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By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Which Do You Need? Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop CC

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How many times have you heard someone say they need Photoshop to edit photos? Perhaps because it was first, or because talented artists have done amazing things with it over the years, Adobe Photoshop has become synonymous in many people’s minds with manipulating digital photos.

And yet, Photoshop is one of the biggest iceberg applications out there: Most people, even many experts, use only a small percentage of what Photoshop CC 2015 (the latest version) is capable of.

That’s why Adobe also sells Photoshop Elements, which has just been updated to version 14. Originally designed as a “Photoshop Lite,” Elements is now nearly as capable as its older sibling, especially for most general-purpose photo editing.

By Jim Heid | Friday, September 18, 2015

Photography Basics: Getting the Full Picture

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You’ve heard the cliché: You have to crawl before you can walk.

In the non-pediatric world, the phrase means you need to master some basics before you can try something advanced.

It’s true in most fields: A pianist can’t play a Bach sonata without first learning scales and fingering technique, nor would a pilot take a Cessna for a solo flight without some ground instruction.

But does it apply to photography?

By Taz Tally | Friday, September 4, 2015

5 Reasons to Use Photoshop Curves Instead of Levels

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You may have heard that in Photoshop, Curves are better than Levels for adjusting the brightness and contrast, and for performing color corrections on your images.

It’s true! You have much more editing control with Curves, as I show in my new lynda.com course Exploring Photoshop: Mastering Curves.

Here are five reasons, with specific examples, of why you want to use Curves instead of Levels:

By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What’s New for Photographers in the iPhone 6S/6S Plus

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The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus ship on September 25, and among the new features are some under-the-hood improvements sure to interest photographers.

They represent to next step forward in the evolution of the capabilities of the iPhone as a camera—from better image quality and front-facing camera improvements to the much-talked-about Live Photos feature.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 11, 2015

5 Tips for Shooting High-School Senior Portraits

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Among the many rites of passage during the final year of high school is the senior portrait.

If your child’s school doesn’t work with a portrait company—or if you already received your kid’s portrait proofs back and don’t like them—don’t panic.

With a little prep work, you can shoot your own senior portraits, creating memorable shots with a look that’s unique to the soon-to-be graduate. Not being herded into a cattle call photo session allows for more creative expression!

Here are the five things you need to know before you shoot:

By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

iPhone 6S and the Evolution of the iPhone Camera

Today Apple announced that the new iPhone 6S and 6S+ will feature an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera and take Live Photos—capturing 1.5 seconds of motion and sound before and after each photo you snap.

As we look forward to that release on the 25th of this month, here’s a look back at the 8-year evolution of the iPhone camera over the years—from rudimentary to of-the-very-moment technology.

We’re already in the studio creating training for you on the new iPhone and camera. In the meantime, get the most out of your current iPhone camera with these courses on lynda.com.

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By Seán Duggan | Friday, September 4, 2015

Taking Pictures for Photoshop Compositing


If your goal is to make composites in Photoshop, then the way you photograph scenes or objects to use in your composites matters.

It can make the actual Photoshop process easier and more efficient—and it may result in more realistic composites, as I demonstrate in my new course Photographing for Compositing in Photoshop.

Here are the key points to keep in mind when shooting images you plan to use in a compositing project.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Epic Photography Fails ... Can Be Awesome


It’s easy to think that because we left the right lens at home, didn’t bring a tripod, or don’t own the latest camera with the best resolution/low-light sensitivity/new-camera smell, we can’t make good photos.

Worse, we sometimes convince ourselves that the camera should stay in its comfy bag (the latest in a series of pricy totes)—because we’re afraid to even try in the first place.

“If I can’t make the image that’s in my head, why bother?”

If you learn anything about photography, it’s that there is no single, correct way to take photos. Sure, there are rules and guidelines and solid principles, but good photos can come from anywhere, and in all sorts of circumstances.

Let the following examples inspire you the next time you can’t capture a shot the way it “should” be done.

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