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A Guide to Installing, Creating and Updating Lightroom Presets

Installing Lightroom presets is actually pretty straightforward.  First however, if you don’t yet have Lightroom or if you haven’t upgraded to version 4, you can download the trial version from Adobe here:

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How to Replicate the Look of Velvia Slide Film in Photoshop

Velvia slide film became very popular among landscape photographers in the 90s, due to its super saturated and high-contrast look.  Digital sensors will usually render a scene dull in comparison.  So, in this digital photography age we have the ability to closely replicate the Velvia look in Photoshop.

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Tips for the Amateur Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important days of your life, and capturing it on film means you can relive those memories again and again. Because these photos are so important, the pressure to get them right can be huge. If you’re in charge of capturing someone’s big day, here are some tips to help you get the most out of those pictures, and remain calm while you’re doing it.

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How to Make Money Selling Stock Photos

“Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow” an old (and I mean OLD) friend once told me”.  His nickname was Yoda, since he was short, fat, had a little stubby ponytail thingy on the back of his head and did in fact have a face that resembled Yoda.  I loved the idea that I could just work hard at something enjoyable and make money, but I only half-assed believed it could be true.  I’ve since discovered that it is most definitely true, but that it does require focus and dedication, which were pretty absent in my younger years.

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Pixel Junk Swagger: Shrinking Photos Without Losing Quality

High-quality photographic images usually take up a considerable amount of hard drive space. It often proves difficult for professional photographers to send these massive files to their clients. They don’t always fit in an email account or on a CD. DVDs can hold any number of photos, but they require computers with DVD drives, and aren’t exactly cheap. Furthermore, some computers lack the memory or hard disk space needed to display such images.

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How to be a Wedding Photojournalist

There has been a large shift over the last few years to what has popularly been known as a reportage, photo documentary or photojournalistic style of wedding photography. Essentially, all that these confusing terms mean the same thing: the photographer will tell the story of the whole day photographing the real moments that happen rather than setting up a lot of posed shots or producing a set of predictable standard images. Read More

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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Get Rid of Haze in Your Pictures

Haze is the subtle blue tint that appears in many landscape and outdoor pictures.  It is generally caused by atmospheric haze like smog, dust, and any other particles like smoke which can reduce the clarity in the sky and in distant scenes.

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Creating Portraits That Pop!

If you are just starting out in learning wedding photography, photographing people can be challenging because of the infinite myriad of expressions, shapes and nuances in a human face. On a wedding day, I photograph the couple, their families and friends, trying to catch the perfect shot that embodies that specific moment in time. Sometimes the expression on the face is what makes the photo work perfectly. Other times it’s the dynamics of the people and objects surrounding the subject. Very often you will need good timing and anticipation in order to capture the moment as it happens. Read More

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Portrait Professional Studio – Review – Tutorial

I know that I have already written a review of Portrait Professional Standard, but I now have a license for the Studio version, which is an upgrade. The Standard version of Portrait Professional is really very sufficient for most amateur users in my opinion, but is lacking some of the advanced features contained in the studio version.

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Stock Photography Tips

Taking and submitting stock photography is a great way to make some extra money. But only if you do it right. Here are a few quick tips to taking the right kind of photos and submitting them in the right kind of way to help ensure you’re earning income, not wasting time. Read More

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