How to find your voice and vision

Why Professional Photography As You Know It Is Dead

Do you have a voice and vision? Unless you have your own voice and vision, you are of no value as a professional photographer.  So says artist rep Maren Levinson, founder of Redeye Represents in this interview with John Keatley. John Keatley, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a award winning celebrity portrait photographer who has […]

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Create Better Black and White Photos Using B&W Effects

Better Black and White Photos There are many ways to create impressive, beautiful black and white photos. One way is to shoot images using the black and white simulation settings in your digital camera.  Another way is to convert your color images into black and white during post processing. The drawback to converting color to black […]

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Topaz Glow Review

Topaz Glow Review

Fun with Topaz Glow Topaz has a new product called Topaz Glow.  I downloaded my copy of Topaz Glow the first day it was available so I have had a few days to play with it, and I must say the people at Topaz Labs once again surprised me. Glow creates a fractal effect that gives your […]

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Photoshop for Travel Photography

How to Make Your Vacation Photos Look Like Professional Travel Photos

Photoshop for Travel Photography One of my all-time favorite videos featuring Scott Kelby, from Kelby One (Save 10% with Code: KOCJ14), hosting a seminar at B&H Photo in New York. Although the video was shot a couple of years ago, the tips and tricks that he demonstrates are still relevant today. Scott will show you the step-by-step techniques […]

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Using Photoshop to Create a HDR from a Single Image

High Dynamic Range photography increases the dynamic range of an image by recovering lost details in the highlights and the shadows. Typically, a photographer uses 3 to 7 separate exposures then combines the exposures using HDR software. The result can be subtle and can make an image more closely match what the human eye can […]

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Photomatix Pro 5 Review

I first discovered high dynamic range photography several years ago when I found Trey Ratcliff at Stuck in Customs.  He is a master at HDR photography and I loved the way many of his photographs looked. When I started messing around with high dynamic range photography I only used Photoshop and just could not get the […]

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Topaz noise reduction software

Topaz DeNoise – Noise Reduction Software

If you are looking for noise reduction software, really there is no need to look further than Topaz DeNoise. It is what I use and I love it. It is truly awesome noise reduction software. First let me explain, what is noise?  Noise in digital photographs is a term used to describe a visual distortion […]

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6 HDR Misconceptions That Still Exist

There’s a lot of debate about HDR. The topic can be contradictory because of the many misconceptions surrounding HDR photography. This causes a lot of confusion about the process. First, let’s talk about what HDR photography is; It’s a post process method that increases dynamic range by merging multiple exposures of the same scene. To […]

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