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Howto use Lightroom Develop
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Howto use Lightroom Develop

Rick Walker (walkerr) on April 17, 2016

Photographers who are new to Lightroom, or who haven't had a lot of time can use these tips to improve their workflow and results. Read more...

A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom
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A Custom Approach to Panoramas with Lightroom

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on March 31, 2016

Panorama photography can be a very rewarding experience, it really is a lot of fun. However, to get it done correctly can become very tricky at times. Even the best tools may not be very efficient, depending on how you made your individual photographs. Mike Hagen had to come up with a custom approach for his series of images, combining both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Here is how. Read more...

Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop
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Making a Copyright Brush in Photoshop

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) on January 4, 2016

A recurrent question is how to create a copyright legend that can be used on images. Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) gives us an easy, quick and efficient way to do that in Adobe Photoshop. Read more...

Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults
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Speeding up your workflow – Lightroom and Camera Raw Defaults

Rick Walker (walkerr) on October 27, 2015

For those of us with little time for post-processing, or wanting to speed-up our workflow, Rick Walker suggests setting up defaults, to avoid repetition of steps and to start with a better looking image than as delivered by your camera, when using Lightroom and/or Camera raw Read more...

HDR Photography That Sells
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HDR Photography That Sells

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49) on October 7, 2015

Larry Anderson has perfected the art of building luxurious homes that have been featured in numerous architectural magazines. At the request of his clients Larry is now also a master HDR photographer. He shares with us his technique using Photomatix Pro software and has chosen a few tricky images to explain how he made them, in a very concise way. Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp
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Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on November 18, 2014

Adobe released recently a number of updates for Photoshop CC, but the one that was most interesting for me was the new Perspective Warp feature. This is a tool that allows you to modify the perspective of elements within a picture while not impacting other parts of the picture. A common situation where this presents itself is in architectural photography where a building needs perspective correction. Read more...

Capture One Pro 8 Review
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Capture One Pro 8 Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on October 20, 2014

Capture One is the premium Raw Developer package, squarely aimed at professionals who need to combine excellent results with a robust workflow and the ability to manage large numbers of big files swiftly. Now it comes with the Pro Version 8. Get to know the new tool from Phase One. Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens
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Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on July 14, 2014

For most photographs of nature, the color green is essential to the overall impact and believability of the image. If the greens look good, then the rest of the photo is believable. In this article, Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) will show you three ways for achieving believable greens using a variety of software tools. Read more...

Why Post Process RAW Images?
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Why Post Process RAW Images?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on June 24, 2014

Some people have asked what is the point of post processing images. Darrell Young shows you an example of why he shoots in RAW and post processes afterwards. Read more...

Digital Tidbits: How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches
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Digital Tidbits: How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on April 22, 2014

Panoramas are a lot of fun not only because of the pleasing visual effect but also because of the challenges they may represent to get it right. One of such challenges is missing pixels while stitching together the images made. Mike Hagen shows us how to go about it without much hassle. Read more...

Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom
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Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 6, 2014

Nikonians author Ján Štimel relates the story of his experiences while exploring what he calls a big innovation in our ever-expanding digital age. It's unfettered photography, a method to control the camera settings without touching the camera. Read more...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending
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Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49) on November 22, 2013

While at the 13th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) our van took a morning break at the hotel while the snow was not inviting outside. Larry, a very good friend of many years and Nikonians Moderator of the HDR forum, invited us to share his experience on image blending in Photoshop. Regardless of the level of expertise of those of us watching, this brief session was a revelation… Enjoy! Read more...

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example
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Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example

Eric Bowles (ericbowles) on October 28, 2013

There seems to be some confusion about the use of Active D-Lighting. As a reminder, Active D-Lighting (ADL) is a setting in the camera that is used for high contrast scenes. It potentially applies an exposure adjustment to reduce exposure, and applies a complex curve to brighten shadows while protecting highlights. Find out the best settings, what implications are met in photo editing software, and more! Read more...

What is Lightroom? Is it necessary in my workflow?
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What is Lightroom? Is it necessary in my workflow?

Yvonne Berger (Yvonne_BergerBros) on July 15, 2013

What is Adobe Lightroom? Would this program benefit my overall workflow? Find out how to manage, edit, and convert your photos quickly and easily, with Lightroom. It's a basic program that sometimes gets overlooked. For those minor fixes, but in a quantified amount, you just might have your go-to fixer-picker-upper! Read more...

Capture One Pro 7 Review
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Capture One Pro 7 Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on January 28, 2013

Significant upgrade extends lead, but older machines will struggle! Capture One Pro version 7 is a significant advance on version 6, especially for Nikon users who now have access to Live View while tethering. Some improvements include noise reduction, better color rendering, and profiling for popular pro Nikon Camera/lens combinations. Find out what else is under the hood. Read more...

Photo Ninja Review
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Photo Ninja Review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on January 21, 2013

PictureCode is a serious contender in the raw converter/processor arena. With little effort you can easily produce excellent images with great color, detail, and separation of tones. Not to mention the noise reduction is something else out of this world. See the full review and judge for yourself. Read more...

Better Black and White Images in Lightroom
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Better Black and White Images in Lightroom

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on November 9, 2012

A guide to producing better black and white images in Lightroom. If you're going black and white with any photograph, the end result can be made stronger by doing things yourself and not just letting your software decide how to create the tones and contrast that ultimately make for a powerful black and white image. Read more...

DxO Optics Pro and DxO Film Pack Review
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DxO Optics Pro and DxO Film Pack Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on March 28, 2012

DxO Optics Pro is a high-end raw developer designed to extract the maximum optical quality from laboratory calibrated lens combinations, but also offering maximum freedom to the user to use the same tools with unsupported combinations, or for creative effects. It is highly specified as a batch processor, having a simple out-of-the-box interface for optimizing an image. Read more...

Phase One Media Pro Review
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Phase One Media Pro Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on August 26, 2011

Media Pro is a fast, powerful and sturdy digital assets management system which integrates well with Phase One Capture One, but is also worth looking at even if you mainly use Photoshop, Nikon Capture or dXo as your primary raw developer. Read more...

Phase One Media Pro 1 Review
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Phase One Media Pro 1 Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on August 25, 2011

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Phase One’s Media Pro 1 marks a new chapter in the life of this leading professional digital asset management software. I’ve been using a version of this product since it was created by iView Multimedia quite a few years ago. Then, when Microsoft purchased the rights to the program and renamed it Expression Media, I signed on as a beta tester for the new platform. Within the last year, Phase One acquired the software and renamed it Media Pro 1. Read more...

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