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Building a Custom Wood Surface for Product Photos


A few days ago, my girlfriend, Victoria was trying to take some photos of a bridesmaid gift she received the night before. She was trying to take these images on her phone and was not having any success. After a few unsuccessful attempts, she gave into my suggestion of taking ...

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The Difference Between Levels and Curves in Photoshop


Here’s a 6-minute video from PiXimperfect that looks at the difference between the Levels and Curves functions in Photoshop. While the two may seem similar in purpose, there are some very clear differences between them. An analogy instructor Unmesh Dinda gives is a comparison between a standard calculator and a scientific calculator. ...

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Here’s the Best Way to Match Tones in Composite Photos


One of the most common difficulties with compositing photos is having the color tones of the different parts of the image match. This can be tricky to achieve, but this 10-minute tutorial by Photoshop expert Antti Karppinen shows a powerful way you can do it using a Selective Color adjustment mask. By ...

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The Science Behind Forced Perspective


Here’s a 15-minute video by Filmmaker IQ about exactly what forced perspective is and how it works in photography. Forced perspective is an optical illusion where an object may appear smaller or larger, or nearer or further away, than it actually is. This is done by controlling the distance and vantage ...

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7 Tips for Getting Natural Smiles in Photos


Getting someone to smile naturally on camera can sometimes be a difficult task. Here’s a 2-minute video by photographer Mathieu Stern in which he shares 7 techniques for getting your subject to grin from ear to ear in seconds. It is often said that the engaging of the eyes makes a smile ...

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