1. December 2014

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The Marketplace For Being Average

As an artist you have no doubt at some point compared yourself to your peers, mentors, and idols. Just as likely is the fact that when you did that, you also devalued yourself, and began to doubt your own abilities. As artists we always strive to put forth our best efforts and it is always […]

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7. July 2014

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Cloning. Made. Easy.

A few months ago, one of my friends who is working on a book on surrealist Paris saw a photo of mine, one of the Paris shots I featured in the series of long-exposure articles recently published on the X-equals website. He liked the ghost effect with the Parisian backdrop, and asked me for some […]

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22. January 2014

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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 3 of 3

In this, the third and last installment of our series on long-exposure photography, we are going to look into three advances uses of the technique.  In Part 2 we examined how to do a basic long-exposure shot of still water. This part assumes that you are a little better equipped (with tripod and filters) and […]

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8. October 2013

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Real World XeL with Craig Ferguson

As a photographer who got started in the pre-digital era I always had my favorite films that I’d favor time and again. Some of these were films I discovered through my own experimentation, occasionally just randomly choosing something new to test out. Others were films that I knew my photographic influences worked with. Galen Rowell’s […]

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27. September 2013

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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 2 of 3

Jersey City Dawn (Canon 7D, 27mm, f/13, 30s, ISO 100) Now that we’ve established in Part 1 why long-exposure photography is interesting and what it helps you achieve, I wanted to walk you through your first long-exposure shot, from location scouting all the way to post-processing. Since you might not yet know if this is […]

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3. September 2013

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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 1 of 3

Woods Hole Dawn (Canon EOS 7D, 17mm, F/18, 30s, ISO 100, no filter, Cape Cod, 6:30AM, Sept. 1st) Long-exposure photographs have a distinctive look, and are often elusive to achieve for beginning photographers. But we’re here to help … Once you start dabbling with the technique, you’ll realize that it’s relatively easy to achieve interesting […]

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31. July 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 4 of 4

Welcome to Part 4 of Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom! So far in this series we have looked at the process required to organize your images (Part 1), captioning and filtering your images (Part 2), and using the Develop Module in Lightroom (Part 3) to create a simple and easy to navigate Lightroom catalog. […]

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26. July 2013

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X-Equals XeL – Best Practices in Workflow

One major misconception regarding our XeL presets is that they are a one click fix, much like Silver Efex and Alien Skin. XeL is not even an image finishing solution as VSCO Film purports itself to be. XeL is different, it is a workflow tool, not a magic brush for your images. XeL, when used […]

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18. June 2013

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$49.99 – XeL 2.0 – Bundle – The Complete XeL:Toolkit!

** ALL X-EQUALS PRESETS ARE 100% LIGHTROOM 4 and 5 COMPATIBLE ** Ohhhhhhhhhhh SNAP! Yep, we did it. Time to go ALL IN on the XeL Platform … which is the best way to get the only COMPLETE digital darkroom and non-destructive toolkit for Lightroom. If you bought the entire XeL Suite separately you’d drop […]

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22. May 2013

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X-Equals – XeL 2.0 – Product Details

XeL 2.0 is ready! And … all XeL Products have been updated! Get your copy today! Now … onto the details! We made some structural changes to the configuration of XeL, corrected some outstanding issues from the prior releases, added in new Tone presets for all film emulations and prepared the XeL system for future […]

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