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How to enhance fall colors in post-processing

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How to enhance fall colors in post-processing

If you ask me, autumn is one of the best times of the year for photography. You just don’t get such a beautiful range of vibrant colors at any other time of the year. Spring comes close, but even in the spring those vibrant colors just aren’t as omnipresent as they are in the autumn, when every deciduous tree and the ground beneath it is overflowing with brilliant yellows, oranges and reds.
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What is Dynamic Range (and why should I care)

What is Dynamic Range (and why should I care)

If you’ve been taking digital photographs for any length of time, you have probably heard the phrase “dynamic range.” It’s one of those phrases that other photographers use under the assumption that everyone knows what it means, even though most beginning photographers have at best a rudimentary understanding of it.

Dynamic range as it pertains to photography has something to do with light and something to do with camera technology, and understanding what those somethings are can really help you improve your photography, especially while you are in the learning stages. So why is it that no one has ever really told you what dynamic range is, and why you should care? Because it’s so fundamental that those old timers just assume its like breathing. Except of course that it’s not.

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How To Fix Chromatic Aberration?

How To Fix Chromatic Aberration?

If you’ve been taking photographs for long enough, you’ve probably heard of chromatic aberration. It actually goes by a couple of different names. The first one, “chromatic aberration” is the technical term. It seems a bit overly-technical, really, as if it’s just meant to make beginners scratch their heads. The second name for chromatic aberration is quite the opposite. “Purple fringing” sounds like something you might find on the sleeves of a jacket from the 1960s, not like something that has anything to do with photography. So if you are confused about chromatic aberration or purple fringing, keep reading. A little explanation will go along way.
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How To Photograph A Ghost

How To Photograph A Ghost

Confession: I have never photographed a real ghost. So this tutorial is not going to help you stake out a haunted house or a cemetery, or advise you on which expensive piece of equipment you’ll need to buy in order to detect subtle changes in the inter-dimensional paranormal space-time continuum other-side.

The good news is, fake ghosts are a lot more agreeable than real ones. You don’t have to worry that your fake ghost is going to go floating off through a wall, leaving nothing but a puddle of ecto-plasmic goo behind for you to slip in. Fake ghosts do what you tell them to do, because they’re fake. That makes photographing them infinitely more enjoyable, and a lot less scary.
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The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo

The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo

Every photographer has a preferred process. From taking a photo to processing it in photoshop, every little step can add to your success or become the reason for a failure. We call this process your photography workflow. Though it is largely a preference, there are some things you can do to ensure you always make a great photo. Consider these tips for improving your photography workflow.
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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

What makes an image beautiful? For many, it’s color. But your camera isn’t going to give you great colors out of the box. It’s a ‘dumb’ piece of equipment. Even with all of our sophisticated computer technology, your camera is still guessing which settings will reveal the best photo. Most of the time, it’s wrong, and that’s why you get a lot of grey and washed out images when you use automatic settings. Other camera settings are much more ideal for creating heightened color contrast. Let’s have a look at them.
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Using Contrast For Better Images

Using Contrast For Better Images

What makes something special? Is it special on its own, or is it only special when compared to everything else around it? Contrast is what happens when you place two polar opposites right next to each other. It can be used to draw attention to an important element in your image. Contrast comes in a variety of forms, and in this article, we’re going to look at a few ways you can use contrast to create truly unique images.
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Is Post-Processing Evil?

Is Post-Processing Evil?

Artists can be a self-righteous bunch. There will always be the purists, those who don’t even own a digital camera, and then there are those who recognize the importance of Photoshop and other tools. When it comes to the ethics of photography, post-processing tends to get the bad end of the stick because it involves the direct manipulation of a photo after it’s been taken. There is always the opportunity to cover up bad photography with computer-generated effects, so some consider it to be evil. But is it?
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Your Histogram Questions Answered

Your Histogram Questions Answered

Ever since writing the article on your camera’s histogram, I’ve been getting all kinds of questions about them. It seems that I haven’t explained enough, and that’s understandable. Quite a lot goes into a histogram, and I wanted to give you a quick and simple explanation of what they do. Now it’s time to go more in-depth and explain the histogram with much more detail.
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How To Take A Double Exposure With A Digital SLR

How To Take A Double Exposure With A Digital SLR

Double exposure photographs have been around since the beginning of film cameras. Back then, there was no Photoshop. You couldn’t just go in and change your images any way you want. So photographers did what they could with the tools they had. The double exposure was one tool in their belt.
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Digital Workflow: How To Efficiently Process Your Photos

Digital Workflow: How To Efficiently Process Your Photos

Do you find yourself losing great shots on more than one occasion? It might be time to bring some organization to your photography. An efficient workflow is the secret to keeping track of your photos and making sure they are at their best quality when you present them to the rest of the world. Even if you are happy with your current way of organizing your photos, it’s worth your time to learn these handy little workflow secrets.
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How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 2

How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 2

In the last tutorial, we got started with creating our first action sequence photo. We got out our tripod and went on location to shoot five photos continuously. Now we are going to take those pictures and stitch them together to create a sequence. Before you begin, I highly recommend Adobe Photoshop for this tutorial, but any image manipulation software that allows you to work with layers will do the job. Photoshop Elements is a low cost alternative that is perfect for what we want to do here. A free alternative is Gimp, however you will have to learn a little more to use it.
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How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 1

How To Get Killer Sequence Photos Part 1

Sequence photos provide a truly amazing perspective for action shots. They allow the viewer to see the progression of something as it is happening. Unlike video, all of the important parts are frozen, so we can see every step. There a lot of sports where action sequences bring out the true character of the athletes. Who doesn’t want to see a tennis racket slowly progressing toward the ball or a basketball player inching his way up to the hoop? Sequence shots allow you to convey movement in a way that single photos can’t.
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Will I Lose Quality When Resizing Images?

Will I Lose Quality When Resizing Images?

I received this email a few weeks ago from Jennifer E, one of my subscribers:

    “Hi David, I need to download some of my photos to a CD. My question is, if I resize the photos to a smaller size, so I can get more of them on my CD, then I reinstall them into my computer and size them to the size when I took the photo, will I lose any quality? (size 3264×2448 down to 640×480 then back up to 3264×2448) Thanks, Jennifer
    P.S. Your books and info are great. Every time I go through them again, I always find something new. I am so glad I found you.”

Here’s my reply:
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Backing up your digital photos

Backing up your digital photos

Don’t take a chance with your precious images. Digital storage of data can and does fail so it is vitally important to backup your photos to ensure they will be around for years and years to come.

We should do backup regularly because our computers and hard drives are NOT a safe place to store our photos for a long period of time. Hard drives crash; You could accidentally delete the files with a few mouse clicks; or (in the worst case) your computer could be stolen or destroyed by fire.
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