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How to pass for a fashion pro - 4/20/09

So you want to be a fashion photographer but you don’t want to quit your day job and move to New York? Here’s an idea: pretend to be a fashion photographer instead. Armed with these essential tips—more than just dressing in black and sporting cool sunglasses—you can fool any fashionista into thinking you’re the real deal where it really counts, your portfolio.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo ZoomSo you want to be a fashion photographer but you don’t want to quit your day job and move to New York? Here’s an idea: pretend to be a fashion photographer instead. Armed with these essential tips—more than just dressing in black and sporting cool sunglasses—you…

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…

From Flat To Fab

This is a bad news/good news story—one with a happy ending. This past November, I had the opportunity to travel to the bottom of the world to photograph emperor penguins. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. I planned this trip to Antarctica for a year, and couldn’t wait for the day that I’d be on the ice photographing these magnificent animals.
By Rick Sammon
FINAL This is a bad news/good news story—one with a happy ending. This past November, I had the opportunity to travel to the bottom of the world to photograph emperor penguins. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. I planned this trip to Antarctica for a year,…

Pro Tips: Demystifying Image Resizing

Depending on how we want to use an image, we often need to create new copies at different resolutions.
By Adam Crawford
Depending on how we want to use an image, we often need to create new copies at different resolutions. You might be making your image smaller for use on the web or increasing the resolution to make a larger print. The technical term for this is “resampling.” Resampling is an…

Quality Of Light

You may not believe it at first, but all the photographs in this issue of PCPhoto have something in common. That something in common is, of course, light.
By Rick Sammon
ORIGINAL You may not believe it at first, but all the photographs in this issue of PCPhoto have something in common. That something in common is, of course, light. Before we take a picture, seeing the light—the contrast range in a scene, the color of light and the direction of…
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