Author: Jessica Maldonado

The Prime Portrait: The Difference Between f/2.8 and f/1.4
by Tom Bol

My lens assortment has grown and evolved throughout my career. I started with all prime lenses, as they were optically superior during that time. But zoom quality improved, and I started using two main lenses: 24–70mm and 70–200mm, both f/2.8. Optically, they were sharp, and the convenience of zooming through the focal lengths was terrific. Every five years or so, a sharper, quicker auto-focus version would come out, and I’d be first in line to upgrade. With these two lenses, I was good to go.

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Tip Tuesday: Fine Tune Iris Blur

If you’re on Photoshop CC, you have access to the Blur Gallery in the Filter menu. One option in the Blur Gallery is the Iris Blur. This simulates a small sweet spot of focus with a large depth of field, similar to a Lensbaby lens. There are four intermediate dots you can drag to set the focus falloff. When one point is dragged, all four points move together. Sometimes there’s an object in the foreground or midground that needs to have a different falloff in order for the image to look realistic—you know, distance and all that stuff. If...

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Tip Tuesday: Stuff at the Bottom

Did you know that you can display a lot of different information about your document, including document dimensions, resolution, and even how efficiently your computer is working? No? That’s okay; you’re not alone. If you look at the bottom-left corner of a document window, you’ll (probably) see document sizes. If you click the little chevron (arrow) to the right of the numbers, you’ll see a drop-down list of all the things that you can have displayed in this portion of the screen.     This tip originally published in the Photoshop Tips column by Colin Smith, in the April...

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