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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    VAL: Voice-Activated Lightstands to the Rescue!Tuts val preview
    Voice-Activated Lightstands are invaluable photography assistants who bring humour as well as equipment on set.Read More…
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    Bleeding Off the Spread: Speaking the Language of Magazine Photography preview magazine terminology
    In order to complete their assignments, magazine photographers need to understand the basic jargon of print publishing. This article provides you with an overview of what a magazine art director might expect from a photographer, and provides definitions for some of the common terms you’ll encounter.Read More…
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    Women in Photography: a Story Still Being WrittenMake it happen women
    The story of women in photography is still a work in progress. It’s not a fairy tale but it’s also not a tragedy. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we take a look at how women photographers are “making it happen.”Read More…
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    Using a Controlled Vocabulary to Organize Digital PhotographsControlled keyword vocabulary preview
    Most photographers have computers, memory cards, and external hard drives packed full of digital photographs. Without sorting the photographs, it's laborious to find what you need. This article will help you manage your collection of digital photographs by using controlled keyword vocabularies.Read More…
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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…