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Review of the 2014 Mobile Photography Awards (MPAs)

26 Feb 2015 - Richard Gray

The Mobile Photography Awards (MPAs) finally announced their top prize on February 13th. This year, the leading competition in mobile photography kept its community waiting as the winning announcements were stretched over 2 weeks. So, were they worth waiting for? The MPA grand prize went to Seldon Serkin. Previous years’ winners of the top award…

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Using Symbols in Your Photos – A Powerful Communication Tool

24 Feb 2015 - Robert Hirsch

We communicate through the use of symbols all the time. A symbol is anything that stands for something else. Usually a symbol is a simplified image that, because of certain associations in a viewer’s mind, represents a more complex idea or system. Lines that form letters, words, or musical notes are symbols. A photograph is…

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Camera Raw as a Photoshop Filter:
The video and by the book

19 Feb 2015 - Martin Evening

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Camera Raw adjustments can now be applied as a filter, within Photoshop. This means it is now possible to access the power of Camera Raw while working on an image open in Photoshop. This movie shows how using Camera Raw as a filter helped create the cover image used for the book.  Click below…

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Where to Put the Main Light When Making Portraits – The Key Triangle

17 Feb 2015 - Fil Hunter

Placing the main light is, of course, our first decision. Look at the abstract ball below. It is the simplest thing we could draw to convincingly represent a ball; without the highlight and shadow, it could just as well be a ring, a hole, or a flat disk. Notice also that the placement of the…

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FREE DOWNLOAD – Adobe Photoshop CC Keyboard Shortcuts for PC and Mac

12 Feb 2015 - Martin Evening

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – Adobe Photoshop CC Keyboard Shortcuts for PC and Mac! This PDF chapter contains 31 pages of tables that show nearly all of the known keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Bridge. This is just one of many resources that can be found on the companion website for the book…

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Finding Purpose

10 Feb 2015 - Robert Golden

Photographs are seen to be faithful copies of the world (not forgetting the powers of Photoshop). But in three essential ways they have never been more than facsimiles. 1. They reduce the total viewable spectrum seen by the human eye from one million to one, to about one thousand to one. 2. They change the…

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