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How Photoshop’s Sharpening Tools Work and How to Best Use Them

Want a better understanding of how Photoshop’s sharpening filters work and how to best use them? Here’s a tutorial in which Photoshop expert Deke McClelland discusses using Photoshop’s features to bring out clearer details in your digital photographs. McClelland discusses all the sharpening filters found in the Sharpen menu in Photoshop (e.g. the one-click sharpening filters, Unsharp Mask, and Smart Sharpen), as well as the Sharpening panel found in Adobe Camera Raw.

Did You Know About the Rear Gelatin Filter Slot on Some Wide Angle Lenses?

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Did you know that certain wide angle lenses offer slots on the rear mount that allow you to insert gel filters? Often this design decision is due to the fact that the bulbous front element prevents the use of a standard filter that screws onto the front, but sometimes it’s not.
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Here’s How to Say ‘Selfie,’ ‘Photobomb,’ and ‘Duckface’ in Sign Language

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New Internet culture slang words such as “selfie,” “photobomb,” and “duckface” are being added to respected English dictionaries, so it makes sense that there should also be new signs added for them in American Sign Language. Here’s a look at what those signs are.
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The Invisible Photograph: 5 Short Documentaries on the Hidden Side of Photography

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Over the past year, the Carnegie Museum of Art has been slowly releasing a 5-part documentary series titled The Invisible Photograph, which offers a look into the hidden side of photography — things that are “guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.”

The last installment was released today, completing a series of videos that you may want to set aside some time to enjoy.
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These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene.

Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.

Cleaning a Precision Coating Machine to Start Making Camera Film Again

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In 2013, we reported that the Italian film company Ferrania was planning to reboot its production of analog film. The next year, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign and ended up raising over $300,000 to bring film back.

Now that the company is working to restart operations, it has been posting regular progress updates on its website. The most recent “dispatch” shows how the company is cleaning a precision film coating machine to prepare for production.
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Photographers Ignite: 5-Minute Presentations in 20 Rapid-Fire Slides

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An ignite is a type of event in which presenters are given 5 minutes to talk about a subject in just 20 slides. Each slide is shown for only 15 seconds before the slideshow is automatically advanced. It’s a rapid fire of learning and inspiration that has the motto: “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”

In 2010, photographer Kevin Kubota launched a Photographers Ignite event at WPPI, and the show has since become a staple of the expo.
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Polaroid’s History of Innovation, War, and Lawsuits

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Ronald K. Fierstein is a man who has had a front row seat to the evolution of photography as we know it. He’s a lawyer who helped represent Polaroid during its lengthy legal battle with Eastman Kodak over patents.

Fierstein has written a new book that sheds light on the life and career of Polaroid founder Edwin Land, the “original Steve Jobs” (Jobs revered Land and modeled his career after his). It’s titled A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.
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Lightroom Iron Chef: 29 Submitted Photos Processed Live In Front of a Crowd

Photographer Stu Maschwitz of Prolost recently paid a visit to the Bay Area Lightroom User Group and tried something he’s always wanted to do: Lightroom Iron Chef.

He took 29 audience-submitted photographs and post-processed them in Lightroom in front of a live audience of more than 100 people, all while providing a running commentary of what he’s doing and why.
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What It’s Like to Shoot Backstage At the Oscars

Tonight, USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro (the founder of SportsShooter) will be covering the Academy Awards with his camera for the 26th time, and for the 10th time he’ll have rare backstage access. Only 4 news organizations were given this level of access, allowing them to capture moments that TV cameras can’t.

In the 3-minute video above, Hanashiro shares a little about what it’s like to work as one of the chosen backstage photographers.
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