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Archive for February, 2011

Photoshop: Selective Coloring Creates Stand Out Shots

Photoshop: Selective Coloring Creates Stand Out Shots

Or: How to make one object color while the rest is black-and-white

I really love this effect. When your main subject is in color, and the rest of your image is in black-and-white, you can draw a lot emphasis to your subject. You can also use small amounts of color to highlight otherwise unseen parts of images, conveying a meaning you wouldn’t get if everything were in color or completely black-and-white. With a little bit of Photoshop magic, you can achieve this effect in a few short steps. Here’s how.
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Photo Challenge: Selective Coloring

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So, you’ve learned how to do selective coloring. Now’s the time to show off your new skill! Selective Coloring is this week’s Photo Challenge.

Find a photo in your library that’s ideal for selective coloring, and use the tips in my article to help you create the effect. Then upload your photo to the Selective Coloring gallery. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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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 Enter Photography Contests

How To Enter Photography Contests

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out with photography or you’re a seasoned veteran, entering a photography contest can be a great way to get inspired to get out there are take some amazing shots. Some contests carry huge rewards and prestige while others are out there for the fun of it. I’m not going to tell you your photo will win, but you’ll have a much better chance after reading these tips.
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What word are you trying to convey with your image?

What word are you trying to convey with your image?

Every good image should have a theme of some kind. It should hone in on one particular subject, and it should make a statement about that subject in a meaningful way. Sadly, most amateur photography remains unfocused, too busy, and it often skips from one subject to the next. When an image lacks a focus, it falls flat on your eyes and has no emotional impact. Do you feel like your photography lacks a central theme? Here’s what I do when need to focus.
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Photoshop: How To Remove Pimples and Blemishes

Photoshop: How To Remove Pimples and Blemishes

Ah, the dreaded pimple on picture day. If you’ve got a teen, or have been a teen yourself, you know what it’s like. You can’t stop that photographer from taking the picture, so it looks you have no other choice but to take matters into your own hands and learn some photoshopping skills. Here’s a quick and easy way to clear up that pimply face.
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Photo Challenge: Photographing Jewelry

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Have any jewelry that you’d like to show off in your photos? Maybe you want to sell them, or have them valued for an insurance policy. Or just improve your skills as a photographer. This week’s photo challenge is all about photographing jewelry. Use some of the tips in my Photographing Jewelry article this week. It contains some great information on how to start.
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How To Sell Your Jewelry on Ebay

How To Sell Your Jewelry on Ebay

Looking to sell aunt Mable’s brooch on Ebay? It’s best to take your time and get the best images possible. Jewelry is a very high valued, high profit margin item to sell on Ebay. Because it is so valuable, it’s important to get every detail right. With a small and inexpensive studio setup, you can get professional grade jewelry images using your own point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Here’s how.
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Is it time for a new lens? Ask yourself these 3 questions first

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Is it time for a new lens? Ask yourself these 3 questions first

A new lens can really push your photography in a new direction. It can help you get a different perspective on a subject and throw it into a more interesting light. But new lenses are expensive, and you can still push your creative limits without spending any more money than you need to. How can you tell it’s time to get a new lens? Ask yourself these three questions first.
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What Do Your Camera’s Different Drive Modes Do?

What Do Your Camera’s Different Drive Modes Do?

On most cameras, when you press the shutter button, you get one picture. That’s usually the default setting, and it does the job for amateur photographers. But once you want to capture long sequences of action or take a self-portrait, you need to switch to a different drive mode. Your camera’s drive modes control the rate at which pictures are taken. In this article, we’ll show you how to use them to achieve the effects you want.
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Photography Basics: Avoiding Bad Foregrounds

Photography Basics: Avoiding Bad Foregrounds

We spend so much time talking about avoiding bad backgrounds, but have you ever given thought to the foreground you’re using? I’m talking about the stuff in front of your subject. If it’s getting in the way, it can make your image look much less interesting. Here are a few tips to help you select the right foreground.
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Do prime lenses take better pictures than zooms?

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Do prime lenses take better pictures than zooms?

You’ve got two lenses. One of them is a 70mm lens that does not zoom (called a Prime Lens), and another is a 70mm to 200mm zoom lens. If you were to take two photos, each with one of the different lenses, which photo would have the best picture quality? Will it be the single focal length lens, or will it be the zoom lens? More importantly, will you actually notice the difference, or will it amount to a few tiny distortions that barely make it to frame? That’s the mystery we’re going to untangle today.
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Should You “Expose for the Sky” on a Bright Sunny Day?

Should You “Expose for the Sky” on a Bright Sunny Day?

There are a lot of myths and rumors spreading around the photography community, and none is more popular than the myth that you should expose for the sky on a bright sunny day. Doing so can lead to some pretty disastrous consequences. In this short article, I’ll show you why.
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How To Take Professional Grade Photos of Famous Places

How To Take Professional Grade Photos of Famous Places

Everybody wants to bring back impressive photos when they go on vacation, and famous places will always have a special place in our hearts. It takes a little more time and preparation to get a good picture of a famous place, but when you do, it makes the trip worthwhile. Here are a few tips to help you take professional grade photos of famous places.
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