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on1 (formerly onOne Software) just recently updated their software to version 9.5, giving it some boosts in functionality and processing speed. As many of you know, I’m a fan of on1 and have written several books and tutorials about the software, and I have also been using the new version while it has been in […]

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Not long ago, someone from Pixelest reached out to see if I would try out and review one of their products, a hand-painted oil painting created from one of my photos. I don’t do a lot of reviews, but when I went to their website I have to say I was intrigued! What a unique way […]

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This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so […]

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If you’re a Lightroom user, and if you love using presets on your images, then you’re in for a treat! In the links below you will find literally hundreds of free presets you can use in your images. Contrastly Contrastly is an online magazine about photography, technology, visual arts, photography techniques, and other topics that fall in between. […]

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Landscape photography is a huge passion for many photographers. My enjoyment of photographing landscape stems from the desire to be in a beautiful location, and also to come home with an image that I would gladly hang on my wall. There is definitely an art to photographing landscapes, so here are some tips I put together for both […]

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There are three things that have no place in any business: ego, arrogance, and entitlement. The photographer who expects everything for free, is envious of others’ success, or has an ego so inflated that they are unable see past their own faults is a sure-fire way to sabotage their image. It may get them so far, but toxic traits don’t […]

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Sometimes I feel like I am a photo-hoarder. I travel, create photographs, and then they just sit and collect virtual dust in my Lightroom catalog. It’s sort of like the old saying: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If we create […]

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