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Derek Doeffinger

Derek Doeffinger


For over twenty years, Derek Doeffinger worked at Kodak writing about photography to help amateurs and professionals alike take better pictures. He’s been involved with digital photography since its onset in the early 1990s. His book credits include a variety of how-to and photo travel photo books. Among them are The Art of Seeing, Kodak Pocket Guide to 35 mm Photography, The Magic of Digital Printing, The Complete Guide to Ultimate Digital Photography, Waterfalls and Gorges of the Finger Lakes, and Finger Lakes Splendor. 

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Sharpening and printing

Look sharp...but not TOO sharp

ArticleDigital Darkroom, Post-Processing & Printing Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, April 7, 2011

To show maximum detail, use a glossy or semi-gloss (satin) paper. Detail not important for this image? Then choose any high-quality paper whose surface reinforces the mood you are trying to create.

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TAGS: Printing,  photoshop,  tips,  sharpening,  unsharp mask,  Focus on Printing 

Five amazing camera and subject motion special effects

Slow down your shutter speed and do incredible things

ArticleSpecial Effects Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, July 4, 2010

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Go ahead—move your camera, zoom your lens, encourage your subjects to move around, and even throw your camera...while the shutter is open. Welcome to the wonderful world of slow shutter speed and camera and subject motion!

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TAGS: special effects photography,  exposure,  shutter speed,  motion,  shutter 

Capturing the essence of a place – Travel photography tips

Create destination cover shots

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 17, 2010

You can’t go to a fantastic place and come away with only one picture. Or can you? Naw, you can’t.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  Digital photography,  Focus on Travel Photography,  Mexico 

Photographing Mexico’s colonial architecture –Travel Photography tips

Rich, saturated colors, no Photoshopping necessary

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 14, 2010

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When it comes to food, music, and architecture, I must confess I’m no connoisseur. I can say with equal amounts of enthusiasm and ignorance that I know what I like.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  colors,  color,  Focus on Travel Photography 

The day your itinerary died – Travel photography tips

What to do when adversity strikes (or a volcano erupts)

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 13, 2010

Like me—like most photographers—you probably prefer information that is specific, concrete, technique-oriented, and visually demonstrable.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  doeffinger,  Focus on Travel Photography 

Photographing local people

How to avoid embarrassing situations while trying to take pictures in other countries

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 11, 2010

Do as I do now and not as I did then, and maybe a certain street flower lady in La Paz, Boliva won’t swat you upside the head with a bouquet of gladiolus.

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TAGS: people,  Digital photography,  Focus on Travel Photography,  Mexico,  Focus on Street Photography 

Researching your photographic trip

Destination choices affect the photos you bring back

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 6, 2010

Where to go? When to go? What to see? How long to stay? But first, where to stay? What to do while you’re there? Then where to go next? How to get around?

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  Digital photography,  Focus on Travel Photography 

Travel photography: What gear to take?

Don’t get weighted down by too much equipment

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 5, 2010

As I have grown older I have embraced “the less is more” approach to gear for travel photography. And my pictures seem better for it.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  memory card,  Digital photography,  Focus on Travel Photography,  fanny pack 

Planning for a big trip abroad

Set goals, both photographic and personal

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, May 4, 2010

This is the start of a series of articles about travel photography, which will appear here over the next two weeks. To be more precise, this series is about taking pictures during your big trip.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  tip,  doeffinger,  Focus on Travel Photography 

Classic window-light still lifes

Let the natural soft light in!

ArticleQuick Photography Tips Techniques and How-Tos - by Derek Doeffinger, August 28, 2009

Like most photographers my greatest photographic joy is to travel to exotic locales where I can take pictures of llamas dashing through the ruins of Machu Pichu, surfers hanging five on the curls at Big Sur, or skyscrapers soaring in any big city.

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TAGS: tips,  studio,  natural light,  shadows 

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