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By Konrad Eek | Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Tips for Hanging Pictures on Your Walls

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I’ve worked with several people over the years who have wonderful art sitting in their closets because they aren’t sure how to go about hanging it on the wall.

It’s not just about the hanging hardware; they have lots of questions about where it should go, how high it should be, and how it should be grouped.

So here are five tips for hanging pictures on the wall in an eye-pleasing way.

By Seán Duggan | Friday, October 03, 2014

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse — with These Expert Tips

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Do you remember the total lunar eclipse last April? There’s another coming up Wednesday, and still more in April and September of 2015.

If you’re thinking about heading out into the night and photographing an eclipse, here are some tips and suggestions to make sure you have the right gear and are ready once the sky’s shadow dance begins.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop! Don’t Shoot: Property Releases for Photographers

Property Releases and Photographers

If you’re a photographer who shoots outdoors with any regularity, you’ve probably been asked to put your camera away: “No photos allowed here.”

But what are your rights, actually? When and where are you allowed to take pictures on public and private property?

By Erin Manning | Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIY Headshot Lighting Tips — from a Pro

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Let’s face it, everyone needs an attractive headshot. It’s essential for marketing yourself online. But lighting that DIY headshot can be a challenge if you’re working indoors.

A poorly lit shot can make even the most beautiful model look terrible. But what if you don’t have the budget for lighting gear? What’s a photographer to do?

Get creative!

By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Road Test: iOS 8 Photos App Editing Tools

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Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.

To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shoot Great Macro Photos — with a Cheap Plastic Cup

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Have you ever shot really close-up hand-held macro photography and struggled with keeping your subject still, holding your camera steady, or avoiding harsh, ugly shadows?

I’m going to show you how to solve all of those problems in just a few minutes with nothing more than a plastic cup and some scissors.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 19, 2014

Manual Flash in the Digital Age

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Most seasoned photographers have an old flash or two stashed in the closet. And they probably work just fine.

It wasn’t because they didn’t work that we put those earlier generation strobes to pasture; it’s just that many of us went through a phase thinking that we needed the latest TTL capability to make good pictures.

We were wrong.

The irony is that the digital age has made manual flash viable again, and in some instances, even preferable. Here’s how I’m putting my old guns back to work.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editing Old Photo Files? Update to Latest Raw Process

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You captured some photos in raw format, maybe edited a few on your computer, and moved onto the next photo adventure.

But then, years later, you run across one you’d like to edit a bit more and are faced with something new—a badge or alert in your software like this one:

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

Did something corrupt the image? No, that badge indicates the photo can be updated to a newer raw process. Here’s how:

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