Dawn Oosterhoff
Living in Ottawa, Canada, Dawn Oosterhoff is a portrait and story photographer working in an intoxicating pool of photography and image editing, writing and information design. She specializes in health and instructional writing, using words, images, and design to translate complex information into clear, useful, and visually attractive materials.
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    Selective Sharpening Using High Pass in Adobe PhotoshopHigh pass sharpening preview
    Most digital images need sharpening; however, the amount of sharpening needed varies image to image and even area to area within an image. This tutorial explains why sharpening is needed and how to selectively apply sharpening exactly where it is needed using a high pass sharpening layer with a mask.Read More…
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    Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries: How to Detect Image ManipulationAnne margret image manipulation
    Image editing is a regular and accepted part of photography. Sometimes though, image manipulation is meant to deceive. Knowing how to determine whether an image is fake both prepares you as a viewer to properly evaluate an image and as a photographer, to improve your own editing techniques. (Photo: J Crew, June 2013)Read More…
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    Smartphone as Camera: Embracing Photography's New Visual VocabularyParcomega preview
    Do you need to know the basics of photography to take good pictures with a smartphone? What you do need to know are the characteristics of your camera, basic visual principles, and the principles of light.Read More…
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    Balancing Skin Tone and Creating Skin Tone References skintone preview
    Skin tone varies widely between ethnicities and individuals. This tutorial teaches you how to use a precise method of colour management in Adobe Photoshop to reproduce beautiful, accurate skin tones, then use that corrected skin tone to create an index for future reference.Read More…
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    Essential Makeup Tips for Every Portrait PhotographerTuts makeup preview
    Makeup applied well can correct most skin imperfections, saving time in retouching portraits after the shoot. Having a makeup artist on set is ideal, but when that’s not possible, you can use a few basic techniques yourself. This tutorial will show you how.Read More…
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    What We Expect to See: When to Crop Limbs in a PortraitCropping
    Deciding where to crop a portrait can be a challenge. This quick tip explains how we see and how those principles can help us make good cropping decisions.Read More…
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    3 Techniques for Retouching SkinPerfectskin previewimage
    Beautiful skin is a sign of excellence in portrait photography. Makeup and good lighting are the foundation for beautiful skin, but retouching is the polish. In this tutorial, you'll learn three Adobe Photoshop techniques for achieving beautiful skin that retains its natural qualities. We'll also teach you which technique is best in different situations, and give two quick tips to put a final finish on retouched skin.Read More…
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    Ergonomic Principles and Practice for PhotographersErgonomics of shooting preview
    It’s easy to unintentionally hurt ourselves when photographing and it’s difficult to shoot when hurt. We can prevent injury by changing our posture and how we carry our equipment. This tutorial presents a mini-program of five exercises to help photographers stretch and tone the parts of our bodies we use the hardest when on a shoot.Read More…
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    Finishing Your Photographs: Choosing Printers, Paper, and InkPreview
    In the first article in this series, Finishing Your Photographs: Picking Your Medium, we considered the end use of photographs in order to choose the medium best suited to finishing each photograph. In this article, we look closer at the details for finishing photographs as prints. Specifically, we'll consider the technical specifications of paper and how to mate paper, ink, and printers (home and lab) for the best outcome.Read More…
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    Finishing Your Photographs: Picking Your MediumPreview
    Photographers spend a great deal of energy capturing the best image possible and ensuring the image or print is faithfully reproduced. We may not, however, spend as much energy thinking about how to finish a photograph - print, frame or store it - and archive the image.Read More…
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    Everyday Images: Making Ordinary Pictures into Extraordinary PhotographyThumb
    How often have you experienced the following? A friend excitedly invites you to view her latest set of photographs. You sit in front of the computer, television, or projection screen to view what turns out to be photograph after photograph of uninspiring this, that, and another activity. The photographs are of beautiful things and interesting events, but none of them prompt a sudden sucking in of your breath. If we want to effectively communicate our experience to another, we have to be deliberate in constructing a photograph, keeping other viewers in mind.Read More…