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Six Steps To Eliminating Lens Flare - 8/11/08

Shooting directly into the sun-or at least with it somewhat behind your subject-is a great way to add depth to any photograph. But there's one big problem that comes when pointing your camera into the vicinity of any light source: lens flare.

Lens flare is often thought of as shafts of light that dart across a scene when a pinpoint source is shined directly into the lens. The problem is that not all light sources are pinpoint, and so not all flares are this noticeable, dramatic, or even desirable.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Shooting directly into the sun-or at least with it somewhat behind your subject-is a great way to add depth to any photograph. But there's one big problem that comes when pointing your camera into the vicinity of any light source: lens flare. Lens flare is…

Turn The Worst Light Into The Best Light - 8/04/08

Some photographers can take the extraordinary and make it look ordinary. Others can take the ordinary, and through their creative vision, make it look outstanding. That's part of the fun; you never know what you'll encounter when you're out with your camera.

When I'm faced with a seemingly impossible situation—where I can't find anything extraordinary, and I'm shooting under the horrid midday light—I remember to wait and look for something ordinary so that I can turn it into something great. It's then that I remember the most ordinary, yet almost always interesting subject: shadows. The light on these bright, sunny days also happens to provide the best shadow-shooting opportunities.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Some photographers can take the extraordinary and make it look ordinary. Others can take the ordinary, and through their creative vision, make it look outstanding. That's part of the fun; you never know what you'll encounter when you're out with your camera. When I'm faced…

Darkroom Tips For The Digital Age - 7/28/08

Happy accidents. Serendipity. The silver lining on a dark cloud. Whatever you call it, it's the moment when something goes horribly wrong but eventually ends up being really, really right. These moments are everywhere in art and photography. Back in the days of film, there were countless mistakes in processing and exposure that creative types turned from tragedy into triumphant special effect. A leading contender in the photographic happy accident category? Reticulation.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Happy accidents. Serendipity. The silver lining on a dark cloud. Whatever you call it, it's the moment when something goes horribly wrong but eventually ends up being really, really right. These moments are everywhere in art and photography. Back in the days of film, there…

Two Simple Steps To Whiter Smiles! - 7/21/08

Nobody likes the dentist, and nobody likes to look bad in a portrait. Whether the cause is poor dental hygiene or just bad luck, you can now give your portrait subjects a better smile in just two easy steps. Best of all, they never have to know how you helped their smile.

There are lots of effective digital tooth-whitening approaches, but my own favorite is effective, quick and easy. I use Photoshop's desaturation sponge and the dodging tool to whiten dingy smiles with just a few clicks.The first step is to choose the sponge in the tools palette and set it to "desaturate." Scale the brush to fit easily within the teeth without overlapping onto the lips and gums, but keep it large enough to provide even coverage. Reduce the flow to 25 or 35 percent and begin the desaturation process with large even strokes. After desaturation, the smile isn't yet white, but at least it isn't an awful shade of green.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Nobody likes the dentist, and nobody likes to look bad in a portrait. Whether the cause is poor dental hygiene or just bad luck, you can now give your portrait subjects a better smile in just two easy steps. Best of all, they never have…

Camera Hack: Build A String Tripod - 7/14/08

It's hard enough to carry a camera everywhere you go, so how can you possibly be blamed for not always having a tripod? Unfortunately, all too often a camera is worthless without something stable to hold it. Dim lights and long exposures are everywhere. Manufacturers have long been working on ways to improve photographers' abilities to work in low light without relying on tripods-better high-ISO film and sensors, digital noise-reduction software, portable monopods, image stabilization built in to cameras and lenses-but nothing's quite like the ability to simply stabilize the camera when you click the shutter.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom It's hard enough to carry a camera everywhere you go, so how can you possibly be blamed for not always having a tripod? Unfortunately, all too often a camera is worthless without something stable to hold it. Dim lights and long exposures are everywhere. Manufacturers…

Gel Your Flash For Complete Color Control - 7/7/08

Digital tools make it easy to control color effects after a shot is in the computer. But sometimes there's no better way to get a great color-whether it's subtle warming or wild and wacky saturation-than by doing it with real light while you're really shooting. It may sound daunting, but simply gelling a flash can make your photos look like you're a digital color expert.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Digital tools make it easy to control color effects after a shot is in the computer. But sometimes there's no better way to get a great color-whether it's subtle warming or wild and wacky saturation-than by doing it with real light while you're really shooting.…
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