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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

  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

Adding keywords to your photos in Lightroom is probably not the most fun part of your photo editing workflow. I guess you would rather spend time on your creative process with making your photos come alive or be out taking more photos. However, managing your Lightroom keywords is very useful, because many publishing plugins to Lightroom can recognize the attached keywords and use these in your online portfolio (like on Photoshelter), or on a photography portal like on 500px.com. Entering keywords in Lightroom will save you the time of entering the keywords online. Maintaining a good

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Posted on May 27, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Lightroom

  Your awesome photo is processed and ready for print. But still you feel something is missing. Do you want to add an extra exclusive look to your photo with an elegant Photoshop border? And what about applying a Photoshop border automatically to multiple photos by using Photoshop Actions and batch processing. In this post,  I will show you both how you can create a border in a few simple steps and how to automate the technique with Photoshop Actions. (more…)

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Posted on April 16, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photoshop

One of the best ways to use to convert an image to a toned black and white image is by using Photoshop's Gradient Map tool. With the gradient map tool, you can create a lot of kick-ass looking toned black and white photos, but you can also create some crazy stuff which looks horrible, so take care. In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with the Photoshop Gradient Map tool to achieve a professional looking toned black and white image. Here is the original color image that I will convert into a toned black and white photo using a gradient map in Photoshop. (more…)

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Posted on April 13, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photoshop

Before the invention of Kodachrome in 1936, the only medium that was available to the mass of photographers was black and white photography. With the invention of color printing one would think black and white photography would see it’s demise, but instead, it caused the medium to see a surge in popularity. Loved for its simplicity and raw attitude toward the photograph, learning the art of black and white photography is an expertise that everybody should consider. To break up a black and white photo, you have to take contrast, shape, form, lighting, and the subject into consideration

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Posted on January 06, 2016 by Peter Dam in Articles, Black and White, Photography

Do you need to upgrade your understanding of how to effectively use color theory in your photography? Here is a little help on how to apply it in your photography. Even though the focus in this article is nature and landscape photography, you can apply these principles in every type of photography. When you’re starting out in photography, it’s fine to begin by experimenting and following your instincts. But at some point, if you want to continue improving, you’ll need to add a little theory. Knowledge of the Color wheel  is an essential part of any artist’s education, and very relevant

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Posted on December 15, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Photography

Do you want to find your best photos in Lightroom - the fast way? Or find your photos without a keyword? You might also be gathering photos for a calendar or yearbook, but struggles with keeping the overview. Then it is time to begin using smart collections. If you create your own smart collection you can easily find any photo that meets any criteria that you set up. Lightroom Smart Collections are basically the same as collection ‐ a way to organize you photos in groups. (more…)

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Posted on November 10, 2015 by Peter Dam in Articles, Lightroom

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