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Posted: Jul 28, 2009 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: Negative Space

What’s Not There

by Jim Zuckerman

The concept of negative space has to do with compositional balance. Negative space simply means an area of an image that is largely devoid of subject matter. In other words, it’s a blank area like the sky, an expanse of plaster, the surface of a...

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Posted: Jan 25, 2011 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: “Soft” Foregrounds

A High Tech Solution To A Visual Dilemma

by Jim Zuckerman

When foreground elements are soft, they are visually annoying. In nature, we want to see and appreciate all of the beautiful detail and texture in the subject. When the part of the composition that is closest to thec...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has kicked off the "Summer of Painter" with two announcements
regarding Corel Painter IX. The Corel Painter IX 9.1 update is now available as
a free download for all Painter IX customers. The update provides customers with
new features and enhancements including:



Dual Monitor Support for Windows Customers running Windows 2000 and Windows XP
can now also experience the same level of dual monitor support enjoyed by Mac
OS X customers. Palettes, toolbars, and the toolbox can now be moved outside the
application window and dialog boxes appear on the same monitor as the active canvas.




New Art Pen Brushes Following the introduction of the Corel Painter IX Art Pen
Brush Pack this spring, Corel has introduced five additional brushes to take advantage
of the powerful realism and control of the Wacom 6D Art Pen. Customers who download
the 9.1 update will receive 10 brushes in total, which include the five brushes
previously introduced in the Art Pen Brush Pack.



Enhanced Dab Type Support for 'Rotation' Expression In addition to adding new
brushes to take advantage of the Wacom 6D Art Pen, Corel Painter IX 9.1 offers
rotation expression with the following Dab types: Circular, Captured Dab, Artists'
Oils, Camel Hair, Flat, Liquid Ink Camel Hair, Liquid Ink Flat, Watercolor Camel
Hair, Watercolor Flat, Palette Knife, Liquid Ink Palette Knife, and Watercolor
Palette Knife.



Enhanced Support for Mac OS X Tiger Corel Painter IX 9.1 now provides even better
overall performance when running on Tiger. This enhancement complements the Corel
Painter IX Spotlight plugin introduced earlier this spring that enables customers
to take full advantage of Tiger's advanced searching capabilities with their Painter
files.



To download the Corel Painter IX 9.1 update and to access a full list of included
enhancements, please visit www.corel.com/painterix/91update.



Corel has also introduced the Corel Painter Open Upgrade Program for customers
in North America and the United Kingdom. Until August 31, 2005, the Corel Painter
IX upgrade policy has been broadened to include any graphics or imaging software
package from the following companies: Adobe, Macromedia, ACD Systems, Corel (including
Corel Painter Classic, Painter Essentials, and any previous version of Painter),
Microsoft, and Apple. For a limited time, Corel Painter IX is available through
Corel and participating resellers at the upgrade suggested retail price of $229
a savings of $200 off the full suggested retail price of $429. Resellers may sell
for less. For more details, please visit www.corel.com/painter/openupgrade.
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George Schaub Posted: Jan 30, 2007 0 comments

CS 3 Beta..Black and White Improvements and Changes

by George Schaub

I have always enjoyed black and white printing, and have used the tools in
various versions of Photoshop to go from color to black and white. Now, with
CS3 (beta) there are even more tools to work with, some of which are improvements
or at leastrefineme...

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Posted: Mar 25, 2008 0 comments

Printing and Camera Trends

by Ron Leach

Once or twice a year we like to take a look at what types of cameras are being
purchased and how photographers are printing their images. The latest report
from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) provides an interesting overview
of these trends through the end of 2007, soletR...

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Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

December 2009

On The Cover
This month we are touting books as excellent gift items for the photographer(s) in your life. That said, we’ve provided you with the top photo and digital imaging books of 2009 to help with the selection process. We also have a vast array of optical options to expand your photographic view of the world. We...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments


The
original photo, shot in the studio with Paul C. Buff electronic
flash on Fujichrome Sensia slide film, is sharp throughout.
Model: Heidi McAllister.

Photos 2002, Howard Millard, All Rights Reserved

In ads, book covers and magazines,
you've seen pictures where part of the subject jumps out at you
because it's sharp, but most of the image is way out of focus. The
technique really directs your attention to the part of the subject that's
sharp, and it adds a contemporary flair and sense of style. Traditionally,
this effect was achieved by using extremely shallow depth of field with
a medium format or large view camera. Today, however, you can create it
digitally in a few minutes and apply it to any existing photo made with
any camera, or to any print that you can scan into your computer.



I
selected the area I want to keep sharp with the Elliptical
Marquee selection tool.

Remember, once you've drawn the selection, you can
reposition it by dragging inside the selected area. Next,
feather the selection.

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 27, 2007 0 comments

The Case for Center Weighted Metering

by George Schaub

While today's multi-pattern metering system found in most DSLRs are marvels
of technology, you'll notice that almost every DSLR also has other metering
pattern options. The two main options, with variants available on some cameras,
are center-weightedaver...

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Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

All Photos © 2008, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

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Posted: Jan 26, 2010 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Can Photography Save the World?

by Ron Leach

Ten years ago PBS debuted a moving documentary entitled “American Photography: A
Century of Images.” The program traced photography’s profound influence upon life in
America, and I recall being particularly struck by thecamera&rsqu...

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Text and photography by Ron Leach Posted: Dec 27, 2005 0 comments


Classic portrait lighting isn't always necessary for capturing
interesting peoplepictures.

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 26, 2007 0 comments

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Courtesy of Sigma Corporation, All Rights Reserved

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Posted: Nov 25, 2008 0 comments

The Megapixel Madness Continues

by George Schaub

The recent surge on megapixel counts in all levels of digital cameras, from modest point and shoot all the way through advanced amateur and especially in pro cameras and backs, has users questioning the need for such massive files. Indeed, many have become concerned that their camera is nowpushing...

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Posted: May 25, 2010 0 comments

Industry Perspective

You Can Have an Impact on Future Lens Products

by Ron Leach

Regular readers of this column know that we frequently turn to InfoTrends, the Weymouth, MA research and consulting firm, when we need reliable statistics on trends within the photo industry. Now you have an opportunity to influence futurepro...

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Grace Schaub Posted: May 30, 2006 0 comments

Apple Aperture How To

by George Schaub

Apple's Aperture offers an all-in-one digital photography program that
can be used to download, view, edit, organize and output images. I've
been working with Aperture for a few months now and thought I'd share
some of the interesting features it offers. One is the...

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