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Cloning. Made. Easy.

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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$24.99 – XeL 2.0 – Black and White Toolkit

20. October 2011

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$24.99 – XeL 2.0 – Black and White Toolkit

** ALL X-EQUALS PRESETS ARE 100% LIGHTROOM 4 and 5 COMPATIBLE ** We’re so amped to bring you another innovative addition to the XeL Family! Sample image from XeL: Black and White Cold Storage Films XeL:Black and White is the culmination of a year’s worth or research, analysis, development and testing – representing a major […]

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Lightroom’s Ultimate Plug-in – Photoshop

15. February 2011

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Lightroom’s Ultimate Plug-in – Photoshop

We all know of the litany of plug-ins available to Lightroom. There are export plug-ins, Metadata plug-ins and external editor plug-ins. All of these tools extend the capabilities of Lightroom, allowing more control over your images and pertinent metadata. Many times they can be time saving tools, other times they are veritable life-savers. However, there […]

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Join Us – Show us what you got …

9. September 2010

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Join Us – Show us what you got …

None of this happens without you I know I’ve said this before, but it’s so true … Your comments, questions, ideas, and feedback are what have made X-Equals what is today! Without you, we’d be nowhere. We’re now looking to get more involved with our community to help bring your ideas to life, and we’re […]

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Link Party – Grab a drink and dig in …

1. July 2010

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Link Party – Grab a drink and dig in …

I was cleaning up my laptop the other day in anticipation of my Lightroom 3 upgrade and I ran across a big hunkin’ list of bookmarks so let’s have a good old fashion Link Party! There’s a good mix of Photoshop, Lightroom, and shooting tips in here along with a bunch of free downloads and […]

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High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop

22. June 2010

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High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop

In Lightroom, sharpening is a rather simple endeavor. While Lightroom’s built-in sharpening tool is excellent, it is a bit lacking when it comes to fine control of sharpening. Photoshop is a much better tool for doing fine sharpening, as it offers a myriad of sharpening option and the ability to use layers and masks to […]

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Taking a byte out of bit depth – Jpeg vs. RAW

5. April 2010

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Taking a byte out of bit depth – Jpeg vs. RAW

Should I shoot RAW or should I shoot JPEG? That is the eternal question digital photographers struggle with day after day. Take a look at any photography message board or Flickr group and you will likely find a heated discussion weighing both sides of the issue. Proponents of each file type have strong arguments in […]

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Adobe DNG – the future is NOW

15. December 2009

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Adobe DNG – the future is NOW

To the modern digital photographer, the Raw data from the camera is the modern day equivalent of the traditional photographer’s negatives or slides. Everything we need to create stunning final images is provided by the single simple file, regardless of its format – be it .NEF, .CRW, .CR2, .PEF; the list goes on and on. […]

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Good to the last Drop – Photoshop Droplets

27. October 2009

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Good to the last Drop – Photoshop Droplets

I always loved Photoshop for its ability to create Actions, and in turn automate a LOT of my work by leveraging those actions to create Photoshop Droplets for batch processing. And, the best part is I can access these Actions from directly within Lightroom. By leveraging Droplets within your Lightroom workflow, you can take advantage […]

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Keeping it Raw in Photoshop – Part 2 of 3

15. October 2009

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Keeping it Raw in Photoshop – Part 2 of 3

Alright, so Part 1 of this series is fully digested, right? Well it is time to build on that procedure and really flex this workflows muscle. If you recall, I asked you to think about what presets you really like in Lightroom and to convert then to Adobe Camera Raw profiles using the past tutorial. […]

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