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Sharpening is one of the hardest post-processing steps to understand for many photographers. There are several pitfalls and obstacles to overcome in order to take your sharpening skills to a professional level. When should you sharpen, to get the best result? How does the output media affect the sharpening process? Is there any room for creativity, when sharpening? Should I sharpen before resizing the image, and so on? There are many questions that need to be answered before you can take your sharpening skills to a new level. In this post, you will get my suggestions on when to sharpen

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Posted on November 07, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles, Nik Collection, Photoshop

It is now possible to get the popular Affinity Photo Macros together with my new Affinity Photo Workflow Video Course. When you buy these together, you automatically get a 20% discount, compared to buying them separately. So if you seek to get the most out of Affinity Photo, you should check out the Affinity Photo Macro and Video Bundle. Affinity Photo Macros for Photographers will take the workload off processing your images in Affinity Photo. If you are unsure, what macros are, they are equal to actions are in Photoshop. Macros can speed up your workflow and give you great

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Posted on September 17, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles, News

Note: You can find a free histogram cheat sheet at the bottom of this article, but you can also download the histogram cheat sheet as a PDF for future reference here: Download a PDF with the Histogram Cheat Sheet + a FREE e-book: 25 Techniques All Photographers Should Master Use The Histogram And Avoid Coming Home With Badly Exposed Photos It took a long time before I understood how to use the strange multicolored Everest like peaks that my camera displayed on the rear LCD screen. My first idea was how do I turn this damn histogram display off, but then again I decided to give it a

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Posted on September 06, 2018 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photography

A lot of photographers want to have a powerful photo editor, but also don't want to be tied up with an expensive subscription plan, that comes with Photoshop. For this Affinity Photo is a great choice, as it comes with but a low price tag, but with the flexibility and power that Photoshop is famous for. However, taken on a powerful photo editing application like Affinity Photo, can be a bit daunting for some. Therefore I have created a video course with training material for those who are just starting out with Affinity Photo or those who think about getting a more professional

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Posted on August 20, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles, News

Great news for those of us who love to use Nik Collection as part of a professional photo editing workflow. In December DxO acquired the Nik Collection software from Google and now they have launched an update. It is mainly bug fixes and an update to ensure that it is compatible with the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. With the update, you will also get support if needed to get the plugins to work. This is something that has been missing for the last year or two since Google decided to stop developing and updating the plugins. With a new life to

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Posted on June 22, 2018 by Peter Dam in Articles, Nik Collection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrouJYVOvuEIn the video above, I will show you how you can add contrast to your images in different ways using Affinity Photo, right from a simple contrast adjustment to a more professional way of adding contrast to your images. You can also use the method if you are using Photoshop, with just a little modification.We will be using an image that I captured on my trip to New Zealand. I captured it a little downstream from McClean’s Fall in the Catlins Conservation Park.As usual, when you capture images in Raw-format, they come out a bit flat. So, I want to

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Posted on March 22, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

Using layer masks in Affinity Photo is a powerful way to combine parts of several images into a single image or to limit the effect of adjustment layers and filters to only affect part of your image. Layer masks are nondestructive. This means that you can modify them at any stage of your post-processing workflow. (more…)

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Posted on October 05, 2017 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

I just wanted to let you know that I have updated my welcome newsletter for new subscribers on my mailing list to also include 5 free Luminar presets besides the other things you get in the welcome email. This means that you as a subscriber to my newsletter not only get 70 free Lightroom Presets and a free e-book called 8 tools for photographers. You now also get 5 free Luminar presets to use in Luminar by Macphun. By the way, the free e-book is an excerpt from my e-book The Photographer's Toolbox, which you can get at the store. The welcome package is really getting more and more

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Posted on September 20, 2017 by Peter Dam in Articles

In both Affinity Photo and Photoshop, there are a lot of different ways you can create a vignette. You can use the radial gradient tool, use a dodge and burning approach or use the marquee tool. However, the most straightforward approach in Affinity Photo is to use a live Vignette filter. This is similar to using a lens correction filter in Photoshop, but the options are a little different. (more…)

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Posted on March 17, 2017 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

  Do you feel that you don’t develop enough as a photographer? Or would you like to become better faster? Take a look at these 8 suggestions that will take your photography skills in the right direction. (more…)

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Posted on June 15, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photography