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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Easily Simulate Infrared Effect in Photoshop in 7 Quick Steps

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Some of the most visually striking images in photography are those shot in infrared. There is an ethereal look to infrared images that is distinctive and visually appealing. They are however, not the easiest things to take, you need to shoot either on infrared film or on a digital camera suitable for infrared. There is, however, a way to simulate infrared using Photoshop and today we will walk you through that technique.

5 Reasons Why Image Noise is Your Friend

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Amazing low light capabilities, or so the marketing screams. It seems the mantra of every camera manufacturer these days – the total elimination of image noise. It is virtually impossible to find noise in a well exposed image that is shot on an ISO of 1600 or less. But is this necessarily a good thing? This post explains how image noise can actually be your friend.

Gimp Tutorial: How to Make Your Images Sparkle Using Levels and Curves

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In a recent article here on Lightstalking, we introduced you to the considerable benefits of the open source software Gimp. Of course it’s all very well to tell you about such programs but as with any software, it can have a steep learning curve. For this reason, we are going to do a series of tutorials to teach you how to get the best out of Gimp. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add sparkle to dull shots.