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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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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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Making Your Subjects Look Better

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Making Your Subjects Look Better

In the hands of a skilled and patient user, Photoshop can take 10 years and 25 pounds off of almost anyone. But how do you make your people pictures look better before you get them into Photoshop? It’s always preferable to bring out the best in your subjects during a photo shoot rather than after one, which will eliminate the need for time-consuming photo editing down the road.
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Amazing Photography Tricks: How To Get A People-Free Picture At A Tourist Trap

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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 person-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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How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

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How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

One question I always get asked is how much your gear matters. Does your photography improve all that much when you take that leap and purchase a much better camera, or do you only need so much? Having thought about this quite a lot, I devised a simple way to test whether it’s you or your gear, and I came up with some surprising results. Do you want to know what really makes great photographers great? It’s not what you’d expect.
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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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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Your camera does a lot more to your images than you think. Just as you take a picture, your camera adjusts the white balance and the sharpness for you. How much it does this depends on the settings you give it. With that, many readers have wondered if they should even bother setting the sharpness level on their cameras. Is it worth it, or does it just end up giving you a lot less freedom later on?
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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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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

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What Is Image Resolution? Why Does It Matter?

If you’ve been around since the beginning of digital photography, you no doubt understand how much progress we’ve made. Today’s models make the first digital cameras look incredibly weak, and the reason is resolution. For a lot less than you would have paid back then, you can get a digital camera with ten times the resolution. Does that mean your images will be ten times better? To answer that question, we need to get a better understanding of what resolution is and what it isn’t.
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Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

Photoshop: How To Correctly Sharpen an Image

There are countless ways to sharpen an image, but which one is correct? How much sharpening do you need to do? It’s time to clear up the confusion surrounding sharpening once and for all. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, we’re going to sharpen photos the right way. Once you learn this little trick, you’ll want to sharpen every picture you take. Here’s what you need to know.
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Should I Use The GIMP Photo Editing Program? It’s Free!

Should I Use The GIMP Photo Editing Program? It’s Free!

When I found out the price of Adobe Photoshop CS, my gut reaction was nothing less than shock. At $670 a copy, it’s simply too much. How can the average photographer, somebody doing it for the love and not the money, afford such a thing? Some of you may be tempted by the other option, GIMP. It’s a free photo editing program that anyone can download and use right away. But I want to persuade you not to go for it, even though it’s free. Here’s why.
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Why Does Sharpening Help? What Does It Do?

Why Does Sharpening Help? What Does It Do?

Today’s digital photography tools have changed the profession in ways that nobody could have imagined. Photography has always been an art, but now it involves more than the use of the camera. Half, if not more than half, of the technique of photography is carried out in the post-processing phase. Sharpening has grown to become an important step in that process.
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Photoshop Tutorial: What Are Layers?

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Photoshop Tutorial: What Are Layers?

Whenever we talk about post-processing our photos in Photoshop (or any similar kind of software), we inevitably introduce the concept of layers. If it weren’t for layers, Photoshop wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is, and photographers would have a much more difficult time making changes after a picture has been taken. They are the most important thing to understand when it comes to working with Photoshop. So, what is a layer?
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Your Camera’s Settings: Aspect Ratio Selector

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Your Camera’s Settings: Aspect Ratio Selector

Among the many settings you can modify from your camera’s main menu, one of them can have a dramatic impact on the pictures you take. By changing the aspect ratio, you are changing the width and the height of the image as it is taken. Not all cameras allow you to do this, but some of them give you the option. In this article, you’ll learn when it’s a good idea and when it’s a bad idea to change your camera’s aspect ratio settings.
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Is Post-Processing Evil?

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Is Post-Processing Evil?

Artists can be a self-righteous bunch. There will always be the purists, those who don’t even own a digital camera, and then there are those who recognize the importance of Photoshop and other tools. When it comes to the ethics of photography, post-processing tends to get the bad end of the stick because it involves the direct manipulation of a photo after it’s been taken. There is always the opportunity to cover up bad photography with computer-generated effects, so some consider it to be evil. But is it?
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