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John Paul Caponigro is an internationally renowned environmental artist whose work has been purchased by diverse collections including Estee Lauder and the Smithsonian. Author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class, he is a contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro, columnist for Photoshop User, AfterCapture,, and A highly sought after public speaker, you can experience his technical lectures in his DVD series R/Evolution. He teaches digital photography and printing workshops around the world. A member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, a Canon Explorer of Light, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Colratti, his clients include Adobe and Kodak. Learn more by visiting and get his free enews Insights with over 200 free lessons.

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Resurrect Shadow Detail In Your Photographs With the App InstaFlash

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:59 PM


Are the shadows in many of your images so dark it's hard to see detail in them? Would you like to see more detail in shadows without making highlights overly bright? Who doesn't have this problem? There's a quick and easy cure. Use...

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3 Ways to HDR on Your iPhone

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 7:27 PM


What's HDR ?

Since the invention of photography, rendering shadow and highlight detail has been a challenge to photographers. Luckily, today, it's gotten significantly better and easier; we have new more sensitive tools, with more options both during and after exposure, and...

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The Ins and Outs of Making Panoramas With Your iPhone

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 9:40 AM

Two images cropped to panoramic format.

Think Outside The Frame

No one needs to learn to "think outside the box" more than photographers. The frame, literally a box, is often our greatest ally. Learning to see...

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Strengthen Your Creativity With Cell Phone Photography

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM


These images were all made in the space of 45 minutes spent wandering the decks of the Russian research vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov during an arctic cruise from Svalbard to Greenland and Iceland.

I love the spontaneity inherent in cell phone...

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Correct Perspective With the App Front View

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 6:55 PM


How many times have you wished you could quickly straighten lines in an image that have been distorted by perspective? Being able to control perspective is particularly important for architectural photography and it can be used to make stronger compositions in all images.


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Resize Your Mobile Images With One Touch

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 5:19 PM


When you want to make a mobile phone image smaller quickly, launch iResize. Why would you want to change the size of an image? There are so many reasons; to email it, to post it online, and/or to share it in social networks are...

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iPhone Experiment: Music

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:32 AM

Combining images of music with other images has added a rich new dimension to my creative life and thinking. I don't mean sequencing a soundtrack to a slideshow; I mean adding the graphic notation found in sheet music.

There are a number of forms of music notation to choose from;...

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Mobile Retouching Wizardry Is at Your Fingertips With Touch Retouch

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 11:55 AM


The iPhone app Touch Retouch performs the kind of stunning magic that first appeared in Adobe Photoshop only a few years ago. Adobe introduced this type of instant retouching based on pattern recognition under the name of Content Aware Fill. Now a similar technology...

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Magically Change the Proportion of Your Photographs With the App 'Liquid Scale'

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 3:13 PM


You can use the app Liquid Scale to distort the frame of an image without distorting key elements in it. Like Adobe Photoshop's Content Aware Scale, this software identifies image elements that are most likely to be more important than others and distorts...

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Render Sophisticated Light FX With Rays

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 1:32 PM


As far as magic moments go, few can compare to those fleeting moments when light streams from the heavens or wraps around objects, as if making visible some some divine presence. Kings and priests would pay dearly for...

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Render Sophisticated Light FX With Dual Apps -- Lens Flare & Lens Light

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 1:28 PM


When it comes to photography, you can do a lot with a little light. Adding light into your images offers many creative possibilities: add a sparkle to someone's eyes, make highlights shine, enhance an atmospheric effect, trace a constellation in the sky, render...

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Create Complex Grunge Photo FX With GothPix

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 1:12 PM






Splatter, speckle, and stain your images in seconds with the iPhone app Goth Pix. It generates surprisingly rich and...

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IPhone Experiment -- Bones

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 6:40 PM

These images were made in Mala Mala, South Africa during my recent South Africa Photo Safari (sponsored by NIK).

Apps used were PicGrunger and Snapseed.

Recently, during an African safari, I spent several days photographing animals. We saw all of the big five (lion, leopard,...

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iPhone Experiment: Postcards

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 1:04 PM


As part of my ongoing iPhone experiments, I've been making images with postcards included in the scene. I've been exploring the similarities and differences between the types of images found on postcards and other types of photographs.

Good postcards do certain things very well:...

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Ways To Give More Useful Feedback Online

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 12:23 PM


Wow! Cool! Amazing! Fantastic! Beautiful! Great image! I love it! You can feel the love online -- on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, 500pix, BestCamera, and countless other image-sharing services, social networks, blogs, and websites. It feels good to give...

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9 Essential Photo Editing iPhone Apps

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 12:21 PM

Finding it hard to choose between so many photo editing iPhone apps? Here's my short list of essential photo editing apps. Get these ten apps and it's likely you'll only buy other apps for specialized effects or participating in specific social networks.




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A Little Stress Can Be Good for Your Images

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 10:51 AM


Stress can be good for your images. The analog materials used in painting and photography, often add rich textures that can enliven images. Throughout the history of art, drips, scratches, cracks stains, grain, vignetting, light leaks, fading, erasure and other analog artifacts have all...

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36 Reasons to Have a Smart Phone Camera Everywhere You Go

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 6:45 PM


Why should you have a smart phone camera everywhere you go? Let me count the ways!

To ...

- make a compelling picture
- record an idea
- remember moments
- share moments
- share news
- make...

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Photography Has Changed -- Again

(12) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 1:25 PM

Photography changed everything in the visual arts -- and it's changing again. 2010-03-07-PhotoChangedAgain.jpg

Photography advanced the objectives of representation. It provided extraordinary detail rendered with exceptional precision; never before had images looked so life-like. Photography did this so...

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