The ONLY filter you need for digital photography

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Digital cameras and editing have nearly eliminated the use of photography lens filters for me. I don’t have a ‘protection’ filter on my lens as I feel it compromises the quality of my photos by adding a cheap flat piece of glass over my really good expensive curved glass. If I had small children who were prone to grabbing my camera or touching my lenses, I might consider putting on some protection. Even then, I’d remove it for the serious photos; the paying jobs.

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Making the leap to pro photographer

Is this you? You’ve been at this photography thing for awhile now. Perhaps you’ve been doing shoots for friends and family, and made a little money on the side. People love your photos and everyone says you should be doing this for a living. You’re sick of your day job. You want a change in […]

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Put your Photos on a Diet

This video tutorial shows you the file sizes and file types to use for quick loading web sites, web videos and screen presentations. Be a good steward of precious bandwidth. Speed up the content on your site. Don’t make your audience wait ages for your slide pages to load. Alleviate the pain of an overloaded email server.

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All you need to know about macro lenses

What is a really good but affordable macro lens for my camera to help me take clean, crisp macro pictures of flowers? Answer: There are three types of lenses you can use for close up photography: Fixed focal length macro lens, macro zoom lens, and close up filters.

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Does your snow turn blue?

Do you have problems getting your snow scenes to look white in photos? I see a lot of blue snow photos, especially this week, since there is so much of North America still covered in snow! I guess blue snow is better than yellow snow, though.

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Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop and Elements

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I recently purchased a copy of Photoshop Elements v.9 to prepare to teach a course on shooting and editing raw files. In order to keep the course and required software affordable for those who don’t want or need the full power of Photoshop CS5, I thought I’d use Elements instead. Reviewing Elements, I found vast differences in the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) processor that is part of both programs. And to be honest, I was rather disappointed in the Elements version of ACR.

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The Histogram is your Friend

To determine if you have good exposure on your digital camera images check your histogram after every shot. Sounds like a lot of work to do this, but trust me, if your exposure is correct, you will have less “fixing” to do to your photos afterward.

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