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Better portraits are all in the eyes - 4/13/09

Eyes are the windows to the soul, or so they say. Photographically speaking, that means that in any given portrait one of the first places a viewer will look is the subject’s eyes. And if they look dark, or murky, or tired or anything other than ideal… well, the person in the portrait just won’t look their best. That’s why so many photographers put so much emphasis on making the eyes look perfect. Here are some tried and true tips to make sure the eyes have it—in the camera and in the computer.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo ZoomEyes are the windows to the soul, or so they say. Photographically speaking, that means that in any given portrait one of the first places a viewer will look is the subject’s eyes. And if they look dark, or murky, or tired or anything other than…

Debunking Digital’s Urban Legends - 4-6-09

The Internet is full of amazing information—and some equally impressive misinformation, too. Receive a forwarded email enough times and it can start to look like fact! For pop culture myths, Snopes.com separates fact from fiction. For digital camera myths, it’s up to us. Here are a few urban legends about digital cameras to be debunked as junk.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomThe Internet is full of amazing information—and some equally impressive misinformation, too. Receive a forwarded email enough times and it can start to look like fact! For pop culture myths, Snopes.com separates fact from fiction. For digital camera myths, it’s up to us. Here are a…

Beautiful Beauty Shots Without Retouching - 3/30/09

In Hollywood’s glamour era of the 1930s and 40s, the studio machine churned out star after star, all the while relying on gorgeous promotional portraits to aid in the process. The great names of the era—like George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull—certainly were master photographers who could retouch their images with the best of them.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomIn Hollywood’s glamour era of the 1930s and 40s, the studio machine churned out star after star, all the while relying on gorgeous promotional portraits to aid in the process. The great names of the era—like George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull—certainly were master photographers who…

Four Ways to Use Metadata Effectively - 3/23/09

Metadata can be almost anything—literally any information that provides information about other information. Easy, right? In photography terms, metadata usually refers to the information that digital cameras, photo software and individual users attach to their image files.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomMetadata can be almost anything—literally any information that provides information about other information. Easy, right? In photography terms, metadata usually refers to the information that digital cameras, photo software and individual users attach to their image files. This data is applied for a variety of purposes—from…

Three Easy-to-Use Photoshop Tools for Cropping and Resizing - 3/16/09

Let’s say I’ve got a great shot—maybe an interesting image of an interesting building. I really like this picture, but I don’t like its size or shape, or I’d like to simplify the composition by eliminating some extraneous information. Sounds familiar, right?
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Let’s say I’ve got a great shot—maybe an interesting image of an interesting building. I really like this picture, but I don’t like its size or shape, or I’d like to simplify the composition by eliminating some extraneous information. Sounds familiar, right? That’s because it…

Permanently Preventing Data Loss - 3/9/09

Most people start thinking seriously about backing up their data at precisely the wrong time: immediately after they’ve had a catastrophic meltdown and lost precious pictures and other important information.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomMost people start thinking seriously about backing up their data at precisely the wrong time: immediately after they’ve had a catastrophic meltdown and lost precious pictures and other important information. The time to build a better backup plan isn’t after everything’s gone wrong, it’s before. Because…
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