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In this tutorial I show you how to take make HDR images look even better.  I take a three exposure bracket processed in Photomatix Pro and export a 16-bit TIFF file.  This can then be opened in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom for additional finesse.  Enhancements include negative clarity, a graduated filter, and a post-crop […]

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We continue our look at editing video from a photographer’s point of view. Be sure to check out these earlier articles (Why edit in Photoshop and The editing process). If you have Adobe Creative Cloud, you have three different choices when it comes to editing video. Additionally, the many suite configurations often put many software packages into […]

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Skip’s Summer School is going into its fifth season this August, but thanks to feedback from past attendees and many of the faculty, the program has expanded and evolved into Skip Cohen University. Now there’s content to help you raise the bar on your business all year long with an educational resource that includes posts, […]

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We’d like to share a few things from Adobe about the new Photoshop Lightroom Public Beta Radial Filter Busy backgrounds or bright colors can distract viewers from the focal point of an image. Photographers may try to reduce the distraction by cropping an image, but this can result in the loss of interesting detail and […]

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The other day we posted about a nifty plug-in from Digital Film Tools that emulates film. The reaction was amusing. All 12 of the remaining film shooters in our audience felt the need to subject me to the appropriate amount of faux outrage. Their responses were predictable and I think come from the same general […]

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Standing at the base of a stanchion on the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon I realized that I’d really like to shoot with an 8×10 camera. In order to frame the picture the way I wanted, I had to use a 14mm lens, which gave too much distortion and foreshortening. I wanted the look […]

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Want a sneak peak at the next version of  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5?  Adobe just announced the availability of a public beta.  A beta is geek speak for when a product is ready for testing, but isn’t shipping yet.  The Lightroom 5 beta offers a free, public preview of new features and tools that will […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up post NAB and chat about new gear […]

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This past week I had a chance to get reacquainted with one of my longtime favorite (but obscure) image plugins.  The aptly named Film Stocks plugin from Digital Film Tools simulates the look of many classics.  In fact you’ll find 288 different color and black and white stocks that match  photographic film stocks, motion picture stocks, and […]

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The act of editing a video can often seem a bit overwhelming.  This is because it is a very specialized process and one that differs greatly from many photographic or design tasks.  Understanding the standard workflow can help you complete an edit in less time and with less stress.  Let’s explore the essential steps at […]

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I wanted to give you a quick start guide on loading and processing images into Photomatix Pro to create the initial tone map.  The process is straight-forward and quickly generates results. Here’s our streamlined approach. Step One: Up and Running Launch Photomatix Pro from your applications folder.  For quick access add to your Mac’s Dock or […]

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Not quite three years ago I got my hands on a pre-production model of the Nikon D7000. It was a game-changing camera. I loved that camera. Now 30 months after it hit stores, the 7000 has been updated. Meet the D7100. It’s a significant upgrade. It’s a whole new camera thanks to the sensor. But […]

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I just wrapped up two days in the desert shooting panoramic and time-lapse shots (much more to come).  It was a part of two projects (some new training for Lynda.com which will be out soon and my NAB workshop). While in the field I had a chance to try out some new phone apps. One of […]

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If you’re a photographer who wants to show or sell your work, connect with vendors or other photographers, or even if you want to recruit help, Twitter is a powerful tool that you really can’t afford to ignore. To join is free. There’s no excuse not to give it a try. Here are 21 tips […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott record a special podcast live from Alaska.  They breakdown […]

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When Adobe unveiled the robust video editing capabilities with Photoshop CS6, the response from many was a simple “Why?”  In some regards this is a legitimate question as for most, Photoshop is closely linked with digital photography.  It’s the tool used to develop and process images captured by cameras into a more useful state. Of […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved While many people view HDR differently, this primer is intended to help you get started making basic HDR images from a still photographer’s point of view. I personally don’t ever shoot a landscape or a cityscape without at least also shooting it in HDR. It solves so […]

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I find that I use Photoshop’s filters to solve lots of problems.  Whether its defocussing a problem selection or running a dramatic adjustment like Topaz Adjust.  Often times I want to reuse a filter on a series of photos, getting identical or similar results as the previous image.  Here are useful shortcuts when working with […]

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I’m getting ready to go shoot time-lapse photography, and one of the most important things I need to know is where the sun will be (closely followed by where is it going). Even if you’re just shooting sunrise and sunset its still useful to know where the sun will be coming and going.  In fact, […]

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Photoshop offers many intelligent tools to quickly fix image blemishes.  One of those is the Spot Healing Brush tool.  It gives you the ability to heal blemishes with a short brush stroke. It can quickly remove blemishes and imperfections in photos without the need of setting a sample point. Open a photo with a blemish (such as […]

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It hasn’t happened to me in a LONG time, but I did get asked the other day by a fellow photographer about recovering pictures from a memory card after an accidental reformat.  There’s a great tool that I’ve used int the past that can pull back photos from the grave called Klix. The following issues can […]

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