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Better Back-To-School Portraits—8/17/09

Bad news, kids: it’s back-to-school time. But there’s good news for parents who are photographically inclined. Instead of suffering at the mercy of the school photographer this year, why not make your own back-to-school portraits?
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomBad news, kids: It’s back-to-school time. But there’s good news for parents who are photographically inclined. Instead of suffering at the mercy of the school photographer this year, why not make your own back-to-school portraits?To emulate the setup of a school photographer, you’d need a portable…

More Precise White Balance in Photoshop—8/10/09

You can’t trust your eyes. You may think you can, but when it comes to determining the accuracy of subtle variations in color temperature, your eyes definitely do not have it.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom You can’t trust your eyes. You may think you can, but when it comes to determining the accuracy of subtle variations in color temperature, your eyes definitely don't have it.Thankfully there are countless ways technology can help you make sure your white balance is actually…

Five Tips for Better Bounced Flash—8/3/09

Bounce your flash, bounce your flash, bounce your flash.  You can’t turn around without someone telling you that the best way to modify an otherwise boring and harsh on-camera hot-shoe-mounted flash is to bounce it. I’m not complaining; the advice isn’t bad. In fact, it’s great.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomBounce your flash, bounce your flash, bounce your flash. You can’t turn around without someone telling you that the best way to modify an otherwise boring and harsh on-camera hot-shoe-mounted flash is to bounce it. I’m not complaining; the advice isn’t bad. In fact, it’s great.…

Better Portraits with Motion Blur—7/27/09

I know what the rules say, but I don’t always like to follow them. I will grudgingly admit that it’s true: generally speaking, rules that protect you from blurry pictures are helpful. But sometimes, making your pictures intentionally blurry can actually be a bonus.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom I know what the rules say, but I don’t always like to follow them. I will grudgingly admit that it’s true: Generally speaking, rules that protect you from blurry pictures are helpful. But sometimes, making your pictures intentionally blurry actually can be a bonus. It…

Creating Drama with Light—7/20/09

Sharpening and edge enhancing are popular postproduction techniques that help to focus attention on specific parts of an image.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomSharpening and edge enhancing are popular postproduction techniques that help to focus attention on specific parts of an image. By utilizing a hard light source while shooting—such as the unmodified sun or a bare flash bulb—photographers can create the appearance of enhanced sharpness and amplified texture…

Highlighting Details with Sharpness—7/13/09

Sharpening is the crucial final step in preparing any image for output. Whether optimizing a photo for the printed page or for screen display on a web site, this finishing touch is critical.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomSharpening is the crucial final step in preparing any image for output. Whether optimizing a photo for the printed page or for screen display on a web site, this finishing touch is critical.There are many tools for sharpening, with Photoshop’s Smart Sharpen filter as perhaps the…
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