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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.

Add a Realistic Motion Blur in Photoshop With These 5 Steps

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When we start out on our journey into photography, one thing we strive for is image sharpness. Whilst sharpness in an image is a good thing in general, there are times when a little blur adds a huge amount of visual weight to a shot. One such case is motion blur. Often created in the shooting phase, today we will look at adding motion blur to an image in Photoshop.

Selling Photographs the New Way: A Look at ImageBrief


Those of us that sell our images through stock agencies, will know that the stock industry falls broadly into two camps, microstock and macrostock. Microstock works on the pile-them-high-sell-them-cheap principle whereas macrostock tends towards higher quality, more exclusivity and higher prices. In recent years, however, a third way has been emerging, most notably in the form of ImageBrief.

Photoshop Essentials: What is an Adjustment Layer and How to Use Them to Edit Your Images


Many of us who use products like Lightroom and Aperture will be familiar with the term non-destructive editing. In these programs, the editing information is actually contained in a separate file and only applied when viewed or exported. It is, however, different in Photoshop but there is a powerful tool in Photoshop that duplicates many of the image adjustments tools whilst maintaining the quality of the image. This tool is the Adjustment Layer.

How to Travel With Your Camera

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Getting away was supposed to be a way to relax and recuperate, time away from the stresses of modern day living. The problem is, that whilst the end location might be idyllic, the getting there is often fraught with stress inducing pitfalls that can put a dampener on your holiday. Learn how to travel with your camera with these useful tips.

Hyperfocal Distance: A Landscape Photographer’s Friend

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We have all seen those wonderful shots, those beautiful landscapes that are in focus from what seems like inches in front of the lens element to miles in the distance. They look fantastic but how many times have you tried to replicate them without success, maybe the foreground is out of focus, maybe the horizon is blurry. Well, you should start utilizing the concept of hyperfocal distance.

Getting Started With Table Top Photography: A First-Hand Experience

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With a fairly simple setup to get started, table top photography opens up plenty of photographic possibilities. You don’t need a lot of investment in equipment to get going. While it can also be done as a DIY project, you can buy the required equipment like table and lighting fixtures to quickly dive into table top photography. This post will help you get started.

Practical Tips to Better Understand Color Control in Post Production

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Most of us understand the importance of the color or white balance setting on our camera. It is there to deal with the variations in color from different light sources or in the case of the sun, different times of the day. There is however an entire other side to color and that of course is the control of color in post production. Today we will take a brief look at how to control our color in software.

The Ramblings of a Cynical Photographer


You know me. I am the grumpy one, the world weary, snappy snapper that grunts rather than replies with anything that has a semblance to intelligible language. I am the cynical photographer. Having spent the best part of my life in photography, there are some things that really yank my camera strap, some annoyances that are better out than in. Come take a rant with me.