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November 2009

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Focus on Creativity: Exploring Color

Waterfowl lake along the Icefields parkway, Banff National Park, Banff, Canada

Color is one of the most powerful elements of design. It influences the way the eye travels through an image, creates dramatic impact, and contributes to the mood of the scene. This article explores some of the formal aspects of color, and how its use can improve your image. It explores primary colors, complimentary colors, and how warm and cool colors influence our perception. Example images demonstrate the ideas presented.

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Photo Location: Harriman State Park, New York

Trees alongside 7 Lakes Drive, Harriman, NY

Harriman State Park is located within an hours drive of New York City, and contains some of the best natural scenery in Southern New York. Photographic opportunities are abundant throughout the seasons. The park offers lakes, streams, winding trails, and wildflowers along with a wide range of recreational activities. This article delves into some of my favorite trails and locations in this vast park.

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Camera Raw Technique: Using the Adjustment Brush

Marsh at sunset along the Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Banff, Canada

The adjustment brush is one off the most exciting new tools in Adobe's Camera Raw and Lightroom. It allows photographers to non-destructively adjust sections of an image. The controls are simple and intuitive. This article covers both the basic and advanced functionality of this tool with a look at how it can dramatically affect the finished image.

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