Photography Tip: Histograms

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Photography rule of thumb: Aim for the best possible exposure when shooting, which will help minimize everything you do in post. Of course we aren’t always perfect, and quick fixes (color, hue, saturation) will need to be done in either Photoshop, Lightroom or other editing software.

If you find that the shadows in your image are too dark, or your highlights are blown out and too bright, here’s a helpful tip to lessen the time in editing software; you can view your image’s histogram within the camera (while shooting) to obtain the correct exposure.

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Featured Photographer: Dana Dowling

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Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Para Professional with the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Freelance Photographer (Dawn Photography).

I’m usually working hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me… Hitting the trails in a state or national park looking for the next sunset, flower, animal or amazing view to add to my home gallery.

My favorite photographer is…Jim Matthews, someone very few have ever heard of or seen any work from, he is my father, my inspiration and the reason I picked up a camera. I also enjoy the work of John Shaw. His nature and architectural shots are intriguing, the way he sees/shots everyday ordinary objects and produces art is something I aspire to.

This one time I was taking a photograph and…did a full front flip camera in hand. My sister who witnessed the event ask if I was okay, I said not sure,checked my camera - it was undamaged, and said yes and went back to shooting.

I couldn’t make it through the day without…Coffee and Family in that order.

Digital or Film…Digital

Photography Tip: The Big (Overview) Picture

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A quick note (along with some gorgeous photos), to get you thinking about your assignments, and the order of the images submitted.

The overview image, the first image, should be the one with the ‘wow’ factor—it’s aim is to present the entire point of the assignment. If someone only looked at one picture out of the step by step, the overview image would engage them and make them understand the concept of the entire article. For example…

  • A food assignment: Take a beautiful photo of the finished dish. It should be ready to eat.  
  • A craft or beauty assignment: Again, showcase the “after” or finished project. What the viewer ought to strive for.

Think of the overview image as a ‘front man,’ and the rest of the pictures are the ‘back up singers’.  All are very important, but you need that shining star!

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Featured Photographer: Alfredo Tisi

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job: Master Printer, Photographer, Retoucher

I’m usually working hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me…In the kitchen cooking and photographing the food, (oops, this is “hard” work), OK when I’m hardly working I’m hiking with my wife in the beaches or in the mountains around LA, which is always followed by tasting a new ale brew.

My favorite photographer is…Sebastião Salgado for his monumental work in “Workers”, “Migrations” and more recently “Genesis”, definitely a giant in documenting the eternal human struggle.

This one time I was taking a photograph and…fell in a big drainage canal, I dislocated a finger and was soaked but no harm to the camera.

I couldn’t make it through the day without…Music, I can’t work or relax without something playing, preferably blues, contemporary jazz or Brazilian music.

Digital or Film…I guess it’s fancy to say: “I love film”, honestly, despite growing up immersed in the analogical world, today I’m 100% digital, no doubt.

Photography Tip: Retouching Blemishes

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Basic Retouching Tips for Removal of Skin Blemishes

You photographed your model, but there is a skin blemish in the image!  Not to worry, there are a few ways to remove an unsightly blemish easily in your photo editing software. Please follow one of the steps below for basic how-to removal of acne on models’ skin. The same steps can also help you to restore old photos with marks or scratches to excellent condition.

 Picasa:

Use the Retouch tool to remove blemishes and improve photo quality

  1. Click the Retouch button.
  2. Click once to highlight the area you’d like to retouch. A few tips:

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Featured Photographer: Elizabeth Sanders

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Location: New Hampshire
Job: College Student & Freelance Photographer. (EJ Photography)

I’m usually working hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me…attempting to read relevant books and internet articles, playing ultimate frisbee, being sarcastic, hanging out with friends, and philosophizing about the world.

My favorite photographer is…Tim Coulson. Hands down. That man knows how to draw the beauty out of life and splash it on a photograph.

This one time I was taking a photograph and…nobody noticed. Ninja-level accomplished.

I couldn’t make it through the day without…going outside!

Digital or Film…I have yet to enter the magical film world — and while film-photographs are enchanting in their own right I would have to say that Digital is where it’s at.

Introducing the Community Forums

Every day we have conversations around our office about ways to make working with DMS easier for you. That’s why we’re happy to announce our newest resource: the Community Forum.

This space is designed with you in mind. It will be your go-to location for interacting with not only our team, but your fellow creative professionals. You can access the forums by clicking the “Forum” link at the top of the Photo Studio. Return to the Photo Studio at any time by clicking “Work Desk.”

There are five main areas of the community forum:

  • Studio News: We’ll use this space for sharing important announcements that affect everyone in the community.
  • Technical Issues: Experiencing a tech problem while you are working? Help us get it fixed by reporting it here.
  • Guideline Updates: If we an update or change to the guidelines, this is where we’ll let you know about it.
  • Feedback & Suggestions: Do you have ideas on how to make the Photo Studio better? Tell us here.
  • General Discussion: Consider this your water cooler. You can chat with your fellow contributors here about any topic you like.

Be sure to check out the new forums today:

Photography Tip: Low Lighting

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We’re big fans of natural light here at the DMS Photo Lab. Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate studio photography and the science behind studio lighting but when producing content for real life we find that natural light feels the most “real.” Typically, shooting with natural light is very easy, but when the sun begins to disappear from the horizon and you’re not done with your shoot, things can get a little hairy. Check out this awesome article on Photography Life on shooting in low light!