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Archive for April, 2012

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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A photography tool worth $1 Billion?

A photography tool worth $1 Billion?

[opinion] Instagram is a popular photo sharing tool on the web, and Facebook just bought it for $1 Billion. This an unprecedented move for Facebook. They’ve never made such a purchase, and they may never do it again. What intrigues me more than anything is that Instagram is nothing more than a simple photography tool. Why is it so popular, how can you use it for your own photography, and more importantly, how come it’s worth $1 Billion?
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How to use RAW photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements

How to use RAW photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements

Once you go with RAW files, it seems like you never go back. I’ve said before that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. Even so, I feel that there comes a time in every photographer’s life when making the switch to RAW just makes sense. For me, it came just after my purchase of a high powered computer with a nice 500GB hard drive. Now that I can store all those digital negatives, I want nothing more than to take all of my pictures in RAW. Here’s how you can get on the RAW bandwagon with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Everyday Habits That To Get You Shooting More Photos

Everyday Habits That To Get You Shooting More Photos

We’re nearing the end of winter, and that means it’s time to shake off the dust and ramp up your photography. The weather is nice, the sunsets are gorgeous, and before you know it, summer will have come and gone. Right around this time of year, I like to get into some habits so I’m constantly taking pictures while the time is right. Try ‘em out, and you’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll get done this summer (or year round).
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How To Get Your Friends To Take A Good Photo Of You

How To Get Your Friends To Take A Good Photo Of You

Feeling like you’re always the photographer and never the photographed? I wouldn’t consider myself a particularly vain person, but if I’m going to take some nice photos of my friends, I’d at least like to have a few good ones of myself. If you’re tired of seeing yourself at the center of mediocre photos that could have easily turned out much better, pay attention. I’m going to show you how to teach your friends to take a decent photo.
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What Shutter Priority Mode Can Teach You About Your Camera

What Shutter Priority Mode Can Teach You About Your Camera

Learning how to use the more advanced features of your camera is a challenge for anyone new to photography. Sometimes you wish there were some way to boil it all down to some easy-to-understand model. I always tell new photographers that if they want to learn more about their camera, they should learn about shutter priority mode first. Here’s why.
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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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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

How you frame your subject can make or break a photo. If you put your subject in a place that commands the viewers attention, you’ll immediately have an outstanding photo. This subtle technique is known to many as “composition,” and believe it or not, it has a few simple rules that will give you some stunning results. Try out these 5 unbelievably easy rules for framing your subject, and you’ll see what I mean.
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