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Photo Essay: Tunnels

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Marienplatz Paralleltunnel by FloSchMUC

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Photo Essay: Fog + Silhouettes

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Warmth by TimmyQ

Beyond the Basics by Thomas Hawk

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To Flash or not To Flash

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Brighten Up and Improve Your Photographs
by Tom Benford

Originally published in March 2008 issue of Digital Photographer

Without a doubt, one of the handiest features of your digital camera is the built-in flash. And, also without a doubt, it’s also the most misused, too. Many people only think of using their flash when the ambient lighting is too dark to give them an acceptable exposure, which is one of the main reasons the flash was built into the camera in the first place. But there are lots of other times you can – and should – be using the flash to brighten up and improve your pictures. Using the flash can often make the difference between a keeper and a trasher, or make a simply good picture into a much better one. The thing is to know when and how to use the flash to best advantage.

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How To Retouch Photographs

by Joe Farace

Before you think about retouching any digital image file there are a few simple and basic steps you should consider before you snap the shutter that will minimize the amount of retouching your portraits might need. Good make-up artists are worth whatever they cost and make a big difference in the final portrait. With the right make-up artist and subject you may not need any retouching! Another way to minimize retouching is to slightly overexpose the portrait, making it just a little lighter and brighter than what your meter or camera says is “correct.” This will add a little radiant glow and minimize any minor facial imperfections.

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How To Shoot Macro Photos

by John Holbrook

Macro product photography can be extremely challenging, but also very rewarding. Commercial opportunities for high quality product close ups are strong and growing, both in print and online. In the following pages, I’m going to illustrate the techniques I’ve learned over the past several years doing commercial macro photography of wrist watches. Once you’ve mastered the challenges of photographing a wrist watch, you’ll be well prepared to do all manner of macro product photography.

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