Stories by Dave Johnson

Detecting digital photo fakery

We used to say that seeing is believing. These days, when almost anything can be made to look photorealistic, that quaint expression lacks the sincerity it might have once had. Can you really trust the images you see on magazine covers, on television...

Beautify your photos with blur

Razor-sharp focus is not always the right prescription for a perfect photo. Adding subtle blur effects can impart a surreal or a romantic tone to your image.

Sharpen up your photos

In a perfect world, all the photos we take would emerge from the camera perfectly formed, sharp as a tack, and ready for framing at the Louvre.

10 efficiency tips for digital photographers

For some people, "efficiency" brings to mind a hotel room with a kitchenette. When other folks hear the word, they think about ways to work faster and smarter. I suppose I fall into the second category.

Freeze water in flight

It's ironic that I am so preoccupied with photographing motion, essentially capturing the essence of speed and dynamics in what is by its definition a static medium.

Easy ways to give your photos an antique look

Many old photographs--especially those made in the 1800s--were colored with a brown pigment known as sepia during the development process. Not all antique photographs are sepia toned, but it turns out that sepia (which, believe it or not, comes from ...

How to photograph fireworks

Summertime evokes timeless images of fire hydrants spraying water into the air, ice cream trucks rumbling down neighbourhood streets...and Fourth of July fireworks illuminating the night sky (if you're in the right country...). This year, you can cap...

Be a more efficient digital photographer

Maybe you love working with images on your PC-- but if so, you're probably an exception rather than the rule. Most people I know would rather be taking pictures than fiddling with them in an image editor.

Make artistic mosaics with your photos

No matter what the subject matter or image resolution, every digital photo is really composed of a bunch of differently colored pixels. Zoom into a highly detailed photo of a boat, plane, building, or person, and eventually you'll reach a point where...

Make the world's cheapest tripod

Recently, a friend of mine was going whale watching on a small boat in Puget Sound and asked how to get the sharpest possible photos while confined to a small boat.

How to change the background in any photo

Sometimes you want your digital camera to slavishly record exactly what you see through its viewfinder. But there's no reason to be satisfied with ordinary reality when your imagination is so much more interesting. Digital tools let you replace the b...

Make the best of difficult lighting

A backlit scene -- one in which the main light source is behind the subject so you're shooting into the light -- is to photography what a 7/10 split is to bowling, or parallel parking on a steep hill is to driving a car.

Fake your photos' depth of field

Thumb through any magazine and you'll find that, no matter the style of the photo, all portraits have one thing in common: The background is gently burred, leaving the subject in sharp focus and the centre of attention.

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