Would you like to NEVER lose a photo again? It's possible if you join us for our next webinar. Our next webinar covers important strategies on how to keep your photos and video safe (especially if you make money off your images). This webinar will share practical advice for photographers and videographers from pros Kevin Ames and Rich Harrington. Also joining them is hard drive guru Mark Fuccio. Why Safe Storage is Good Business for Photographers Join us for this month's hangout. We'll be tackling Why Safe Storage is Good Business … [Read more...] about Free Webinar: Why Safe Storage is Good Business for Photographers
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.
There's a lot of misunderstanding about stock photography. This article is less for photographers and more for designers and out clients. With that said, I've heard many people use the wrong terms when describing stock usage rights. Royalty-free Does Not Equal Free Let's tackle the biggest misunderstanding. Don't confuse royalty-free and free. A royalty-free image must still be purchased. This is how the photographer and distributor make money. Royalty-free images can be a big savings because you can eliminate model releases, talent … [Read more...] about Sources for Stock Photos
Last night, Apple pushed out the first update to iOS 10 (there had been a lot of reports of people locking up their phones when updating). I plugged the phone into the computer, did a full backup, then installed. Flash forward to this morning and it's time to test the feature I've been begging for. RAW on the iPhone. It's not magic, but it sure makes a big difference. What you'll need A phone or tablet that can run iOS 10 and supports Raw One that has a 12-megapixel sensor, like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro An … [Read more...] about First Test: Shooting Raw on iOS 10
Did you miss our latest newsletter? About twice a month, we drop a great newsletter. It contains some of the top stories from our site that you might have missed. It also often contains a bonus. Maybe free presets, free software, or an eBook. In fact, our recent newsletter has a free copy of both Scott Bourne's Americana book and a copy of LUCiD Exposure. To get future newsletters, be sure to sign up here or below. Email* … [Read more...] about Did You Get the Latest Photofocus Newsletter?
Have you heard about Plotagraph Pro? It's amazing software that allows you to create very cool animated images from a single photo. I had a chance to put it through its paces and really like what I found. It's also a lot easier animate using a device with a touchscreen (although not required). Here I give Plotagraph Pro a whirl and use a Microsoft Surface Pro. Check out the video on YouTube that demonstrates TWO newer pieces of technology (Plotagraph * Microsoft Surface) for photographers. … [Read more...] about Animating Photos with the New Plotagraph Pro on a Microsoft Surface
I'm getting ready for an overseas trip to China. I made a similar trip a few years ago and learned a few lessons about how to pack my gear. The goal was to travel light, but with redundancy. I also knew I'd be shooting in lots of different shooting situations. The goal was to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items). Why Go Carry On? As soon as you let your gear out of your site... things can go wrong. From lost baggage and delays to outright theft … [Read more...] about Just How Much Gear Can You Fit in a Carry-On Bag?
For many... it's the camera they've been waiting years for. The new 5D Mark IV has a lot to be excited about (see Levi Sim's rundown). With an expected release date of late September... waiting can be hard. But here's a few things to do to speed things up. Order Early Those who get in line first, tend to get their cameras first. If this is important to your workflow, then put the order in. You can always return the camera if it doesn't meet your needs. Here's the direct links to order Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body … [Read more...] about Want to Get Your Hands on a Canon 5D Mark IV Early?
I just got my hands on a brand new Microsoft Surface. Great to be able to run the full version of Photoshop and Lightroom right on a tablet. Let me show you how to use the pen and on-screen controls to adjust an image in real-time. The new tools in Photoshop really come in handy for quick fixes and refinements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JHd6CQoZH4 … [Read more...] about Editing with Photoshop Face-Aware Liquify on a Microsoft Surface
Time-lapse photography is the closest thing to how you shoot as a still photographer. It’s essentially clicking a shutter and making a single image, over and over again…potentially thousands of times sequentially. One of the things I love about time-lapse video is how compelling the end product is. It's just magical how you can see the passage of time. In order to do this, there's lots of things to put together. Essentially, hundreds, if not thousands of stills that get assembled into a finished movie. The good news is, is that time lapse is … [Read more...] about Creating a Timelapse Sequence with Lightroom
To create a great panoramic photo is really a two part process. First you need to capture the images correctly… after all garbage in means garbage out (GIGO). Then the images need to be assembled and processed to give you the best looking image. Let’s explore these processes. Shooting Strategies Before we jump into post-production, let's briefly talk about production. It's important that you shoot your panoramic photos correctly if you want to get good merges inside of Lightroom. You need to give Lightroom enough information to begin the … [Read more...] about Creating a Panoramic Photo
The way that Lightroom handles HDR images is very different than how tools like Photoshop or even Photomatix handle the HDR images. In fact, it will completely change your workflow inside of Lightroom. So, even if you don't think of yourself as an HDR photographer, open up your mind a bit, and what you'll find is that you'll have greater control over the final appearance of your images. Shooting Strategies Here are a few practical tips for HDR images. Here’s a free tutorial on how to shoot HDR — http://bit.ly/shoothdr Use a Tripod. … [Read more...] about Essential Steps to Creating an HDR Photo with Lightroom
I was digging around the HDRsoft website as well as talking to their team, and I discovered a few extra bonuses for Photomatix Pro users. These are some great things you should take advantage of. Some of these work with Photomatix Pro, others need the Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle (a $20 upgrade). Have more than one computer? Even if their Windows or Mac? Don't worry, a single user can install Photomatix and activate on every machine they own. One user needs one license... no matter how many computers you have. (see here) Haven't … [Read more...] about A Few Bonus Benefits for Photomatix Pro Users
You've got to admire Microsoft. The company certainly has no shortage of tech and engineers and they just threw a bunch of really cool things together into a new camera app. It's called Microsoft Pix and it seeks to replace your iPhone's built-in camera app. Key Features The goal of Microsoft Pix is to make it easier to capture better photos and to not miss the moment. Here's a breakdown on how it works. The fact that it automatically syncs with your camera roll is very appealing. People-First – Photos with people are … [Read more...] about Microsoft Creates a Better iPhone Camera
The biggest mistake HDR shooters make is trying to rush the process. Some think its as simple as shooting the photos and running them through a merging application. Others try to save even more time and use in-camera HDR solutions. While both of these options can make a better photo than just a traditional exposure, they don’t really embrace the full capabilities of HDR imaging. For that, you need to truly take a three-step process. Shoot Using the bracketing option on your camera (or manually adjusting exposure), you’ll successfully … [Read more...] about HDR: Is a Three Step Process
Free Presets? You Bet! The team at Photofocus has put together a collection of free presets to help you get the most out of HDRsoft's Photomatix. These presets are absolutely FREE, you just need to join our mailing list to get them. Please subscribe to our newsletter using the button below. Once you have confirmed your subscription, you will receive a link to download the file. You must use a valid email address to receive the presets. Click the button to confirm and download. Macintosh Install Instructions Method 1 … [Read more...] about 44 Free Presets for Photomatix
There are a wide variety of digital cameras available than can shoot video. In this section, we’ll primarily explore the options available when shooting DSLR video. However the core technology discussed is also relevant to most video cameras being produced today. Which type of camera will work best for you? It depends to a great extent on the type of work you do. Choosing the Right Camera for Video Shooting Digital still cameras have recently gained a new feature: the ability to shoot high definition video. Still photographers are … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Camera for Video Shooting
I love black and white photography. Perhaps its the newspaper journalist in me… but I just adore a beautiful grayscale image that pops off the page. Black and white photography is frequently a misunderstood technique in the digital age. Many photographers incorrectly shoot and post-process their photos. I’d like to share one workflow (but its my favorite). In-Camera Workflow Getting a great black and white photo requires capturing a color image first. Ideally an image with a wide dynamic range. While all cameras are different, here … [Read more...] about Creating Dynamic Black and White Images with Expanded Dynamic Range
Do you like dynamic range? Let’s put it this way, are you a fan of the Shadows and Highlights sliders? Getting great tonal definition is a big part of making an excellent photo. Pushing the Limits with HDR Most people have mixed thoughts about HDR. Some resist because of the extra steps of shooting bracketed photos. Others had the over-the-top look practiced by some artists and abused by many. Don’t worry, neither of those problems exist in this workflow. I’m going to show you how to get the most out of a single raw file. What You … [Read more...] about Get the Most Dynamic Range from a Single Raw File
It's that time of the week. We'd like to understand our reader's a little better. Please let us know which style of camera you plan to buy next. https://polldaddy.com/poll/9437772/ … [Read more...] about Which Camera Style Is Your Next Purchase?
While DSLR video cameras are very capable, there are some times when it’s going to be better to use a traditional video camera. There are a number of functions that are either missing on DSLRs or are not well-suited to the form factor. Here are some considerations that would make a traditional video camera a better choice. Autofocus - Many DSLR cameras simply can’t autofocus when they are in video shooting mode. And the ones that do autofocus may do it with too much “searching.” Consumer video cameras often feature autofocus options. … [Read more...] about When Should You use a Traditional Video Camera Instead of a DSLR?
Shooting video on a DSLR, Mirrorless or Micro Four Thirds camera can be challenging. Let's look at how to choose the right camera or camera configuration for the task at hand. Even if you only have one camera to use, you can figure out how to optimize your set-up for the job. Form Factor Shooting video on a DSLR camera is currently not a well-designed experience in terms of ergonomics. The technical need to shoot with the camera’s mirror open requires the photographer to compose a shot using the DSLR’s LiveView feature or LCD monitor. As … [Read more...] about How to Get a Stable Shot When Shooting Video
Here is a complete guide to making great fireworks photos. I hope you can use this advice to make some great memories over the holiday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFW4TLDDgMc The folks at Macphun also have a great sale on their software, a how-to video, and a bunch more cool stuff. I made an in-depth tutorial on postproduction and several presets. … [Read more...] about A Complete Guide to Photographing Fireworks
When shooting video on a DSLR, you will be recording to one of the camera’s memory slots to a card. You’ll often feel as though you don’t have many choices when it comes to choosing your camera storage format. While some manufacturers support more than one format (offering both a CompactFlash and a Secure Digital card slot), the choice is still made by the camera manufacturer. Card format Knowing what each format is capable of is important. All modern storage formats have their advantages and limitations. You can use this knowledge when … [Read more...] about Advice When Shooting Video to a Memory Card
Correct exposure for video capture is complicated by several factors. Even if you’ve mastered it for stills workflows, additional limitations make video capture more difficult. As a photographer, you’re can take advantage of shooting in different program modes for unique situations. Perhaps you enjoy the ease of aperture priority. When shooting video, you will generally achieve best results by switching all controls over to manual. Your basic tools for exposure control are ISO and aperture. Unfortunately, with video you’ll lose the shutter … [Read more...] about How to Expose a Video Shot
Drobo has just started shipping a new storage system (in fact mine's already on its way to me). Drobo announced the DROBO 5D Turbo Edition also know as the Drobo 5Dt. I've recently had several talks with the company's CEO and leadership team, and they've assured me that they're laser-focussed on building tools for photographers and video pros. These is the first unit in that offering. What is the Drobo 5Dt? Drobo is offering a souped-up version of its popular 5D RAID system. Here's what's improved over the original Drobo 5D. A … [Read more...] about Faster Storage for Photographers with Drobo 5Dt
As you evaluate cameras for shooting DSLR video, one of the most important factors is the format or codec the camera records in. Different manufacturers use different file formats (and may offer different choices within their own product lines). It is essential that you understand the impact of codec, let’s compare how video compression relates to still compression. When shooting stills, you can often choose to shoot raw, TIFF, or JPEG. Raw files allow for superior latitude during post-processing since raw images are not permanently … [Read more...] about Choosing the Best Capture Format for Recording Video
When shooting video, it is important to achieve a white balancing setting that gives you the desired color temperature at the point of acquisition. While you can apply filters or effects during editing, these can add additional processing time to your workflow. Taking the time to manually white balance your camera will reduce shifts in color temperature as the subjects move in the scene. The last thing you want is shifts in color. https://vimeo.com/37315644 White balance presets All digital cameras have some white balance presets for … [Read more...] about Understanding White Balance & Video
It's that time of the week. We'd like to understand our reader's a little better. Please let us know which version of Photoshop you use the most. Vote here — http://polldaddy.com/poll/9437769/ https://polldaddy.com/poll/9437769/ … [Read more...] about Which Version of Photoshop Do You Use Most?
Would you like to take a trip? In our new series on travel photography we'll explore the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We'll use this scenic Central American country to illustrate many types of photography as well as share lessons learned. This full course is also available on lynda.com and you can subscribe to watch the entire thing on their site. https://youtu.be/P8HZXeBULhU Let's take a look some of those hummingbird images. You'll note as we select the different images, you could see the settings that were used in the metadata … [Read more...] about Exploring Travel Photography: Hummingbird Editing (CR08)
In this video, Photofocus Publisher Rich Harrington and Author Levi Sim show you multiple strategies for manually focussing a camera. They'll walk you through options like zooming on live view, focus peaking, and more. Plus you'll learn how to get proper exposure when shooting in manual mode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWVlvAAsPs0&feature=youtu.be Want to win a Lensbaby Velvet 56? Check out our latest contest. … [Read more...] about How to Manually Focus a Lens