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SmugMug Review – Where I Keep My Photos Online

I’m an over-researcher. I’ll admit it. I tend to spend far too much time looking over all of my options, incessantly weighing the pros and cons and then finally (and probably far too slowly) making a choice. Sometimes my inclination to completely investigate my options can be handy, though. That way I’m at least a […]

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Moe the Dog, a big black labrador mix (Photo: Kim Olson)

How to Look Like a Better Photographer, Instantly

We’ve probably all had to endure it at one time or another, and if not, know someone who has. We sit there patiently and try to listen politely. Our attention is fixed on our host at first, but it doesn’t take long before the minutes turn to hours and the hours to turn, well, not […]

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Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) in Japan (Photo: Kim Olson)

How Much Image Post-Processing Should You Do?

In some ways, shooting digitally has made editing our photos much simpler. No longer do we have to deal with messy chemicals in the darkroom. We only have to sit down at a computer and have at it. Massive programs like Photoshop have so many advanced tools that you can spend lots of time on […]

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What is a Non-destructive Image Editor & Why Should You Care?

What used to scare me about editing photos is that everything I did to my images seemed so final. I was using very low-tech editors like Picasa or Windows Photo Viewer and whatever changes I made were made forever because the original file was overwritten. If I cropped an image, then I lost the data […]

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How to Fix Exposure in Lightroom in 3 Easy Steps

Even if you’re not exactly sure what aperture and shutter combination you need to make a good exposure, your camera will likely capture something that’s pretty darn close. Just like people, though, cameras aren’t perfect. When you do use a mode like aperture priority, for instance, there are times when you and the camera just […]

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Why RAW Files Need a Little Love

I’m all for making life easier, but only when it makes sense. Sometimes putting in the extra work is more than worthwhile. Here’s an unedited RAW file before and what it looked like after a few simple edits that took less than 2 minutes. Even though shooting in JPG is technically easier – since JPGs […]

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