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.
Tutorials
  • Photo & Video
    What We Expect to See: When to Crop Limbs in a PortraitCropping
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…