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It's all about the lighting! Most people seem to think it's all done in 'shop but a lot of work goes into the actual setup. Many of the supposed "Dave Hill look" imitations have just used HDR style tonemapping, and the results are nothing like the work of Dave Hill. Compare this: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=dave%20hill%20look&w=all with this: ...


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The manual that came with your camera.


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What a critique isn’t: There’s no better way to say it… A critique is rarely short, because it is specifically designed to provide the artist with detailed, constructive feedback. It’s primary purpose is not to make the photographer being critiqued feel good (though that’s not to say that it can’t be a side benefit), or bad (though again, this can happen as ...


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I'd agree with Peterson (e.g. Understanding Exposure). One I've found very useful is Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye - some excellent stuff about the composition of photos, with plenty of good examples, and very helpful diagrams.


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I have to say that the Scott Kelby book "The Digital Photography Book: The Step-by-step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros" was a digestible and easy page turner which is small enough for a beginner to lug around whilst still referring to situation specific shot suggestions. A little tongue in cheek in tone in places, but I found it ...


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Understanding Exposure is great for helping understand the ins and outs of cameras. The Photographer's Eye is a good book about creating strong design elements in your photographs. Not a book, but Cambridge in Colour's tutorials are great at helping you understand the technical aspects.


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The curves tool stretches or compresses ranges of input tones according to the line you draw. Because it represents a mapping, it's nonsensical for the line to go backwards horizontally — which means you can't possibly draw a "proper" S — you have to draw one that is tilted (that is, slanted) to the right. These examples are in grayscale because you can ...


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Try http://kelbytv.com/ for some great video tutorials. also Photography Basics to understand the fundamentals. I will link to similar questions on this site that have some resources as well Should be enough in these resources: http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tips ...


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It's a very clever and effective trick, but provided you have good quality source images it is not that difficult to achieve. You need to overlay the profile and frontal images so they match up at the corner of the right eye and corner of the mouth (shown by the green circles). Then it's a case of blending between two layers along the red line. Certain ...


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Well, I would recommend this site first. ;) Discussing the editing and post-processing of photos is one of the primary purposes of this site, and as a strong support here, I can't help but promote it. It may be rather slim right now, but given the overall success of StackExchange sites, I do not doubt that this site can become one of, if not the, top ...


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I found Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting really good book for photographers. After all photography is nothing but managing light. The chapters mostly use artificial lighting, but it is the concept building of why a particular setting was used makes the book informative.


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Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a great and easy to read book that covers these topics.


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The "best" answer to your question is not going to provide a full tutorial of the D7000 and how to use it. I would recommend becoming familiar with basic photography techniques and skills, then simply reading the manual or the Magic Lantern guide on your specific model if you have any questions on the actual execution of the techniques you are interested ...


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Scott Kelby's "Digital Photography" A great book to really improve your photography is Scott Kelby's Digital Photography. It's a hints and tips book, not a thorough working through of the principals, but I came away from it with a lot of really good solid practical things which I now include in my photography, so I'm sure it would be helpful.


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Digital Photography School has plenty of tutorials ranging from basic to advanced. Have a look at their list of tutorials for beginners. I'd also recommend just getting out there and trying stuff out! Nothing will help you learn photography better than experimenting with the camera, then sharing the results on sites like flickr and deviantart. Have fun! ...


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Other things to try: leave mids and highlights neutral-to-warm, cold tone only the shadows selective sharpening (Edit with the new example, I'm pretty sure on this one. Though whether it's a fundamental aspect, I couldn't really say. Could probably work globally just as well.) slight overexposure Local Contrast Enhancement, or its sibling, Adobe's ...


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The book Light Science and Magic is just about the best resource on product photography for beginners. It's about lighting in general but it's written by a product photographer and most of the material and importantly the examples relates to indoor small product photography (there's a bit on portraits later on). It's very easy to read yet in covers the vast ...


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Use 2 points to create an 'S' shape in the curves editor. See: http://www.chromasia.com/tutorials/online/curves/images/basic_s_curve.jpg So basically the curves editor is a chart. For each pixel in an image, its brightness is represented by a number from 0 to 255. 0 is pure black, 255 is pure white, and everything in between is a shade of grade gray. ...


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Completely agree with jrista, but assuming you meant "other than this cool place", I like dgrin's "Finishing School" subforum.


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This is nearly impossible to condense into a single question / answer. The entire site you see here, as well as countless others, is devoted to pretty much exactly the thing you describe. You asked about learning your specific camera, and yes, you're going to have to do that. Your user's manual is a great place to start. If you have a relatively popular ...


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The free resource you point to (digital photography school) has a great reputation and produces quality content. Start there and don't think about spending money until you start feeling like you you find yourself unable to push your craft forward with the resources available. When you're ready to start investing in being taught, take a look at resources like ...


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I think you can do this by toning the image towards cold tones (in GIMP it's Colors/Color Balance: you tone down reds and enhance blues, Photoshop should be similar) and then decreasing saturation (Hue/saturation adjustment should be somewhere there as well).


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The one that helped me the most and that I read the most times is The National Geographic Photography Field Guide. Unlike most modern books it is about photography itself, not manipulating images. It also puts talks about techniques in context for different subjects.


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A light tent is a good way to do it. There are a few different designs, each of which have their own pros and cons. How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent – DIY Homemade Light Box for Product Photography I like these two in particular, because they are easy to make, inexpensive, and fairly small, which allows for easy setup/storage. Edit: One good ...


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I have started with the guide comming with Apple Aperture, it can be downloaded here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/aperture_photography_fundamentals.pdf It's not the most complete guide of course but it explain basics in a very clear way


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Scott Kelby's "Digital Photography" The first book to really improve your photography quickly is Scott Kelby's Digital Photography. It's really a hints and tips book, but I came away from it with a lot of really good solid practical things which I now include in my photography.


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Here are some excellent books on nature and landscape photography that I have found invaluable to my own work: General Nature John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide 100 Ways to Take Better Nature & Wildlife Photographs Waiting for the Light Working the Light: A Landscape Photography Masterclass A Landscape Beyond: Journey Into Photography ...


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For starters I would visit: - Adobe Photoshop forum - Gimp forum But, +1 for @jrista's suggestion... this is the spot :)


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I don't think you will find secrets in how to do this technique. HDR in my experience is a lot of pushing the values up and down untill you find something you like. It is different for each image set and each location shot. Photomatix Pro or Photoshop Merge to HDR are good places to start. Once you have the software portion, create the HDR, then bring the ...


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I'd usually just say something to the effect that to get really good results consistently you have to put a lot of work in and that goes above and beyond simply feeding images into Photomatix, and whilst that's still true, I think in this case I can offer some more specific advice. I pretty sure those images were done by manually blending two images, one of ...



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