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Photographing snow









It usually happens in Photoshop but has migrated to Lightroom users too. It can happen to nearly anyone who does post production work on their images.

Over-saturation and sharpening are the most noticeable, followed by spot color. It’s easy to do, even by an experienced post- production person.  You are working on an image that you want to really pop. So you tweak...

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The Heavy Hand








It usually happens in Photoshop but has migrated to Lightroom users too. It can happen to nearly anyone who does post production work on their images.






Over-saturation and sharpening are the most noticeable, followed by spot color. It’s easy to do, even by an experienced post- production person.  You are working on an image that you want to really pop...

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Blended Photos Tell a Bigger Story









Sometimes one image just does not do it. You need a flow, a contrast or counter point to be really effective.  The simplest and most common approach is to just take 3 images, frame them then hang them together on the wall.

But there is a more interesting approach that is really simple with the right setup.

Blend your subject several times into the same image...

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Cutting Muscles with Light Crafting









Muscles are the most interesting things to photograph. Light them wrong though and they disappear. Imagine the poor person who has been working their tail off to get all cut and ripped holding an image where nothing shows. Here is how to get it right, even to make them look leaner and more muscled.

The trick is to cross light with a harsher light source or more...

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Getting the Perfect Panorama






Panoramas are very dramatic images to create. Here are a few tricks to get the most spectacular panos with nearly any camera, even your phone.

Jack Davis first showed me this trick. Rather than trying to get the scene all in one horizontal shot, do a series of them, overlapped so you can have something to line up in the stitching process later.

The trick is to not be...

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Some “Make Your Life Easier” Tips









This is a bit of a hodgepodge of, I guess you could call them workflow avoidance problems. One of the things that years of experience gives you, usually after stumbling into the pothole, is things you do to avoid problems, make things run smoother. After a few bumps they become habits, self-preservation.

These are the practical tips pros share with each other; the...

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Tricks to getting the shallowest depth of field.










The shallow depth of field effect is very trendy and popular right now.  It has always been effective, long before digital arrived. Some photographers have been confused why it is stronger some times than others and with some lens it does not work. So here are the tricks to getting the most effective background blur and how to control it.

To get the shallow...

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Dealing with harsh direct sunlight – no flash









There is really no “bad” light. There is just light that works for your purposes or does not. Here is an approach when working with harsh direct sunlight.

I took this image on a project in Spain. The shadows tell the story, as they usually do; razor sharp, which puts the time of day near midday; no clouds to filter it and soften the light. This light is great for...

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Getting that soft wrap around light










It is the most romantic and gentle light, the soft wrap around light. It is also the most forgiving for a woman. Wrinkles, lines and the like barely show up. The soft light has a low contrast so it removes the shadows inside of the lines.

It is easy to create. Essentially the large the wall of light, the closer the subject is to the light, the more it wraps and the...

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Updated PPOC Logos




Visit the member's section of our website, ppoc.ca to find updated PPOC logos for you to use in promoting your business and the association. We are asking members to use the same logo across the country in an effort to brand our association.  In keeping with our bylaws only accredited, active, retired and trade members may use the PPOC Logo and it is to be...

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