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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 First Look at Darktable, an Open Source Alternative to Lightroom

A First Look at Darktable, an Open Source Alternative to Lightroom

When it comes to image management programs, the undisputed kings are of course Lightroom and Aperture. Both of these programs have been around for some years and are slick, efficient and fast. They do however cost money. There is however an extremely powerful open source image management program available to Linux and Mac OSX users, Darktable.

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How to Make a ‘Round Trip’ in Lightroom (LR to Photoshop, Back to LR)

How to Make a ‘Round Trip’ in Lightroom (LR to Photoshop, Back to LR)

Adobe’s Lightroom is an incredibly powerful tool incorporating perhaps 80-90% of all the tools that we photographers generally need. There are however times, when we need to do some post production work in Photoshop, perhaps working in layers, maybe for the content aware move tool, whatever the reason, we need to be able to move […]

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What You Need to Know About Adobe’s DNG File Format

What You Need to Know About Adobe’s DNG File Format

Over the last few years, RAW files have become the norm in digital photography, giving the photographer a significant increase of the control of their images as well as improved image quality. This wasn’t always the case, in the early days of digital photography, which in fact was only the first few years of the new millennium, RAWs were unwieldy, large files that were difficult to post process.

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A Photographer’s Guide to Lisbon

A Photographer’s Guide to Lisbon

Lisbon is regarded as being one of the oldest cities in the world, pre-dating the Roman Empire. It has a population of over 3 million people yet seems to retain a friendly, small city feel. With its historic architecture, quaint trams yet also modern, progressive architecture, Lisbon is an ideal playground for Europe-based photographers.

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Creating and Using Presets in Lightroom for a Faster Workflow

Creating and Using Presets in Lightroom for a Faster Workflow

Lightroom presets are automated actions that can simplify your post-processing workflow as they can quickly apply a certain style to an image in Lightroom. Presets can be pre made and downloaded for free or bought from websites. They can be also created very easily.

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4 Shooting Ideas to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing for Spring

4 Shooting Ideas to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing for Spring

For those of us in the currently storm and snow swept northern latitudes, spring is approaching. It is the season of new life, renewal and of course dusting of the cameras and lenses and embracing the brighter light and blue skies. Today we are going to have a look at some of the subjects you can shoot during the spring.

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How to Use Metering in Your Photography

How to Use Metering in Your Photography

Sometimes, it can be quite uncanny just how accurately our camera meters are at getting the right exposure. The technology is highly sophisticated, advanced sensors, complex calculations and large image databases combine to give stunning results. But not always.

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Case Study: Why This Photograph “Works”

Case Study: Why This Photograph “Works”

Today we are going to do something a little different. Lightstalking has many many great articles advising you about both composition and learning new techniques, in short how to make your images “work.” In this article however, we are going to look from the opposite direction and have a look at why an image “works” by reverse engineering it.

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The Reasons You Might Want to Buy a Rangefinder Cameras

The Reasons You Might Want to Buy a Rangefinder Cameras

Photography has always gone through phases and fashions, both in the style of the imagery and of course the technology we use. At the moment the DSLR is perhaps on the wane whilst the upstart is mirrorless.

However, through these changes in fashion, one camera type has always sat in the background, quietly being used by a select group of enthusiasts and professionals alike – the rangefinder camera.

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Retro Cameras: Style Over Substance?

Retro Cameras: Style Over Substance?

Retro styled cameras are all the rage these days and are selling like hotcakes. From the Nikon DF to the Fuji x100s, a lot of manufacturers are taking advantage of fashion over function. But is it really a case of style over substance or are these new retro cameras up to par in functionality too?

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