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Merge Macro Images to Improve Sharpness

Some photo-editing programs (like Photoshop version CS4 and later) enable you to capture multiple images of one subject, each with a separate point of focus, and merge the images to create one image with [more…]

Correct Flaws and Distractions in Close-Up Photographs

Many factors can cause visual distractions in a macro or close-up photograph. These tend to detract from the subject and can cause images to appear messy or unclear. [more…]

Fix Your Perspective on Macro Photographs in Postproduction

Sometimes to get the proper angle on a subject, you end up with the wrong perspective, resulting in distortion. This can mean lines that are supposed to be straight appear bent. Or elements that should [more…]

Choose a File Format and Save Your Dog Photography Images

Before you even visit the Save As dialog box, have an idea about how you’ll ultimately display your dog photographs, because this dictates the file format you choose. The two file formats you should concern [more…]

Computer Needs to Postprocess Dog Photography

Chances are, you already own a computer, and if you bought it within the last few years, it’s probably more than capable of handling your photo-editing needs for your dog photographs. Computer technology [more…]

Photo-Editing Software for Your Dog Photography

After you transfer your dog photos to your hard drive, it’s time to manage your image files and touch up any imperfections. Again, you need to take this step only if you’re serious about making the best [more…]

How to Choose Dog Photography Images to Keep

After you import your dog photos to your computer from your memory card, take stock of what you have and filter out any images unworthy of postprocessing time. The characteristics of what makes an image [more…]

Crop and Straighten Your Dog Photos in Adobe Lightroom

Not all your dog photos need to be cropped or straightened, but if you want to crop out that ugly trash can you didn’t realize was peeking into your frame, or if the horizon line seems a bit off-kilter [more…]

Correct Dog Photography White Balance in Adobe Lightroom

Finding the right white balance for your dog photo is all about getting your photo’s color to look as true to life as possible. In general, this means making sure that the whites in your photo are completely [more…]

Perfect Tone in Adobe Lightroom for Your Dog Photography

Adjusting the overall tone of your image is probably the most important part of postprocessing your dog photography images. Tone is the range of brightness levels in your image, from the lightest whites [more…]

Use the Histogram as a Guide during Postprocessing

A photo’s histogram is a graphical representation of the tones in the image. The left side of the graph represents the darkest blacks in your image, and the right side represents the brightest whites. [more…]

How to Detail Presence in Your Dog Photography

The Presence controls in Adobe Lightroom (located within the Develop Module and under the Basic pane) allow you to even further fine-tune your image. Your Presence controls are Clarity, Saturation, and [more…]

Compare Results for HDR Photography

The trickiest aspect of high dynamic range photography is the lack of consistency regarding what method (of the many) to use to achieve the best appearance in the final image. You can read about what methods [more…]

HDR Photography — Blend Material from Alternate Sources

Be on the lookout for areas where you may need to blend material in from alternate sources. For example, if part of the sky is blown out, you might want to replace the blown-out sky with a version that [more…]

How to Tone Map an HDR Image

Everything else in high dynamic range (HDR) photography either leads up to or follows tone mapping. Tone mapping occurs when you convert a higher dynamic range image to one with a lower dynamic range, [more…]

Use Photomatix Pro to Edit HDR Images

To effectively use any high dynamic range (HDR) photography application, you must know what the controls do. They are the interface between you, the mathematical algorithms that define tone mapping, and [more…]

Tone Map HDR Images with Photomatix Tone Compressor

Tone Compressor, as shown in this figure, is another way to tone map your high dynamic range (HDR) images in Photomatix Pro. As the name suggests, dark and light tones on the extremes of the histogram [more…]

How to Tone Map HDR Images with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides limited options for tone mapping your high dynamic range (HDR) images (and not just in Elements, where tone mapping options are nonexistent). The goal in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 [more…]

HDR Photography: Tone Mapping for Single Exposures

Technically, tone mapping single exposures (whether Raw or a Raw converted to brackets) is identical to tone mapping bracketed exposures for high dynamic range photography. The difference is that you probably [more…]

Reduce Noise in Single-Exposure HDR Photographs

This example of reducing noise in a single-exposure high dynamic range photograph shows the controls of a fire engine. It was a casual snapshot taken during an outing. [more…]

HDR Photography: Use a Raw Photo without Brackets

Single-exposure high dynamic range photography tends to involve shots of people, animals, action and other casual shots. You can use a single Raw photo without converting it to brackets to prepare a pseudo-HDR [more…]

HDR Photography: Get Ready to Tone Map

After you've taken your photographs, it’s time to get down to the practical matter of tone mapping an HDR image in Photomatix Pro. This list helps you make sure you are ready for the process of tone mapping [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Brightness and Contrast in Photomatix

To adjust your HDR image’s brightness and contrast in Photomatix Pro after tone-mapping, you use the White Point, Black Point, Luminosity, Gamma, and Strength settings. At this point, you’re just getting [more…]

Fix Light Balance of HDR Image in Photomatix

To adjust the light balance and overall effect in your HDR image in Photomatix Pro, use the Strength and Smoothing settings. If your baseline settings have been dialed in to the point that you’re happy [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Color in Photomatix

To adjust and enhance the color in your HDR image that has been tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, you use the Color Saturation, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, and Temperature settings. [more…]

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