10 Post Processing Tips to Improve Your Portraits

1) Set your picture style to neutral in your camera Doesn't matter whether you shoot RAW or JPEG. Set the style to neutral so you are in control of the post processing adjustments for sharpness, saturation, etc.

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Artemis Fauna - making low contrast and gentle colours work (video)

"Nudes Deconstructed" - a short YouTube video discussion of an image.

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Acting The Photographer (video)

A short YouTube photography tip

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5 Simple pictures that show why 100m focal length is best

This is really one of my biggest peeves about photographers shooting portraits. Lots of photographers will insist on using wide angles lenses - where wide angle is anything less than 70mm.

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6 Common Hand Posing Errors

Posing hands is one of the toughest parts of posing and we have found a nice collection of "bad hands" - if you've got these in your shots you need to fix them.

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4 Photo Managers Reviewed: Lightroom, ThumbsPlus, ACDSee, IdImage - Digital Asset Management

OK, so I've been a user of ThumbsPlus for years. Like all of the DAM's listed, it catalogues your images, lets you add keywords, do general editing and file management.

How NOT to select photographs for competitions

We've just finished judging over 3,000 images for the VECC National. This exhibition covers entries from UK photographers in four categories: Colour, Monochrome, Creative and Natural History.

Shutter release and time lapse photography

There are two types of time lapse photography, the first is long single exposures, the second is many exposures over a period of time - usually resulting in a film sequence.

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You can put a plastic bag over your lens and create fascinating images.

You know long before photoshop was invented photographers were always manipulating images - right from the very early days montage, HDR printing, camera trickery, double exposures all those tricks were in place.