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28 April 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at creating a portfolio Web site, an HDR comparison, a tip for removing sensor dust and Rick Sammon's new book.

  • How to create a gorgeous portfolio Web site argues for both simplicity and functionality (like , ahem, including your contact information) with some charming examples of the state of the art.
  • Derrick Story compares Lightroom HDR vs. HDR , noting Lightroom's workflow delivers a Raw file for further refinement. HDR Efex Pro 2, though, works in a 32-bit color space, which we've always found liberating. Story prefers Lightroom for it's more "photographic" image but we're tempted to host a rematch.
  • Retoucher Chris Lambeth shares the first of a series of tricks of the trade in Sensor Dust Easy Removal:

Save the selection to apply it to multiple images (they'll all have the same spots). And don't forget to delete the Levels adjustment layer.

  • Focal Press has announced the publication of Creative Visualization for Photographers by Rick Sammon. The 312-page tome "shows you how simple changes -- with visualization, composition, post-processing and more -- can mean the difference between a snapshot and a great shot."

More to come...

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