Adobe Photoshop CS2 Review

About 18 months ago, Adobe loaded the bases with its fantastic upgrade from Photoshop 7 to Photoshop CS (8.0). I have to admit that I thought they would pretty much just phone in the next upgrade. They’d done such a good job with the transformation from 7.0 to CS that no one could blame them. But I was wrong. After spending the last month reviewing the BETA version of CS2.0 (Photoshop 9.0 – code named Space Monkey) I have only one thing to say:

Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma because Adobe has done it again. The new version of Photoshop is Grand Salami! I said that Photoshop CS was a must have upgrade. Accordingly, Photoshop CS2.0 is a must, must have upgrade.

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GOTW: A Tribute to Salvador Dali by Benoît Jolivet

Another ‘out of the box’ gallery… Just love it!

Start a Photography Business from Home

Anyone with the right camera equipment, and the necessary skills can set up a home business, marketing photography. You need only to convert a room of your house into an office, and then you can work immediately.

With modern technology in the form of SLR digital cameras, you do not even need the room for a dark room. You need only to have a personal computer and a photo-editing program. The standard is Adobe Photoshop.

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Underwater Photography Tips

The world of photography is an amazing one. It’s been with us for quite a while now but it is constantly changing. Cameras are changing and improving. Methods of developing are changing and improving as well. We have digital cameras that allow people to take a view of their pictures immediately without traditional developing. Another change in the world of photography is underwater photography.

What do you think brings us those great shots of saltwater fish and movies that film in the ocean and under the sea? What about shots taken in swimming pools? You see those in the movies a lot but may not have thought about how they take those pictures and videos.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Sample Images

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM L Product Information:

High magnification 70-300mm zoom lens with Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer gives equivalent effect of a shutter speed three stops faster during hand-held shooting
Three-layer type DO (Diffractive Optics) lens optimised for zoom lens optics
DO design offering more compact size than other zoom lenses with equivalent focal lengths and aperture
Optimised lens coating to minimise ghosting and flare
Zoom ring locking mechanism that locks the lens at its shortest total length
Circular aperture producing attractive background defocus
Rear focusing, ring USM and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing
Manual focusing enabled even during the AF mode
Only lead-free glass used in lens

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Starting Your Wedding Photography Business

While I aggressively pursued my fine art and stock career, the bills were often paid by my wedding business.
Fellow photographers who know me often ask for advice before shooting their first wedding. Here is a compilation of that advice specifically aimed at the wedding newbie.

Wedding Photography Tips

GETTING READY

It looks easy. All you have to do is show up and point your camera at the bride. Everything else will take care of itself — right? Well not exactly. Great wedding photos are no different than any other kind of photo. They don’t happen by accident. They require careful planning and execution.

START WITH THE GEAR

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RAW vs JPEG

If you use a digital camera (I use a Canon EOS Digital Rebel/300D myself) and that camera is an SLR, then it most likely can record images in RAW format. In general, you should record your images at the highest resolution possible. If you only have a small memory card and are worried that you can only record a few RAW images on it, then it’s time to buy a bigger card! [They don't cost much these days]. You can always shrink an image after it’s taken but you can’t enlarge a small one without introducing artifacts. At the very least, you should have your camera record images in Hires JPG format but RAW format is even better.

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Press Release: The World’s First Digital Angle Finder

ZIGVIEW – the world’s first Digital Angle Finder makes low and high level photography easy with its unique rotating LCD monitor.
ZIGVIEW simply attaches to the eyepiece of your SLR camera where the viewfinder image is captured by a CMOS sensor built into the Zigview and relayed in real time to a 1.9 inch/TFT colour display for easy viewing at any angle.

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Photoshop Tip: Speed Up Your Work with Scratch Disk

A scratch disk is an area of the hard drive that’s used as storage to help Photoshop handle large images. Scratch disks help to ensure efficient results when editing high-resolution pictures. If possible, the disk should be on a separate hard drive from Photoshop and your Main OS. Our tutorial below explains how to go about setting up such a disk

1.Open Scratch Disk Options
In Photoshop, click edit > preferences > plug-ins > scratch disks. This is the same for both Mac and PC versions of Photoshop.

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GOTW: Smoke Abstractions by William Brennan

Really inspiring work by William Brennan. You gotta see it and probably try it someday!

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