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Keep The Noise Down In Your Digital Images

Noise, the digital equivalent of film grain, can be a challenge to overcome.
By Rob Sheppard
AfterThe same image after reducing noise with Nik Software Dfine 2.0. Plug-ins like Dfine can help reduce the appearance of noise without a critical loss of sharpness. Noise, the digital equivalent of film grain, can be a challenge to overcome. It appears as an irregular, sand-like texture that, if small,…

Photoshop Actions And Batch Processing

I frequently hear photographers talk about maximizing their time behind a camera and minimizing their time at the computer.
By William Sawalich
I frequently hear photographers talk about maximizing their time behind a camera and minimizing their time at the computer. It's not the creative postproduction that these photographers want to avoid—it's the digital drudgery that can consume so much of a one's time. Tasks like file management and basic processing aren't…

Improve Your Digital Imaging Skills In One Simple Step - 11/3/08

Experimentation is crucial for any photographer's creative growth. How many successful pros have you seen profiled in these pages that cite rigorous experimentation as the key to their success? This is particularly due to post-processing and retouching. It seems like the vast majority understand the importance of fiddling around on the computer to find new ways to make interesting photos.

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Experimentation is crucial for any photographer's creative growth. How many successful pros have you seen profiled in these pages that cite rigorous experimentation as the key to their success? This is particularly due to post-processing and retouching. It seems like the vast majority understand the…

The Subtle Twist That Makes Any Image More Interesting - 10/27/08

The names are great: Dutch angle, oblique, tilt, cant, and the British even call it a Batman angle. Whatever you call it, the effect is almost always great-an off-kilter composition that does wonders for an otherwise humdrum scene.

Hollywood has utilized the Dutch angle for decades, frequently to represent disorientation or confusion. In funkier films, Dutch angles are often used in lieu of square compositions. You can use it for a dramatic purpose, or to just make your shots more interesting; either way, there's probably no easier special effect to achieve than the Dutch angle.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom The names are great: Dutch angle, oblique, tilt, cant, and the British even call it a Batman angle. Whatever you call it, the effect is almost always great-an off-kilter composition that does wonders for an otherwise humdrum scene. Hollywood has utilized the Dutch angle for…

When Wrong Is Right - 10/20/08

Ever lug your camera a really long distance to get a shot-to the rim of the Grand Canyon for a great vista, or all the way to Paris for a snap of the Mona Lisa, only to find that not only has someone beat you to it, but that someone is actually in the way of your great shot?
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Ever lug your camera a really long distance to get a shot-to the rim of the Grand Canyon for a great vista, or all the way to Paris for a snap of the Mona Lisa, only to find that not only has someone beat you…

Add Impact To Photos With A Simple Vignette - 10/13/08

When working in a chemical darkroom one of the first things a photographer learns is the importance of placing emphasis on a photo's subject. The easiest way to do this is with the technique of vignetting. By simply darkening (or even lightening) the corners and edges of a print, those extraneous areas manage to recede into the psychological background while simultaneously placing the point of focus squarely in the center of the frame-right where you want it, on the subject.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom Before After When working in a chemical darkroom one of the first things a photographer learns is the importance of placing emphasis on a photo's subject. The easiest way to do this is with the technique of vignetting. By simply darkening (or even lightening) the…
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