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ACDSee Photography Cheat Sheet

2015-04-27 21:59:28 GMT

Want a few tips for your next photography adventure? Get a free Cheat Sheet when you purchase ACDSee Ultimate 8 or ACDSee Pro 8!

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Get creative in ACDSee Pro 8 and Ultimate 8. Here is a short video tutorial to show you how you can use the Brush Tool!

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Using Gradients with ACDSee Pro 8 and Ultimate 8

Here’s a quick look at how to use gradients and special effects to change the emotion of an image. In this video, we give an image verging on being a nightscape a bright daytime look.

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Take Your Time

2015-02-03 00:08:14 GMT

It had become second nature to pull out my phone or DSLR and snap a quick pic of a sunset, a hug between friends, a striking landscape. However, due to the rapidness that I captured these images, they diminished not only quality, but also significance.

My computer folders were packed with hundreds of photos that had no real meaning to me, and were subpar images, at best. Because of the overwhelming amount of files, I overlooked those that had actual photographic value — it took so long to scour through the mess, that I usually gave up before I started.

Sound familiar?

Sometimes improving your photography skills doesn’t take a new lense or hours of practice, but rather taking time to observe, shoot, and appreciate the subject of your photo.

Maybe 2015 is the year that you organize those folders, and eliminate any undesirable images. Proper digital image management in the present could save you hours of frustration in the future.

When it comes to shooting your photographs, choose quality over quantity. Dedicate time to seeking out the scene you want to capture, and don’t settle for mediocre. Once you have your images, don’t be afraid to play with them — edit and tweak until you’re in love with the result.

Slow down, press pause, and spend some quality time with your camera and software.


Try ACDSee Ultimate 8 for the latest in digital image management and layered editing.


Getting Up Close and Personal

2015-01-11 11:00:41 GMT

It is easy to be awestruck by a stunning landscape, towering mountains, or wide open spaces. Often, however, we tend to overlook the incredible beauty hidden in the details.

Macro Photography can produce some remarkable images, and provides a portal into the microscopic world all around us. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Keep Your Distance
Though you may be tempted to bring your lens as close as possible to your subject, it is important to maintain a bit of space, and let your camera do the work for you.Too close of a proximity could block your lighting and disturb your subject.

Manual Focus
Using auto focus can be tricky when shooting macro — you may notice that this setting will have a hard time adjusting when you shoot. Try using manual focus instead to improve the process and keep your images looking sharp.

Simplicity is Key
Composing an image with a single subject can be very effective with macro photography. With a narrow depth of field, your background will be out of focus, bringing more attention to your subject. Be sure to avoid any distracting lighting or objects in the background.

Switch It Up
Get creative and try shooting from alternate angles and experiment with lighting to create artistic effects in your images.

Now grab your camera and start exploring these miniature photographic opportunities!