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How to Turn Your Digital Photos into Artwork

If you want to make your digital photo look as though it’s the work of an artist, your image-editing program may offer artistic effects or filters. These art effects [more…]

How to Resize and Crop a Photo in Windows 7's New Paint Application

Windows Paint, Windows 7's improved drawing program, lets you resize or crop photos. Resizing photos makes them small enough for e-mails or size-specific for inclusion in a document. Many photos can also [more…]

How to Create a Panoramic Photo in Windows Live Photo Gallery

Have you ever taken a series of shots, side by side, trying to convey the vastness of a scene? Why show a series of little shots when you can create one big one? You can use Windows 7 Live Photo Gallery [more…]

Enhancing Your Macro and Close-Up Images in Postproduction

All is not lost if you don't get the perfect shot. Postproduction photo-editing software enables you to enhance your macro and close-up digital images, as well as to correct minor mistakes that took place [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…]

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: Adjust Settings in Photomatix Details Enhancer

Details Enhancer in Photomatix Pro enables you to tone map your high dynamic range (HDR) images. As you can see from this figure, there are a number of controls. Thankfully, they are well organized into [more…]

Process HDR Panoramas: Create a Master Frame

The most efficient way to proceed with HDR panoramas is to create a master, tone mapped frame and use that as the template to process the other frames of the panorama in HDR. After you create the master [more…]

How to Batch-Process HDR Panoramas

When you have your master frame completed, batch-process the rest of the panorama for HDR. Here’s how, in Photomatix Pro: after you process your Raw images [more…]

Stitch HDR Panoramas in Photoshop Elements

Stitching your high dynamic range panoramas together in Photoshop Elements isn’t that hard. You might need a few run-throughs before you get totally comfortable with it, but it’s mostly automated. [more…]

Blend Frames of an HDR Panorama

Blending allows you to tweak how Photoshop Elements masked the different layers of your HDR panorama and then stitched them to create the composite image. This process is useful if something looks better [more…]

Crop the Finalized HDR Panorama

Cropping is a final step in creating your high dynamic range panorama in Photoshop Elements, so you want to make sure you finish other edits first: Blend the transitions, sharpen, correct the color, improve [more…]

Applying the Retouch Menu Filters

For photographers who want to alter reality beyond what you can achieve with the tools mentioned so far, the Nikon D5200's Retouch menu offers a number of special-effects filters. And through the Effects [more…]

Nikon D5200: Straighten Tilting Horizon Lines

If you have a knack for shooting with the camera slightly misaligned with respect to the horizon, your Nikon D5200 can help you straighten out. Photos like the one on the left in the figure often wind [more…]

Nikon D5200: Remove Red-Eye

From many photographers' experience, red-eye isn’t a major problem with the Nikon D5200. Typically, the problem occurs only in very dark lighting, which makes sense: When little ambient light is available [more…]

Crop Your Photo on the Nikon D5200

To crop a photo means to trim away some of its perimeter. The Nikon D5200 has a Trim function which crops photos right in the camera.

Cropping away excess background can often improve an image, as illustrated [more…]

Lens Distortion on the Nikon D5200

If you notice any type of lens distortion in your photos from your Nikon D5200, try enabling the Auto Distortion Control option on the Shooting menu. This feature attempts to correct distortion as you [more…]

Correct Perspective with Your Nikon D5200

When you photograph a tall building and tilt the camera up to get it all in the frame, a convergence or keystoningeffect occurs. This effect causes vertical structures to appear to be leaning toward the [more…]

How to Make Complexions Flawless in Wedding Photos

You should be sure to smooth the skin of your subjects in your digital wedding photography editing, especially if the photo is a close-up. You can smooth skin a gazillion different ways, but here is a [more…]

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