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Move beyond the basics with advanced photography software techniques from our experts. Covering much more than how to use photo software, topics include color choice, file formats and hundreds of other subjects.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Layering Noise

Part 2 in a series on

Layering NoiseYou can further customize any noise pattern in Photoshop using layers. When adding noise to digital files, keep noise separate from the image so you can control both independently of one another.  Read More...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DPP Solutions: When You Need A Big File

With the right software, you can increase resolution and maintain top image quality

DPP Solutions: When You Need A Big FileYou can’t beat megapixels when you need big prints. Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition from onOne Software gives you more pixels—incredibly good pixels—from a digital image. That’s enough pixels to make a 4x6-foot print at 300 dpi from a 6-megapixel original image, or a 6x9-foot print at 300 dpi from a 12-megapixel original—or a 19x28-foot event sign at 100 dpi from a 12-megapixel image.  Read More...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Noise—Use It

The first in a series of columns about controlling noise

Noise—Use ItNoise. It happens. What is it? Texture not native to the subject photographed, but introduced by the capture medium, editing process or output media. There are many reasons why it happens. There are things you can do to avoid it and things you can do to reduce it. (All are subjects for the future.) But once it’s there, noise often can be hard to separate from the detail of the subject; it may obscure it. Bottom line: It’s better not to have noise. If you need noise, you can always add it later. Need noise? Yes. There are many uses for noise. Today, we have more control over noise than at any other time in the medium.  Read More...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Black & White

From capture to final output, there are many pieces to the puzzle for producing the ultimate black-and-white images

Black & WhiteGetting a great black-and-white print is easier than ever. Deciding the best way to get there is the hard part. The more you understand about the black-and-white process, the better the prints you’ll produce. While a single perfect method won’t work for every image, there are plenty of routes for optimizing the unique properties of individual black-and-white images. With that in mind, we take a look at black-and-white printing, from capture to final output.  Read More...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Aesthetics Of XDR

Using Extended Dynamic Range techniques judiciously will keep you from taking a good thing too far

Aesthetics Of XDRHDR imagery is expanding today’s photographic aesthetics. Identifying the characteristics of contemporary HDR images will help classicists and pioneers alike. The basic ingredients are desirable for both sensibilities, but in varying combinations and to different degrees.  Read More...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

XDR, Part V

Using Photomatix to enhance your extended dynamic range images

XDR, Part VBeyond Photoshop, there are a number of HDR software options, both plug-ins and stand-alones. Some of the better-known programs include Artizen HDR, easyHDR, FDRTools, pfstools and Photomatix.

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, 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...


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