Softening Digital Images

Written by Tom Ray, CPP

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The software is called “PhotoKit” and is available from Pixel Genius for only $49.95. I boughtrepparttar Mac version and it is wonderful. I have played around with it now and have found that you can get varying degrees of whatever you want that looks similar to what you used to be able to do with your old lens filters and drop-down tools. Even more possibilities are now available to you. One of my favorites isrepparttar 150298 ability to lasso areas and “clear”repparttar 150299 results of diffusion keeping eyes and teeth sparkly and sharp.

Now that you are no longer needing actual lens filters you may makerepparttar 150300 same mistake I did originally and not have your lens hood or bellows shade onrepparttar 150301 digital camera. This is a mistake especially with digital; you still need to shade your lens from any ambient light even more than you did when you used film asrepparttar 150302 exposure latitude is not as great as it was with film and milky images are even more devastating with digital capture. You will get vignetting fromrepparttar 150303 shading device at wider angles but just do what you did before you had access to zoom lenses and takerepparttar 150304 hood off when using wide angles. (Most pros using medium format film cameras did not have zoom lenses.) You shouldn’t use anything below a normal lens for portraits anyway. (The 35mm lens setting with digital cameras).

If there is a downside to doing your diffusion inrepparttar 150305 computer now it’s thatrepparttar 150306 customer can’t really seerepparttar 150307 results onrepparttar 150308 proof, so they have to “trust” your artistic license. But it was like this with retouching too so there will be a short new education curve for your clientele to learn, or to save yourself from disaster you might offer a second proof appointment to showrepparttar 150309 customer a proof of their selected images withrepparttar 150310 added softening or diffusion. It’s going to take more time and you’ll end up with having to rework some things more than you want so I’d only recommend this for customers like mine who’s initial concern wasrepparttar 150311 diffusion issue. You may also consider adding fees for “enhancement” to your price list just like you did for retouching and put such things as vignetting, softening and retouching all underrepparttar 150312 heading of “enhancement”. You can even charge a proofing fee for those who want to proof howrepparttar 150313 finished results will look, or else they “sign-off” that they accept any modifications sight-unseen.

In summary, softening and diffusion can be done effectively and professionally but it’s not as easy as it used to be when you’d just pickrepparttar 150314 filter you wanted and pop it overrepparttar 150315 lens. Your old on-camera lens filters will often turn your digital images to “mush” or images of weak contrast that may or may not be salvageable.

-Tom Ray is a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. If you are interested in his full story please go to:

7 Magic Trick Tips using Invisible Thread

Written by Dion Semeniuk

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Those Darn Lights

Next, to use invisible thread, you have to know how to use correct lighting. If you are a magician or just practicing to be one and you want to perform tricks withrepparttar invisible thread, remember that lighting is crucial. The two main factors to consider when usingrepparttar 150117 thread reel are light source and clothing. Typically,repparttar 150118 best conditions for a magic trick with invisible thread are cloudy days andrepparttar 150119 worst, direct lighting that comes from behind you. With this,repparttar 150120 light will only reflect offrepparttar 150121 thread, thus being seen byrepparttar 150122 audience. For clothing, anything dark will serve as a backdrop forrepparttar 150123 thread, thus making it easier to see. For this reason, you should go with lighter, non-reflective type clothing. Magic is always fun and with some practice, you will soon learn a number of magic tricks with invisible thread, perfect for entertaining family and friends.


The sixth ofrepparttar 150124 seven magic trick tips using invisible thread has to do with methods of performingrepparttar 150125 tricks, such asrepparttar 150126 Hoop Pass. This is actually considered one ofrepparttar 150127 greatest tricks you can do withrepparttar 150128 invisible thread reel, which involves passing a solid hoop over a bill. The key is to use a ring with a relatively thick stock, which will put less strain onrepparttar 150129 thread as it goes overrepparttar 150130 metal hoop. Layrepparttar 150131 hoop onrepparttar 150132 thread so it is between you andrepparttar 150133 floating bill. Then, with your hand, scooprepparttar 150134 ring through sorepparttar 150135 thread is now onrepparttar 150136 back ofrepparttar 150137 left hand. Next, userepparttar 150138 right hand to passrepparttar 150139 hoop overrepparttar 150140 bill. To completerepparttar 150141 trick, all you do is letrepparttar 150142 thread slide off fromrepparttar 150143 back of your hand. Remember, this is just one of many methods used withrepparttar 150144 invisible thread, so have fun practicing them all.

Finishingrepparttar 150145 Show

The final tip is that whatever trick being performed using invisible thread and/or a reel, it should never killrepparttar 150146 effect. In other words, you want to keep your audience wanting more. If you carry a trick on too far, you will loserepparttar 150147 interest ofrepparttar 150148 audience so it would be far better to keeprepparttar 150149 tricks short and sweet. In addition, put some meaning and emphasis in your performances to leave your audience with a memory of your magic ability. We recommend you userepparttar 150150 invisible thread late in your show, which will endrepparttar 150151 performance on a fun note.

Dion Semeniuk is the owner of the popular online magic shop, This is Magic, which specialize in Invisible Thread Magic. To receive 4 free magic tricks and learn more about the ITR, visit

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