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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Selection Brush

We’ve conquered the Magic Wand. We’ve lassoed the Lasso. Now it’s time to continue on our journey and unearth another of the Photoshop selection tools! This week we will discuss the Selection Brush, a classic choice in the arsenal, and give you the tips you need to use it effectively. But first, let’s recap why we may need these tools in the first place. If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common editing actions, so it’s important to know which individual tool is best for your needs. Whether...

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10 Benefits to Working in Camera RAW

When you’re first starting out in digital photography, chances are you’re focused on learning things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Which isn’t a bad thing- that’s exactly where you should start! However, even the most awesome combo of those three essentials can be improved by choosing the best photo file setting. Most cameras come with a default setting of JPG (or JPEG), which is fine for a beginner as those types of files are easily transferred and uploaded to websites. But as you sharpen your shutterbug skills, you should seriously think about shooting in RAW mode. Here’s...

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Introduction to Long Exposure Photography: Part II

Long exposures enable the photographer to create impressive artistic images with an illusion of time passing and a smoothing effect. Let’s revisit this topic and define the technique for long exposures outdoors.   Long Exposure: Part II We introduced the basic equipment, camera settings, and technique of long exposure photography in a previous post. Here is a brief review of the most important points. A long exposure can be defined as one taken in low-light conditions using a shutter speed between 1 and 30 seconds. This is the minimum required equipment for long exposure photography:...

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Basics of Backyard Bird Photography

By learning to photograph birds, you’ll gain a new perspective on their amazing maneuverability and colorful beauty! Capturing a swooping bird shows how they dart swiftly through the air. Seeing a close-up enlightens the viewer to their colorful feathers. Bird photography is a fun and fast-growing hobby. In this post, we’ll teach you the essentials – bird feeder setup, camera gear, and image editing. Apply what you learn and you’ll never see a bird the same! Backyard Setup Consider these helpful tips when positioning your backyard bird feeder: Habitat – birds will be more interested in your...

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Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter

Metering matters. As you can see in our image of a catnap, changing the metering configuration makes a big difference in the brightness of a picture. Correctly setting the metering mode will ensure your photographs have the best exposure possible. This is especially important for high-contrast scenes, like the example above. What does metering mean? And what are the different settings? Continue reading and we’ll explain metering and introduce three common modes. Applying these concepts will make an instantaneous improvement in your photography skills! The Meaning of Metering Metering is how...

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