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Distressing Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

Simon from Studio Ace of Spade here. Jeff Finley asked me to compile a list of some common distressing techniques as a supplement for his eBook “The …

The Ultimate Guide to Composition - Part Two: Beyond the Basics

<i>This is the second part of The Ultimate Guide to Composition. Part One can be found here.</i><p>Now that we’ve covered some of the more common …

Framing

The Ultimate Guide to Composition - Part One: Just Say "No"keh

<i>Note: This is Part One. For Part Two: Beyond the Basics, click here.</i><p>Composition – it’s perhaps one of the most important elements of photography. And …

Mathematics

An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

I don’t know about you, but I was never much of a math student. I needed a tutor in high school for both geometry and physics. I chose a double major …

High School

Introduction To Color Management

Color management is the process of coordinating colors from nature to camera, then to monitor, then to print, so you can be sure of the color that …

Understanding Image Noise

<b>What is Image Noise</b><p>In digital photography, image noise can be compared to film grain for analogue cameras. Image noise usually manifests itself as …

Dynamic Range

Like mentioned before, bracketing multiple exposures together can increase your dynamic range. This is great for landscape and architectural …

Bit Depth: 8-bit Vs. 16-bit

Bit Depth is a metric of how many unique colors are in the color palette of an image that are used to represent each of the colors. This is not to …

Sharpness Vs. Focus in Digital Photography

<b>Sharpness: Acutance + Resolution</b><p>Sharpness is the level of the clarity of detail in a photo and is a valuable tool for emphasizing textures of …

Shutter Speed

Fundamentals Of Color Theory

These are the things every visual artist MUST know and understand.<p><b>LIGHT & COLOR</b><p>If you want to learn to manage color, it helps to first understand …

Image File Formats

One of the main criteria that distinguishes different file formats is image compression. Compressed files’ size is significantly smaller and allows …

Tutorial: How To Create Film Sets From Scratch

If you are just starting out your film making career, you must have notice the issue of locations by now. The big players get to pick a location and …

Becoming A Professional Photographer in 2014 (And Living An Amazing Life) – Part 3.

This article is the last in a 3-part series which examines what it takes to succeed to become a professional photographer in 2014. Read Part 1 and …

Becoming A Professional Photographer in 2014 (And Living An Amazing Life) – Part 2.

This post is the second of a 3-part series on starting your own photography business in 2014. If you didn’t catch the beginning, you can find it here.<p>…

Becoming A Professional Photographer in 2014 (And Living An Amazing Life) – Part 1.

I wrote How To Become A Successful Full-Time Photographer In 1 Year: The Ultimate Guide and was surprised by how well it was received.<p>I received …

How To Become A Successful Full-Time Photographer In 1 Year: The Ultimate Guide – Part 3

This article is the last in a 3-part series which examines what it takes to become a professional photographer in 2013. Read Part 1 and Part 2.<p>20. …

How To Become A Successful Full-Time Photographer In 1 Year: The Ultimate Guide – Part 2

This post is part of a 3-part series on starting your own photography business. If you didn’t catch the beginning, you can find it here.<p>11. Create A …

How To Become A Successful Full-Time Photographer In 1 Year: The Ultimate Guide – Part 1

Just over 1 year ago I was working 50 hours per week in a cafe, dreaming of some day that I’d quit that job and work for myself.<p>I remember the day I …

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Pt.3)

Learn how to properly save and export your images so they display perfectly on the Web and allow for easy changes later.

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Pt.2)

We have found that learning a few Tools will allow you to do 90% of your Photo Editing. Here's what they are!

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Pt.1)

Photoshop is such an expansive and powerful program but all the power in the world means nothing if you don’t know how to use it. We created this 3 …

11 Tips for Photographing High School Senior Portraits

A Guest Contribution by Meghan Newsom. When it comes to planning for sessions, seniors are some of my favorite people to work with. Don’t get me …

Digital Photography

Posing Everyone!

Using Manual Mode: Exposure Lesson #4

This is the third in a series of four articles about exposure. You can read the first lesson, which explored the reasons for using program, aperture …

Cameras

Photoshop Tip: Mask hair with Calculations | Advanced Photoshop - Free Photoshop Tutorials & Online Resources

This can be found in the Image options and effectively combines two channels into a new Alpha channel.<p>Once inside the Calculations dialog box there …

Color and Light Matching for Composites in Photoshop

intro<p>Photo composites are a great way to express your creativity and vision as an artist. You can craft images that otherwise cannot be accomplished. …

The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique – Part 3: Curves Setup & More

This is the third part of The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 where we talked about the fundamentals and …

The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique – Part 2: Setting Up For A Good Start

This is the second part of The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique. Check out Part 1, where I covered the fundamentals of light and shadow …

Tutorials

The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique - Part 1: The Fundamentals

Dodge & Burn (D&B) is a technique that came to us from the darkroom days when luminosity values in a photo could be only manipulated by the duration …

Tutorials