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How To Dodge and Burn Effectively in Photoshop

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Dodging and burning is one of the oldest and most essential photo editing techniques. In this featured video, Jimmy McIntyre shows you why the most widely used techniques to dodge and burn are not really the best and how to apply dodging and burning in a more refined and controllable way.

Long-Exposure HDR - How to Create it in Post

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In this video tutorial, I will show you how to create a fake long-exposure HDR image in Photomatix.

Squeezing More Dynamic Range out of Your HDR Photos

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In this video, I'll show you how to prepare your source photos in Lightroom before you take them to Photomatix to squeeze out all the dynamic range.

How to Create Dramatic Skies in Aurora HDR

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In this video tutorial, I'm going to show you how to bring out the sky in your images with Aurora HDR without overdoing it and without creating a horrible HDR look. It is very easy to get this wrong, and I'll show you what it takes to strike the right balance and retain full control at all times.

Nik HDR Efex Pro Control Points - How to Use Them Cleverly

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In this video tutorial you will learn how to use Nik HDR Efex Pro's control point feature most effectively to cover a irregularly shaped region of your image.

How to Use Aurora HDR the Frankenstein Way

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to piece together an impressive image in Aurora HDR without ever moving a single slider. You won't need electricity, a remote location, chemicals or body parts to do this... but then again...... you just might... Mwahahahaha...

Aurora HDR - How to Control the HDR Look of Your Images

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In this tutorial, we will take a look at the 'Structure' panel in Aurora HDR to see how you can control the overall HDR look of your images.

How to deal with trolls that attack your photos

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Whenever you create something notable and share it with the world, you're going to receive criticism. Especially if you're just starting out, this can be terrifying. In this thoughtful and inspiring video, photographer and filmmaker Sean Tucker gives some great advice on how to deal with different types of critique. In particular, he gives you some insight and advice on what drives trolls to put you down and how to deal with their destructive comments.

How to Back Up Terabytes of Photos Quickly and Safely

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In this post, I will show you a simple setup and a tool that makes backing up terabytes of images, videos and other data fast and automatic.

How to shoot high-quality panorama images

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Panorama images have something intriguing. They give you a different view of the world around you - a view that does not resemble the way you see a scene with your own eyes or the way a single photograph depicts a scene. But creating a proper panorama is not easy. To avoid visible artifacts in the final image, you need some special equipment, and you need to set it up and use it purposefully. In this article, I am going to show you the right gear, the procedures for setting it up correctly and the techniques for shooting a high-quality panorama image.

How to become an outstanding photographer

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Wow, that is a bold title for a blog post, isn't it? And I bet you're expecting a fool-proof list of actions that will make you outstanding - maybe a list of gear or a set of techniques that will take you there. But what I will tell you in this post is of a different nature. It is not about gear or techniques - it is about you and your attitude towards photography or any other creative passion you may pursue.

Why to shoot in Raw mode - Two compelling reasons

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When I started out in photography, I set my camera to JPEG mode and that's where it stayed for quite some time. Just like every beginner, I did not know what Raw images really were and that caused a lot of confusion in me. When I did my firsts tests, the Raw images I opened looked terrible. So, I did not really see any reason why I should use this strange image format. Looking back, I wish I had known better as that would have saved a lot of photos that I eventually deleted. In this article, I will give my killer reason(s) for shooting in Raw format, and I will back this up with a real-world example.

Manual HDR Bracketing Explained

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Using Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is sometimes not sufficient or simply not available in your camera. In those cases, you have to take your HDR exposure series manually, but doing so is a daunting task for many photographers. In this tutorial, I describe a manual HDR bracketing technique that helps you get the perfect exposure series for every conceivable scene. It is simple and reliable, and you don't need any math that goes beyond counting to three.

10 Tips for Getting More Out of Your Photography Gear

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Recently, I was asked to contribute a What's in your bag article…

Semi-Autobracketing for HDR - How to Extend Your Exposure Bracketing Series

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to overcome the limitations of many entry-level and mid-range DSLRs for hand-held HDR shooting. Instead of being stuck with 3 shots in auto exposure bracketing mode, you will be able to virtually take as many as you like with just a little bit of additional setup time and manual switching. With a bit of practice, you won't notice a difference to series shot with more expensive cameras.

HDR Cookbook - The Secrets of Hand-held HDR Shooting

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Most HDR tutorials and books implicitly assume that you are using…

HDR Cookbook - Why you need an artistic workflow

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Have you ever uploaded an image to your favorite photo sharing…

HDR Cookbook - The Three Rules of Noise Reduction

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One of the main problems of any HDR workflow that involves tone-mapping…

HDR Cookbook - Using Topaz Adjust to Improve Your Images

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Using special software to enhance HDR images after the tone-mapping…

HDR Cookbook - Taking HDR Vertorama Shots with a Tripod

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Taking HDR vertoramas is a difficult task. You have to shoot…