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Your Personal Brand Just Got More Personal

17. August 2015

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Your Personal Brand Just Got More Personal

Stand out! Don’t be like everybody else! Personality! Style! We hear it all the time. We’re tired of hearing it. Today we’re doing something about it. Lately, we’ve talked about why you should watermark your images and how to do it proper-like. And, if you’ve been with us for any length of time, you know […]

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Build The Watermark People Talk About

29. June 2015

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Build The Watermark People Talk About

We previously discussed what makes a good watermark and how it can help potential clients find the real you. Now, let’s get down to business using Lightroom and Photoshop to construct our watermarks! Lightroom’s Simple Copyright Watermark Lightroom’s Simple Copyright Watermark pulls text from each image’s Copyright metadata field and renders it in the lower […]

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Split Tones Make Sweet Color Harmony

10. March 2015

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Split Tones Make Sweet Color Harmony

Color grading is one of those open ended subjects that is incredibly hard to perfect because of the seemingly endless amount of possibilities. With so many options it can be hard to know where to start! Many photographers have a hard time establishing a color palette and will simply resort to one of the popular […]

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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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X-Equals Black and White

20. October 2011

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X-Equals Black and White

** ALL X-EQUALS PRESETS ARE 100% LIGHTROOM 6 (CC) COMPATIBLE ** XeL:Black and White is the culmination of a year’s worth or research, analysis, development and testing – representing a major milestone release in support of the innovative X-Equals XeL platform. XeL:Black and White breaks free from the traditional approach to Lightroom presets – utilizing […]

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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 hulkin’ 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 options 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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