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I just wrapped up teaching several workshops at Photoshop World.  I led a night sky timelapse workshop.  Shooting raw was absolutely essential to getting great results.  The range of detail needed to capture the Milky Way just couldn’t be captured with a single JPEG exposure. I continued to be amazed at how many people still don’t […]

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I’m a Lightroom guy. I like to use Lightroom because it’s simple and helps my photographs look the way I imagined when I clicked the shutter. However, sometimes I just need the powers of Photoshop to make the best picture possible for my clients, and the number one way I use it is to swap […]

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If you use adjustment layers to create a look in Photoshop and want to be able to replicate it then Look Up Tables, or LUTs, are the answer; For this example I’m using an image from Fotolia. Using three adjustment layers I’ve created a ‘cross processed / high contrast’ type of look. So how do […]

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Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated.  It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus.  To learn more see this article. Don’t Skip Column 3 Mastering Photoshop’s Interface Photoshop’s interface can be pretty intimidating. Among all those panels, tools, and menu commands […]

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Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated.  It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus.  To learn more see this article. Don’t Skip Column 2 Choosing an Image Mode Within Photoshop, you need to choose from one of eight image modes when […]

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Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated.  It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus.  To learn more see this article. Don’t Skip Column 1 OK, prepare to be temporarily confused (but not for long). A lot of terms are used […]

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One of my past jobs was that of college professor.  My favorite (and first) class I ever taught was Digital Imaging Essentials… which was essentially how to really know what was going on with photographic files. Each semester, a bunch of students would try to test out of the class.  They’d tell me how they’d […]

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