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Awakening the night: Troy Paiva recounts the digital switch, part two
Tips for restoring scanned slides and negatives
Color by the numbers: How digital color works
InFocus Interview Show: How to get the most out of metal printing with industry expert Mirza Izic
Creating opportunity with mistakes and experiments in photography
Digital is great, but prints stand the test of time
The great outdoors and Perfectly Clear Complete
How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 2: Blending
Lights, Colors, Fractals
The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 19th 2018
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