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October 2010

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Capturing Yourself in Your Photographs

Reflections in Sweet Creek, Oregon, USA

Ansel Adams once said, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” We often think about how we are portraying the subject of our image, but rarely consider how the image is a reflection of ourselves. A photograph is inherently a representation of the photographer's beliefs, values, and past experiences. By embracing our individuality, we can create images that are as unique as we are. Why fight to create the types of images others have created, when your artist gift is to truly represent yourself in your work?

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On Location: Personal Project - Americana

One of the fantastic things about being an artist is the ability to put yourself on self-assignment. Throughout my travels around the country, I've often been attracted to some of the more unique American sights along the way. I've recently decided to put myself on assignment to capture some of these images of Americana. This article highlights some of the recent images from across the U.S., and discusses the idea of a personal project in the context of become a more creative photographer.

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Selective Saturation: A Better Approach to Color

With the digital revolution in photography, we're now able to precisely control aspects of our images like never before. Increasing the saturation of colors can make an image "Pop" off the page, but only if it's not overdone. There is a careful balance between just enough color and too much. In this article we'll explore one method for selectively increasing the saturation of your target areas in an image. By controlling the amount of saturation, we'll target different areas with differing amounts of enhancement - to create a well balanced final product.

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