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Article: Fine-Art Conversion

Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot...

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Article: October 2006 HelpLine

Image Sharpness Revisited * Image Sharpness Tip * Card Reader Or Camera For Download? * Quest For The Perfect Histogram Image Sharpness...

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Article: Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed

When I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I...

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Article: Trade Tricks: Sharpening The Right Way

Sharpening is an important step in the image-editing process. While it won't make an out-of-focus image (or an image blurred by camera or subject motion) sharp, sharpening will increase the contrast between light and dark pixels at edges in the...

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Article: Black & White With A Digital Camera

At its best, black-and-white photography is a true art form, as a glance at the works of its many masters demonstrates. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, John Sexton, Robert Werling and William Garnett are some of my favorites, but there are many others....

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Article: The Color Of Light

White balance is one of the new features we've had to learn to make the most of in digital photography. It's often seen as yet another technical hurdle photographers have to leap over in order to get a good image. Learn how to set it "right," and...

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Article: Jumpstart Layers

The use of Layers is consistently the most feared part of Photoshop. I've had photographers tell me that they just can't deal with Layers, and I know very good photographers who do excellent Photoshop work, but still believe they "aren't ready for...

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Article: Clean Up The Background

In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it's just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we're traveling, we don't...

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Article: Getting The Most From D-SLR Camera Systems

When you buy a compact digital camera, you buy a camera. But when you buy a digital SLR, you buy into a whole camera system. That SLR body accepts a wide range of lenses, flash units, viewfinder attachments, optional power sources and other...

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Article: Display Your Photos Right

Though discussions about photography in magazines, classrooms, message boards and camera clubs often focus on the latest photographic equipment or the hottest Photoshop tip, in the end, it really comes down to one simple thing: the print. It's nice...

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Article: Top Photoshop Techniques

Photoshop is such a powerful application, with deep menus and a vast array of tools and controls, that even experienced users continually find new ways to use the program for better photography. One of the best ways to improve your skills with...

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Article: July/August 2006 HelpLine

Be Sure Of Your Backup     * 50 Ways To Lose Your Data     * Stuck On Auto     * From Film To Video   Be Sure Of Your Backup

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Article: Posterize An Image

Technically, the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop is designed to analyze the pixel colors of a selected area of an image and reduce the number of colors—while maintaining the "look" of the original image. Creatively, you can apply this adjustment to...

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Article: June 2006 HelpLine

White Balance And RAW     * Do You Need White Balance With RAW?     * Protective Filters     * Reboot For Performance  White Balance And RAW     * Do You...

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Article: Fundamentals: Autofocus In Digital Cameras

There are two basic types of AF systems in wide use in digital cameras today. All of the D-SLRs use passive phase-detection AF, while most consumer models use passive contrast-based AF. "Passive" means the camera doesn't send a ranging beam out to...

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Article: Studio-Quality Lighting Made Easy

At some point in time, many photographers decide to try their hand at portrait or studio work. After disappointing results with their camera's built-in flash, they begin to look into studio lighting solutions. Although the proper...

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Article: Destination Anywhere

Photographers love to travel and bring back images from the places they visit. This is part of the heritage of traditional photography. We love to see what our world looks like, even if we can't visit every location ourselves.

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Article: May 2006 HelpLine

ƒ-Stops And Bad Crops     * Digital Camera ƒ-Stops     * Straight-Line Troubles     * Cropping Casualty     * PPI Canon Vs. Nikon     * Out-Of-Shape Histogram?...

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Article: Double-Process RAW For Better Tonality

One problem photographers have always faced is the fact that no medium yet invented can capture the tonal range our eyes can see. Film can't get close to recording the brightness range of light that the human eye can perceive. This holds true for...

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Article: Instant Classic

Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today's top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You'll find many retouching and restoration articles...

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Article: 10 Top Digital Camera Shooting Tips

While everyone knows Photoshop is a marvelous imaging tool for photographers, in some minds it has been transformed into a magic wand, with powers beyond imagination—you don't have to shoot the image perfectly initially because you can always fix i...

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Article: March/April 2006 HelpLine

Getting The Most From A Photo Workshop     * Making A Workshop Work     * Affecting Depth Of Field     * USB Effects     * The EV Answer     * What's In A Name?  

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Article: Toolbox: Camcorders

If I had any doubt of what could be achieved with an affordable camcorder and a bit of imagination, it was swept away while attending a high-school film festival. As I watched, kids from San Fernando High School in Southern California shared short...

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Article: Snapshot To Postcard In Five Minutes

Have you ever taken a seascape or landscape picture from inside a moving plane, boat or car, where the view of the horizon line was tilted? Have you ever had to shoot fast to get off a shot without making any exposure adjustments, resulting in an...

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Article: January/February 2006 HelpLine

Sensor Dust     * Keeping Dust From Your Photos     * Camera dpi...Huh?     * Standard-Sized Prints     * EV Mystery   Sensor Dust     *...

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Article: Shot Selection For Better Video

When you're videotaping an event, whether a political campaign, a soccer game or a birthday party, you need to capture a variety of images to have some good material to edit. For most people to enjoy sitting through a lengthy video, it has to be a...

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Article: Plane Fixes

Layers provide the best way of isolating and controlling an image in Photoshop or any other image-processing program. Using layers effectively requires some practice, as does any craft. With use, plus trial-and-error experimentation, you'll...

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Article: Global Digital Explorer

The day had been a long and painful one for Jeff Hall. It had started with the amateur photographer full of anticipation because he and his traveling companions were going to have the opportunity to visit a Berber camp in Morocco. An ethnic group...

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Article: Seaside Digital Effects

With winter in full swing, I thought we'd work with a tropical photo—remember, it's summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere. Summer is obviously a great time for photography, and before we know it, the warm days will be back again. Winter i...

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Article: Trade Tricks: Be Kind And Resize

It has happened to all of us. You click on an e-mail to open it and the waiting begins. The little spinning e-mail icon goes around and around. Your patience is running thin. Well, Uncle Pete didn't really mean to e-mail you a 10-megabyte file; he...

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