Posts tagged Photography

A Quick Guide to Focusing

Today’s post will introduce you to a quick and dirty guide to auto focusing – how to help you get the shot you want without wasting time.

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Knowing how to use your camera’s auto focus system is essential to taking great photos. So let’s get started.

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How to Improve your Photography – Look for the Unique Angles

This is the first article of an ongoing series where we look at simple ways to improve our photography. Many beginners, and even advanced photographers overlook some of obvious ways to better their shots and hopefully these posts will help remind you what to look out for.
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In this post we’ll explore how taking a few extra steps to look at a shot from a different angle can help take your photos to the next level.

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Photoshop CS5 – A Game Changing Release?

Adobe Photoshop CS5 was just announced for release on April 12, 2010. This much anticipated release will introduce among other things two brand new game-changing features:

  • Content Awareness and
  • new brush tool behaviours.

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More about each of these features with links to some mind-blowing demo videos after the jump.

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Studio Lighting Setups & Examples

This presentation highlights the differences betwen reflector lighting, umbrella lighting and softbox lighting using examples.

4 easy composition rules for strong photography

I created and presented this slideshow a while ago for the Rotman Photo Association. We use examples of strong photos to describe 4 simple techniques to create your own great pictures.

If you found this slideshow delivery format helpful/not helpful, I’d love to hear any feedback.

How to Build A Portable Studio-Quality Background in 20 minutes

This weekend I took on a DIY project to build a decent background for use in portraits that would give me studio quality shots but still be light, portable and easy to store.

Since I have no talent in painting or construction, I knew I wouldn’t be able to paint one myself or build something too complicated.

As they say, necessity (or is it laziness? ;) ) is the mother of invention and so I forced myself to look around for materials that were ready-to-use and easy to put together.

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After the jump, this week’s video shows you how to build a great photography background in less than 20 minutes.

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Bibble 5 Announced

Happy New Year!

If you’re looking for a solid RAW workflow software, Bibble 5 might just fit your bill.  Bibble is known to be extremely fast and has a powerful set of features. The full announcement is below.

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3 Awesome ‘Pictures of the Year’ Compilations for 2009

I always enjoy going through the various Year In Pictures compilation that many of the news sites publish at this time of year. I find the photography not only inspiring, but also a great learning tool.

As PhotoBlazr winds down for the year, we’ve compiled some links to our  favourite ‘Pictures of the Year’ compilations for 2009 this year. Check out the list after the jump.

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Correcting exposure using a photograph’s histogram

Tutorial on how to correct a digital photo’s exposure using the histogram tool. This lesson uses Adobe Lightroom as a demonstration tool but the concepts can be used on other advanced photo manipulation software such as Apple Aperture or Photoshop CS.

3 Simple Steps to Enhancing Your Digital Photos

In this tutorial we go through 3 basic steps that can be used to enhance any photograph. We look at using the histogram and the curves tool to correct exposure and contrast to give photos more vibrant colour and ‘pop’.

This tutorial uses Adobe Lightroom 2 as our demonstration tool but the concepts are applicable to many of the advanced photography manipulation software such as Aperture and Photoshop Elements or CS.