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How to minimize noise in digital photos

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Dave Johnson, TechHive:

In the days before digital photography, seemingly every corner store had rack upon rack of film on display. Each roll of film was marked with a speed—measured in ISO—such as 100, 200, or 400. Higher-speed film was handy for low-light photography, but it had a serious disadvantage: grain.

Film grain was every photographer’s nemesis. Instead of smooth, natural textures, grain put ugly blotches all over a photo. And though the days of grainy photos are far behind us, digital photos have a similar problem: digital noise.

You’ve undoubtedly seen noise in your own photos. On the plus side, noise tends to be very small; and when you view a many-megapixel photo on a computer screen, pixel-size noise is so small that it usually disappears into the background. You might look at a very noisy photo and not even know it. Noise becomes apparent, though, when you zoom in—if you crop it down to a small detail, for example, or if you attempt to make a large print. Let’s learn how to control noise.

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April 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

What are your rights as a photographer?

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Dave Johnson, TechHive:

You probably don’t think about the legality of taking photos very much, but it’s more important than ever to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a photographer—even if you aren’t shooting covers for Time magazine. It’s certainly true that the U.S. Constitution recognizes a formidable array of rights and freedoms; but when it comes to taking photos, in a lot of situations your rights aren’t so clear-cut.

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April 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Spring Photography Auctions Total More Than $30.8 Million, Set Artist Records

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PDN Pulse:

Six photography sales last week at the three major auction houses in New York City brought in more than $30.8 million dollars and included record sales for masters Man Ray and Diane Arbus, among others, as well as contemporary artists including Robert Frank, Richard Misrach, Alex Prager and Viviane Sassen.

Fine art photography is proving to be a very good financial investment, right?

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April 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Master the camera app on IOS

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Serenity Caldwell, Macworld:

The simplest way to shoot photos and video with your iPhone is to use Apple’s built-in Camera app.

These past two years, the iPhone’ camera is the one that’s with me all the time, and which I use all the time. Nowadays, I cannot imagine going anywhere without it.

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April 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

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