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Why is it necessary to process your photos?

All digital images need processing in some way, and it’s up to you whether that happens primarily in-camera or using software on your computer. Post-processing is the processing that happens after you’ve taken your shot, […]

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The hows and whys of dodging and burning

Dodging and burning is a well established photo-editing technique that dates back to conventional darkroom processing. The technique involves making local exposure adjustments to specific parts of an image to make that particular area brighter […]

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What are tone curves?

A tone curve is a visual representation of the relationship between the highlights, midtones, and shadows in an image. Tone curves appear in the form of a graph, in which the horizontal X-axis represents the […]

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Stretching boundaries in landscape editing

The minimising effect a wide-angle lens can have on distant elements can be a drawback when photographing certain subjects, such as a sweeping landscape with mountains on the horizon and no particular focal point in […]

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A quick burst of retro colour for your photos

If you want to add a quick burst of retro colour to your photos, it’s not that complicated, especially if you’re working with a programme such as Adobe Photoshop. We’ve put together a simple guide […]

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The hows and whys of sharpening images

Sharpening images is a vital step—or two steps, if you shoot in Raw—in your post-production workflow. Sharpening falls into two categories: capture sharpening and output sharpening. Both of them ensure that you image looks crisp […]

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How to shoot a levitation photo

Levitation shots present the viewer with something unexpected, which instantly makes them appealing, but they need to be done well if you want the viewer to suspend their disbelief and accept the subject floating in […]

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To crop or not to crop, that is the question

Some people say that cropping is essential if you want to turn a good photo into a great one, while others insist that if you need to crop an image then you have failed as […]

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What's the best black and white filter?

There are some people who think of black and white photos as old-fashioned and many people absolutely love them. There’s nothing to stop you from loving either, but there is a classical elegance to photographs […]

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Retouching portraits: a step-by-step guide

Being able to retouch spots and blemishes from your portrait subjects is a very useful skill. When you’re a professional fashion photographer, your clients will usually expect that models appear blemish-free and without stray hairs. […]

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