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While on a recent visit to Seattle, I stopped by the EMP Museum. This place is a treasure trove for those into popular culture.  Music, film, science fiction and more.  A great sculpture in the lobby is called IF VI WAS IX.  It contains more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers. The sculpture was designer […]

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I often find myself traveling… and one of my favorite stops is a good museum. All the time I see signs for no photography in museums. No tripods… no flash… no professional cameras. But cell phone cameras are just accepted. I say, if you can’t beat them, join them. While my iPhone is no match […]

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If you’re into HDR, you’ll be happy to hear that HDRsoft is now shipping Photomatix Pro 5.0.  This release is exciting and adds several great new features including. Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping. This is an option for localized tone-mapping.  It produces nearly zero halos which can produce very natural looking results.  This is useful for adding […]

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Whether your smartphone is your behind the scenes, some of the time, or primary camera… it’s important you make the most of it. While the sensors in many smartphones often rival point-and-shoot cameras, I frequently see people underutilize their capabilities. For example, here’s a single image taken on the iPhone 5s.  You’ll note that the […]

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On Monday, we told you about our two iBooks… The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure and Secrets of HDR.  These books are truly interactive with audio, video, quizzes, and scaling images.  While many of you have already downloaded them, a many of you couldn’t as at that time they were only available for iPad. I’ll […]

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I think whoever invented the idea for HDR software must have been a car guy who wanted to make it simpler to show off his beautiful cars. Cars are such ideal subjects for HDR techniques because they always have bright highlights and sheen as well as sculpted forms revealed only with shadow. Last week I […]

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Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5

Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5 I’ve taken Rich Harrington’s advice and read The Visual Story, by Bruce R. Block, and the one point that always comes to mind is that contrast is a major key to a great image. Color contrast is one […]

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