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Tag: Image Editing

Using the Levels Tool in Photoshop Elements

Using the Levels Tool in Photoshop Elements

Do you use the brightness and contrast sliders in Photoshop Elements to correct photos with poor contrast or flat tones? Stop that immediately! Those brightness and contrast sliders are really pretty limited compared to what you can do with the levels tool. The Levels tool is a hugely useful tool for all photographers, and today I’ll show you how to use it!
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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

Intermediate Raw vs. jpeg is a debate that continues to exist in the digital photography world. But there are some distinct advantages to the raw format. If you have considered adjusting your camera’s image quality setting to raw, it is worth a try to see what all of the fuss is about. You will need to be prepared to spend more time post processing (at least initially), but therein lies the beauty of a raw file. There is so much you can do!

Raw files, or digital negatives, contain the complete data from your camera’s sensor. Just like raw food is uncooked, raw images are unprocessed. They are not compressed or modified in any way. It is truly untouched and “as is”. None of the typical adjustments your camera may make to an image in terms of sharpness, noise reduction, etc. have occurred. The file must be processed and exported as an image file for use. Raw opens up a whole new world of editing possibilities. Many of the common problems with images, like poor exposure or improper white balance, can be “fixed” in post processing of a raw image.
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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

Yes, RAW. I know you’ve heard of it, even if you’re not using it. It’s that sort-of intimidating format you hear so many other photographers swear by. If you’re filtering out most of the white noise you hear about shooting in RAW, what you’re probably getting is this: RAW is better. But why? And is it for you?
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Taking Awesome Group Photos

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Taking Awesome Group Photos

We can’t avoid taking pictures of groups. They are part of every company picnic, Sunday night family dinner, and school picture day. They are also the first pictures pulled out when everyone in hunched over the photo album, reminiscing about all the fond memories associated with family gatherings and nights out with friends. While they are a common part of our lives as people and artists, they can sometimes be stressful to pull off and difficult to do well. Here are seven tips to help you achieve the best possible results.
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How Making Mistakes Can Improve Your Photography

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How Making Mistakes Can Improve Your Photography

Your mom probably told you, “We all learn from our mistakes.” And then, you rolled your eyes and went back to whatever it was you were doing incorrectly.
Now I’m going to tell you the same thing. Please don’t be tempted to roll your eyes!

Mistakes are good for you! Really. Without making mistakes, we have no opportunity to learn from them and improve our photos. Mistakes are what make you a much better photographer. But only if you look for them and learn from them. Let’s see how.
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Will Android cameras replace the point-and-shoot?

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Will Android cameras replace the point-and-shoot?

A little while ago I wrote about the Nikon Coolpix S800c, the Android-powered camera that is essentially a smart phone/point and shoot hybrid. The S800c is now part of a revolution – sort of. It might be more accurate to just call it a pioneer, like those first airplanes that weren’t particularly safe and really couldn’t cover much distance, but showed great potential for the future – if only designers could get past all those bumps in the road… err, sky.

The S800c isn’t the only bird in the sky: Samsung released its Galaxy Camera late last year, and Polaroid has just announced the iM1836, which has the distinction of being the world’s first Android-based camera with interchangeable lenses. So now that there is actually a smattering of choice in this marketplace, is it a good time to jump on the “smart camera” bandwagon?
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Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

Adobe Lightroom – The best photo organizing software available

For photo organization, nothing beats an old shoebox. Actually, everything beats an old shoebox, which is one of many reasons why modern photographers ought to be thankful for digital. Digital photos don’t have to be printed and filed away somewhere, and we no longer have to keep track of the physical location of our negatives, most of which are difficult to identify by sight and either have to be well-labelled or painstakingly held up to a window and squinted at.

But the blessing of easy-to-store digital photographs can also be a curse, because photographers tend to get a bit lazy about those thousands of images that need some sort of permanent home. Filing them manually can be tedious, and renaming them to something logical (vs. that cryptic IMG_, DSC_ or other variation thereof) is nothing short of a huge time suck. Feeling daunted? Enter Adobe Lightroom.
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How Android Phones Will Change Photography

How Android Phones Will Change Photography

Once upon a time, our cameras were big heavy things with interchangeable lenses that we lugged around in bags. OK, for some of us this is still true, but for much of the general population digital cameras are going the way of, well, film cameras.

There’s always been something of a divide between point-and-shoot cameras and “serious” cameras like SLRs. But today that divide is less about the capabilities of a professional camera over its weaker cousin the point-and-shoot and more about one thing and one thing alone: portability. It pains me to say it, but the point-and-shoot is catching up and it’s doing so in the guise of the smart phone.
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Adobe Elements 11 Review

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Adobe Elements 11 Review

[review] Adobe Photoshop Elements is an entry-level photo editing program. Whether out of intimidation or price limits, most beginners shy away from Photoshop CS and start with Elements. But, with Adobe Elements 11′s new looks and features, many won’t feel the need to bump up to Photoshop CS because what they need in a photo-editor is more than sufficient in Elements.
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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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The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo

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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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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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4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

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4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

With all the advice on how to churn out more photographs and how to follow the rules in your photography business, I want to stop for a moment and consider the possibility that all these gurus are dead wrong. There are some things I do that I’m not all that proud of, but the more I think about them, the more I realize how engrained they are in my personality. Call these habits bad or good. Whatever they are, they’ve helped me focus on what’s important in photography.
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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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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

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3 Things To Do When An Image Is a Failure

How many times have you taken a picture, only to reconcile it to the trash bin because it just didn’t turn out the way you like? I know it’s happened to me countless times. Images can fail for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on them. I still hold onto some of my worst photography because it only serves as a reminder of how much I’ve grown, but I can also use those photos to make something new. Here are a few ideas.
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