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Mason Resnick is the editor of the Adorama Learning Center and a lifetime photography enthusiast.

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Special Effects

Welcome to Adorama's school of visual wizardry

You are about to enter another dimension, where time, space, color, and light itself can be manipulated at will. No, it's not the Twilight zone...it's Adorama's in-depth guide to Special Effects Photography!


We've devoted an entire area of the Adorama Learning Center to special effects photography because: 
a) it's fun; 
b) for aspiring pros, many techniques can be applied to jazz up your portfolio and assignments; 
c) transforming a normal subject into something that looks like it's from another planet can be a very creative, fulfilling activity; and 
d) it's fun 

Software? Not required 

Surprisingly, many special effects can be done in camera, and do not require any work in image-editing programs. Some techniques can only be done with film, although most can be done either in camera or after the fact using Photoshop or some other image-editing program. We'll show you both ways. 

While many of our staff of world-class photography experts have contributed to this section, none has provided as much useful information as Elinor Stecker-Orel, who has spent a lifetime collecting and writing about techniques to push your camera to its outer limits. We don't call her our Special Effects Diva for nothing! 


Dive in, and learn some magic!


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