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Andrea Keister Posted: Mar 01, 2008 2 comments

When our resident digital guru's Digital Darkroom Resource CD appeared in 2003 it debuted to much fanfare. The first volume included 11 chapters; shortly thereafter, Brooks released a second volume containing 16 chapters. He's now outdone himself with a new, third volume that contains 26 chapters, totaling 318 pages in PDF format plus a folder of images for print test...

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Jay McCabe Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

"Photographers may believe in certain pictures, but they have to have the educated eye of the picture editor."

"We're actually looking at film," David Doubilet says. He's at the offices of National Geographic magazine, going over the take from a recent two-month assignment in the South Pacific. The job was shot with both film and...

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Jeff Wignall Posted: Jan 24, 2014 Published: Dec 01, 2013 0 comments
One of the primary differences between a photograph and the real world is that reality has three dimensions: height, width, and depth. Your photos, of course, only have two—height and width. Any depth that exists in a photograph is purely an optical illusion. Even if you were able to create a print that was the exact same size as the scene (and wouldn’t that be fun) it would still pale beside the real thing because of the lack of that third dimension.
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Jim Zuckerman Posted: Apr 24, 2014 0 comments
Photography has taught me to be aware of color, design and patterns, and I am always looking for something interesting to photograph. A few years ago when my wife was making a marble cake, I was drawn to the design in the swirling chocolate and thought it would make a successful abstract shot. I liked the images I took, but I felt more color would make the pictures a lot more interesting.
Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

I have to admit something to you. About five years ago, when it was becoming very evident that digital technology would become increasingly important for the imaging professional, I tried to look the other way. I figured it would be a niche market. If they...

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Jim Zuckerman & Scott Stulberg Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from “Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins,” a new book by Jim Zuckerman and Scott Stulberg. Zuckerman and Stulberg have created a comprehensive look, along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, that illustrates the power of modern plug-ins for your work. In this excerpt they share the fun of working with Flaming...

Steve Sint Posted: Jul 05, 2013 Published: Jun 01, 2013 2 comments
Having worked with Steve in the past, and knowing him for many years, we are always pleased to feature his photography and writing. Recently a new book of his came across our desk (ISBN: 978-1-4547-0327-3, published by Pixiq,, 272 pages, $29.95) and we are happy to offer an excerpt of just a few pages of the tip and technique filled volume here. This is one book where Steve’s personality, experience, and expertise certainly comes through in each and every well-illustrated page.—Editor
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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

A tree is a tree is a tree
--Max Sennett

That silent film pioneer may have been talking about why shooting movies on location in Hollywood was a good idea for the fledging film...

Josh Miller Posted: Apr 15, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 1 comments
As primarily a landscape photographer Iam often in a situation where I am struggling to give a feeling of scale to big dramatic views. I will look for something to place close to the camera, such as a dramatic flower or rock, to capture the viewer’s attention and draw them deeper into the photo. In some cases, though, I find including a person rather than a natural element within the scene does a better job of it. Not only does the figure add scale, but it also makes viewers feel like they are standing within the scene rather than looking at a print on the wall, a kind of visual empathy.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

SBA means “Shake Begins At”—the level at which camera movement makes your images lose the sharpness battle.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Don Dixon ( has always impressed me as the consummate professional. A contributor to two of my books, Studio Lighting Solutions and Location Lighting Solutions (Amphoto), he continues to produce a body of work that stands head and shoulders above many when it comes to originality. His digital composites never cease to amaze...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 22, 2013 Published: Dec 01, 2012 7 comments
“Many of my portraits come out of the sense that it is a conversation with the person being photographed,” Donald Graham observes. “It’s important to look deeply into a person’s eyes and, in so doing, to understand better who that person is.”

Graham, who works around the world but primarily in Los Angeles and New York, did not arrive at this viewpoint overnight. A pro shooter since 1983, he focuses on fashion, movies, music, and advertising. “My specialty is clearly people.”

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Frank Weston Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

It’s easy to create a very sharp, realistic looking double matte to give your online photos an artistic presentation. All it takes is some very basic Photoshop skills and less than 10 minutes.

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Apr 30, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 1 comments
While most of Tom Bol’s outdoor and adventure images begin with specific assignments or great scenic opportunities, there are a good number that begin with Tom asking himself, “What if…?”
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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Nov 01, 2008 1 comments

Stuck in traffic one day on Sunset Boulevard, Patrick Ecclesine got an idea. Thinking about the street—“twenty-four miles from the barrio to the beach,” he writes at his website (, “through some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city to some of the richest neighborhoods in the world”—two...


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