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Cardinal Photo Resources: Presets for your use

Here is my current favorite preset for DxO Optics Pro 10. It is particularly good for travel and nature photography.

Here is the Adobe (LightRoom & Camera Raw) preset I have used in the past when shooting outdoor sports for the CBS Interactive subsidiary, MaxPreps.

Quick tip: Taming the sun with a Multiply layer in Photoshop

Pl_ShweYanPanMonastery_0116mulSometimes you just can’t control the clock or the sun. The monastery in Nyaung Shwe (in Myanmar’s Shan State) is famous for its historic round wood windows. But finding them with novices peering out from the study hall inside was a special treat. Harsh light or not, it was a great photo opportunity. Having a Nikon D810 certainly helped me capture the full tonal range of the image from light to dark, but another trick was needed to make the image look good…

Some new ways to enhance the color of your wildlife photos

David Cardinal: Making the Color in Your Wildlife Images Pop Using Some Contrast-Enhancing ToolsThere are plenty of tools to work directly on the color of your images. Many photographers don’t realize that you can often also enhance color by working on contrast.

10 things you should know about your camera (and your smartphone)!

ev_africamay2011_0221I get asked all the time to give advice about what camera someone should buy. Far less often I sometimes get asked a much more important question – “What do I need to learn how to do with my new camera before I take it on my vacation, or to some special event, and try to use it effectively?” Modern cameras (even many of those found in smartphones) have way too many features for anyone to master them all. But there are 10 basic skills you should learn. If you purchase your camera at a camera store with actual human salespeople (there are still a few), you can probably have them show you most or all of them before you walk out with your new kit:


Nikon agrees to give new cameras in cases where a D600 can't be fixed

Nikon has gone another step -- beyond offering to replace the shutters in any D600s that are experiencing sensor spotting -- by saying it will provide a brand new camera to any owners who have had their cameras serviced "" and still have issues.