Author Archives: Jason Row

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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.

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.

Easily Simulate Infrared Effect in Photoshop in 7 Quick Steps


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.

6 Simple Ways to Extend the Dynamic Range of Your Photos

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We have all come across the limitations of our camera sensors, many times. It manifests itself, in particular, with blown highlights – those areas of intense brightness within an image that were too bright for the camera’s sensor to deal with. But it’s not difficult to overcome these limitations. You can use 6 simple ways to extend the dynamic range of your photos.

A Photographer’s Guide to the Iconic Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is one of the most breathtaking locations on earth and whilst it may seem that every shot has been covered before, there are many locations within the ruins, each opening up a new photographic possibility. If you get a chance to visit this magical place, take it. This post gives you pointers on photographing the iconic site.