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Welcome to the featured articles page of our online photography magazine.  Our goal is to help you become the best photographer you can be by providing inspirational, educational and informational resources that covers a diverse range of photo subjects through articles.


Here you will find the past 4 months articles.

Just click on the title to read the article.

Photo Book Reviews
Subjects: animals, African Americans, dangerous women, New York housing project, and close-ups in nature.
By Noella Ballenger

How to Photograph Insects for Art
Learn the step-by-step, in the field, macro and flash technique for photographing insects with white backgrounds.
By Edwin Brosens
Photoshop CS6 / CC : Tools Panel and Color Picker - Video Tutorial
Learn where to find and how to use these commonly used tools and functions.
By John Watts
Know Your Camera: Shutter Speed
Learn what it is, digital camera mode options, and how to stop action and show motion.
By Noella Ballenger

Press Releases: Think Tank Photo’s Urban Approach 15 Backpack, Urban Approach Mirrorless System Shoulder Bags and CF/SD + Battery Compact Wallet
More great ways to carry your gear!
Press Releases by Think Tank Photo

How to Create Snow in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #12
Let it snow, snow, snow... with layers, brush presets, painting, and blurring effects.
By Katelin Kinney

IMAGE TALK with Noella Ballenger: What makes that photo work…
Photo critique: learn how to use storytelling, implied lines, negative space, black and white, and cropping to create dynamic images.

Photo of lions nudging by Jerald Josey

Burn and Dodge in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #11
Learn how to use the Burn and Dodge tools and 50% gray and Adjustment Layers to make a portrait pop.
By Katelin Kinney

Photo & General Interest Book Reviews
Subjects: creativity, light, group f.64 photographers, digital photo art techniques, and the essence of photography.
By Noella Ballenger

Know Your Camera: Aperture Control
Learn about aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, focal length, lenses, and depth of field.
By Noella Ballenger

Setting Up a Photoshop CS6 / CC Workspace with Panels - Video Tutorial
Learn from a video tutorial how and why to use the 9 essential Photoshop Panels.
By John Watts

Selective Color in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #10
Learn  how to use the Selective Color Adjustment Layer to reduce blacks and add and soften color interest.
By Katelin Kinney

IMAGE TALK with Noella Ballenger: What makes that photo work…
Photo critique: learn how to use the compositional elements of simplicity, patterns, complementary colors, and more.

Photo of leaf on icy pond by Gary Anthes

The “Golden Age” of Photography: Is It NOW?
Find out all the reasons why - from the increased number of people making images to photo sharing sites.
Opinion Piece by Steve Gottlieb

MindShift Gear’s New rotation180°® Trail™Backpack for Photographers
Learn about a lightweight, convenient and versatile 2-in-1 backpack for photographers.
Provided by MindShift Gear and Think Tank Photo

Creating Cloud Stacks in Photography
Stack 'em high! Learn how to make multiple photos and use an image stacking software program to make one image.
By Andy Long

Creating Composite Images in Photoshop
LET THE CREATIVE FUN BEGIN - use layers, layer and clipping masks, blending modes, and more...
By Katelin Kinney

Photo & General Interest Book Reviews
Subjects: family history, Photoshop CC, Chicago crime phots, U.S. Marshals, and stories behind making photos.
By Noella Ballenger

We don't need no stinkin' HDR Hassles! Use ACR
A step-by-step video tutorial on how to merge and edit HDR photos using Adobe Camera RAW.
By John Watts

Photo Tips for Sharpening Your Creative Eye
Learn how to produce images that are expressive, imaginative, and original.
By Steve Gottlieb

IMAGE TALK with Noella Ballenger: What makes that photo work…
Photo critique: create iconic wedding images using simplicity, framing, leading lines, negative space, and storytelling.

Photo of wedding hands making a heart by Lisa Hershman

Advanced Retouching in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #9
Learn how to use warp, spot healing and healing tools, surface blur, texture map, and layers.
By Katelin Kinney

Photography: A Merger of Your Senses, Words & Photo Skills to Create Photo Memories
Learn how to share your photographic vision and make a connection with your viewer.
By Noella Ballenger

Street Life - Photo Walks in New York City
Take a trip to the Big Apple and learn how to document and compose life scenes through street photography.
By Luca Venturi

How to Use the Clone Stamp in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #8
Take the mystery out of using the Clone Stamp for retouching and adding elements to an image.
By Katelin Kinney

Versatility of Brushes in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #7
Brushes, brushes and more brushes - learn about the variety, creating your own and how to use them.
By Katelin Kinney

Photo & General Interest Book Reviews
More great holiday gifts! Subjects include: fashion, portraits, the Bahamas, and dogs in cars.
By Noella Ballenger

Taking on the Black and White Photo Challenge: Tips to Seeing in B&W
It's an opportunity! Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits. – Jerry Dunn.
By Marla Meier

How to Use the Liquify Tool in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #6
Bloating, Pucker and Forward Warp - learn how and why to use these controversial tools.
By Katelin Kinney

"Funlight": Experiments in Photographing Lights
Open the doors to creative exploration by breaking some rules. Have fun with light this holiday season and all year long.
By Noella Ballenger

IMAGE TALK with Noella Ballenger: What makes that photo work…
Photo critique: learn how to create dramatic silhouetted images with diffused light, action, contrast, and people.

Photo of silhouetted dancer by Donovan Geoghegan
Photoshop CS6 / CC: Digital Imaging Backup Strategies  
Archive, archive, archive: learn a 3-step approach so you won't lose your photos.
By John Watts
Basic Compositing in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #5
Features: Merge multiple images into one fantasy image using layers and layer masks.
By Katelin Kinney
6 Styles of Corporate Portrait Photography
Learn about studio, outdoor, action, group, environmental, and headshots, and pick up lighting tips for each.
By Yana Stocke, Headshot London Photography
Basic Skin Retouching in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #4
Features: smooth the skin on group portraits using blur layers and the spot healing brush.
By Katelin Kinney
Output Your Photographs from Computer to Web or Print
Learn about pixels, color space, calibrations, and adjustments.
By Margo Taussig Pinkerton
Photo & General Interest Book Reviews
All great holiday gifts! Subjects include: sublime nature, marine photography, light and painted trucks of India.
By Noella Ballenger
How to Create Sparkling Eyes in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #3
Features: Make eyes 'pop' - animated, layers, dodge tool, burn tool.
By Katelin Kinney
IMAGE TALK with Noella Ballenger: What makes that photo work…
Photo critique: learn how using diagonal lines, light and shadow, and repeated patterns can create great pet images.

Photo of striped cat by Jennifer Galbreth Nelms
Photoshop CS6 / CC: Photoshop vs Lightroom? Wrong question!
Learn the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom and the purpose of each program.

By John Watts
Understanding Layers in Photoshop: Video Tutorial #2
Features: Layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, blending modes, and changing of color and light.
By Katelin Kinney

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