but photographers know there are a…

All About Depth Of Field—07/09/12

Depth of field is something you learn about in week one of an introductory photo class. Although it's simple in principle, it can also be fairly complex. It's that dichotomy that makes it equal parts understandable and baffling.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Depth of field is something you learn about in week one of an introductory photo class. Although it's simple in principle, it can also be fairly complex. It's that dichotomy that makes it equal parts understandable and baffling. Here are some tips that will help…
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