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Cloning. Made. Easy.

7. July 2014

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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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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 3 of 3

22. January 2014

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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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Real World XeL with Craig Ferguson

8. October 2013

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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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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 2 of 3

27. September 2013

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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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Long-Exposure Photography – Part 1 of 3

3. September 2013

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

31. July 2013

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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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X-Equals XeL – Best Practices in Workflow

26. July 2013

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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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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 3 of 4

9. April 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 3 of 4

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

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Embracing the Shadows with X-Equals XeL

1. April 2013

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Embracing the Shadows with X-Equals XeL

I’ve been shooting jazz concerts for a while now, and lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a concert shot iconic. In many cases, the viewer of  a particular concert photo will have no idea who the artist is, so one way to keep the viewer interested is to express a mood – an atmosphere […]

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 2 of 4

5. March 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 2 of 4

In the Part 1 of this 4 part series, we had an in depth look at how to import your images from your camera into your Lightroom catalog. We looked at how by applying presets and folder structures we could start to create an easy to navigate image storage solution. In this second part of […]

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