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I’m a big fan of the CamRanger system… particularly when it comes to shooting unique and challenging camera angles.  By being able to remotely monitor and adjust my camera, I can put it in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot while still getting the best angle.  I can then use the CamRanger app and hardware to control the […]

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I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a “fad”, and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f.16, 1.3sec, ISO 100, 6 frame panorama stitched in Photoshop CC. I was fortunate enough to spend two days shooting at Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas recently. Unlike most days in Las Vegas, we had storms and rain, and it was spectacular. The clouds […]

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to get better looking video shots.  Each week, I release a show called DSLR Video Tips on lynda.com.  The episode is free for one week (you don’t even have to be a member, that’s how nice they are). The show is co-hosted by friend and long-time collaborator Robbie […]

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(Click to view larger) The final image with final touches from Lightroom and onOne Software's Perfect Effects.

I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR—High Dynamic Range photography—to make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without “nuking” or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, so in this […]

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The initial act of sifting through a bulky project can be a daunting task.  When a shoot is complete, thoughts are typically confined to the stack(s) of material awaiting our review.  One simple approach to initially reviewing a project is to take advantage of the filtering power of Lightroom to aid in the selection process. […]

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I’ve been shooting a lot with small cameras lately. I’ve been on a quest to experiment with mounting multiple cameras in many places.  This has mainly taken place with GoPro cameras for shooting both stills and videos. My go-to piece of grip gear has been my collection of GorillaPods.  From mounting on the ground to wrapping […]

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Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, gear is an essential piece of image capturing.  And finding the right gear for your needs is a very important part of communicating your point of view.  We as photographers deal with budgets and affording the most expensive gear is not always an option.  With that […]

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  Michael Kelley didn’t graduate from a photo school, didn’t take photo classes and if you met him right out of college, he would have told you he was going to be a professional snowboarder. He was already well on his way. He had spent most of his adolescence and teenage years honing the skill […]

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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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I got my hands on the new Nikon DF and let’s be honest, it’s an adorably attractive camera body.  My love of all things retro sparked some interest in this new DSLR with FX sensor.  I watched a few videos and reviews mocking the design and calling it a “marketing scheme” or desperate attempt on […]

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We just wanted to send you a reminder that there’s only 1 week left to win a brand new Olympus OM-D E-M1.  It has great built-in bracketing (7 exposures for a 14-stop dynamic range).  It’s fast, light, and easy to shoot with.  It’s quickly become my favorite HDR camera. But it’s also quite capable at shooting […]

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If you have several raw files that were shot under, similar conditions you can save a lot of time by synchronizing their settings Using Bridge or the Open dialog, select multiple raw files and open them with Camera Raw. Select one image and make any desired adjustments. Select multiple images in the Filmstrip area. You […]

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As a commercial advertising photographer that specializes in composites, I am continually developing my skill set to allow for easy unlimited tweaking of the images I create.When developing complex visual ideas with many layers, that most of the time, need to fit into a variety of formats, non-destructive techniques are essential.   Composites offer a tremendous […]

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I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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We’d like to welcome Erik Valind to Photofocus.  Be sure to catch his classes at Photoshop World in Atlanta April 8–10. A lot of forethought goes into making a photograph. We usual need to find a model, select a location, and then lug out the lighting gear… not to mention camera settings and lens selection after […]

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Color is all around us, but the color that your eyes see can actually be different than what your camera lens sees. White balancing adjusts for these differences in order to make your photo look more natural. Can’t see the video?  Click here. I’ve used an image of my son in the example above. As […]

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