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How To Use Levels when Setting Up Photos

When taking photos, there can be nothing worse than having to work with an unlevel ground. The tripod won't stand up straight. Plus, there's a chance that the pictures can be crooked. But, photographers can always...[more]

Photography Tips: How To Darken the Mid Day Sky

Shooting midday can be very difficult, and the following are some photography tips on how to darken the midday sky. During the middle of the day, the landscape is illuminated beautifully but the sky does...[more]

How To Use Frosted Scotch Tape To Create a Simple Diffuser

If the light from a flash or lamp is too harsh, then a diffuser can be used to make the light less intense. A diffuser is a filter which scatters light and makes it less...[more]

Travel Photography: Sports

There are many types of travel photography, with documenting sports being one of the more challenging. Unlike in other types, the best shots are often of people in the middle of the action. As subjects...[more]

Animal Photography: 5 Composition Techniques To Keep in Mind

Animal photography is one of the most popular, although difficult, categories in photography because it is a little difficult to capture your subject. Also, there are many things you have to consider to capture the...[more]

How To Take Great Sports Stock Photos

Submitting stock photos as royalty free images is a good way to earn income and boost your reputation as a photographer. One thing any photographer needs to remember about submitting stock photos to royalty free...[more]

Photography Tips: Giving Space to Look Into for Your Subject

There are so many different photography tips, that learning them all would take a lifetime. If you are serious about taking high quality photographs, then you will need to find a way to make your...[more]

Lightroom: How To Do Selective Coloring

Selective coloring a photo allows photographers to emphasize certain parts of a photo and make backgrounds even more diminished. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides users with all the tools needed to do these effects, and it...[more]

Lightroom: How To Print Images

While digital images are great, there's nothing like a hard copy of an image to share with friends and family, or even to place in a frame and hang up on a wall. The Lightroom...[more]

Lightroom: How To Use Web Subdirectories

For users that work with web images, Lightroom 3 allows them to easily create web directories and subdirectories. This flexible tool allows users to create a main directory with its own subdirectories on web servers....[more]

Photo Editing: Getting the Most out of Photoshop

In the past, photo editing was almost impossible for the layman and needed sophisticated equipment in a studio. The scenario has changed drastically and now a person can edit digital photos like a pro with...[more]

How To Round Trip in Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to edit Lightroom images in other programs, including Adobe Photoshop CSS and other applications. Editing one program's photos in another is known as round-tripping. Users can round-trip Lightroom photos to...[more]

How To Use the Exposure Slider in Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to fix problem images by using the Exposure Slider to lighten images. This effect can be used on images that are too dark or could just stand a little brightening...[more]

Lightroom: How To Blur Backgrounds

Lightroom offers users a number of features to help them improve the look of their photos, and these include correcting only certain areas of the photo. One of those features includes blurring the background of...[more]

Lightroom: How To Shoot Tethered in Lightroom 3

The new version of Adobe Lightroom now allows users to shoot tethered directly into Lightroom 3. Before this advancement, users had to use third-party software companies in order to communicate with their camera. Users should...[more]

Lightroom: How To Publish a Slideshow

Adobe Lightroom 3 allows users to not only create a slideshow of their favorite photos, but also export the file as a video so it can be published to the web. All users need to...[more]

Lightroom: How To Remove Unwanted Items in Photos

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to organize, sort, edit and manipulate their photos and other images. Lightroom also allows users to remove unwanted items from their photos simply by following some easy steps. Step 1:...[more]

Lightroom: How To Backup Your Files

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to arrange, edit and manipulate their images. Besides these features, Lightroom also allows users to back up their files to ensure that they are not lost.  Step 1: Understanding Why...[more]

Lightroom: How To Make a Title Slide

One standout feature of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is that it allows users to create web slideshows. This is quite handy, especially if users want to show off their best photos to friends and family. And,...[more]

Lightroom: How To Create Virtual Copies of Photos

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to adjust, add effects or manipulate photos similar to the more expensive standard Photoshop.  Besides being able to edit photos, Lightroom also allows users to create virtual copies of photos,...[more]

Lightroom: How To Sort and Rank Photos

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom gives users the ability to sort and rank photos. And, this can be extremely important for users with a large image library, especially for professional photographers working with a client's photos or...[more]

Lightroom: How To Convert Your Photos to Black and White

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a less expensive version of the full version of Photoshop, but users can still do a lot of photo editing in this program. Users can even convert color photos into black...[more]

How To Use the Luminance Feature in Lightroom

Just because a photographer did not use a filter when taking photographs doesn't mean that they can't apply a filter later. Image editing software programs, especially Adobe Lightroom, allow users to add effects like polarizing...[more]

Lightroom: How To Make Skin Appear Softened

When using Adobe Lightroom, sometimes a user doesn't want to change the look of the whole photo, but just the look of a subject's skin tone. Luckily, tools are available that allow users to do...[more]

Lightroom: How To Export Collections to Catalogs

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users who don't want to pay for the full version of Photoshop with ways of editing, manipulating and managing photos. One of the features of Lightroom is the ability to export...[more]

How To Choose Images using Survey View in Lightroom

Lightroom is an application for image management, and it offers the flexibility of viewing, editing and organizing thousands of your digital photos. Since the software is built for managing a huge database of photos, there...[more]

Getting the Most out of Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is a less expensive photograph editing software. Unlike the more expensive and more memory intensive Photoshop, Lightroom still has a lot offer users.  But, photographers still need to know how to...[more]

How To Use Lightroom Compare View

For photographers that take a lot of photos, sometimes it is difficult to figure out which photo is the best within a group of similar photos or photos of the same item taken at different...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Romance Film

Screenwriting a romance film can be a great start for those just starting to write screenplays. Most romance will combine some elements of comedy, though they also can be very dramatic. Pairing a romance with...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Comedy

As with any type of movie, there is a screenwriting process to writing a comedy film. While there is a story line to follow, the key is to amuse the audience throughout the entire film....[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Western Film

The western film is a very classic American film, and there are plenty of great examples that can be used for screenwriting. While westerns are not as nearly popular as they once were, they have...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Romance Scene

At some point in time, screenwriting will require a romantic scene. These are the scenes that when well done, will make the audience cry. The audience tends to experience the scene with the characters instead...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write an Hour Episodic TV Show

Screenwriting for episodic TV is a great way to have regular employment in the entertainment industry. This is also an excellent way to practice writing and learn how to use new ideas and story arcs....[more]

Screenwriting: How To Lock Your Script Pages

In screenwriting, locking the pages is one of the final things that will happen to a script. This is required so that any changes made on set can easily be tracked. When changes are made,...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write a Series of Shots

Screenwriting, or a series of shots, is similar, but different when creating a montage. A series of shots can be used specifically to show an event that is occurring without interrupting the flow of the...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write Montages

Almost all movies contain a montage sequence, and good screenwriting can be done effectively or badly. Take the time to learn how to write it well so the montage helps the movie and doesn't slow...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write the Dialogue

Dialogue is an important and effective tool for screenwriting, as it is a main function for a character to tie in his personality and expectations in a film. Dialogue is a tricky procedure that involves...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Film Noir

In the 1940s, a popular movie genre emerged out of the ashes of war, and that was film noir. "Film noir," means literally "black (or dark) film," and the implication is that it deals with the...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Comedy

Shooting a different type of movie genre requires different pieces of equipments and types of scripts. If you want to shoot a comedy film, then you will need to make sure that you have all...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Action

An action film is a very demanding movie genre to film. This genre requires a lot of fast-paced physical motion, which requires your subjects to perform quick stunts such as fight scenes, car chases and...[more]

How to Match Cinematography to Movie Genre

The "look" of a film is dependent on effective cinematography, and that look is vital in conveying movie genre. Establishing genre quickly helps an audience know what to expect in a film. A couple elements of...[more]

Mise en Scene: Considering Destructing Effect of Motion

Mise en Scene is a confusing French term which can be used to explain the composition of a scene in your film. Although this term is originally from France, it has been used by American...[more]

Mise en Scene: Complimenting Props to Environments

Mise en scene means arranging the scene, and basically that means that things like the props and the costumes need to match the environment in which the actors are performing the drama. But, how can...[more]

Mise en Scene: Composing Multiple Subjects in Environments

Mise en Scene is a French term which can be related to theater and film productions. It can be quite confusing to understand because there are so many different aspects which need to be concentrated...[more]

Mise en Scene: Everything within the Frame

Although widely applauded in film criticism, mise en scene is an often misunderstood term that speaks literally of what composes the frame in a film. Why is it so important? In critiquing films, mise en...[more]

Mise en Scene: Color Composition

Mise en Scene is an interesting concept which can be used for film production. This is a French word which can be very confusing to understand. The problem with it is that it's such a...[more]

Mise en Scene: Filling Your Frame

Mise en Scene, which means "telling a story" and refers to the design aspects of production, is a complicated idea to understand. This is a French term which has been used in video production for...[more]

The Definition of Mise en Scene

When you first start to get into film making you might learn about Mise en Scene. Actually, understanding this concept can be quite difficult because it means a number of different things. There are many...[more]

Choosing a Color Palette for Your Film

Choosing the color palette for your film will make it look much more professional. The color palette or color scheme is the collection of colors which are used in your video to add interest to...[more]

Making Your Film Monochrome in Camera

Your camera can quite easily be turned into a monochrome camera by adjusting a few settings. This makes it possible to capture video on your camera in monochrome colors without first needing to do any...[more]