Short and sweet. I use HDR more than I don’t. When I do use HDR I prefer the subtle approach believing less is more. I’m not attacking anyone else’s style. I’m just saying that’s the way I prefer it. I like it so subtle that I don’t use it in the conventional way. I primarily […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The first thing that your eyes notice about a photograph is image sharpness, followed by brightness and then warmth. There are […]

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Photofocus contributor Nicole Young shows you how to sharpen your images in Photoshop using Actions. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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If you shoot digitally or you scan, at some point you’ll need to learn how to properly sharpen your images. It’s important to understand WHY you need to sharpen digital images. Any digital capture process will introduce some softness or blurring to your images. The sharpening that you do in your photo software is designed to replace the original sharpness that you lose during capture and nothing more. Software sharpening should NOT be used on a photo that is out of focus. If a shot is out of focus, it is out of focus–period. No amount of work in something like Photoshop will magically make the image appear to be in focus.

Let me say it one more time. If your images are out of focus to begin with, don’t expect Photoshop, Aperture, or anything else to fix them.

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