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Using HDR Toning in Photoshop to enhance smartphone photos
Understanding depth of field in nature photography
Q&A: Harness the power of video with Brightcove
Remove background audio noise with the Noise Reduction effect in Adobe Audition
Bringing images to life with Paravent
Client cancellations? Here’s how to use your time wisely
Creating fog with Fractal Noise in After Effects
Moving from Photoshop to After Effects
Five simple ways to optimize your YouTube channel
Two ways to stabilize motion in After Effects
Green screen on-the-go
The Wiggle Expression in After Effects

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Creating fog with Fractal Noise in After Effects

Fractal Noise is a loaded effect within After Effects that creates grayscale noise, and can be used for numerous things, such as creating patterns and textures, transitions and effects, and displacement maps. I’m talking amazing textures ranging from rocks to

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Moving From Photoshop to After Effects

Moving from Photoshop to After Effects

It may seem daunting to learn the robust interface of After Effects — Adobe’s visual effects, motion graphics and compositing application. But if you are a designer or photographer familiar with Photoshop, you’ll already know some aspects of the program.

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Green screen on-the-go

A green screen kit is handy for many video projects, but you may not own one because it seems costly to purchase or a pain to setup.  I thought the same thing when starting out, but after the expense of

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The Wiggle Expression in After Effects

After Effects allows you to write expressions. Expressions are kind of like code, but don’t be scared! I’ll show you one of the simplest yet most useful expressions there is — the Wiggle Expression. This expression can be applied to

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Track Motion in After Effects

Track Motion is a powerful and useful feature in After Effects. You can track data from part of a clip and then apply it to another layer so that it follows the motion of the tracked layer. During this short

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Three ways to improve video engagement

Engagement is my favorite metric to track, as it represents the overall performance and health of your video. Unlike so-called vanity metrics such as Views (which show the reach of your video), metrics like Audience Retention tell you the percentage

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Finding your niche in video

(Editor’s Note: We welcome this guest post from Andrew Ford, an award-winning video producer with 20 years of experience. Based out of the Tampa Bay, FL area, he specializes in medical video production and has partnered with numerous surgeons from

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Portrait Tips: How to get kicked in the face

There I was, making pictures for the athletics department to use in their marketing materials when suddenly, a soccer ball soared straight into my lens and smashed my camera into my face. See, the plan was to make action pictures.

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Film photography disappointments and how to fix them

If you’re new to film photography, you’re guaranteed to run into some disappointments that may discourage you from shooting more of it. Maybe you’ve seen another film photographer’s work that has led you to have some expectations, but your results

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Does Topaz Sharpen AI live up to the hype?

For years now, I’ve seen Topaz ads while scrolling social media. At conferences, I’d see the software demoed, and it would always get large crowds. But I wanted to take a run at it myself. Was the sharpening technology that Topaz

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Ujjwal Mistry, street photographer

This week we’re getting to know community member, Ujjwal Mistry. Ujjwal lives in Kolkata, India and enjoys practicing his photography and post-processing skills. Haven’t joined the Photofocus Community yet? Sign up for free today! How did you get started in

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One of our favorite backpacks is on sale

The WANDRD FERNWEH backpack is on sale, at 15% off! Perfect for whether you’re hiking in the snow or enjoying the warm sunshine, the FERNWEH gives you ample room for all your photography gear (and then some). Save over $50

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Building your pricing structure

Once you know what types of goods and services your photography business will be offering, you can develop a pricing structure for them. What do you need to consider when determining the price of your services? In this chapter, instructor

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