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Advanced Camera Technique

Trust our professional tips for using a digital camera to take your images to the next level. Our advanced digital camera techniques cover a wide range of topics to help you get the most out of your setup.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Color Choice Isn't By Chance

Getting color right isn't just about the scientific quantities of the Kelvin scale and wavelengths of light; it's also about emotion and creativity.

Color Choice Isn't By Chance

Personal creativity comes from the “sweat” of making great pictures. Get the balance with powerfully effective imaging tools; it's choice, not chance! Let's examine the balance of color. Deeply involved with digital, I draw upon film experience and knowledge about color rendering. Balance has always been a key factor. Film photographers choose a film for its color rendering, but digital photographers make the same decisions through observation and their camera's and software's digital tool control; digital provides a broader range of personal control.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Enemy Within - Defeating Dust

Dust is a serious issue for digital shooters. If you have persistent dust spots on your image sensor, it might be time to consider that your gear bag could be the culprit.

The Enemy Within - Defeating Dust

Most photographers have never cleaned a camera bag. Basically, you're looking to get rid of dust and other small contaminants. A quick once-over with a vacuum, taking special care to get into cracks and corners, will do a good job of eradicating most of the problem.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Underexposure & Digital Images

Myth: Images must be underexposed to prevent highlights from being blown out, and if one is shooting RAW, this underexposure is easily corrected later

Underexposure & Digital Images

On the surface, keeping highlights from being blown out is a good idea. Once their brightness passes the threshold of a sensor, detail is lost. No amount of Photoshop work will bring back the detail in those highlights, though there are some fixes that can fill in washed-out highlights. For an efficient workflow, you never want to needlessly increase your work in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Printer Shot

When Epson approached Jeff Schewe to photograph their latest professional printer, they wanted something different

Printer Shot

This story started last spring when I received a phone call from Dan (aka Dano, as in “Book 'em, Dano”) Steinhardt from Epson, asking me if I might be interested in doing a shot for Epson. At the time, he was his usual circumspect self, hinting that the “thing” I might be shooting was bigger than a breadbox and would sit on a desk—yeah, like I didn't assume it was a printer—but he steadfastly refused to allow the discussion to progress to further speculation on my part. I said yes.

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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

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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