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Strengthen Your Photogenic Eye
6 Powerful Teaching Articles on Photogenic Styles
Compiled By:R Carpenter
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How To Add Special Effects To Photos
With Adobe Photoshop And Basic
In an effort to create a lasting impact from your photo,
leaving the impressions on viewer’s minds, it should have
something that keeps him glued. You can employ Adobe
PhotoShop’s special effects tools in the menu to add a
lightning effect. You can double your exposures or do
whatever you choose. The advantage of owning Adobe
Photoshop is the rewards it will bring. In fact, I used this
program to design my book covers, make commercials,
advertising slicks and more, so sit back and enjoy this basic
Lightning Effect: You can use various types of lightning
effects and of different colors, applying them to an image
using Adobe Photoshop. This will enhance your basic
photography skills tremendously. Note that these tips are
perfect for newbies as everything is explained in basic
We'll follow a stepwise manner in doing this:
1. Open your editor or Adobe Photoshop program
2. Now open the desired image (make sure you open it in
3. Now from the filter menu choose Renderer and then
select your desired lighting effects.
4. You will see the lighting effect dialogue box opens up
1. Choose the desired lighting style from the topmost
selection menu; you will notice the options style of lights.
2. Choose the light type and move the sliders to set the
intensity and focus.
3. You can also change the properties by toggling the sliders
for glass, material, exposure, and ambience.
4. You can also change the color of light. To change the
color of light just click on the boxes to the right of the light
type and properties. This will open the color, picker dialogue
box. Choose a color and press ok.
5. To change the direction or placement of light just drags
any of the points on the outside ellipse or center point. Click
ok after you have adjusted the direction and placement of
light. How about that for a basic photography lesson!
Creating Double Exposure effect is one of the best basic
photography tips: A double exposure image is created by
overlaying two images on one another.
Like above we'll again follow a stepwise procedure:
1. Select all or a part of the image using the selection tools
at the top of the toolbar.
2. Now from the edit menu choose copy.
3. Now open a second image file.
4. From the window menu, you can select the show layer.
5. On the ‘show layer’ popup right click and choose new
layer and press ok.
6. Now go to the edit menu and press paste.
7. From the layer’s palette, move the opacity slider to 50%.
8. Now drag the mouse from inside the selection to move it.
9. To scale the pasted selection, click on image menu and
then select image size.
Adjust the size by adjusting the pixels and height from the
The editing programs today can do wonders to images. One
of the most popular programs is Adobe PhotoShop, since
this editing program is one of the most sophisticated tools.
Most pro photographers will use this program, since you can
create web sites, book covers, images, movies, and more.
Adobe is also used to design manuals, graphics,
commercials, fliers, and more. This particular program I
miss. I lost my copy during a severe virus attack, and the
downside is it costs around $1000 to $1500 to replace.
Outside of lightning effects, you can also setup brick
backgrounds, or whatever background you choose. If you
own this program you know what I am talking about,
however if you have never had the experience and can get
the opportunity to try out Adobe I promise you will have
loads of fun. For additional editing assistance check out your
menus, Help tools.
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Article # 2
Learning Photo’s Special Effects with
by Reza Hasan
A camera for some people is as good as a canvas and a
brush. Like painters, photographers weave a story, except
by clicking pictures rather than drawing them. Often artists
depict unrealistic scenarios to present the world as they see
it. To a layman, it just might be an esoteric example of
modern art. However, for artists themselves, it is the
tangible form of their creativity. Likewise, photographers in
order to present a certain scenario which is difficult to
capture with a camera, use photo special effects to add
nuances to their visions. These pictures, though set in
simple surroundings are altered with the use various
techniques to give them a completely different look. Photo
special effects are widely used in advertisements,
illustrations and even by professional photographers.
Contrary to popular misconception, to add special effects to
pictures, one doesn’t need to buy expensive cameras or
spend countless hours with Photoshop. Surprisingly,
amateur photographers can use a lot of household items like
flashlights and laser pens to add to the beauty of their
pictures. In fact, novices will be surprised to know how
simple adjustments in their camera settings can lead to
almost surreal shots, which usually require specialized
To learn the ropes of photo special effects, all one needs is
little bit of creative experimentation with a normal DSLR
(Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. Getting to know how
their camera works is the first step to be taken by amateur
photographers to master special effects. As a camera is their
tool, it would do much good to these newbie photographers
to know their camera inside out.
The use of photo special effects entails the shrewd
application of various features of a digital camera. One of
the ways is to add unique colors to pictures by using a DSLR
camera to capture infrared lights. Further, the DSLR camera
can be used to join multiple light pictures and click a picture
that is on the lines of digital art. To take high speed, crystal
clear photographs, all one has to have a normal single lens
Further, in addition to these photo special effects a digital
camera can be used to click three dimensional (3D), without
the use of expensive software. Thus, rather than going all
out and emptying their bank accounts and buy an ultra
expensive camera or state of the art software, photography
enthusiasts can have their fair share of special effects with
their digital cameras.
However, people who face problems in learning these tricks
can log in to http://pictureeffects.org to master these skills.
The site is a highly recommended one, as it guides novices
through the apparently simple world of special effects and
makes their transition from a normal shutterbug to almost a
professional, very smooth. The site,
http://pictureeffects.org, is loaded with shortcuts and
various tricks to be used with a normal range of cameras,
which enables photography enthusiasts to take amazing
shots that are at par with those taken by professional
About the Author
Reza Hasan is an avid, freelance photographer. In just a few
weeks, he had managed to learn the tricks and amazing
techniques to produce amazing special effect photos which
are at par like the pros. If you want to learn his methods,
just visit his site at http://www.PictureEffects.Org and sign
up for completely free to get more info and great techniques
Article # 3
Digital Photography - Tips and Tricks
By Gary Davies
Digital photography can get very exciting and interesting
especially if you own a good model. But even the best
camera cannot give you the best pictures if you are not
aware of how to use the various user controls and also
certain tips and tricks which will enable you to click some
great and amazing snaps. Here a few of them which I
personally use all the time for taking some memorable
An important thing to remember always is to use optical
zoom instead of digital zoom for clicking far away objects.
Optical zoom makes use of the lens physically and makes
the object appear closer unlike digital zoom which is just
smart software embedded in the chip. The former is always
recommended for getting sharper and clearer pictures than
the latter which tends to give blurred and poor quality
images. Only optical zoom will be able to give you good
picture clarity which is crucial if you are intending on
enlarging the picture. If you use digital zoom, then the
clarity decreases as you enlarge the image.
It is best to take a few steps closer to your subject while
taking a photograph especially when you are shooting
children who are always a pleasure to look at. Instead of
focusing on the whole body, focus on the face especially
when you catch them off guard in a moment of reflection or
a different expression. If you cannot move in closer to the
object, then use optical zoom for a clear and crisp image.
You can also zoom in on the picture later on using digital
software and crop out the background to get an amazing
If you are interested in outdoor photography, then make
sure that you shoot at dawn and dusk which provide great
lighting for some interesting pictures. Shoot away from the
sun or the sunlight falling on the image will become too
bright and douse out the other colors in the photograph.
While shooting people, make sure that the sun is behind
your back and not in front of you for great pictures. If you
are shooting in bright sunlight, then make sure that your
subject is not squinting as this will reflect in the photo;
professional photographers use shields and frames to keep
away the sunlight from falling directly on the subject's face.
Try not to use flash all the time. Look around and analyze
the lighting before deciding to use flash especially when you
are shooting outdoors. Flash tends to shoot in artificial light
which can take away the beauty of a natural picture. Hence
avoid using this if you are shooting a sunset or a scenic
location. It is best to use the flash settings for functions and
events that are held at night or in a closed environment.
Then you will need all the light you can get to get clear and
These tips and tricks can be of great benefit if you are
starting out with digital photography and want to capture
the best moments of your life.
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the great range of photos. There are lots of great niches
including Outdoor, Hotel and Travel Photography
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Article # 4
Top 5 Digital Photography Tips And
By: Jane Hester
1. Check the tone settings.
Whether you have noticed it or not, most of your digital
shots will have a 'cool' look to them, ie very sharp and cold
looking. This is due to the white balance setting that is the
default for digital cameras when on the "auto" setting. This
probably doesn't bother you because you haven't really
noticed it before, but once you try other settings, it makes a
If you are shooting outdoor photos and there is a lot of
sunshine, try changing your white balance setting to manual
and choose a setting such as shade or cloudy. This will
increase the reds and yellows of the photo, giving you a
Test this for yourself - take a photo on auto then switch the
white balance to shade or cloudy and take the exact same
photo. Upload them to your computer and compare them
side by side... warmer huh?!
2. Sneaky trick for Polarizing Filter.
hands on a polarizing filter. This filter is the one you need if
you want to be a serious photographer and love to shoot
outdoor landscapes and portraits. This reduces the glare and
unwanted reflections and colors are more saturated.
But, these filters are expensive and most point and click
cameras don't accept them... so what to do? Take those
sunglasses off your head and put them in front of the
camera lens! Get them as close to the viewfinder as possible
and make sure you can't see the rims in the shot. To
enhance the shot even more, make sure the sun is over
either your right or left shoulder.
If you want to get even more serious about your outdoor
shots, then you need to get your
3. Outdoor Portraits with Flash, what?!
I know this is contrary to what we are told when taking
outdoor portraits, especially if the sun is out, but this will
illuminate your subject and give that professional look we all
want from our photos!
Do this by ensuring the flash is on, not on auto. Next try
different options of positioning - get the subject to sit with
the sun behind them or to the side of them so their hair is
illuminated or try getting the subject to sit in the shade and
use the flash to illuminate them and avoid squinty eye - not
4. Perfect Close Ups.
Want to get every line, hair and wrinkle on that person
you've been watching all night or just want to try your hand
at some outdoor close ups - especially on those little ants
running around on the ground?!
Did you know there was a close up mode on your camera,
cleverly disguised as a "flower" in your manual settings?!
No? Thought so, neither did I until a photographer friend
told me about it! It's brilliant! Just make sure you are using
a tripod or are very stable with your hands and when taking
the photo, hold the shutter button down halfway first to
allow the camera to focus then follow through.
Remember that when you are in this mode that you have a
shallow depth of field, so focus on the part of the subject
that you really want to get up close and personal with!
5. Lining up the Horizon.
How often have you taken a landscape photo only to view it
and find that the horizon is a little off balance? But when you
were looking through your viewfinder, you swore it was level?!
The easiest way to solve this problem is to use a tripod and
make sure it's on level ground... failing the tripod, make
sure you are on level ground and keep your hands steady by
bringing your elbows into the side of your chest and anchor
them there - now don't move! Take the shot. Move slightly
to make ain. View them on the computer and youa slight
adjustment and take the shot ag will find you have at least
one level horizon in there!
By: Jane Hester
Article # 5
Do You Need Adobe Photoshop?
By Cedric P Loiselle
This is a question a budding photographer would eventually
ask himself. Photography and photo editing are two different
forms of art. Does processing your photo make you less of a
photographer? Or is it a must for all photographers to postprocess pictures? Is Photoshop necessary?
While many people can download Photoshop free of charge,
the rest would have to spend around 700 dollars to get a
copy. The legit version is expensive. If you have
photography as a temporary hobby, then purchasing the full
version is not a practical option. If you do not do much
photo processing on editing software, then you really do not
need to spend that much.
The question is: is it possible to create a masterpiece; a
perfect photograph without using Photoshop?
The answer depends on what type of photographer you are.
But it is possible to come up with a great image without
doing post-processing. A good photographer should be able
to capture their desired photo by setting the camera settings
right and taking into account ambient conditions, before
taking a snap. Important settings to consider when taking a
• Exposure Compensation
• White balance
• Shutter speed
So if you get things right in the camera in the first place,
your chances of getting the perfect photo is so high, that
you would not need to post process it later. If you set the
ISO right, you may not have to go through aggressive noise
reduction on software. The right exposure compensation
ensures the photo looks just right-neither dark, nor bright.
White balance ensures colors come right. Proper composition
eliminates the need for unnecessary cropping or image
rotation on the software.
However, there are many cases where even professional and
seasoned photographers have to edit their photos. These are
some of the cases:
• When there is time constraint in photography - You can
get the settings right, as long as your subject can wait for
you to set the camera and get the right composition. In so
many cases, this is impossible. Outdoor, travel, street,
sports, and wildlife photography involves taking photos
continuously, without much time to tinker the settings. It is
during these crucial moments when you have to prefer
capturing the picture and just making on the im adjustments
age later. Setting the camera each time would mean missing
• When the photo needs to be enhanced - There are those
that already look right, but can still look better through postprocessing. Portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers
are heavy users of post-processing techniques. For instance,
you have a nice portrait; everything is set right, but your
subject's face has blemishes. You see, no in-camera setting
can remove these facial blemishes. You have to resort to the
removal of these imperfections on Adobe Photoshop. This is
a usual trick many professional photographers do.
• When a photo needs to be altered artistically - Advanced
photographers usually do not settle with just a snap straight
from the camera. There are several ways to change the
image to make it look entirely different from the original
photo. For instance, the background can be blurred
significantly, or the subject can be made to retain its color to
make the background recede into grayness. Photographers
can also add elements to a photo or change the background
entirely, or clip photographs together to form a panorama.
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Article # 6
How To Choose An Entry Level DSLR
By Kalyan Kumar
People who own a point and shoot camera eventually want
to move to having a DSLR. Other reasons could be you want
clearer images, you want more control over your camera or
you want to become a professional photographer.
Whatever your reason, you can start with having an entry
level DSLR. This is lighter than the real DSLR and is more
affordable as well.
So first things first. Consider the brand and you have many
to choose from - Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Nikon, Pentax,
Panasonic, Olympus and Sony. Most share the same
features but if you often travel and take photos during
special occasions, you need to pick a model that's easy to
operate but at the same time one that can ensure image
For those who are serious in getting into photography, the
two famous brand names you should consider are Nikon and
Canon. Most, if not all, professional photographers use these
As for the digital camera components, the camera sensor is
an important consideration if quality images are your
priority. Basically, there are two types of sensors - the CCD
and the CMOS. The CMOS is present in the latest cameras
today owing to its lower production cost while the older
models utilized the CCD which provides better quality
Consider as well the camera body. This is essential
particularly if you have plans of purchasing high-end
accessories in the future and because you will need to get
accessories such as the lens that match the body.
Most entry level DSLR cameras today have quality plastic
bodies. Weather sealing, however, is what gives the higher
type or the professional DSLR the edge. Hopefully, this will
be made available for the entry level models in the future.
When it comes to material, you have a choice between
getting a metal and a plastic body. There's no doubt that the
metal body is more durable and allows for better heat
conduction notably while shooting videos. Nikon and Canon
manufactures both metal and plastic bodied digital cameras.
Some people often prefer cameras that have bigger
megapixels thinking that it will give them better quality
images. But this is a misconception.
Do understand that you need a higher megapixel camera
only if you would like to print large photos. This is because
printing a large size image requires more megapixels to
produce clearer and crisper photos. A higher resolution is
also ideal if you do extensive post processing of your images
such as cropping without affecting the quality.
But if you just want to snap and store photos on your
computer and share them online, then a 3.5 to 5 megapixel
camera will do.
The camera's affordability should be an important
consideration. Know that you will not only be spending for
the camera body alone but for other necessary accessories
as well so make sure that you get only what you can afford.
Calculating your expenses will help you choose the right
entry DSLR camera that fits your lifestyle.
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