It isn't very often that I switch camera systems. Especially after I've spent more than $10,000 of my precious life-sustaining money on crap and gear combined with more time than a grad student would study just to learn how to use it all. My photography career changed ever since, um... I wanted it to change. Part of that change incorporated some interesting decisions that affected my gear choices. Weird right? --There's been a small update to the article regarding an error I was encountering while shooting in continuous high. See the end of … [Read more...] about I Made The Switch From 5D3 to X-T1- Here’s Why!
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Guest posts, don't we all love them? Think of how refreshing it is to hear a new voice from the crowd! This is one of the ways that photographers can give back something inspirational, educational, or otherwise neat or fun. In her spare time she enjoys DIY projects, playing guitar and mandolin, obsessing over Apple products, and driving her Mini Cooper. She's an awesome and fun goofball and I've found that she gets addicted to starting and voting for photos on some websites. … [Read more...] about How to Become a Professional Photographer – Guest Post
I, like many of you, have dealt with technology for quite a long time. I can understand how confusing (or even difficult) it can be upgrade or a replace an already expensive machine, but let me tell you that now is the time to upgrade! An upgrade from a four year old machine to a new machine can yield a pretty impressive performance boost if you choose the right stuff! Choosing the right stuff for the performance you want can be a little confusing. So time for me to geek out and hopefully get you on the right track for a good investment! Why … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your Computer! Upgrade Your Performance! Part 1: CPU
Filters of all sorts, flashes, cards, readers, light-meters, remote triggers, straps, battery chargers, batteries, business cards, business card holders, lens bags, cases, cords, levels, tripods, lens cloths, blah, blah, blah. Do you need it all and does it have to be the best of the best? YES, GO BUY IT ALL RIGHT NOW-- but only if you've got a limitless income! Well, most of us can't go out and buy a car full of photography equipment, so I'd recommend that you start off slow and figure out what you need and want to use first. I always felt … [Read more...] about Building Your Bag: Accessories | Part 2 – Functionality
As a pretty new FujiFilm X-T1 owner, I'm super stoked to see such an awesome list of updates to this already amazing camera! I've got to say that FujiFilm has been listening pretty well to current owners and have implemented a number of awesome changes! There are quite a few things that have been added to this revision. I'm excited to share a truncated yet still somewhat long list (at 10) that I'm personally looking forward to! If you're an owner, you're going to love the boost that the camera is going to get! I've added my little notes in … [Read more...] about The FujiFilm X-T1 Owners Have Been Heard!
Adobe made a huge change when Lightroom 5 launched with Smart Previews. Smart Previews are a feature that I've been using since I installed Lightroom 5, but based off the majority of people I've talked to that use LR5, I've found that this remarkably simple and useful feature is under used. I encourage every budget minded person who hasn't tried utilizing them to think about incorporating them into the workflow. Who would this benefit? Answer: Anyone with limited storage on their machines who want to edit on the go. Let's create a scenario to … [Read more...] about Understand Smart Previews in Lightroom
I like being productive: fixing things, cleaning rooms, building up cities, conquering countries, culling pictures. I like comfy things: beds, couches, car seats, fluffy stuff, shoes, pillows. So, what if... one could be productive AND comfortable!? With Lightroom Mobile, you can cull, edit, and amaze yourself with the productivity that you've had on the comfort of your own couch (and it doesn't have to be on a couch... it could be on an airplane, or the toilet, or the dinner table; you can choose anywhere you really want to be) all while not … [Read more...] about Going Mobile with Lightroom Mobile
Lightroom Previews are a very important part of how Lightroom works! There's a bunch of different settings that Adobe provides to suit a plethora of computer configurations. So why the heck would you want to do something crazy like clearing a crucial part of Lightroom? I've got two reasons for you disk space and performance. Reason 1 - Disk Space Disk Space: a valuable and precious luxury if your wallet wasn't stuffed at the time you decided to buy a laptop (like when I did). Preview files can really gobble up the GB if you aren't paying … [Read more...] about Speed Up Lightroom by Clearing Previews | The Why and the How!
I have to keep it realI space out at the screen often when I edit my photos. Once that happens, things get tricky, and I usually end up missing some areas that need to be touched up. Thankfully, there are some overlooked features in Photoshop that have helped me catch those areas! Although these features won't immediately change how everything looks on a picture, these will help tune your eyes and bring attention to troubled areas. Rotate I don't know how much time you spend editing your pictures. If you spend anymore than 10 minutes working … [Read more...] about 5 Overlooked Photoshop Features You Should Be Using While Editing
Filters of all sorts, flashes, cards, readers, light-meters, remote triggers, straps, battery chargers, batteries, business cards, business card holders, lens bags, cases, cords, levels, tripods, lens cloths, blah, blah, blah. Do you need it all and does it have to be the best of the best? YES, GO BUY IT ALL RIGHT NOW (but only if you've got a limitless income!) Well, most of us can't go out and buy a car full of photography equipment, so I'd recommend that you start off slow and figure out what you need and want to use first. I always felt … [Read more...] about Building Your Bag: Accessories | Part 1
If you're like us... you're staying up at night and worried. It's time to make some hard decisions... ones that will have long lasting consequences. It's time to decide which iPhone to buy (we know... first world problems). The Dilemma On Friday morning (at approximately 12:01 am PST) Apple will start taking online orders for the phone. If you'd like to be the first to have the phone, you'll either order online or fight the crowds. You'd think by now they'd learn to have enough in stock (perhaps they manipulate the frenzy a bit). … [Read more...] about Which iPhone 6 Should a Photographer Buy?
Often I'll end up visiting a bookstore to check out fun coffee table books and photography books. I have to have something for my home that will help guests be converted to taking pictures! So there I was, looking at a table of neatly piled and organized books when I was handed a book that had a slick little title, Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll. Great Photographs, eh? Clearly, I had to find out what I was missing! The Challenge The cracked the book open to be met with a random page with the title … [Read more...] about “All Good Photographers use ‘Manual’, Right?”
I'm a formal student of photography and probably will be a life-long student of it, and I'm faced with constant struggles in class. Although fighting through the completion of degree (that doesn't necessarily help you to not become a starving artist) is a very real, hefty and common problem that students face, there are deeper and more dampening issues for those photography protgs--especially for those who have been fueled by their passion and took it upon themselves to study and experiment, which includes me. While every student's education … [Read more...] about The Real Student Struggle
Alright, I love abso-freaking-lutely everything in this video. I'll possibly even go as far as to say that I love Tamara Lackey--really though, she's pretty rad. In this 2.5 minute video by Nikon, she goes over things that I absolutely love about being a portrait photographer as well as a couple tips to really capture the good stuff-- so pay attention!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knboGgYjFtA "So much of great portraiture is about connection..." Speaking about connection, Tamara Lackey is going to be at Photoshop World in Las Vegas on … [Read more...] about Capturing an Authentic Expression with Tamara Lackey
I came across a quote earlier this week and thought that this might be good to open up to discussion. There are too many images, too many cameras now. Were all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. Its just life. If all moments are recorded, then nothing is beautiful and maybe photography isn't an art anymore. Maybe it never was. ? Robert Frank Frank was quite known for his noncommercial work around the USA, although he was a commercial photographer for a part of his … [Read more...] about Maybe Photography Isn’t An Art Anymore. Maybe It Never Was
News of FujiFilm's excellent mirror-less camera, the X-T1, made it down the vine and really peaked my interest in researching the X-series cameras that they've released. I've had other photographer friends that have picked up the very popular X100s and the X-Pro1 and loved it. Im thinking of buying one from the X-Series and of course, had to do some research. What I found was the X-T1's little brother, the X-E2. At an average of almost $400 cheaper than the X-T1, I felt that it was also worth taking a look at. What better way to look at … [Read more...] about FujiFilm’s Mirror-less Madness: Hands on with FujiFilm’s X-T1 and X-E2 (Firmware 2.0)
Adobe announced a simple update to their Camera Raw, which affects Photoshop and Lightroom! It's a pretty light package that adds a slew of support for new lenses and a couple new cameras. Also, there's a couple bugs that'll be squished with the installation of this update. And here's the meat and potatoes of the update from straight from Adobe: New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate Nikon D810 Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.6 Release … [Read more...] about Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 RC is Available!
So there's maybe more bungles that people would make if they didn't know any better or were just starting off. I figured that there could be some extra help in identifying some of the more recent blunders that have been popping up more often in communities that I'm associated with. Before you read this, make sure that you've read Beware of these 5 Beginners Blunders in Post Processing Portraits. It'll help you put all of this into good light. It really isn't a big super deal if you do any of these. If you find yourself doing something that's on … [Read more...] about Beware of these 5 MORE Beginner’s Blunders in Post Processing Portraits
What do you think would make the best street photography bag? Something that blends in, is compact, durable and accessible? Well, that's it for me and this Think Tank's sleek and stylish shoulder-bag was more than what I could ask for! I have to say that besides a little ID holder, I've never really dealt with anything Think Tank related. I've heard of their reputation as a quality brand that's trusted by several photographers that I know and have seen, so I'm pretty excited to have one in my own hands. The Impression The Retrospective 5 … [Read more...] about The Retrospective 5, by Think Tank
If you want to get serious about shooting calculated photoshoots, get yourself off Auto White Balancing! The camera usually does a great job at analyzing the lighting scenario and chooses a suitable color temperature when it is set to AWB. The problem is that setting it to auto lets the camera adjust the white balance ever so slightly for every single image, reducing consistency if you're sending out a batch of pictures from one specific location. Varying factors, such as color of clothing or reflected sunlight, are the prime suspects for the … [Read more...] about Want Better Photos? Turn OFF Auto White Balance (AWB)!
If you're a Canon body owner, you might think that getting some good spare batteries for cheap would be a great idea! That would mean hours upon hours of shooting, right? Well, those hours could be substantially cut down and could cause some other frustration. The horrible keyword is "cheap." Ya dig? I love saving money, although I'm horrible at it. Wait, I should rephrase that. I love finding deals. Quite often, you'll be able to find some third party batteries for popular Canon bodies for a relatively inexpensive price--$15 for a battery! … [Read more...] about Canon’s Common Counterfeits
I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, "FREE." Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. Thats right, Free-ninty-nine! Thats like $0.00 and it's not like an ad-based program or a kind of gimmicky program, it really is a full licensed version and it is quite freakin powerful! I'm a huge Lightroom and Photoshop fan, and even with the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: onOne Software Perfect Effects (Plus it’s Free!)
Portraits with a tilt-shift lens? YEAH. I've never done it and I wanted to, so I rented the lens! If you aren't familiar with a Tilt-Shift lens, then you're probably got a somewhat confused face going on as you read this. It is a special lens, mainly used for architectural photography, due to its ability to help correct perspective distortion and increase depth of field with the tilting action of the lens. Essentially the lens has a very precise bend in the middle that can be dialed in and angled. But, one can use this tilting action to get … [Read more...] about A Sliver of Focus – The Canon TS-E 45mm F/2.8 Tilt-Shift
Over the years, Ive found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. Ive journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected peoples images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My Experience Well, gosh. Ive earned, hustled, found and borrowed money to get my grubby hands on some of the best consumer and professional throughout my career all after spending a tremendous amount of time … [Read more...] about Building Your Bag: Lenses
Ive been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because Im a photographer and therefore MUST make better pictures than those coming from an average joe. Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures even with a phone. As a disclaimer, I shall say that this is NOT A RECIPE. When I shoot for myself, I shoot out of love. I choose and design my images based off feeling what is evoked when I come across an image and how it jumps out to me … [Read more...] about 5 Design Elements for Better Pictures!
As you read this, think back to when you were beginning photography Im sure youd be able to relate to this to yourself (or your friend) and hopefully laugh (and not cry). Alright, so this list may not be super accurate and is in no particular order, but, I think it is safe to say that every beginning photographer has experimented with at least four out of the five blunders. I know I did, and believe me, I have had to work through these as I grew and became more experienced in photography. The goal with portraiture is to make that person look … [Read more...] about Beware of these 5 Beginner’s Blunders in Post Processing Portraits