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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

If you would like to create special effects without using plug-ins or following tedious tutorials, you’ll want to explore Adobe Photoshop’s Actions palette. Actions are not applications or even plug-ins; they are simply a series of instructions that store a sequence of image-editing steps that can be applied not only to the file you’re working on but to other, similar files in...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

When I first worked with and reviewed Genuine Fractals back in 2006, I posited that it made the megapixel race moot in the way it allowed even small files to be used for big enlargements.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

You don’t need a back-up drive, you need a back-up plan. Backing up image data is an attitude, not an accessory. I preach the Three Rs of File Safety; to be effective, your back-up storage solution must be Regular, Reliable, and Redundant.

High-capacity external hard drives cost less than a steak dinner these days. And you can buy a name brand 4x...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jun 01, 2009 6 comments

With new portrait photos, ID2 makes it easy to remove unwanted blemishes, whether it’s a skin problem, a scar, a mole, or even a tattoo.

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

If you have been feeling like the machines are getting the best of you, or that automation is fast taking over your cognitive processes, you’re not alone.

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John Brandon Posted: Jun 01, 2009 4 comments

Microsoft’s Expression Media 2, flexibility is the key feature—it lets you avoid a predetermined workflow where you follow the same path each time you manage photos.

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John Brandon Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

In photography, tracking the location of a shoot is almost as important as the shoot itself.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

Do you have an answering machine in your home—the kind that uses tape or digital media? Like millions of other Americans you’ve probably discovered that virtual, online services are more reliable than mechanical ones—especially when you travel for extended periods. You can access an online voicemail inbox from any telephone at any time of the day or night. And you never have to...

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Jack Neubart Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

How many times have you traveled somewhere and taken a beautiful picture without quite knowing where you were at that instant later? That’s where “geotagging” (or “geocoding”) enters the picture.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

When you browse advertisements for notebook computers, you may be led to believe that the only differences between them are scientific-sounding technical specifications.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

The digital image age has raised many questions and concerns about the safety and protection of precious image files.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Upon first inspection, Adobe’s Photoshop Express could be mistaken for an attempt to popularize a diluted version of the image-editing software we all love and can’t live without.

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John Brandon Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Workflow has become an important topic in photography. I know it is for me. After a shoot, I’ll rummage through photos on a MacBook Pro trying to pick a few that are worth publishing on my Flickr page, saving several for my permanent archive, and using a small handful for Photoshop experimentation. Of course, you can browse photos on the digital camera itself right after you take a series...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 01, 2009 1 comments

I thought that transferring my files to an external drive was all that I needed to ensure the safety of my photo library—until that external drive crashed!

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether it’s with film using my large format gear or capturing multiple images on my digital camera to be stitched together later in the computer, I’m nuts for panoramas.

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