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By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Use Damage Textures to Create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”

But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.

I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 Cheers for the Mixology App — Stirred up by a lynda.com Member

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Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.

First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.

“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.

Second, he knew how to build a phone app.

“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”

But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, February 16, 2015

Understanding Copyright for Photographers — and Beyond

the basics of copyright for photographers

Everyone has heard of copyright, but not everyone knows what it really means.

Here’s the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and why” of copyright for photographers — and anyone who works with pictures.

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 13, 2015

Photos for OS X: What You Need to Know

Photos for OS X Beta

Last week, Apple re-revealed Photos for OS X, the Mac counterpart to the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Available now as a preview for developers, Photos for OS X will be included with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 in the spring.

Apple first teased Photos for OS X at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last June, and a month later announced that iPhoto and Aperture were being retired. In the interim, we’ve been left wondering what the replacement will be like:

Will it open existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries? Will Photos replace all of Aperture’s professional organizing and editing features?

Now we have a better idea of what’s coming. The Photos for OS X app will be immediately familiar, as it echoes (but doesn’t completely duplicate) the Photos for iOS app. It does open iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and even does so without duplicating your images.

However, that’s about as far as Photos goes when it comes to Aperture. The new application is a clear message—the latest in a string of messages over the years, really—that Apple is no longer pursuing the professional photographer market.

If you currently use iPhoto or Aperture to manage and edit your photo library, it’s time to start thinking about how Photos will fit into your workflow—which may involve migrating to a non-Apple application.

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 06, 2015

How to Hire a Model for a Photo Shoot

Here's how to hire a model for your photos

Have you exhausted the patience of friends and family members to act as subjects for your photo shoots?

Or maybe you’re looking to improve your portrait photography skills, experiment with new looks for your portfolio, or break into the fashion business.

If so, it might be time to hire a model.

Finding and hiring a model for the first time can be daunting. Do you go straight to a modeling agency, or reach out over social media? What can you expect to pay?

As with so many things in photography, the answer depends on scale, scope, and budget.

By Steve Simon | Sunday, January 25, 2015

Street Photography: It All Comes Down to Editing

Good street photography requires good editing

I’m a street photographer. What I most love about my profession is that it allows me to shoot anytime, anywhere. From big-city streets to rural dirt roads, there are great images waiting to be found at every turn. I liken it to a treasure hunt; the treasures are everywhere if we choose to see them.

Since triggering the shutter at the right moment is so important to the success of my work, I tend to put the odds in my favor by shooting more. The more I shoot, the “luckier” I get; it can mean the difference between capturing an average picture or a five-star masterpiece.

But shooting is only half the battle. The secret to success is in the editing.

How do you choose “the best” of the many images you’ve captured?

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Fuss About Fair Use Photos: Are Your Images Protected?

What are fair use photos? Find out here.

These days, photographers often find their images used by others without permission. When confronted, the user likely will claim that it’s a “fair use,” rather than an infringement.

While only a judge or jury can ultimately decide whether the use is a fair use, understanding the differences will help you protect your work.

By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, January 18, 2015

How to Be a Better Photographer (Hint: It's Not Your Camera)

Learn how to be a better photographer, by evaluating your eye
You’ve set a goal to become a better photographer this year. Now, where to start?

The easy route is to buy new camera gear, but that can quickly turn into a trap. Throwing a few thousand dollars into a high-end DSLR will no doubt get you technical improvements such as higher resolution images and faster autofocus—but it’s not a magic shortcut that levels up your skills just by unboxing the camera.

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