I travel for work - a lot. One of the coolest travel tricks I use came from fellow Photofocus author Doug Daulton. Every time I'd check a bag, I'd fill out one of the paper tags that airlines give for free on the ticket counter. Most times, it wouldn't last the duration of the flight. Checked bags get tossed around a bunch, especially with connecting flights. So I was looking to order some plastic bag tags that would last and Doug recommended self-laminating luggage tags. These bag tags are great! I use the Travelon Self-Laminating luggage … [Read more...] about Travel Tip – Media Bag Tags
Nick Minore is a photo and video professional. A busy schedule keeps him always on the go, whether producing live sports broadcasts for TV and the web, or a portrait photo shoot on the beach near his home in Florida. Always with a camera in hand, Nick enjoys experimenting with new cameras and shooting techniques. Technology has always come naturally to him and he loves to share tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your gear or software.
Connect with Nick using the links to the left, or email nick (@) photofocus.com.
Connect with Nick using the links to the left, or email nick (@) photofocus.com.
Latest posts by Nick Minore (see all)
- Travel Tip – Media Bag Tags - December 1, 2017
- Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR and Laptop Backpack Review - November 17, 2017
- Making Fall Colors Pop in Lightroom - November 14, 2017
A photographer is always looking for new camera bags, but there always seems to be a new one on my mind. I was looking for a camera backpack that I could keep a camera body and lens attached while carrying a few extra lenses and accessories. I don’t use a backpack often, but I have the ThinkTank Shape Shifter and it works well, but I can’t fit a body with a lens attached into that backpack. I had the chance to try out the new Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR & Laptop Backpack courtesy of B&H. The Ruggard Thunderhead 35 is a small camera … [Read more...] about Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR and Laptop Backpack Review
Sometimes what you see and what your camera sees are very different. This was the case on a recent fall foliage hike I took a few weeks ago. It can really mess with your head - “my photos are terrible” and the like. Luckily with a few specific sliders in Lightroom, we can bring your fall foliage photos back to life. Let’s take a look. For the purpose of this article, we’re only going to start with a blank slate. We’ll walk through basic adjustments and then add the “finishing steps”. If you’ve already gone through basic adjustments, feel free … [Read more...] about Making Fall Colors Pop in Lightroom
Every once in a while, Lightroom gives me an issue importing images from my Nikon cameras. It’ll import the images out of “filename” order and out of “capture time” order. As frustrating as it is, I’ve yet to find out why it’s doing it. It seems as if the sorting option on the Import Window doesn’t work. So, how do you fix it? If you notice it happening repeatedly, check the Creative Cloud application manager for any updates to Lightroom. Do an update and then restart the computer if there is one. If that doesn’t help, here’s the … [Read more...] about Why is Lightroom Importing my Images out of Order?
Carbon Copy Cloner is an app for Mac that lets me backup or duplicate hard drives. My travel photography workflow involves 2 drives - a primary and a backup. Every night when I plug in both drives, Carbon Copy Cloner mirrors the primary drive to the backup. To do this, you need to set up a backup task. Here’s how to do it: Make sure you have both hard drives connected, then let’s create a New Task. In the upper left corner of the application, click on the New Task icon. Then it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Step 1: Select your source drive and … [Read more...] about How to Automatically Backup Files on Your Mac
In the past few days since Apple’s keynote at WWDC June 5th, a bunch of articles have popped up around the web about a new image format coming to iOS. Indeed, Apple plans to fully adopt the HEIF image standard on iPhone and iPads running iOS 11. What is it, how does it work, why change everything? Keep reading… What is HEIF? HEIF is short for High Efficiency Image Format and is a new image “wrapper” just like a JPEG or a TIFF. With the new “wrapper" comes a new compression algorithm, or codec, known as HEVC. We know HEVC in the video world as … [Read more...] about iOS 11 Photos – A New Image Format?
Camera technology is constantly changing and it's about to the point where we're wondering. . . What do we want next? We have ultra-high megapixel digital cameras like the Canon 5Ds R and the Pentax 645z medium format camera, amazing low light cameras like the Sony A7s Mark II, great action sports and underwater cameras with the GoPro Hero 5, high frame rate cameras like the Nikon D5 and Canon 1Dx Mark II... the list can go on and on. More of what we're seeing now comes in the form of one body, multiple functions. Stills cameras that shoot … [Read more...] about Moving into 360-Degree Cameras
There are two kinds of tools in Lightroom – global adjustment tools and local adjustment tools. Global adjustments refer to sliders that adjust the overall image. Things like Exposure, Contrast, Whites, Blacks, Clarity, Saturation, Sharpening, etc. Sometimes you just can’t push an image far enough with global changes and you need to target specific areas of an image. The HSL panel specifically targets color adjustments across an image. Let’s look at each feature while editing this photo. We’ll start in the basic panel, adjusting highlights … [Read more...] about HSL Panel – The Secret for Local Color Adjustments in Lightroom
We all know that there’s a right way to do things and a “cheating” way, but it doesn’t matter which one you use as long as the end result is the same, right? A few months ago, I was on Zuma Beach in Malibu for sunset. Even though the dynamic range is incredible on the Sony A7r II, I still opted to shoot bracketed images “just in case”. After I merged them into an HDR image using Photomatix Pro, I needed to fix the sky. It looked dark and weird, compared to the blue sky I saw during sunset. Maybe it’s the LA smog, but I need to fix … [Read more...] about Cheating Blue Skies in Lightroom
I shoot a lot of images on my iPhone. It’s the camera that’s always with me when I stumble upon something interesting. In 2015 Apple introduced Live Photos at the iPhone 6s release, which creates a video showing the moments right before and right after you take a picture. These “sidecar” video files are 2 seconds in length and are embedded into the photo on your phone. While it was a cool idea, and I was excited for them when they were first released, but they’re become a bother every time I import photos from my iPhone into my Lightroom … [Read more...] about Quickly Delete Apple Live Photos in Lightroom
I admit it…I’m not perfect. Sometimes the simplest things can come back and bite you. A few months ago, I made the trek up to Crescent City, California for a photo adventure in Redwood National Forest. The day I arrived, we checked into the hotel and went to find the beach for sunset. Being from the East Coast, I’ve dreamed of shooting a beautiful Pacific Coast sunset. It was getting late when we checked in. I asked the hotel front desk representative what she recommended for seeing the sunset. Very nonchalantly, she responded that the … [Read more...] about How To Ruin A Sunset Shot (And Save It In Lightroom)
I'm lucky enough to be spending a few days relaxing with my family on a beach. On our way there, I was charging my camera batteries and starting thinking of a few tips for keeping my camera safe while still snapping on the sandy shore. Isn't my Camera Body Weather-Sealed? Luckily yes, most camera bodies are weather-sealed, which helps keep out most of the sand and rain. But unless you're at hiking at a rocky beach, white sand grains are so fine that they really are unnoticeable until it's too late. I'm sure you've heard horror stories about … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Protecting your Camera at the Beach
Ok...so not entirely true. But made you click, right? Sometimes I'm afforded opportunities to travel the country with a video production group and recently I was out in the Mountain West region of the United States: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and California over the course of 17 days. Though I only had 5 events, it was my job to transport the truck between locations. My co-pilot Teddy and I trekked through the straight and lonely highway in Wyoming that seemed to stretch forever. We took the truck up and over mountains near Lake Tahoe, … [Read more...] about I Snuck Away from my Job to Photograph Redwood National Park
I frequently find myself walking away from my iMac when batch exporting images from Lightroom or rendering video. Before walking away, I want to make sure the computer doesn't go to sleep and stop exporting/rendering my files. I'm not a big fan of wasting time and nothing is worse than setting 10 videos to render and coming back in the morning to see that only 2 videos were successfully exported, while the rest are still processing. It's easy enough to go into the Apple menu on the top left, choose System Preferences, then choose Energy … [Read more...] about Caffeine – One of my Favorite Apps for Mac
Category: Sports Photograph: Florida Tech Lacrosse by Vanelli Editor's note: Nick Minore has done a great job as the curator of the Sports category for the Photofocus Photographer of the Day feature. Thanks for the great work Nick! Do you know Vanelli? An all-star martial artist turned photographer, Vanelli's been living and breathing sports for the past 30+ years. It's time to pass the torch here on Photofocus ... Vanelli will be taking over the Sports category for our Photographers of the Day in 2017. Be sure to submit your best … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Vanelli
Category: Sports Photograph: yet another biker (y.a.b.) by Christop (Watcher/124 on Flickr) Christoph shot a great image of a biker using his Fuji X-T1. I really like how he panned the image with the biker, blurring the background. The black-and-white conversion is pretty good, although I would have liked to see the blacks punched up a little more to eliminate some of the gray in the image. In my opinion, the white vignette keeps the image lively rather than dark and moody (like you get with a black vignette). Originally shared on the … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Christoph
Category: Architecture Photograph: One Kemble Street There are so many different ways to photograph architecture, and I really love getting in close and creating something abstract out of something very real. Nic Taylor did just that with his image of One Kemble Street. The light glistens off the balconies perfectly, as if the image was taken after a rain storm. Styling the image black and white adds to the mood. I love it! Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor
Category: Architecture Photograph: Stairway This is a very interesting composition...there's a mix of architecture and portraiture. I love how the beams and stairs criss-cross throughout the image, but I also think the timing was perfect, with the two people on the landing. It helps add depth and scale to the image. I think the vertical composition adds to the image, stretching up with the stairs. Well done! Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: monoauge
Category: Architecture Photograph: Oculus For those that don't know, Oculus is part of the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York. If you haven't been, it's definitely worth a trip. Michael's photo really shows the amazing design work by it's architect, Santiago Calatrava. Not only is the image perfectly symmetrical, Michael also chose to keep a few people in the bottom center of the image, really helping show off the massive size of the Oculus. My one comment would be to increase the contrast or clarity in the image. I love the black … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Michael Hoffman
Have you struggled to make a great image when shooting into the sun? Our cameras can't see the dynamic range in a scene as well as our own eyes can, so we have to shoot a series of bracketed images and merge them into an HDR. In this tutorial, I walk you through exporting to HDR from Lightroom to create two sun-flared images with Photomatix Pro. https://youtu.be/WQXuPuE1-5c … [Read more...] about Creating Better Sun-Flared Images with Photomatix Pro
Category: Architecture Photograph: Calder Flamingo BW Perspective Okay...okay...It's true. I'm a sucker for black and white architecture! Kidding aside, Lauri beautifully contrasted Calder's Flamingo in Chicago against a clean sky, vignetted by skyscrapers. I love how the image appears to be so abstract, but the more you look at it, the more the buildings reveal themselves along the edges. The windows are glowing, so we know it was taken at night and was held so still that the skyscraper on top has amazing texture. If I could suggest one … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Lauri Novak
Category: Architecture Photograph: Looking down Broad St. Khürt did a great job capturing a mix of the old and new architecture of the great city of Philadelphia during the blue hour. Symmetry is key with architecture images and the clock tower sits perfectly in the center of the image between the two skyscrapers. The faded film filter gives the overall image an interesting look. The only thing I would do is use Lightroom's ruler to make sure the horizon is level, as it looks tilted ever-so-slightly to the left. Originally shared on … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Khürt Williams
Matt Kloskowski sits with Levi Sim to talk about his transition to shooting landscapes with the Sony A7R Mark II. https://youtu.be/e5m0F2MQ5bs … [Read more...] about Switching to the Sony A7R Mark II with Matt Kloskowski
Matt Kloskowski and Levi Sim talk about the benefits to shooting with circular polarizers and how to remove ugly, gradated skies in Photoshop. https://youtu.be/_V7VNYO9sGc … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Ugly Skies with Polarizers
Category: Architecture Photograph: Building Blocks by Dave [dscphoto] I absolutely love the pieces of these buildings that Dave shot in Toronto. We can tell that they are buildings, but they’re abstract enough to create interest. One thing I would pay attention to when processing architecture like this are the straight lines. The brown building on the left is slightly tilted to the left and there’s really nothing you can do in camera, but it could be an easy fix in Lightroom or Photoshop. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Dave [dscphoto]
Category: Sports Photograph: Pole Bending by Fred Leaders Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Fred Leaders
Category: Sports Photograph: Pallavolo (Volleyball in Italian) by Andrea Sereno Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Andrea Sereno
Category: Sports Photograph: Untitled by Paul Henman Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Paul Henman
Category: Sports Photograph: Sun Set Kite by Guy Vanhulle Originally shared on the new Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr Community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Guy Vanhulle
Apple held it’s annual fall keynote in San Francisco and launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. While mostly an understated launch, Apple spent a lot of time hyping the new photography features, including introducing a brand-new dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. Let’s take a look at some of the new features from the keynote: Having sold over 1 billion devices, Apple’s iPhone has essentially become the most popular point-and-shoot camera in the world. It’s the camera that’s always with you and the most accessible. Whether you’re a hobbyist or … [Read more...] about New Cameras in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus