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9 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Photography

Take better pictures with these simple smartphone photo tips Chances are you have a smartphone in your pocket, purse, or near you as you read this very blog. The built-in cameras in your phone have come a long way and can be used to take some incredible pictures, without being a professional photographer. Use these tips to take better photos on your smartphone: Practice, Practice, Practice There is no harm in taking lots of photos on your smartphone. Unlike film cameras, smartphones take...

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Intro to Photoshop Levels

Last time we discussed how to read a histogram, and how this ability can help you become a more savvy photographer, both behind the lens and in front of the computer. Now it’s time to take it a step further, and explore how you can use your newfound knowledge to tinker with the Levels tool in Photoshop. Remember, that this map is the key to understanding the range of tonalities in any given image, and that it can be played with to alter your white point, black point, and midrange tones. It may...

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Decoding Your Photo’s Histogram

Photo editing software seems to be getting more and more complicated these days, and sadly, that scares away lots of people who want to use it. I’ve found that understanding the principles and reasoning behind editing tools is tremendously helpful when you’re trying to learn a new software program, and that’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with today’s blog! There are really only a handful of editing tools that you need to get started in Photoshop, and to make a beautiful image. And of the...

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Shopping For Your First Digital Camera? Here Are A Few Tips!

While it’s true that smartphone cameras are drastically improving with each passing year, they will never be on par with real digital equipment. But luckily for the new photog, camera prices are becoming more affordable and easier to use. However, there are so many choices on the market today, that it can be intimidating to know how to pick the right one for you and your interests. There are at least a handful of different brands, and within those, dozens more camera body options and lens...

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The Basics of Working With Digital Color

We are now officially living in the digital era, with online and computerized media fast outpacing print applications. In the coming years, some speculate that age-old analog and print utilization will be on its way to extinction, and that tomorrow’s generation will consume all of their media by way of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. So what does that mean for today’s designers? Plenty of changes are afoot for sure, but one of the basics is making sure you understand digital color, how it’s...

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Fun With Photoshop Smart Brush: Vintage Processing

Out of the hundred of fantastic tools available in Adobe Photoshop, there are a handful that are purely artistic; and while these may not make the cut for a professional’s gallery, they can be an exciting addition to your photo editing repertoire. Using certain filters and actions can make your photos look interestingly vintage in just one sweep of the brush. Whether you want to mimic the gorgeous characteristic blues of a cyanotype, or harness the faded yellows of an antique print, the Smart...

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