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Eight Lightroom Tips for Power Users

In Post-processing by Brian Pex8 Comments

Adobe Lightroom is a super digital Photography managing and editing application as most of you reading this know. It has very powerful Digital Asset Managment abilities along with some super powerful and fairly simple editing tools. There are a few things that can make Lightroom more enjoyable to use and also more productive. In this …

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6 Top Cameras for 2018 Under $5,000

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There has never been a better time to be a Photographer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Pro, Pro/Enthusiast, Amature or just starting out, it is a very good time to be involved in the Photography world. From the top brands right on down to the lesser known and even Chinese knockoff products, there is …

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Don’t Make These Common Photoshop Mistakes

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Adobe’s Photoshop is a very powerful tool where the only limits of the application are basically your imagination and vision. If it is a visual thought that you have created in your brain, with the right tools and techniques, you can make that vision a reality. The raw power and flexibility make Photoshop an irreplaceable …

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Dodging and Burning Pro Tips in Photoshop

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  What Is Dodging and Burning? Dodging and Burning in Photoshop is a term that was taken from the old film days of photography. Simply put, dodging is lightening pixels in today’s digital world and burning is the darkening of the pixels. It is all about adding contrast to images. Contrast is king, after all. …

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YN560IV Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide

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YN560IV Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide   The YN560 IV is a low cost flash unit made by third party Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo. This company makes a whole bunch of really great lighting devices for today’s digital photographer. This device is one of the very best in terms of value and utility. It is a …

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YN560TX Manual: A Helpful Illustrated Guide

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The Yongnuo (YN from this point foward in the article) 560TX flash controller is a tremendous value (UNDER $40.00USD) and provides you, the photographer, with the ultimate in control over your YN speedlights remotely. This can either be done  from the hot shoe or even beside you at your computer while shooting tethered! It is …

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BEST BATTERIES FOR YOUR SPEEDLIGHTS: A SHOWDOWN

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Flash Photography today is an area within Photography that has never been easier to enter. With a vast array of flashes, from top brands that cost hundreds of dollars to Chinese knockoffs that are very inexpensive, the choices are great to say the very least.   What I wanted to test for this article is …

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Getting Smart with Photoshop Smart Objects

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Anyone who has used Photoshop for some time has heard the term Smart Object used from time to time. The phrase “Non Destructive Workflow” is often mentioned in thousands of videos, articles, books, etc. when the subject is of a post processing workflow with photographic images. One of the best and most powerful features within …

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8 Reasons Why You Need a Wacom Tablet

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The idea of purchasing a Wacom Tablet is something many digital photographers wrestle with as they settle into refining their workflow. “Do I need one?” “What can that do that my mouse cannot?” “Is that really going to make a difference?” The answers to the above questions are simple. First, NO, you don’t need one. …

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Photoshop Liquify Filter – Tips and Tricks

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Resize, warp, distort, etc with Liquify – One of Photoshop’s Premier Tools Photoshop has many tools and features and one of the most beloved feature for many users is the Photoshop Liquify Filter. It is here in this totally separate interface within Photoshop that we can distort and move pixels around in such a way …

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How to Open a Lightroom Photo in Photoshop

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Lightroom to Photoshop & Back! Roundtrip 101 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (The Applications official name) and Photoshop are two extremely powerful and therefor popular image editing applications. In addition to the many tools available to us in Lightroom, we also get an exceptionally good file management system that keeps our thousands of files neat and orderly. …