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How to Create an Action in Photoshop main image
How to Create an Action in Photoshop
by Valerie Johnston | July 13, 2012

By now almost anyone interested in digital photography will have heard of the editorial software known around the world as Photoshop. It is a major tool kit for improving the results of photographs, but it can also create a tremendous array of results too. For instance, you can take almost any image and do a remarkable conversion from color to black and white with the Photoshop package, but the results from this are going to be extremely flexible and much ...

5 Tips for Taking Better Close-Up Photos main image
5 Tips for Taking Better Close-Up Photos
by Paul Cook | July 11, 2012

Macro photography is a genre of digital photography that needs no introduction. Introducing the photographer to an entirely unique view of the world, macro photography is all about producing images that appear larger in the film plane than in real life. This makes photographers into artists as they try to capture the smaller details that speak volumes. Macro photography is focused at bringing forth the finest facets of the object through enhanced magnification and sharp focus. Being a genre that ...

How to Capture Lens Flare with Your DSLR main image
How to Capture Lens Flare with Your DSLR
by Laura McPherson | July 6, 2012

Back in the days of classic film photography, lens flare was considered more of a nuisance than an artistic statement, considering the cost of film. Now that DSLRs have made digital photography the standard, lens flares have caught on as a creative way to add a bit of visual interest to photos. Let?s explore how to use lens flare in creative digital photography.

Photo Fun with Fog: How to Create Instant Art on a Foggy Day main image
Photo Fun with Fog: How to Create Instant Art on a Foggy Day
by Paul Cook | June 22, 2012

Digital photography can easily be regarded as one of the most powerful methods of expressing emotions and capturing the whimsical strokes of artistry scattered about us. It is, indeed, the desire for creative energies emitted by the aura of a variety of overwhelming sceneries that encourage artists to turn to photographs when they are in dire need for inspiration. This intensified sense of creativity is the driving force that urges the human mind to come up with something new every ...

How to Photograph Amazing Sunsets main image
How to Photograph Amazing Sunsets
by Laura McPherson | June 18, 2012

Why is it that the best sunsets always occur while we?re driving, or cooking dinner, or just coming out of the store? It could be Murphy?s Law, but it might also be because in the daily rush it?s easy to forget that sunsets happen every day until there?s a great one we just happen to miss. We can?t control when a vivid sunset happens, but we can control what we do when it happens on its own. Keeping a point ...

5 Tips on How to Take Amazing Food Photos main image
5 Tips on How to Take Amazing Food Photos
by Laura McPherson | June 13, 2012

As the technology inside point and shoot cameras catches up to DSLRs, it?s easier to make just for fun food photography look great. Sharing pictures of food and drinks is easier now, too, with uploads to social media sites like Pinterest and Facebook possible in just a few clicks. This connectedness allows us to bond over one thing we all share in common: The love of a good meal!? Here are five tips on how to take amazing food ...

Five Basic Tips for Creating Better Photos with Your Smartphone main image
Five Basic Tips for Creating Better Photos with Your Smartphone
by Paul Cook | June 11, 2012

With the prevalence of smartphones in our society, the gorgeous gadgets are more of a necessity than a luxury. Apart from all the comfort that they have to offer, it is the smartphone camera that has ignited an unbelievable consumer interest into picture-taking, giving birth to terms like phoneography or iPhoneography. While the finesse a DSLR offers cannot be denied, it is the smartphone or iPhone you use to capture photos on the spur of the moment. Devices like smartphones ...

Photographing in the Rain: How to get Great Photos While Protecting Your Camera main image
Photographing in the Rain: How to get Great Photos While Protecting Your Camera
by Paul Cook | May 22, 2012

Most photographers do not like taking pictures on a rainy day because of the problems that arise in their images and camera. Unaware to many of them is the breath-taking world that exists during the rain. The rain provides photographers an opportunity to let their creativity run wild and capture some of the most stunning pictures. Many professionals consider photography in the rain to be a form of fine art photography as it requires skill and patience to ...

Photographing Baby Details: Photo Collage Tips and Ideas main image
Photographing Baby Details: Photo Collage Tips and Ideas
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 22, 2012

Newborns and infants are fantastic subjects for digital photography. Not only are these first moments emotional, but photographing these moments preserves the memories for a lifetime. You can create beautiful newborn photo collages through candid and posed digital photography perfect for framed or unframed photos and canvas prints. Here are three great ideas to give direction to your newborn digital photography. All the little parts photo collage. Newborns grow so fast it?s easy to forget how small they once were ...

5 Photo Tips on How To Photograph Your Dog’s Personality main image
5 Photo Tips on How To Photograph Your Dogs Personality
by Valerie Johnston | May 17, 2012

We could reiterate the statistics about the money that people spend on their pets each year, but that would be pointless. You already know how much you adore your dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, etc. They are a part of the family and as such you want to create good images of them for posterity. The main problem is that pet photography is never as easy or simple as traditional photography. Just consider, you can at least promise kids or adults ...

Camera ISO – How To Use it to Take Better Photos main image
Camera ISO How To Use it to Take Better Photos
by Valerie Johnston | May 10, 2012

If you were like me, you grew up in the era in which cameras used this strange and unusual stuff called "film". Naturally, I am exaggerating a bit because you can still purchase rolls of film in many places, but even strong advocates of film insist that it is a dying method of photography. It is digital photography that is taking over, and though it does not use the same tools as classic camera photography, there is one thing that ...

4 Tips for Scanning Your Artwork main image
4 Tips for Scanning Your Artwork
by Valerie Johnston | May 8, 2012

[caption id="attachment_825" align="alignright" width="300" caption="There are several good brands of scanners out there. Check to see the largest resolution they can scan at and if there are examples on the web before you purchase."][/caption] Technology can sometimes make you stop and wonder if the world would be a better place without all of the machines and gadgets we have come to use each day. The one thing that most of us really cannot do without any longer, however, is ...

How to Take African Safari Like Photos at the Zoo main image
How to Take African Safari Like Photos at the Zoo
by Valerie Johnston | April 23, 2012

Discovering wildlife and sharing through photography is a passion of many! Find out our tips and tricks to make your zoo photos have that Safari look!

How To Use Leading Lines to Make a More Interesting Photo main image
How To Use Leading Lines to Make a More Interesting Photo
by Valerie Johnston | April 16, 2012

Technical advice is not often a comfortable partner to creativity, but in the world of photography, it is important that you take as many of the technical recommendations to heart as possible. Why? After the many years in which photography has been done for fun and for profit, there have been some very good solutions discovered by those who take photos all of the time. One of my personal favorites in terms of the "rules" is the one that applies ...

How To Use Flickr to Its Potential main image
How To Use Flickr to Its Potential
by Valerie Johnston | April 13, 2012

Photographer Brett Walker wrote that "Flickr, for me, has been nothing short of a school for my eyes...". This is probably one of the most eloquent ways to describe one of the many ways that a photographer can go about using and enjoying the now famous photo-sharing website known as Flickr. Here are the basics: Flickr is a site that allows you to create a user account and to post any of your photographs to your account. You can ...

How To Nail Your Exposure With
How To Nail Your Exposure With "The Sunny f16" Rule
by Lisa Hause | April 10, 2012

Summertime is right around the corner! Time to dust off that DSLR from its winter slumber. Or maybe you just purchased a brand new DSLR you can?t wait to take on your summer vacation! In either case, on these sun drenched days, you might find yourself wondering, ?how do I get a properly exposed image on such a bright, sunny day? ? Not to worry though, even without having a light meter and without metering through the camera, there is a ...

Photoshop Elements Technique: How to Turn Your Images B&W and Sepia main image
Photoshop Elements Technique: How to Turn Your Images B&W and Sepia
by Laura McPherson | March 27, 2012

Photoshop Elements makes it easy to prepare your digital photography for gorgeous custom canvas prints. One way to create stunning images without a lot of effort is to convert them into black and white and sepia. Though most digital cameras have a mode to take monochrome pictures, the monochrome modes on a camera discard a lot of detail. Photography Mad has a great article that goes into the details on why this happens. If you plan on ordering custom canvas ...

How to Get the Shot: Easter Egg Hunt Action Photos main image
How to Get the Shot: Easter Egg Hunt Action Photos
by Laura McPherson | March 19, 2012

Taking candid shots of children to print as photos on canvas is a lot of fun. Children are never more open than when they are doing things that they love, so holidays are a great time to bring out the camera. And with children?s second favorite holiday after Christmas coming up the first week of April, it?s time to get ready to take Easter portraits! The annual Easter Egg Hunt is a great setting for candid portraits of the ...

How To Choose a Tripod That is Right For You main image
How To Choose a Tripod That is Right For You
by Valerie Johnston | March 19, 2012

You are probably a novice to moderately experienced photographer (after all, most of the population cannot claim expert status) and you are considering the essential tools for this activity. You get yourself a pretty good DSLR or even an advanced point and shoot digital. You invest in a good lens and/or flash, a nice carrying case, and even some manuals explaining the "how to" of your preferred type of photography. Aren't you forgetting something? What about a tripod? While most ...

5 Easy Tips For Photographing Spring Flowers main image
5 Easy Tips For Photographing Spring Flowers
by Valerie Johnston | March 16, 2012

If "April showers bring May flowers," it means that you are going to have to start getting ready TODAY if you want to be prepared to capture all of that blooming about to happen. This is particularly the case if you are not an experienced shutter bug. Why is it necessary to make preparations to just click some pictures of spring flowers? Just stop and think about this for a moment...do you know when you should head outdoors ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #252

Photographers use the term "fill light" that refers to the little bit of extra light to fill in shadows that can appear on your subject or to illuminate a particular feature of your subject. One particular place you may need to use fill light is to properly see your subjects eyes.


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