Editor's note: This is a guest post by Chris Anson. See more of his work here. I’m always looking for ways to improve my piloting skills. The approach I am going to share with you is what I use and also share with my friends and clients. Remember, an out of control drone can be a danger to you, other people and property. Learning to fly with precision and confidence is essential. **Warning!** You could crash your drone when practicing these maneuvers. That being said, don’t go into this practice thinking you’ll crash. Go slowly. Take … [Read more...] about Becoming A Better Drone Pilot
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- Becoming A Better Drone Pilot - November 13, 2017
- Wedding and Portrait Editing Survey (Plus Free eBook) - November 12, 2017
- Special Deals on Used Gear - November 7, 2017
We'd like to better understand your needs when editing portraits and wedding images. We're helping to design some new presets as well as software features and we'd like to know what you want. The survey can be taken here — https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/weddingphoto All folks who take the survey get a free copy of Scott Bourne's 72 Essays on Photography eBook (worth $9.99). You'll find the link at the top of the survey right below the title. You can also enter to win a $50 B&H Gift Card. Please take 3 minutes and share your … [Read more...] about Wedding and Portrait Editing Survey (Plus Free eBook)
Photofocus partners mpb.com have a few special deals on used gear. Their marketplace is an awesome way to buy the gear you need or sell gear you don't. $100 off Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM II lenses $550 off Canon EOS 5DS R bodies $50 off Fuji X-T1 bodies $70 off Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR DX lenses … [Read more...] about Special Deals on Used Gear
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Chris Anson. Check out his work right here. Here’s the challenge: Your drone can be flying along and all of a sudden you lose GPS signal or some other reason and your drone app tells you that it has changed to ATTI mode or it tells you that GPS mode is no longer working and tells you to switch to ATTI mode. What do you do? When this happens in an emergency situation and the pilot doesn’t have any experience in flying in ATTI mode, it often leads to crashes. What is ATTI Mode & Why is it … [Read more...] about Knowing How To Fly In ATTI Mode Might Save Your Drone
The new Perfectly Clear Complete and Essentials is now Shipping! For existing version 3 customers it's a FREE upgrade (just launch the Apps Manager or run the plugin to get the update). If you need the plugin (or now standalone app) here's a Photofocus exclusive offer that will save you some cache and give you free and discounted presets. https://youtu.be/0bonvHmXsYY Perfectly Clear is Now A Stand-Alone Application! Perfectly Clear now works as a stand-alone application. Open RAW and traditional photos directly … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Version 3.5 is Shipping Now
Planning on attending Photo Plus Expo in New York City on Thursday? Why don't you join us for a cup of coffee and some conversation. Meet up with the editorial team and some of our writers. We'll swap ideas on what's cool at the show and love to get your feedback on our site. Where: Starbucks lower level of the Javits Center When: Thursday, October 26 at 3 pm. Also, we’re looking for a few new writers too. So let us know if you're interested in sharing your thoughts on the show or to start sharing your love of photography. Have a … [Read more...] about Photofocus Coffee Break at Photo Plus Expo
For fans of the Nik Collection, big news just crossed our desk. Software maker DXO has purchased the Nik software tools from Google. They have announced plans to develop them into new products. The current tools (albeit outdated and not updated for several years) can be downloaded here for free. A new version is planned for mid -2018. It sounds like the handoff was mutually agreeable (but no information on how much the intellectual property sold for). “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” … [Read more...] about The Nik Collection Gets a Potential New Life
With Adobe's decision to make Lightroom CC cloud-based (and to require that ALL your photos go to the Cloud) we wanted to check how big your photo library is. Please choose from one of the answers below so we can better understand your storage needs. photo by ohsuriya & Adobe Stock. … [Read more...] about QOTW: How Big Is Your Photo Library?
We've set up a single page where you can keep track of what's going on with the new Lightroom CC and the rebranded Lightroom Classic CC. Be sure to head on over to see all the stories. We'll be updating this page several times in the coming days, so be sure to book mark it. … [Read more...] about Learn All About the Changes to Lightroom Here
The latest Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop Releases add support for new cameras and lenses. This was released on October 18, 2017. Lens Correction Support These new cameras and devices are now supported for lens correction. This means that automatic lens correction, as well as vignette and chromatic aberration, is supported. Apple Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG) Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 Apple iPad Pro … [Read more...] about New Cameras and Lenses Added to Adobe Products
Adobe has released an update to the traditional Lightroom called Lightroom Classic (more details on that in a few minutes). The update is only for Creative Cloud members. Launch the Adobe Creative Cloud application. Click in the upper right corner of it and choose Check for App Updates Scroll to locate Lightroom Classic CC Click Update Wait a while as a LOT of people are doing the same thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKyVVPu5DBI … [Read more...] about The New Lightroom is Released (How to Get It)
We heard from a few of you that you were having trouble with Aurora HDR 2018 preset packs. We went to the source and got you an answer. Our developers are aware of this issue. It will be fixed in the next update. However, there is a workaround - if you load a photo in Aurora HDR first and after that will try to add a preset pack, it should install without a crash. Be sure to see the updated instructions below on how to install new presets. We're super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here's a free … [Read more...] about An Update on Aurora HDR 2018 Presets
Are you new to Perfectly Clear Complete or Essentials? Or are you thinking about upgrading to our latest tools? Join us for an interactive webinar where we’ll get you up and running as well s answer your questions. This is the perfect chance to master Perfectly Clear and get practical advice in a small group. Join Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington and author Robert Vanelli for an interactive webinar where we’ll get you up and running as well as answer your questions. This is the perfect chance to master Perfectly Clear and get practical … [Read more...] about Getting Started with Perfectly Clear — Free Webinar
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Leanne Cole, an incredible photographer from Melbourne, Australia. See more of her work here, and we hope to see more education from her in the future. Please welcome Leanne to Photofocus. If you look on social media you will find hundreds, thousands of images that are classed as long exposures. Instagram alone has almost 3.5 million images that use the hashtag #longexposure which helps to show how popular it is. There are many reasons why it is as well. What is a Long Exposure? In simple terms, it … [Read more...] about Why Long Exposure Photography?
image by johnnychaos and Adobe Stock We'd like to better understand how you work. This helps us create more tutorials to help you out. The question this week is about digital asset management, also known as your photo library. … [Read more...] about QOTW: What application do you use to organize your photos?
Join us for a free webinar today (or watch the replay) to learn about the new GoPro Hero 6. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington got his hands on one of the first cameras. He'll show you what's in the box, talk about essential accessories and walk you through all the new features. Watch on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/1photofocus/videos/1343284142463793/ or below. … [Read more...] about A First Look at the GoPro Hero 6
We're super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here's a free collection of 10 presets that you can use as a starting point. Click Here to Save on Aurora HDR 2018 To Install Download the presets for free here. Make sure you have Aurora HDR 2018 (try it now). Launch the application and open an image. Choose File > Add Custom Preset Pack to load the new presets. To Use a Preset In order to save time when developing your image, you’ll find an extensive collection of presets. Professional … [Read more...] about Free Aurora HDR 2018 Presets
image by monticellllo and Adobe Stock We'd like to know more about you and your photography habits. This helps us better create content to help you. We'd like to know how many lenses do you actually use on a regular basis (not how many are collecting dust on a shelf). What's your shooting style, travel light or be prepared? … [Read more...] about QOTW: How many lenses do you shoot with?
image by dusanpetkovic1 and Adobe Stock It's that time... where we get to know our Photofocus readers a bit better. This helps us create better content for you. When it comes time to work on a photo that you intend to print or share, how much time do you spend adjusting it on your computer? … [Read more...] about QOTW: How Much Time Editing?
image by ARTYuSTUDIO and Adobe Stock It's time for our Question of the Week. We'd like to know which camera manufacturer has caught your eye or kept your loyalty. … [Read more...] about QOTW: Which Brand Camera Will You Buy Next?
We've had a long partnership with the folks over at Athentech... helping design presets for their Perfectly Clear products. Now, if you pick up Perfectly Clear Complete or Perfectly Clear Essentials, you'll find new presets designed for Landscape, Nature, and Lifestyle photographers. These are bundled with each plugin at no extra cost. Already own the plugin? Just be sure to run the free update via Apps Manager to get the new presets at no cost.The Apps Manager will launch automatically when the update is ready, and you’re online. Perfect … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Adds Two More Free Preset Packs for Landscape and Lifestyle
(Editor's note: Marie Tartar and her husband Steve Eilenberg have been getting ready to photograph the eclipse on August 21st. In this concluding installment, she chronicles their dress rehearsal for the event. Practice makes perfect. Read her first three posts here: Preparation, Eye Protection & Photographic Considerations.) Preparation meets practice Over the preceding weeks, I’ve been reading everything I can find to prepare myself for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. My eclipse glasses and solar filter have … [Read more...] about Total Solar Eclipse: Dress Rehearsal part 4
(Editor's note: Marie Tartar continues her series of preparations she and her husband, Steve Eilenberg, are making for their trip to the Grand Tetons later this month to photograph the total solar eclipse. Here she shares their preparations regarding photography.) Location In part 1 of this series, we discussed the where of preparing for what is being billed as the Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017. This is an event not to be missed if you can swing it. The next time a total solar eclipse will occur over the Tetons will be in the … [Read more...] about Total Solar Eclipse: Photographic Considerations part 3
(Editor's note: Marie Tartar continues her series of guest posts regarding her and her husband's preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse. The photograph above is of from the area they will be during the eclipse. This installment covers the critical steps for viewers of the event to protect their vision.) Location In our last post, Part 1 of Eclipse 2017 preparation, we addressed the ‘where’ of our plans for the Great American Eclipse of 2017: We will be in the path of totality, along the centerline, in Grand Teton National … [Read more...] about Total Solar Eclipse: Eye Protection part 2
(Editor's note: Marie Tartar's photography, above and below the waterline, is compelling. In the first part of her series of guest posts, she describes the origins of her love of the eclipse. Here, she chronicles her preparations for the up coming total eclipse of the sun; the first time in North America since 1979.) A month from now, on August 21, 2017, North America will play host to a total solar eclipse, for the first time in many years. My personal experience with total solar eclipses is limited and to say I am intimidated would be an … [Read more...] about Total Solar Eclipse Preparation – part 1
Photofocus would like to welcome Datacolor as a partner to our site. They may a great lineup of tools to help you ensure accurate color on your monitor and when printing. They have a special promotion Datacolor is offering a great promotion for July and August only that lets you switch from any brand calibrator to their top of the line Spyder5ELITE+. Whether you're using an older calibrator of theirs or anyone else's you can upgrade and save. What's in the Bundle The special upgrade includes Spyder5ELITE — Expert color accuracy … [Read more...] about Datacolor Offers Aggressive Upgrade Pricing to Get You to Switch
ACDSee is a robust photo editor as well as a blazing fast image organizer. Newer versions of the product have been for Windows machines, but now the company is just about ready to roll out a major update for Mac users. For a limited time, you can try out ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac as a Public Beta. This is your chance to test the software out before it ships and to offer input on the product. Try the Beta ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac Beta now supports: • powerful database improvements • a better, more stable browsing experience (no … [Read more...] about ACDSee for Mac Beta is a Free Download
Thanks to the Shoppe for today's laugh... … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: All the Gear
You might have read our reviews of Luminar and felt a little left out. While Luminar is a great photo editor, it was Mac only. That’s right… emphasis on was. As of today, Macphun is shipping a free public beta of Luminar for Windows. To download the beta, visit here. What Do You Mean at Beta? Beta software means a test version, One that a software company feels comfortable sharing with others, but that they’d like feedback on and users to try out. The app is very stable and fully-featured, but still, has more things to finish before … [Read more...] about Luminar Beta for Windows is Out (And Free for Now)
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution. We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pbyqx93Ymc&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial you'll learn strategies to retouch portraits for a natural look. The software used is ACDSee Ultimate, be sure to give the trial a test for Windows or the beta for Mac. … [Read more...] about Portrait Retouch Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10