Jan
24
2012
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How were images tweaked before the ascent of Photoshop?

tweaked-imageToday, it’s normal for fashion photos to be tweaked. In the March 2008 issue of Vogue magazine, one retoucher (Pascal Dangin) applied his skills to 37 fashion pictures and 107 advertisements! He made changes ranging from simple (removing a mole, a stray hair, some “crows feet” or a wrinkle) to advanced (changing breast size, leg [more...]

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Jan
25
2011
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What is a Bowden cable?

bowden-cableThe odds are that you have used at least one Bowden cable, and that you know pretty well how one works. You just didn’t know what it is called. Right! The brake and gearshift cables on a bicycle are Bowden cables, as is the cable release for an older camera. (The cable was screwed into [more...]

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Sep
03
2010
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What are the eleven worst stock photo cliches?

stock-photography-clicheStock photographs are convenient to use, but some stock images have been so over-used that they have become cliches. Here are the top ten stock photo cliches. 11. Two hands in a handshake. The connotation is supposed to be one of agreement and co-operation. Frequently one of the hands is female or black, but bonus [more...]

Sep
01
2010
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What are stock photographs?

Stock photographs are photographs that have already been taken and are being offered for sale or use, as opposed to photographs that are commissioned in advance for a specific purpose. The enormous advantage of stock photography is that it is very much cheaper than custom photography. If you want a picture of penguins in Antarctica, [more...]

Jul
04
2010
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What was the earliest color photograph?

tartan-ribbon-oldest-color-photoPhotography was invented in the 1820s, based on work by Nicéphore Niécpe, which Louis Daguerre advanced to practical level, using Johann Heinrich Schultz’s discovery in 1816 that a silver and chalk mixture darkens when exposed to light. The problem was not the camera, per se, but how to capture the image. The first color photograph [more...]

Aug
26
2009
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Where is the best place to get photo enlargements and poster prints?

Summer fun with Uncle Will (photo by czh  CC-BY)Sales of digital cameras have exploded in the last ten years and people are taking many more pictures with their digital cameras than they took on film. The immense growth in amateur photography has also increased the number of digital photos printed. This growth in digital printing has been significant but not enough to make [more...]

May
10
2009
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What were Polaroid cameras and Polaroid photos?

Polaroid photos (photo by allyaubry - CC-BY)Polaroid cameras produce self-developing photos, so that you can see the photo within a minute or so. The technology was developed by Edwin Land in the 1940s. The cameras and film were sold by his Polaroid Corporation, and later by others. The earliest of these cameras, the Polaroid Land Camera, used rolls of film and [more...]

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Apr
11
2009
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What is self-photography?

Polaroid self-photography (photo by orphanjones - CC-BY)Self-photography is a photographic technique that completely changes the style of photos that you take, because it includes you—the photographer—in every photo. Self-photography is not the same as using a self-timer. With a self-timer, the photographer must fuss about with a tripod, or find some other way to stabilize the camera. After organizing the subjects [more...]

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Jan
27
2009
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What is HDR photography?

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo by Gabriel Pevide - CC-BYHigh Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, also known as High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI), is a way to combine multiple photographs of the same scene into a single photo that has better brightness detail. The technique can be used to produce more realistic photographs, or it can be used to produce surreal photographs which look like [more...]

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