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Last Set of G20 Photos

Mon June 28, 2010

Here are the last set of G20 photos. The protesters have probably done less to raise awareness about the deep issues discussed behind closed doors at the G20 than to regale us with photos about senseless violence.

The second picture on the Sacremento Bee is quite telling: the new arsenal for protesters seem to now be the digital SLR camera.


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Gulf Coast oil disaster: Photos

Mon June 28, 2010

The Gulf Oil Disaster just won’t go away and is providing lots of photo ops. The latest is from Getty Images.

View the photo gallery at: CNN.


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How to Use ND Filters To Achieve Shallow Depth of Field

Mon June 28, 2010

Of course, the title of this post is a bit misleading. ND Filters on your lens, of and by themselves, do not affect depth of field. What they do affect if the amount of light coming through your lens, potentially reducing it so much that you may need to use a large aperture in the bright sunny outdoors. Large aperture means shallow depth of field. Et voilà!

But what type and how many ND Filters do you use?

David Hobby over at the Strobist has it all carefully explained.

Read the tutorial at: Strobist.


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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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