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How chiaroscuro solves the dynamic range misconception
Bringing your photographs to life with contrast in Capture One
Portrait Tips: Ruin the color for better black and whites
“What do I like about this picture?” Photographing and finishing with purpose
The Enthusiast’s Guide to Composition: Make your photos pop with contrast
How to use negative fill to create deep, dramatic photos
Finishing color photos for perfect tones in black and white
A glimpse into ACDSee’s new Color EQ Contrast tool
Want Better Photographs? Use Your Lens Hood
Photographer of the Day: Isengardt
Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu
Photographer of the Day: Jesse Pells

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Want Better Photographs? Use Your Lens Hood

Lens hoods are probably one of the most overlooked and important pieces of gear that we have for our lenses. They help with a number of things — with everything from reducing lens flares to getting rid of haze caused by

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Photographer of the Day: Isengardt

The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a  2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen.  “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”.  This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well.  The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect.  Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame.  This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.

“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.”  – Michael Moore

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Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu

The image “1” by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo.  As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancer’s performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color.  The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing.  Instead the photographer works purely with light and contrast.  Though small in the frame, the dancers take center stage in the image, drawing your attention directly to them, captivating you as they did the crowd.  

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Photographer of the Day: Jesse Pells

Category: Sports Photograph: Jesse Pells “Dream Racing Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracan GT3” I love the elegance and tone to Jesse’s photograph, as it highlights a stark contrast between the car and the rest of the scene. The car just “pops”

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Quick Tip: How to use a Polarizer

Recently I wrote an in depth article on circular polarizers, where and how they come in handy. To use a polarizer, screw the filter onto the front of your lens (using the right filter size, of course!). Once it is

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Susan Liepa, passionate hobby photographer

This week we’re getting to know community member, Susan Liepa. Susan is from Orange County, California and enjoys many aspects of photography as you can see in her images. Haven’t joined the Photofocus Community yet? Sign up for free today!

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