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The Writer Who Couldn’t Read

Fri June 25, 2010

This is just so inspiring… Howard Engel, a Canadian writer of detective stories, woke up one morning unable to read, seeing only squiggles where there should be letters on the page.

[ via Alltop ]

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How to Correct Perspective in Photoshop

Mon June 21, 2010

The Discerning Photographer has a tutorial on how to use Phtooshop to correct perspective, i.e. get leaning verticals straight again.

This is more apparent when photographing buildings either with a wide angle lens or when you tilt your camera upwards to try to include the roof of the building in your shot. The result is leaning verticals where the top of the building is distorted, appearing too small, as if it’s falling backwards.

Read the tutorial at: The Discerning Photographer.


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Affordable Aerial Photography Drone

Mon June 21, 2010

This aerial drone is really part of a dog fight game that is controlled with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via Wi-Fi. You can’t attach your DSLR to it but it comes with two streaming cameras on board: a front-facing and a downward-facing. At US$299, it just may be a relatively inexpensive way to capture some cool aerial [real estate or otherwise] shots.

Read the article at: Photography For Real Estate.

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Real Estate Photography: Ultra-Wide Lenses Need to Be Used with Restraint

Mon June 21, 2010

You’d think that in real estate photography, an ultra-wide angle lens, such as the fine Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, would be recommended. I know I would have recommended it — but then it shows how much I don’t know about the real estate business.

An ultra-wide angle lens allows you to capture a wide field of view, incorporating, say, a whole house into one photo. No need to do a panoramic shot. But Larry over at Photography For Real Estate makes an excellent point: aside from perspective distortion where objects change shape at the edge of the photograph, viewers also get a false sense of how the house and surroundings really look.

We have all seen those ultra-wide shots on TV that make small rooms look positively wide! Or make the inside of compact cars look extra roomy. With experience, we know that these are marketing shots to make things look better than they are.

But when prospective clients look at a photograph of the real estate they potentially want to purchase, nothing but visually correct photos will do. Unless you want to suffer the client’s ire and accusation of deception.

Read the article at: Photography For Real Estate.


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Have iPad and Google Earth, Will Travel

Mon June 21, 2010

Jeff Revell over at Revell Photography (aka PhotoWalkPro) loves to take pictures and travel. Combine the two activities and he is capturing great shots in locations that are not too often visited. Out comes his iPad, click on the Google Earth app, open the Layers Menu and click on Panoramio Photos. Enter your location and see if other people have marked interesting sites to photograph. Then, add your own for others to enjoy.

Read the article at: PhotoWalkPro.


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Photoshop CS5 Tutorial: Edge Detection

Mon June 21, 2010

Photoshop CS5 is all the rage and for good reasons. Its edge detection feature is now on steroids and make separating a subject from its background almost child’s play. No, let me rephrase that: it is child’s play.


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Creating a 3D texture in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Fri June 18, 2010

Adobe Photoshop CS5 allows you to take an image and wrap it around a 3D object, just like that.

[ via Bit Rebels ]

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Chimp Your Way To Better Photography

Fri June 18, 2010

Chimping refers to the habit of some photographers of checking every photo on the camera display immediately after capture. Chimp is an acronym for CHeck IMage Preview.

It is sometimes used in a derogatory sense to describe the actions of amateur photographers, but that’s really narrow minded because professional and experienced photographers do that all the time.

Well, not for every photo they shoot, but for every important photo, say, the first of a series, to ensure proper exposure, white balance and composition. They review that image on-camera, make any necessary adjustments, shoot another test shot, adjust again until they are satisfied. Then they shoot away, confident that the exposure is correct and all they need to concentrate on is taking pictures.

Chimping is all the more important these days because the display screens on many digital cameras often show a much better image than you may have captured.

Many screens adjust intensity automatically depending on the ambient light and the smaller area often show your pictures as sharp when a closer look (using the magnification feature) often reveals out-of-focus or blurred areas.

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Russell Brown – Photoshop CS5 Masking Basics & Masking Magic

Fri June 18, 2010

Russell Brown has three videos to show how to do masking in Photoshop CS5. Well worth watching. I would not be surprised that, if after watching these videos, you hurry to order the new PS5.

Masking Basics:


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Wildlife Photography Tutorial @ TrustedReviews

Wed June 16, 2010

Cliff Smith over at TrustedReviews has published Part 1 of his “Digital Photography Tutorial – Wildlife” article. In this first part, he covers equipment, including, camera, lenses, tripod and a good hide.


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Ditching the Netbook for an iPad?

Tue June 15, 2010

CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman did a little experiment at E3, ditching his Netbook for an iPad. The purpose was to see how well the iPad fares as his writing, reporting, blogging, photo uploading device.

The attraction is definitely there and I understand fully why Ackerman did this experiment. I wouldn’t. A few minutes typing on the iPad at the Apple Store quickly answered that question for me. It’s a PITA just correctly typing out a URL, never mind an entire article. But I admire his courage. [Wonder if he cheated some nights and switched to his Netbook, which he did bring with him also?]

Read his story at: CNET.


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The Birth of Technology

Mon June 14, 2010

Popular Science has an interesting photo gallery of their very first looks at technologies, like the telephone, the autofocus lens, and the Internet, that went on to be rather successful.

View the gallery at: PopSci.


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