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Advanced Photography Techniques

Photo pros rely on our magazine to cover the most advanced digital photography techniques in-depth.  From color calibration to file formats and everything in between, you can count on the technique advice from our digital photo experts.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR

Discover how custom functions can improve the way you produce images

Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR

The ability to customize a professional digital SLR is likely both the best and most underused feature you'll find in today's cameras. With dozens of user-adjustable controls for focus, metering and more, these cameras offer great adaptability. But learning how and when to use these settings, particularly in combination with each other, is often a challenge for photographers who are busy creating images to make a living.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Really Wide View

Panoramas are hot with a lot of clients right now, but shooting them well takes specialized skill and attention to detail

The Really Wide View

Panoramas are in these days. The ultra-wide look seems to have a certain cache among clients looking for a new and different perspective. Like them or love them, you might get a call to produce one, and if you do, you'll want to be sure you know how to do it right.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

An Argument For Color Management

It's not sexy or exciting, but calibrating your full image workflow is just about guaranteed to get you better results

An Argument For Color Management

If you've set up your digital workflow to be completely color-managed, congratulations! You understand exactly why it's important. If you haven't calibrated your gear because you don't think you need to do it, that's because you haven't calibrated. Confused? It'll all become clear—but only after you calibrate.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

B&W Comes Of Age

There has been a paradigm shift in what photographers can do with black-and-white imagery. Digital tools and capabilities have opened the medium to new possibilities.

B&W Comes Of Age

One of the major paradigm shifts presented by digital imaging is that you can start and finish with any media, analog or digital. When it comes to input, you have two choices: analog film or digital capture. Within each of these choices you have two more choices: black-and-white or color.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Perfect Light

Get creative with your lighting technique with some inspiration from these case studies by a master of illumination

Perfect Light

To me, lighting is the most important tool for creative photography. It's followed far behind by focal length, aperture and so on. Too many photographers approach the same “problem” with the same technique—and always get the same result.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Digital ISO Speeds

Just Like Film Speeds, But Different

Digital ISO Speeds

Every photographer is familiar with ISO speeds, those numbers we dial into our exposure meters and cameras so they can lead us—albeit, sometimes somewhat circuitously—to properly exposed images. Most films have ISO speeds, and digital cameras have ISO equivalents. Actually, the digital figures are ISO speeds, too: Like ISO film speeds, they're assigned based on standards issued by the International Organization for Standardization.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Basic Portrait Polishing

Simple retouching steps help the client concentrate on the concept of the shot instead of the odd insignificant blemish

Basic Portrait Polishing

When I finish a portrait photo shoot, all of the images are in a state that I consider not ready for sharing. At this stage, I'm only willing to show thumbnails to the client for reviewing composition and the general look. Before a full-sized image goes out for review, I give the photo some basic polish, or toning.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Keys To Proper Print Display

There's an art and a science to framing photographs. Steve Gorman is a professional photographer who also runs one of the most respected framing shops anywhere.

The Keys To Proper Print Display

When I was growing up, my parents had a framer. I don't mean we went to a framing store like Aaron Brothers; I mean we had a framer. He was an artist by trade and had opened a small framing shop where he'd contemplate the perfect complement to whatever new piece of artwork came in from his clients. The shop was small and cluttered and, as a kid, I was admonished not to touch anything—an impossible request of a boy surrounded by such cool props as mat boards, framing rails and specialized tools that he had never seen before.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Ultimate Black & White

New technology and techniques are giving rise to the ability to create the best black-and-white images ever

The Ultimate Black & White

There's something magical about watching an image develop on a piece of photo paper in the developer tray…to see it go from just a blank white piece of paper to becoming a photograph is what many photographers think of when they think of black-and-white photography. That process of watching the image develop is what got me hooked on photography over 30 years ago, and black-and-white is where my heart really lives, even though I've done more color work professionally.

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