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Using Lens Corrections to Improve Image Quality

Lens corrections help offset imperfections present in nearly every camera image. These might include darkening near the corners of the frame, otherwise straight lines appearing curved, or color fringes near edge detail. Even though these often aren't obvious in the original photo, the benefits of their removal almost always are. However, lens corrections...

Moon & Night Calculator for Photography

Planning is more important than ever with moon, night and astrophotography, in part because the desired conditions may only arise a few times a year. The following calculator can be used for guidance.

Sunrise & Sunset Calculator for Photography

Planning when to be on location for the right light can make a tremendous difference in your photography. Use this tool to understand when twilight starts and ends, along with where and when the sun will rise and set.

Making the Most of Natural Light in Photography

Paying more attention to light is perhaps the single most important step you can take to improve your photography. With many landscapes, having good natural lighting can even be more important than the choice of subject itself. Different types of natural light can also produce a wide variety of subject appearances — even though these all have the...

Cameras vs. The Human Eye

Why can't I just point my camera at what I'm seeing and record that? It's a seemingly simple question. It's also one of the most complicated to answer, and requires delving into not only how a camera records light, but also how and why our eyes work the way they do. Tackling such questions can reveal surprising insights about our everyday perception...

Tips on Digital Photo Restoration

Digital photo restoration can work miracles by turning a faded old family portrait into an image of seemingly modern quality. Alternatively, this process can work in reverse to give a photograph a timeless feel. Performing either of these transformations yourself is not as difficult as it may seem — you just need to know which restoration tools to use.

Digital Photo Editing Workflow

This article summarizes the most important steps to incorporate into your digital photo editing workflow (aka "post-processing workflow"). It isn't necessarily a procedure that you'll want to implement with all of your photos, but whenever you want to get that "keeper" looking just right, these steps can make all the difference.

Using Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density (ND) filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera, enabling a longer exposure time than otherwise possible. This can emphasize motion, or make an otherwise tumultuous scene appear surreal and quiescent. Alternatively, an ND filter also enables larger apertures, which can produce a shallower depth of field, or achieve a sharper...

Portraits with Two Lights: Adding a Fill Light

A second light source — usually called a fill light or fill flash — can greatly improve portrait lighting. It reduces the depth of shadows and softens the appearance of facial features, amongst other traits. Best of all, a fill light is easy to create: either a simple on-camera flash or a reflector is often sufficient. However, a second light source...

Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters

Graduated neutral density (GND) or "grad" filters are an essential tool for capturing scenes with a broad dynamic range. They're also perhaps a hidden secret of successful landscape photographers. While they have been used for over a hundred years, nowadays the grad ND effect can also be applied digitally, either during RAW development or in subsequent...

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