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Tips for Taking High School Graduation Photos

Ceremonies that mark important rites of passage are popular photography subjects. Professional-looking high school graduation photos can be achieved by using the following tips. Graduation Photo Tips Use a digital camera with fresh batteries and...[more]

Utilizing a Premade Texture in Photoshop

One of the ways to utilize a premade Photoshop texture is to create a seamless, scalable background for use with websites or scrapbooking. You can achieve this by creating a texture from scratch, however, if...[more]

How to Clean a DSLR Camera Lens

To get optimum performance from your camera, you have to make sure that your DSLR camera lens stay clean and dust-free. Cleaning your lens kit can be tricky, and you have to do it with...[more]

Transforming a Photo to Pencil in Photoshop

Transforming a photo to pencil in Photoshop does not require much artistic ability. Before you start, examine the stroke patterns a real sketch artist would use. This will make the results more realistic. Step 1: Setting...[more]

Photographing Babies Milestones

Photographing babies in their first couple of years is always an exciting and rewarding experience, as it allows you to document and measure how much your baby has grown and developed in that time. There...[more]

Add a Spotlight with Photoshop

There are several different ways that you can create a spotlight photoshop effect using Photoshop. Based on the photo that you chose, you may want to add multiple spotlights to highlight several different subjects or...[more]

Photoshop Painting Effect Tutorial

It is easy to take any photograph and turn it into a painting using Photoshop with the painting Photoshop tool. Photoshop is image editing software created by Adobe, to help the user create professional looking...[more]

Create a High Dynamic Range Image with Photoshop

A high dynamic range image is an image created by using several photos of the same subject shot using different exposures. This effect helps to create a more dynamic image by bringing detail, highlights and...[more]

How to Keep a Lightweight Tripod Stable

When you have a lightweight tripod, you will find that there are a lot of benefits to it. However, you will also find that there are some obstacles that you will have to overcome. One...[more]

Simulating Daguerrotype in Photoshop

Daguerreotype is one of the first photographic processes. It was created in the 1800's by Louis Daguerre. In Daguerreotype, the images were captured on silver plated copper sheet sensitized with iodine and developed using mercury...[more]

Using Photoshop to Turn a Photo to a Sketch

Using Photoshop to create a photo sketch is a simple project that can be done in a short amount of time. In Photoshop, the sketch effect gives the image the appearance of a hand sketched...[more]

Unique Coloring with Cross Processing Effects in Photoshop

Cross processing is a film effect that might have been discovered accidentally. It's achieved by developing film in chemicals for a different film stock, which creates an unpredictable altering of the colors and high contrast....[more]

Get Dynamic Lighting After the Fact with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a wonderful post production tool for photographers, and with this program you can accomplish more than just your basic touch ups. It is possible to achieve dynamic lighting in Photoshop after your...[more]

2 Tripod Handle Types and Their Benefits

Most camera tripods come with handles. The tripod handles either control the pan or tilt. Some tripods come with two handles to give you greater control of both at the same time. Ultimately what gives...[more]

Buying a Digital Camera for Kids

The age of your child is one of the most important factors when deciding what type of digital camera to purchase. A three year old toddler trying to be "just like mommy" and a fifteen...[more]

Photoshop Oil Painting Appearance Effect

Are you interested in using the Photoshop oil painting effect? In Photoshop, you can transform an ordinary photo into an oil painting.  This is a relatively simple process that mostly involves piling on a bunch of...[more]

Graduation Photography: 5 Post Processing Tips

There are lots of photographers offering Graduation Photography services. This means, to stand out from the crowd, you need to offer exceptional service. You must ensure that the photos you take are popular with your clients;...[more]

7 Tips for Using Photoshop in Web Design

Photoshop web design is very useful for anyone who is designing websites. When using Photoshop for web design, there are some important tips to consider; these tips should make using Photoshop for web design much...[more]

Christmas Photography: Macro Mode

One of the best ways to get some good shots out of your Christmas photography is to use the macro mode function on your camera. Many people take pictures blithely, without even realizing what this...[more]

Transforming Your Camera Tripod for Binocular Use

If you have an extra tripod at home, and you want to convert it into a binocular tripod, then you should be able to do this without too much trouble. Binocular tripod accessories can be...[more]

4 Unique Ideas for Christmas Photos

One of the most popular things to do during the holidays is to take Christmas photos. Whether it be point and shoot shots at a party or going to a professional for a holiday family...[more]

Tips to Choose Equipment for Graduation Photography

Graduation photography is a tough field to specialize in. Because so many people attending the ceremony bring their own cameras, you need to have an edge over them. That edge is being up close to...[more]

Using Flickr as an Inspirational Design Tool

Using Flickr as an inspirational design tool is as simple as doing a web search from any search engine. When using Flickr this way, you can help jump start the creative process and possibly find...[more]

Emulate Commercial Illustration with Photoshop

To get a commercial illustration, you need not draw it from scratch. Photoshop can help you trace an existing photograph and come out with a sketched image. Step 1: Tracing the Outlines Immediately create two new layers....[more]

Five Tips for Getting Great Birthday Photos with a Point and Shoot

Point and shoot cameras take great photographs with minimal effort because so many of the controls are automatic. This makes it the ideal camera for shooting your average birthday photos. Here are 5 tips to...[more]

4 Quick Camera Tripod Setup Tips

Setting up a camera tripod looks easy, but as many professional photographers can testify, it is not. Tripods are usually fold-up, so while setting them up, you have to take a great deal of time...[more]

Common iPhoto Problems and How to Solve Them

While Apple is widely renowned for its stability and reliability, every program known to man occasionally has issues, and iPhoto problems are no exception. With a program that has so many functions, including importing, editing...[more]

How to Take Professional Looking Graduation Photos with a Point-and-Shoot

You don't have to be a professional photographer to capture some great graduation photos with a simple point and shoot camera. Here are a few simple tricks for capturing some great photos. Know Your Camera...[more]

Features to Consider When Buying a Travel Tripod

When you are looking to purchase a travel tripod, there are several things that you will need to keep in mind to make sure that you are getting one that works for you. Remember that...[more]

Understanding Image Adjustments in Aperture

While Aperture has numerous functions dealing with importing and publishing your photos, it also has a powerful image adjustment engine that allows you to edit and manipulate your photos in any way you desire. It's a...[more]

How to Use Fashion Stock Photography Affordably

On the surface, using fashion stock photography might seem to be an expensive endeavor, but, as with any other type of stock photography, there are a number of tips and things you can do to lower...[more]

Film Developing Made Easier

Film developing and making your own prints is part of the last stage of any photographic process. Knowing how to mix chemicals properly does take practice and precaution when your working with chemicals. Classes...[more]

Advanced Photoshop Color Effects

One of the most creative and visually stunning things that you can do with Adobe Photoshop is create advanced color effects to alter digital image files that you have on your computer. Altering the color...[more]

Comparing the Old Photobuckt Login with the New: Is it Better?

If you've been using Photobucket or a long time, you may be surprised by the new Photobucket login, and a little bit disappointed that the old version has disappeared. However, there are many good reasons...[more]

Unique Ideas for Making your own Graduation Photo Album

If you have a collection of graduation photos, a good idea is to consolidate them all into one handy photo album. You can make plenty of suitable albums just from things which are in your...[more]

Sharing your Photobucket Pictures on Myspace

If you have an account on the popular social networking site Myspace, you may at some point want to share your Photobucket pictures with your friends on that account. There are a number of ways...[more]

Photoshop Effect: Gritty Dramatic Look

A Photoshop effect can help create a very effective gritty, dramatic look. This is a rather vague goal to present, so this is merely one of the many routes you can take to add intensity to...[more]

Simulate a Camera Made by Lomo in Photoshop

Rather than buying a Lomo camera, try simulating the distinct look in Photoshop. Simulating a camera made by Lomo in Photoshop is not complicated and leaves a lot of room for personal taste. Basically, the...[more]

What Should the Graduate Wear during their Graduation Photos

There are several things to consider when taking graduation photos. One of the main things is what to wear. Follow the tips below to get quality pictures. No Patterns Choose something that does not clash...[more]

Unique Ideas for a Newborn Photo Album

Newborn photo albums can be so exciting to make because they celebrate the beginning of a new life. They will always be an item that parents will treasure when their children grow. They also will...[more]

Pros and Cons of a Laser Photo Printer

Laser photo printers are great for printing high quality images with graphics in small businesses or homes. They are also usually faster than other printers, though the speed is dependent of the intensity of the...[more]

Graduation Photography: When to Touch-Up

Graduation Photography is big business and if you do it well, then you can actually make quite a comfortable living from it. One of the most important things to learn is when you should top...[more]

Halloween Photography: Don't Forget the Details

In Halloween pictures, it's very often the little details that will make the photo the most interesting. Since Halloween is all about costumes, make up and decorations, it can be hard to capture the moments...[more]

Applying a Gradient to Visable Pixels in Photoshop

Photoshop gradients are a useful type of effect which can be applied to any image. These gradients affect the visible pixels in an image and can be applied very easily. A gradient is a type...[more]

Create Sunset Sillhouettes in Photoshop

Creating sunset silhouettes in Photoshop can be a unique way to make your photo much more interesting. Silhouettes can be taken with cameras, but it's also possible to simply recreate the effect in Photoshop if...[more]

How to Make a Photoshop Darklight Photo Manipulation

One of the more striking techniques that you can achieve using Photoshop to digitally manipulate an image file is the darklight effect. By applying this darklight technique to your image files, you will be able...[more]

Photoshop Effect: Retro Comic Book Look

If you are fairly experienced in using Photoshop, and can handle color changes and various image enhancement details (such as the night vision effect), then you may be eager to try something new. Adding some...[more]

Organize Your Photos with Places in Aperture

If you wish to organize your photographs into software such as Aperture, then you may be keen to try and arrange them around a particular theme. Apple's Aperture allows you to fit your photographs into...[more]

How to Light Graduation Photos

When you are taking graduation photos, you want to be sure that you get the best pictures possible. In order to do this, you want to be sure that you are able to get good...[more]

Making Photos Look Fiery Hot in Photoshop

You can use hot Photoshop tools to give your pictures a hot and fiery look. Using Photoshop effects can allow you to make some great images, and by combining them with  other effects, you can make your...[more]

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