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How to take a Perfect Panoramic Photograph

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How to take a Perfect Panoramic Photograph

Today’s point and shoot cameras have a ton of bells and whistles. If you own one of these little cameras, you may not even be aware of all of those fancy features. In fact you may be surprised to discover that your little point and shoot (or phone camera) is capable of some things that your DSLR isn’t. One of the most widely under-utilized bells (or maybe whistles) that point and shoot camera have is the panoramic mode. While you certainly can take panoramic images using a camera without this feature, it does make these shots infinitely simpler.

But what if you don’t have one of these cameras? Let’s see how to take images appropriate for panoramas, and how to stitch them together.
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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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Improving RAW Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements – Vibrancy, Saturation and Sharpness

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

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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

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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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Some In-Camera Adjustments For An Image That Goes POP!

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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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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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Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

Why Your Photos Are Dark And What You Can Do About It

How many times have you taken a picture near sunset or twilight, only to get back a much darker image than the one you originally envisioned? It’s so common that I thought I’d a share a photo from a fellow reader with the same problem. Jimmie Lee wonders why his Fujifilm camera keeps giving him dark sunsets. The photo below in particular lacked the colors that were present when Jimmy took the photo. Let’s have a look at some of things that cause underexposure, and how Adobe Photoshop Elements can help us get the photo we see in our mind’s eye.
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Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

Photoshop Elements: How to watermark an entire folder of photos

If you’re keen on advertising your photography a little better on the web, you might want to start watermarking your photos. A watermark is a little logo or badge of text you place in the bottom right corner of a photo, telling your viewers who you are. It’s also a common deterrent to people who might take and use your images without giving you credit. When your images have a watermark, it makes life that much more difficult for them. Most photo thieves will just move onto the next image.
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Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

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Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial

Digital SLRs may have the upper hand when it comes to shooting macro, but that doesn’t mean us point-and-shoot owners have to give up. You’d be surprised with what you can do using your point-and-shoot camera’s macro shooting mode. As long as you employ the right techniques, you can create some truly stunning macro photography. Here’s how.
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Become an Elements Guru In Less Than 4 Hours

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Become an Elements Guru In Less Than 4 Hours
If you want to Quickly and Easily Master Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Save a Stack of Time, this is for you!…

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Become an Elements Guru In Less Than 4 Hours – Even If You’re a Complete Beginner!

Do you want to use Photoshop Elements to make your photos POP out of the screen? But you don’t know how to get started, and don’t know which option to use for the effect you want?

You’re not alone, and there is a solution…

Elements 9 Unleashed has 52 video tutorials (over 4 hours worth) that take you by the hand and guide you all the way from the basics of Elements, through useful edits like auto image correction, and straightening, to more advanced and stunning effects like using layers and layer masks and creating creative borders.

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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

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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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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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