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5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session
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Maybe by a show of virtual hands, how many of us have ever been in a situation where we have gone to a location for a photoshoot only to find out that something unexpected like a marathon, construction or worse demolition, is going on that prevents you from using the space as you intended? And I am being […]

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Photo Editing Alternative – An Overview of ACDSee Ultimate 10
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As more and more people take up digital photography and want to get started editing, many are asking the question, are Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop my only options? ­­­At ACD Systems, they have their own editing software called ACDSee Ultimate 10, which allows you to do many of the same functions as the former. Adobe’s […]

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How To Shoot A Compelling Photo Essay
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I frequently encourage people who attend my photography workshops to approach the day as though they have been assigned to shoot for a magazine editor and need to provide a strong series of images for a photo essay. One of the locations we visit is the local fresh market here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, so […]

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How to Use a Prism to Make Creative Photo Effects
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In this article, I’ll give you some ideas and tips on how to use a prism to make some really cool and creative photo effects. Prisms Have you ever seen the beautiful rainbows dispersed by hanging suncatchers and wondered, how would that look in a photograph? Unfortunately, the small prisms used on most suncatchers don’t fill […]

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How to Choose the Right Monitor for Photo Editing
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Photographers rarely think twice when it comes to buying expensive camera bodies or high-end lenses, but often seem willing to skimp on a monitor. Why is that? In many cases, it’s because one monitor appears very much like another, especially when purchased over the internet, which is how many of us shop for such things. […]

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How to Shoot and Stitch a Panorama Photo
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Sometimes the landscape is just too big. Sometimes, just one image won’t do the trick. Then it’s time to create a panorama! I’m fortunate to spend a lot of time in the grand landscapes of Alaska. But often, camera in hand, I’ve stood there, unable to create the image I wanted. There was just too […]

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How to Create an Antique Photo Look Using a Lemon and Layer Masks in Photoshop
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Layers were presented for the first time in Adobe Photoshop in version 3.0, which launched in 1994. We take them for granted nowadays, but they were a total game changer at the time as they allowed image composites to be taken to a whole different level with image stacking and transparencies. Layer Masks may seem […]

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How to do a Cake Smash Photo Session
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One-year-olds are the best! They’re adorable, of course. They’re hilarious, and you never know what you’re going to get from them. Toddlers are full of wonder and inquisitiveness about everything. Truly, they’re a dream to photograph. One of my favorite moments to photograph is a one-year-old’s first birthday cake – often called a cake smash […]

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How to do Digital Blending in Photoshop to Create a Composite Photo
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Normally when talking about digital blending, people will first think of exposure blending. That is correct, but it can do more than that. There is several situations where digital blending can be very handy. Not only can it help create a better photo, it also eases you in your shooting experience. In this article, I […]

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