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  • Above is a picture of the Walborn Reservoir concession building in winter.  I went out early one morning to wander around Walborn Reservoir looking for different images to create. This is at sunrise before the sun came up over the hill and trees behind the building.  I ended up bracketing ...

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    Years ago when I began learning about the digital darkroom, I saw a Photoshop instructor named Dave Cross.  Immediately I found his teaching to be practical and down to earth for learning a new program. Today I want to share a recent article by Dave that has five tips to help us use Photoshop. ...

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    For part three of ways to extend your dynamic range, I want to describe a technique called “Luminosity Masks.”  When using these masks you choose which parts of the picture to effect based on the luminosity tones, brightness and darkness. I came across Tony Kuyper around 2006 and he...

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    As I discussed in part one, there are often scenes we want to take a picture of but the contrast between the lightest parts and the darkest parts are too much for the camera to capture in one shot unless we manipulate something.  The first way I mentioned was to use graduated neutral density ...

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    Learning photography in the early 80's I heard a lot about Ansel Adams and his photography.  Doing my own film developing and darkroom printing, I always wondered what Ansel's darkroom was like.  In the video below, Ansel's son is interviewed while giving a tour his father's darkroom and shows how...

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    Processing of our pictures can be a daunting task and knowing where to stop the process can be even harder.  Often we start with a few little tweek and an hour later the picture does not look like the original scene we started with.  Matt Kloshowski had a recent article with 3 tips that can help...

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    When working on pictures in Photoshop, there can be several ways to do different tasks and end up with similar results. My favorite way to dodge and burn (lighten and darken) certain parts of a picture is by creating a layer where I can paint with a brush where I want to darken or lighten. ...

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    Several years ago my editing was only using Photoshop and I had seen many tutorials and examples of photographers using NIK Software plugins to do additional editing.  The reason people like using these plugins is to save time and steps compared to Photoshop.  Now I am not saying that ...

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    Many eons ago, ok maybe just about 15 years ago, most people were still taking pictures with a camera that used film. We had two types of film, one was negative film and the other was slide film. Both needed to be developed using wet chemicals, but the slide film, once dried, was mounted in a ...

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    Several years ago in high school, I believe my freshman year, I had an art class and in it we had to make a travel poster. I had always doodled and practiced drawing things, so because my family was going to Florida for vacation that year I decided to make a Disney travel poster. Taking brochures ...

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