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Photoshop tricks: Solving common photography problems using Image Stacks

Have you ever wanted to take a noiseless landscape shot in low light but didn’t have a tripod with you? Got frustrated while trying to get a macro shot into perfect focus? Or have you ever tried to photograph some landmark but those pestering tourists kept getting into view? I bet all of these happened to you too. What do these problems have in common? They can all be fixed using the same basic technique, so today I’m going to show you how. Read more

The Best 3 Photo RAW Converters of 2013

While most casual photographers still shoot in JPEG, there’s no denying that RAW gives unparalleled control. And what’s really exciting is that with each new generation of software, the processing becomes even more powerful, allowing one to revisit old photos and get even more “punch” out of them. In this article I’ll review the best new RAW processors: Adobe Lightroom 4, DXO 8 and Capture One Pro 7

Photography on the iPad

A slew of photography and film apps have been developed for Apple’s iPad. Appealing to professional and amateur photographers alike, many photography apps have been developed for the iPad. The iPad’s large touchscreen and high resolution is extremely conducive to photo viewing and photo editing. Read more

How to choose your first dSLR – a complete buyer’s guide

So you got fed up with your compact digital camera and its limitations. You’ve seen those breathtaking photos taken with big black cameras. You want to be regarded as a real photographer. You might even want to make some money. Only one question remains: what should you buy? How would you choose? NB: UPDATED in September 2012 with the latest facts and figures. Read more

Advanced 3D Prop Replacement with Photoshop

There are many instances, especially in creative advertising, when you need to blend computer generated elements in a photo in a convincing manner. This tutorial will show you some techniques to achieve photorealistic results.

For this tutorial, I decided to recreate the unofficial image for Microsoft Courier. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, in the early 2010 some concept images and videos of a very slick, dual-screen, foldable tablet were leaked on the internet. Whether that leak was intentional or not is another story. Everyone was pretty excited by the idea, but the concept was canned by Microsoft a few months later. Read more

Depth of Field – A Guide for Beginners

Depth of field is one of the fundamental “tools” for creative photography. If we know it well and use it efficiently we can create spectacular photographs and avoid a lot of mistakes. Read more

RAW Processors – an extensive review of Aperture, Bibble, Capture One, DxO and Lightroom

RAW processors are getting better with each generation, enabling photographers to produce and manage images of unparalleled quality. The competition is very fierce, with prices ranging from free to over $400, from quick apps aimed at casual users to professional tools. Following up on my previous articles, I am comparing the top 5 RAW converters to see which one is better for you.

If you wonder why it took so long, it’s because with each version, I take the time to become familiar with each application and explore its strengths and weaknesses. I spent in total three weeks with the programs and the test images. Read more

Photoshop and the Rule of Thirds

If you are a photographer and want to use the so-called Rule of Thirds in your compositions, here’s a neat trick to show it in Photoshop: Read more

RAW deathmatch – Lightroom 3 vs DXO 6 vs Capture One 5 vs Bibble 5

With new releases in RAW processing software, I decided to take a look at the newest professional programs and see how they measure up in terms of image quality, features, UI and speed. The results will surprise you. Read more

A photographer’s secret weapon – Portrait Professional 9

Portrait retouching. Everybody does it. In many cases is common knowledge, in fact it’s expected – “of course it’s photoshopped”. From the now famous Dove commercial to the ridiculous Ralph Lauren ad, portrait retouching is a very sensitive area yet part of everyday life. Read more