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Archive for October, 2011

Photoshop Elements: Make Your Photos More Interesting Using Textures

Photoshop Elements: Make Your Photos More Interesting Using Textures

Have you ever seen some of those intentionally old looking images? Chances are they were taken with a digital camera, but the photographer knew a few things about Photoshop, and more importantly, textures. With the right combination of textures and skills, you can take a decent looking photo and accentuate it for a more interesting effect. Let’s give it a try.
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How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

How To Enhance A Sunset Photo

I remember the first summer I got my digital SLR. Back then, I was just getting into everything you could do with, and I was positively fascinated with sunsets. I wanted to capture all of the colors, the reds, the purples, the in-betweens. The light at sunset is like nothing else. I remember religiously dropping everything I was doing and taking pictures at sunset for months straight.

As most of you know by now, the hard part about sunsets is that even though you’re surrounded by beauty on all sides, it’s very difficult to convey that beauty in your photos. You can’t just snap a photo and transport people to the scene you’re living in. There are no smells, no light breeze, no faint glow of the sun through the trees as you pass them by. They may exist as separate entities, but never as the one unified experience of a sunset.

So how do you bring that experience back? How do you recreate it in your photos? I happened to pick up a few tricks during those months on end photographing the sunset and all things surrounding it. None of them are very technical, but when you execute them correctly, it really make that sunset come to life. Try these out.
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What’s Next With Cameras?

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What’s Next With Cameras?

Digital cameras have changed the face of photography as we know it. Because of digital cameras, the cost of doing photography has gone down dramatically. The absence of film has given millions of amateur photographers a chance to gain enough experience to become masters. When you combine this with the software tools now available to polish images to perfection, you realize how so much has changed in such a short period of time. But what’s next? Today, I’ll try to peer down the crystal ball!
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Getting The Most From A Snowy Scene

Getting The Most From A Snowy Scene

I love snow, but it sure is weird. Not in any standard sense. Snow is weird because it can really throw your camera for a loop. Your eyes know it is white, but somehow your camera almost always seems to get it wrong. Why is snow so difficult to photograph? Why do your pictures of snow end up looking gray time and time again? This time, I’ve got the answer, and it’s a lot stranger than you’d expect. Let’s find out what all the fuss with snow is all about.
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Reducing Noise With Photoshop Elements

Reducing Noise With Photoshop Elements

No matter what we do to stop it from happening, digital images have a way of becoming noisy or losing quality. It happens whenever you shoot at a high ISO speed. It happens when you sharpen too much. It even happens every time you save an image as a JPEG. With so much noise, what is a photographer to do? Thankfully, you can use Photoshop Elements to remove some of it. The solution isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly can help.
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Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

Photoshop Elements: Brighten Underexposed Photos With The Screen Blend Mode

We recently did a tutorial on the multiply blend mode and how you can use it to correct an image that is too bright. If you followed the tutorial, you no doubt realized that Photoshop Elements has quite a few options for blending layers. One of them is the direct opposite of the multiply blend mode. With the screen blend mode, you can fix underexposed images. Let me show you how.
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Photoshop Elements: Changing Eye Color

Photoshop Elements: Changing Eye Color

Have you ever wanted to know what you look like with different colored eyes? Thanks to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can. You just need to know a few things about some of the selection tools available, and the world becomes your playground. Here’s how to get started.
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7 Ways To Make The Same Shot Different

7 Ways To Make The Same Shot Different

Do you feel like you’ve gotten into a rut with your photography lately? It’s something we all go through. We like to take pictures a certain way, and we often fail to see all of the possibilities. The sad part is that there are so many different things you can do as a photographer. Try these out the next time you feel like you’re falling into the same old routine.
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Composition: Lead-In Lines

Composition: Lead-In Lines

In photography, composition has one clear goal, and that is to make your image interesting. For most of us, an interesting thing is something that stands out and draws your eyes in. That’s why I’d like to take some time to talk about one very easy way to do this in your photos. By using shapes and lines, you can draw your viewer into an image and make it more engaging. What’s the end result? You guessed it. A more appealing and visually interesting image.
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Photography Critiquing: Giving And Getting Advice On Your Photography

Photography Critiquing: Giving And Getting Advice On Your Photography

One of the best ways to get better at taking pictures is to get involved in it with your friends. Critiquing one another’s work often gives you a perspective on your own photography that you might not have considered before. As creators, we often get so invested in what we’re doing that we fail to see the little (or sometimes big) things that can make or break a photo. If a friend can point this out to us in a tactful way, it can lead to some major improvements in our work.
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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

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Photoshop: Darken Overexposed Images With Multiply Blend Mode

No matter how much we try to make our images just right, sometimes we mess up. That doesn’t mean we have to give up, however. With some simple editing in Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can bring color back into your overexposed images and possibly save them from ruin. Just follow these simple steps.
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