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The Questions Photofocus readers know that Photoshop World is a place where photographers gather to learn about their craft, about Photoshop, of course, and most interesting of all; about each other. Last week in Las Vegas during Photoshop World, a conversation about how to make “Epic” photographs started between bands playing in Mandalay Bay’s Eye […]

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2014-09-11

Overview Smart Objects in Photoshop are wrappers that can contain layers or an original RAW file made with a camera. They are non-destructive. They support Smart Filters (allowing unlimited reworking of even stacked filter settings until the perfect state is achieved.) They can be transformed smaller then enlarged back to the original size without quality […]

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2014-09-12

It’s my birthday. September twelfth. Thirteen years and one day ago the Twin Towers were destroyed along with a lot of our sense of safety in the world. Like most of us, I was deeply troubled and still am by the attacks reported the day before on television and recapped in┬áthat morning’s Wall Street Journal. […]

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2014-08-11 One Last Morning

Rod Stewart sang the question: “Every picture tells a story, don’t it?” Telling stories… Ideally Rod would be right. Sadly, some stories can’t be told with a single photo. There are those that take a series. Consider this challenge: Photograph, or more accurately, document the tearing down of one home and the construction of a […]

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2014-08-10 RFBD Feat

Photography is rich with light modifiers. Umbrellas, soft boxes, reflectors, v-flats, diffusion panels and so on. Two of them though, the ring flash and the beauty dish are somewhat mysterious-certainly true for the ring flash more than the beauty dish. I am doing a live demo session at Photoshop World in Las Vegas that shows […]

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RAW Retouching FI

Retouching a RAW capture as much as possible before finishing the photograph in Photoshop is a best practice. RAW files contain all of the data that the camera was able to record of a scene, without a gamma curve imposed. In other words the RAW photo is pure, unaltered image info along with a color […]

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Little tiny hair

Has this ever happened to you? It’s a great session. The model is beautiful. The light is perfect. You have totally nailed it. Everything is just right… except on review there’s a tiny little hair running from her eyebrow down through across her lashes then through her eye. It has to be retouched away. There […]

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