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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.

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.

Farewell to an Old Friend: The Story of Apple’s Aperture

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It was the first and for a long time, arguably the best image image management program available but last week Apple announced that development of Aperture will come to a halt. For many Mac based professionals, this is a huge blow. Apple’s replacement app, Photos is still an unknown quantity. Today we are going to take a look at the past, present and future of Apple’s Aperture.

Shoot Less, Think More: 4 Ways to Take Fewer But Better Images

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While digital photography has revolutionized the way we take photos by leveling the field for everyone to get decent images, that very revolution has brought with it some frustrating and indeed disturbing new trends. Perhaps the worst of all, is the desire by some people to photograph everything, all of the time. Today we are going to have a look at why you should shoot less, and how that might improve your photography.

6 Essential Lessons in Landscape Photography

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Landscape photographers are perhaps amongst the superstars of the photographic world. Their images draw you in, detail the beauty of the natural world and inspire you to take similar shots. However, if like me, you have found it less than simple to get great landscapes here are some techniques that you need to hone in order to make your shots stand out from the crowd.

5 Cool Ways to Put the Fun Back Into Your Photography

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Let’s face it, photography can be quite a serious business at times. Whether you are working out a hyper focal distance or arranging studio lights to avoid reflections in glass, photography requires concentration and patience. Sometimes, though, we tend to forget our roots, the reason we started taking pictures which for many of us was to have fun. Today we are going to look at some ideas to reinvigorate your photography.

These Reasons Will Compel You to Start Printing Your Photographs

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I was brought up in the days of film, the days of one hour mini lab printing on the high street of every small town, a time when having a physical print or slide sent shiver of satisfaction down your spine. But don’t get me wrong. I think digital is, quite frankly, superb. The problem is that in today’s instant, digital world, we tend to look at our images on a computer monitor or an iPad. This post will convince you to print your photos.