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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, December 23, 2008

Light Lessons

A master of technique walks us through a series of situations and explains how to craft illumination

Light LessonsTo craft a photograph is to craft the light. While it’s often relegated to a subordinate role to composition, lighting is at least as critical to the photograph and should be thought of as an integral part of the process.  Read More...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Color Theory

To master colors in your photographs, it helps to fully understand how technology represents those colors

Color TheoryWhat is color theory? It’s not color management—a science of measuring color physically and describing it mathematically. It’s not color adjustment—techniques for changing a color’s appearance. It’s not color psychology—a social science of charting and describing human response to color. It’s impacted by all three above disciplines (it rests at their intersection), yet it constitutes a separate discipline in and of itself. Color theory is a language that conceptually and perceptually describes the elements of color and their interactions.  Read More...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Milestone In Time

Full HD video comes to digital SLRs

A Milestone In Time It was a fairly innocuous start. A hastily assembled, last-minute project conceived and shot in 14 straight hours, edited together in three hours (no time for color correction) and a quick posting to a blog with the link to the completed five-minute short. This was as close as you could get to a straight line from the camera to the web.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stylize Your Images Using Digital Filters

The difference between a technically solid photograph and a real winner that makes clients stop for a closer look is a matter of style

Stylize Your Images Using Digital FiltersWhat makes winning images win? Apart from the opportunities and advantages that are afforded by huge leaps in digital technology, one point stands out, as always—style! Today’s light-meter technology helps ensure technically correct exposure, but it’s personal insight and style that bring the exposure to a higher level—being aesthetically correct! The same can be said for the aesthetics of composition, color treatment, focus, contrast, balance and every other aspect of an image that strikes your eyes and grabs your mind. Aesthetics and style help make an image stand out.  Read More...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

XDR, Part V

HDR with Photoshop

XDR, Part VHDR imaging represents a radical departure from traditional forms of photography. HDR (high dynamic range) images hold more luminosity than conventional cameras can record and potentially more than the human eye can see (at any one given time).  Read More...

Monday, September 29, 2008

DPP Solutions: Image Optimization For The Web, Part I

How to evaluate and quickly set up your images for web usage

DPP Solutions: Image Optimization For The Web, Part IFirst impressions can make or break a photographer. Prospective clients and photo buyers alike who surf the web for interesting photographic work can and will pass judgment on you, for good or bad, in a matter of seconds. While many photographers become absorbed by web design, others look past the essential skill of optimizing images for web-based viewing. Central to any website or online portfolio is having sharp, lightweight and high-impact photographs.  Read More...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pro Tips: Chromozones

Gel your lights to create any colored background

Pro Tips: ChromozonesThere seem to be two paths to becoming a rich and famous photographer: 1) Go to photo school; and 2) Assist for a great photographer. I chose the former route, and apparently I should have chosen the latter because I’m neither rich nor famous. But I’m a working photographer, and I did learn a lot of great things in school—not the least of which was how to create any color with strobes and gels.  Read More...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pro Tips: Monitor Calibration

Without color calibration, you might as well be working in the dark

Pro Tips: Monitor CalibrationI’m a photographer with a deep, dark secret: I’m color-blind. For those of you without this particular affliction, allow me to clarify something. It doesn’t mean that I see the world in black-and-white; it just means that I see things a little bit differently. I see colors, and as far as I know, I see all the colors that anybody else does.   Read More...

Monday, September 1, 2008

XDR, Part IV

High-dynamic-range imaging

XDR, Part IVHDR imaging will change the way you make exposures. HDR imaging will change the way you process your exposures. HDR imaging is the future of photography—to a large extent, it’s here now, but it will advance rapidly. At a minimum, you need to know what HDR imaging is and get ready to practice it in the near future. You may want to start practicing it now.  Read More...


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