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28 May 2018

Lighting Ratios, The Easy Way

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by Tim Meyer Photographic lighting ratios have been confounding photographers since they were first defined. There are many photographers today who refuse to consider the subject and sometimes label it unimportant because of this confusion. Whether understood or not, photographic lighting ratios are a part of today's photography, especially portraiture. Photographers either control them or...
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28 May 2018

Face Mask Histograms

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Determining exposure in today's digital world is easier than ever. Determining correct exposure is somewhat more elusive. The definition of "correct" exposure is going to vary depending on multiple factors. A landscape artist, commercial photographer and a portrait photographer may all have different ideas about what a correctly exposed file might look like. Each could/should...
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9 Jun 2017

Photoshop for Photographers

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Photoshop for Photographers Adobe Photoshop is for beginners and  gives the photographer the creative tools and workflow to take a great image to one that is stunning and filled with emotion at many levels. At the California Center for Digital Arts, teachers are mentors and learning is hands-on. This methodology encourages you to learn Adobe...
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19 Nov 2014

Noise Reduction

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Noise Reduction What Is It, How to Remove It, and Should I? Students in our Adobe and Art Photography classes often experience a big-time wakeup call when it comes to image noise while printing images at some size, say 13X19 or larger. Suddenly they see noise, white speckles, or sometimes color pixel lights, which we...
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11 Oct 2014

What is the Difference Between Lightroom and Photoshop?

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What is the Difference Between Lightroom and Photoshop? That question — What is the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop? — comes up frequently from students new to the post-production techniques of digital photography. On the heels of this question is, “Do I need both?” [dt_sc_blockquote type="type1" align="left" variation="orange" cite="Bob Killen" role="Instructor"]Lightroom allows you to enhance reality; Photoshop...
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10 Oct 2014

Portrait Intensive Program

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Portrait Intensive Program These words from famous art photographer Paul Caponigro, underscore the philosophy of the Portrait Intensive curriculum taught by David LaNeve at the California Center for The Digital Arts, (‘The Center’). “Portraits are a visual code that stands in for the reality of the portrait sitter,” says LaNeve. “Clients who come into a...
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19 Sep 2014

The Business of Photography

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The Business of Photography Todd Bigelow’s ‘The Business of Photography’ workshop is coming to the California Center for Digital Arts. This is an excellent opportunity for photographers, new or seasoned, to learn or relearn how to successfully manage and profit from their photographic work, especially at a time when the market is undergoing significant changes....
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2 Sep 2014

Getting To Know Your Movie Mode

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Getting To Know Your Movie Mode There it is… right there… on the back or top of the camera. It’s the video button, the one you never touch because you don’t know anything about video, or perhaps you have captured a few frames and found yourself quite disappointed. It’s time to change; it’s time to...
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1 Sep 2014

The Art of Creative Composites

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The Art of Creative Composites Photographic composites are not a recent invention or the sole product of Photoshop and other blending software. In the late 1800’s, photographers successfully experimented with compositing various exposures of the same scene so that they could render the brighter sky to match the lower horizon’s shadow exposure, and in some...
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5 Aug 2014

Professional Portrait Retouching | An Adobe Master Class

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Professional Portrait Retouching | An Adobe Master Class In two power-user days, this Adobe Master Class will teach you how to retouch faces, bodies, character, and fashion images at a professional level. You will come away with the tools and techniques to create stunning work and you will learn which portraiture traits to preserve, what...
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