• An Introduction to the World of Lenses

    Published Monday, September 8th, 2014

    An Introduction to the World of Lenses

    It’s an upside down world when it comes to lenses when bigger openings sometimes means a smaller opening and, literally, up is down and down is up. In that light it’s no wonder that lenses can be confusing so let’s see if we can untangle some of the mysteries of the glass in front of your camera sensor. The topic is important because while camera bodies will be with you for a few years, good lenses will be around most of your life. That’s quite a commitment!

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  • How to Use Essentials for Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

    How to Use Essentials for Photoshop

    Essentials for Photoshop and PSE is our set our actions that can be used to speed up your workflow in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (compatible with PSE 11+). You can get Essentials for free by subscribing to our newsletter.

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  • How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

    Published Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

    How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

    Essentials is a set of Lightroom presets that you can get for free for subscribing to our newsletter. Essentials includes a total of 35 presets that can be stacked and used together for faster editing. There are 10 different base effects and then you can also add things like color filters, vignettes, grain, sharpening, and noise reduction. In this tutorial we’ll quickly show how Essentials works and how you can put the presets to work for you.

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  • Free Lomo Photoshop Action

    Published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    Free Lomo Photoshop Action

    Today we have a free Photoshop action that can be downloaded and used with your photos. The action applies a lomo-inspired effect that works well with a wide variety of photos. It’s a great way to add a fun, toy camera effect. This action is a free sample from our set of Lomo Photoshop Actions.

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  • 30 Ways to Improve Your Photography in 30 Days

    Published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    30 Ways to Improve Your Photography in 30 Days

    If you are looking to improve your photography skills you are in luck! Here you’ll find 30 different suggestions that you can put into practice to see significant improvements in your own photography over the next 30 days.

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  • How to Add Texture to a Photo in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

    How to Add Texture to a Photo in Photoshop

    Adding texture to a photo can provide some extra character, grit, or help to give it an aged or vintage feel. Photoshop makes it easy to combine textures and photos, and in this tutorial we’ll work with two sample photos to show some of the possibilities. In the first example we’ll simply add texture to the entire photo and experiment with different blend modes and opacity. In the second example we’ll apply the texture and then mask out an area where we don’t want the texture to show. Both approaches can be used, it just depends on the photo that you are using. You’ll also be able to download a free texture that you can use with your own photos.

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  • How to Brand Your Photos Without Ugly Watermarks

    Published Monday, August 25th, 2014

    How to Brand Your Photos Without Ugly Watermarks

    The popularity of blogs and social networks open up all kinds of possibilities for getting exposure to your photos, but unfortunately it also raises the possibility of problems with theft and copyright issues. One way to protect yourself, to a certain degree, is to add a watermark to your photo. The problem with typical watermarks is that they are ugly and they often ruin the look of the photo.

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  • How to Increase Dynamic Range in Photoshop

    Published Friday, August 22nd, 2014

    How to Increase Dynamic Range in Photoshop

    I’m sure there have been plenty of times when you’ve been disappointed by the darkness in the shadow areas of a photo. Your eyes may see the scene very well, but in a photo the shadows are very dark and lacking detail. In these situations Photoshop does offer some help for improving the photo.

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  • How to Whiten Teeth in Lightroom

    Published Thursday, August 21st, 2014

    How to Whiten Teeth in Lightroom

    Some portraits can benefit from minor touch ups, including whitening teeth. While this can be done in Photoshop, it can also be done quite easily in Lightroom. If you use Lightroom for the majority of your work you will probably prefer not to have to open Photoshop for something like whitening teeth.

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  • How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom

    Published Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

    How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom

    When it comes to detailed portrait touch ups Photoshop is typically the tool of choice, but if you’re a Lightroom user you may be able to do everything you need for the typical portrait touch up without even leaving Lightroom. While Lightroom doesn’t have some of the advanced functionality for extreme makeovers or photo manipulations, the spot removal tool and the adjustment brush make it possible to smooth skin, and it can be surprisingly simple.

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  • How to Customize the Results of a Lightroom Preset

    Published Monday, August 18th, 2014

    How to Customize the Results of a Lightroom Preset

    With most Lightroom presets you will apply the preset and you’ll get a result based on the type of preset you have chosen. For example, if you’re applying a vintage preset you will get a photo with some sort of vintage effect. However, the downside of one-click presets is that they will not look the same on every photo. Since each photo provides a unique starting point, the results of a preset can vary from one photo to the next.

    The good news, and one of the reasons to absolutely love Lightroom presets, is that they can be easily customized or tweaked to suit the needs of a particular photo. When a Lightroom develop preset is run it will apply specific settings to the photo. You can certainly keep all of those settings as is, or you can easily adjust them as you see fit.

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  • 3 Uncommon Composition Tools Every Photographer Should Know

    Published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

    3 Uncommon Composition Tools Every Photographer Should Know

    By now, we’ve probably all heard about and have put into practice common “rules of photography” like the rule of thirds and leading lines. These are are frequently drilled into the fresh minds of budding photographers as the way it has to be. Now, don’t get me wrong, they are perfectly good tools that will more often than not get you a nice photograph, but they are not the only way to achieve that.

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  • How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

    Published Monday, August 11th, 2014

    How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

    In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of editing a sample photo. I’ve chosen this particular photo because it includes the reds, oranges, and yellows that are common with autumn landscape photos, plus it includes plenty of green foliage as well. The end result is a photo has much more life as compared to the dull and flat photo that we started with.

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  • How to Create a Soft Pastel Effect in Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset

    Published Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

    How to Create a Soft Pastel Effect in Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset

    In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of creating a nice, soft pastel effect in Adobe Lightroom. At the end of the tutorial you’ll also be able to download a free preset that will apply the settings shown in the tutorial, so you can use the preset on your own photos if you don’t want to work through the steps. This pastel effect can be used with a wide variety of photos, but they tend to work very well with portraits and outdoor photos.

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  • The Mysterious World of Flash Sync

    Published Monday, August 4th, 2014

    The Mysterious World of Flash Sync

    Flash modes tend to be less well-defined because the relationship between a pulsing, external light source and cameras goes way back to the days when you had to load your external flash with a special pyrotechnic powder and light it off at just the right time. How cool would that be? Hit the shutter and SHA-PHOOM!

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