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About Jason Row

Jason Row is a British born travel photographer now living in Ukraine. You can follow him on The Odessa Files. He also maintains a blog chronicling his exploits as an Expat in the former Soviet Union.

How to Easily Improve Your Skies in Adobe Lightroom

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It’s a fact that even the most beautifully composed image will fall apart if it includes a dull, lifeless sky. A great sky, on the other hand, can boost the impact of an image immensely. The problem is that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and she is not always forthcoming about giving us the sky we need. Today we are going to look at some ways to improve your skies using Lightroom.

Traveling Light: Putting Together a Photography Kit for Travel

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Taking photographs on holiday or whilst traveling for any other reason is one of the things many of us look forward to. The problem is travel, and in particular air travel, has become hard work. When you get to your destination, it may be hot and full of tourists, not the sort of place for carrying a heavy load of kit. Today we are going to look at some options for traveling light.

Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop

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To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring similar feelings of dread, yet for all it’s apparent complexity, curves are not only incredibly powerful but also not as difficult as you might think. Not only can you control exposure and contrast but also color, all using this one tool.

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose Portrait Format for Non-Portraits

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Portrait format, sometimes called vertical format is for portraits, right? Well, of course many portraits are shot in that format but not all. By the same token, not all landscape shots need to be shot in landscape format. One of the things you often see with people starting out on their photographic journey is a reluctance to turn the camera upright when shooting. Today we will look at some reasons to shoot in portrait format.

How to be a Tourist in Your Own City and Capture Remarkable Photos

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One of the things we often say about the cities that we live in is that we rarely go out photographing unless we have to. The irony is that these very places that are on your doorstep are often chock full of photographic opportunities. So how can you motivate yourself to shoot your home town? With this in mind, today we are going to take a look at photographing your home city through new eyes.

5 Simple Ways to Manage Your Photos While Traveling

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Travelling with your camera is one of the great pleasures in life. Capturing the sights and emotions of far flung cultures is a great way of learning and understanding the world around you. When you are travelling, photography seems somehow easier, you take more images. However, with this glut of new shots, how can you manage them whilst on the move?

A Guided Tour of Your Camera’s Viewfinder

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You look through your viewfinder, and you take pictures. Sounds simple, right? The viewfinder on your camera is not just an interface between you and your subject but also a repository of important information that will help you make that shot much better. Today we are going to take a guided tour of your camera’s viewfinder – what information it displays and how to make the most of it.

This Photoshop Tool Can Save You Some Serious Time

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We all love to save a little time, but when it comes to Photoshop, some things are trickier than the others. Getting the right color look to an image can be quite a painstaking exercise, a lot of minute adjustments to colors, hues and saturation. However, there is one tool, not often talked about, that can allow you to make very subtle changes to the overall color look of an image with the use of a few sliders. It’s called Selective Color.

5 Blend Modes in Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

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Photographic compositing has been with us since the dawn of photography. The merging of two or more separate images into one is seen as a way of extending our creativity. In the digital age, of course, this has become a whole lot easier with the use of Photoshop’s layers and blend modes. Today we are going to look at five of the best blend modes for a photographer, but before we start we should briefly look at what a blend mode is.

Histograms: The Key to Perfect Exposure

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Many of us will go about our photography without ever looking at those magical graphs called histograms, yet by doing so, we are severely restricting our ability to get the perfect exposure. Histograms are perhaps the most powerful, and often overlooked tool in the photographer’s skill-set. By understanding what they are telling us and reacting to that information, we can dramatically increase the quality of our exposures.