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Archive for July, 2012

How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

I’m just going to say this outright. Taking indoor photos of sporting events is hard. I’m not saying it’s impossibly hard, but it is most certainly a challenge to any photographer. If you can come away from a shoot with a photo that’s both properly lit and sharp, you’ve probably outdone everyone else at the event. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of that pesky motion blur.
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Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

How many times have you run into the following situation? You’ve flown across the world to visit some beautiful location, but once you get there, it’s packed full of tourists. You try to wait for the perfect opportunity to take a persson-free photo, but it just doesn’t happen. Isn’t that always the way it is with beautiful places? Everyone wants to see them, so they’re always packed. Well, with this amazing photography trick, you can get a people free picture in some of the most crowded tourist traps you’ll ever visit. Here’s how.
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Improving RAW Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements – Vibrancy, Saturation and Sharpness

Improving RAW Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements – Vibrancy, Saturation and Sharpness

In our last tutorial on RAW images with Photoshop Elements, we touched on some of the things you can do with using the bundled software known as Camera RAW. There are a number of reasons why you might want to start taking your photos in the RAW format. For one, it allows you to go back to the drawing board every time you want to do a different kind of post-processing on your image. There’s no degradation in the quality of the original RAW image because you never actually use the RAW file in the end. You merely develop it into a JPEG.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover some of things you can do to improve the colors in your images using Camera RAW. Last time, we touched on this a little bit. I showed you how to get the right exposure and brightness with an image that’s already pretty good straight out of the camera. Now I want to show you how to sharpen the image and bump up the contrast using the same tools.
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How To Shoot Photos Through A Window

How To Shoot Photos Through A Window

I usually advise most photographers to avoid taking pictures from outside through windows. The glare tends to distract the eye from what’s going on inside, and the dust on the window can lessen the image quality. Nevertheless, there are some cases where shooting through a window can help you get the shot. Sometimes you want a more candid image or perhaps a unique perspective on a familiar scene. In other cases, like shooting from inside an airplane, you have no other option but to shoot through a window. If you need to look through a piece of glass other than your lens, here’s what you have to do.
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Apps For Printing Your Photos

Apps For Printing Your Photos

With the latest smartphones, smart phone photography is finally getting good enough for print quality. At 8 megapixels, you’re getting more resolution than you need to for most prints you’ll keep in your house. Adding to your convenience is a whole slew of new apps that allow you to order prints wherever you’re shooting. You could go from snapping a photo, touching it up, and printing it within minutes -all without going anywhere. Here are some of the best apps for printing your iPhone photos.
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Using Diptic To Create New and Interesting Photo Collages

Using Diptic To Create New and Interesting Photo Collages

For as long as I have used adobe photoshop elements, I’ve always found it lacking in at least one respect. Although you can technically use it to create photo collages with your favorite images, it takes a lot of time and skill to do so. That’s why I’m so excited about a new app for Mac and iPhone called Diptic. With this app, you can quickly and easily create photo collages using your favorite images (I like to use my Instagram photos). Heres how to get started.
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Photographing Buildings: The One Mistake You Can’t Afford To Make

Photographing Buildings: The One Mistake You Can’t Afford To Make

Does your architectural photography look a bit strange? Do your buildings bend backwards, almost as if you’re always taking a picture of the leaning tower of Pisa? You might be making this one mistake. Architectural photography is the most prone to visual distortions, so much so that’s it very common for most people to make the mistake I’m about to discuss. Learn what it is and how you can fix it in Photoshop Elements.
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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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Camera companies, please simplify your product line!

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Camera companies, please simplify your product line!

[opinion] I know it’s somewhat of a cultural cliche to talk about how Apple is so different from everyone, but what have I got to lose? I feel inspired to say something. Right now, camera manufacturers don’t know what they are as a brand. They make tons of camera models with confusing names and what seems like very little focus on their products.

Going on name alone, why would you want to purchase the Canon SX40 HS 12.1 instead of the Canon Powershot S100? The ordinary consumer is confused.
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How To Replace A So-So Sky With A Standout Sky

How To Replace A So-So Sky With A Standout Sky

There’s no getting around it. Landscape photography is hard. Not only do you have to get out there at the right time of day, you’ve also got to make sure the sky is doing something interesting too. Oftentimes, we get one but not the other. So if you’ve ever wondered how to replace a dull looking sky with something more interesting, this is the Photoshop Elements tutorial for you.
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Crop or resize? What happens when you pick a lower pixel count setting

Crop or resize? What happens when you pick a lower pixel count setting

Sometimes it helps to select a lower pixel count when taking a photo. It helps to reduce file size, allowing you to take a long continuous stream of photos or simply store more on your memory card. But what happens to the image when you do this? Does the camera crop the image, or does the image simply get resized?
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