I am no big fan of Google. So let me express that bias right away. Ever since Dr. Eric Schmidt (Ex-CEO of Google but still an advisor) said that peoples intellectual property was fair game if they put it on the Web, I sort of put Google on the non-plus list (pun intended.) I could write a book full of things Googles done to harm creatives, but I will instead focus on the new Google Photos (another pun - I know - I can't help myself.) Google Photos is a spin off from Google+. Despite the protestations to the contrary by the numerous … [Read more...] about Some Initial Thoughts On Google Photos
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick off Wednesday 5/27, 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, and 1:00pm Pacific. 4:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. If you like shooting the same subjects in the same way that have been shot for a hundred years...then this hangout is not for … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Diving into Cinemagraphs with Rob Knight
I don't use neck straps, and I generally advise everyone against them. I think they're a poor design and dangerous to your body--with as much shooting as I do, carrying a camera was damaging my neck. You may have read my review of the Joby wrist strap when I said it's the only strap I'll use. Well, I've got to take those words back: the new Spider Pro Hand Strap is now with me all the time and it's truly the only strap I'll ever use. It's perfect because it's secure, and well designed. Safety First Neck straps let you keep a camera handy, but … [Read more...] about Spider Pro Hand Strap
We've all been there. Out in the middle of who knows where, setting up for a shot that absolutely requires the camera to be perfectly still. You reach into your camera bag to grab your remote cable release only to realize that it is sitting all comfy on your desk at home. Or worse, you don't even own a remote cable release. Now, you're playing into the risk of introducing micro shakes with your camera as you reach for and press the shutter button. If you're a Sony photographer, though, you're in luck thanks to the release of a new free app in … [Read more...] about A Closer Look at Sony’s New “Touchless Shutter” app
Not long ago, someone from Pixelist reached out to see if I would try out and review one of their products, a hand-painted oil painting created from one of my photos. I don't do a lot of reviews, but when I went to their website I have to say I was intrigued! What a unique way to "print" a photograph. So I said yes, and sent them a photo I took of my dog, Kodak. In about three weeks, I received an email from them saying that the painting was finished. They included a photo of it and asked if there was anything that needed to be changed or … [Read more...] about Review: Hand Painted Photos from Pixelist
A look at Noiseless Pro by Macphun a standalone application that helps you reduce color and luminance noise in your images, and process raw images! … [Read more...] about Noiseless Pro Review
_______________________ I recently had the pleasure of attending the Arizona Highways Photo Workshops "Horses & Cowboys" event in Tucson, AZ. AHPW is a 30-year-old non-profit that offers photography education for everyone from beginning shooters to advanced professionals. The Workshops tie to the famous Arizona Highways Magazine which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. Few things in this world can last nearly a century and the way Arizona Highways Magazine has done it is simple. They have provided some of the best photography this … [Read more...] about Arizona Highways Photo Workshops – A Different Kind Of Workshop Experience
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
As a long-time Aperture user, and one of the original proponents of Aperture, I was very disappointed when Apple pulled the plug. But I saw this coming a couple of years ago and already switched to Lightroom. That doesn't take the sting away. And when Apple announced that it had a new app to replace both iPhoto and Aperture, I had the slightest hope there might be something there for me and other serious photographers. My First Impressions I had beta access and frankly, my initial impressions were not good, but I held out hope that the final … [Read more...] about Why Apple’s New Photos App Is Not For Me
Super-sport motorcycles, computer tweaking, camera lenses and even camera memory. Ever since I was little, I was obsessed with speed and making things go faster. Famous video game character Sonic the Hedgehog appealed to me more than Mario did. Why? Because he was blazing fast! A Shootout Today, I get to pit out two of the fastest cards and card readers that specifically pair up with my weapon of choice - the Fujifilm X-T1. It's one of the few still cameras that is capable of using the speed of a UHS-II standard card at the moment, so if … [Read more...] about UHS-II SD-Card Speed Shootout – Memory for the Fujifilm X-T1
I know that some of you never use a tripod. I used to use a tripod almost 100% of the time. I admit that sometimes, shooting mirror-less (especially the Fuji X100T) I don't ALWAYS use a tripod. I usually feel guilty if I don't. Why? Because theres simply nothing that will give you a rock-steady shot like a tripod. You can get very close without one, but the tripod is often the difference between sharp enough and really sharp. It also gives you the benefit of offering you a chance to slow down and be more deliberate and contemplative in your … [Read more...] about Vanguard ABEO Pro 284 CT Carbon Fibre Tripod – Mini Review
Six years ago I started making pictures, and I dove right in planning to make a portrait business. The best thing I did was attend David Ziser's workshop where he taught me that shadow and light are the most important technical things to learn in photography. He showed image after image of stunning portraits, and they were almost all lit with the same modifier, and I bought one from him that night. Six years later, that Zumbrella is still my most profitable tool, and while it's seen better days physically, it's still the fastest and easiest way … [Read more...] about My Most Profitable Light Is Also My Cheapest
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 3/26, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific/ 1:00pm Eastern. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. Starting with downloading from a memory card all the way to publishing finished photographs on the interwebs, these experts will open your eyes to terrific techniques for making … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: From Download to Mobile and Everywhere in Between: The Workflow Episode, with Vanelli and Nick Minore
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
I've got a bit more time on my hands these days, so I'm catching up on some new photography books. There's two I am currently reading that I'd like to share. "The Long Exposure - A Beginners Guide To Long Exposure Photography" by David Cleland and "The Complete Guide To Fujifilms X-T1" by Tony Phillips The Long Exposure - A Beginners Guide To Long Exposure Photography First up - Davids book This is an e-book that comes with some custom Lightroom presets that you can use to tweak your long exposure images. Its not a very detailed book since … [Read more...] about What’s In The Library? A Quick Look At Two Photo Books I’m Reading
If youre one of those folks who just needs to do some very minimal photo correction/editing, or you hate Adobe for charging you $10 a month for Photoshop/Lightroom, then there is at least one free, online photo editor you may want to take a look at. Polarr (https://v2.polarr.co) is a surprisingly robust, powerful and very easy-to-use photo editing tool that goes far beyond the normal online picture editor. It has sophisticated features that allow you to adjust color temperature, saturation, contrast, brightness, exposure, gamma, tone … [Read more...] about Polarr – Free Online Photo Editor – Mini Review
One of the best reasons to go to trade shows is to get your hands on new gear. I'm not talking about the latest camera or lens from Nikon or Canon--you can hold that and try it on at the camera store any time you want. No, the best gear to get your hands on is all the accessories that aren't out of box in camera stores. My favorite booth for great accessories at WPPI this year was Phottix, where I found the handiest accessory I've seen in a while. The Worst Thing That Can Happen Say you're photographing an eventa wedding reception, or maybe the … [Read more...] about One Must Have Accessory for Event Photographers
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!
While GoPro cameras offer awesome point of view shots, they don't have the best battery life. I went into the test labs to see which battery lasted the longest. Learn how close the third party (and much cheaper) batteries were to the expensive GoPro batteries. This tutorial will help you decide which battery is best for your setup. Watch the follow-up movies within this series at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JswRVx2q_q8 This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie … [Read more...] about Which GoPro Battery Lasts the Longest?
Controlled Access One of my early favorite features of Zenfolio is the ability to control who can access photos on my site. This is useful if you want to have private galleries or photos for client review, but don't want those same photos to be live and accessible to anyone who visits your site. In my case I am creating private galleries that are for editorial use. As I work on books, magazine articles etc., I tend to collaborate with other photographers. I can share the images I want only those collaboration partners to see without … [Read more...] about Using Zenfolio To Control Access To Your Online Portfolio
If youve been around photography for a while the name Tiffen immediately makes you think of filters. Back in the day when we used more filters on the camera than we did in post, Tiffen was always a reliable fixture in my bag. Now most of us don't use as many camera filters and instead work in post. And Tiffen (unlike some other companies) decided to adapt offering many of its best filters in software called Dfx. Initial Impressions I have used this product on and off for a while now. The new Tiffen Dfx 4 has me using it more often. For video … [Read more...] about Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite Version 4 Update – Mini Review
NOTE: This Review Is Cross Posted at WESHOOTFUJI.COM ____________________________________________________ Rico Pfirstinger is no stranger to Fuji camera fans. Hes got a big footprint in the Fuji community. So I was excited to get a pre-release copy of his book on the Fuji X-T1 - available as an e-book at rockynook.com. The print copy will ship soon available at Amazon - The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera. As far as I know this is one of only two published books dedicated to Fuji X-T1 camera. The other is by … [Read more...] about Book Review – “The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera“ by Rico Pfirstinger
Light stands aren't something I get terribly excited about. But inexpensive light stands that offer great bang for the buck do peak my interest. Adorama just announced the Flashpoint Auto Stand, available in both 7 (http://www.adorama.com/FPLS7AS.html) and 9 (http://www.adorama.com/FPLS9AS.html) models. At $50 and $70 respectively, these stands are affordable by even the most frugal photographer, yet offer some of the utility of much more expensive stands. I got my hands on the 7-foot model so this review applies only to that model - but … [Read more...] about Flashpoint 7′ Auto Stand Mini Review
Over the last few months I've been slowly mourning my loss of Apple's support for Aperture and coming to grips with my inevitable move to Adobe Lightroom (you can read the beginning of my journey here). Today, I'm continuing my series on transitioning from Aperture to Lightroom from my non technical, Aperture perspective. I like to bring a non-technical view to things because there are a zillion technical articles out there where you can find every detail already. It's been done. But for those of us whose eyes glaze over every time someone … [Read more...] about Aperture To Lightroom: Inside My First Steps
I was pretty excited when I received my new Drobo. I'm brand new to Drobo and how they work and heard some pretty good things about them so to finally get one in my hands is a big deal for me. I'm always in need of more space and backups because not only do I do photography but I keep busy shooting and editing videos. I have used a variety of hard drives and backups in the past and I can say hands down, Drobo was easiest set up I've ever done. The Unboxing I open the box and the 1st thing I see is a white box that says, "Welcome to the World … [Read more...] about Mini Review: Drobo USB 3.0 4-Bay Storage Array
There are cameras and then there is the X-T1. I can't believe how hard Ive fallen for these new Fuji cameras. Its as if someone in Japan was wiring into my brain to see what Id like from a camera. NOTE: Click on the duck photos to make them bigger... Also - this post will eventually show up at my Fuji-only site called weshootfuji.com - if you like Fuji cameras come over and participate. I am looking for folks who use Fuji cameras to share their photos and stories on that site. Thanks. ___________________________________________ While this … [Read more...] about Fujifilm X-T1
There are very few things you can buy that will make your photography better. The truth is, you just have to practice more. The good news is, I can practice more--I've got a lifetime to do so, and so do you. But if I can buy a tool that will help me have fun while practicing, then that might just be worthwhile, and I'd say that the Lensbaby Composer Pro system is just such a tool. Lens-what? LensBABY. They've been making lenses for years, and they're made right here in Portland, Oregon, USA. The distinctive thing about Lensbaby lenses is that … [Read more...] about Guaranteed Smiles: Lensbaby Composer Pro Review
NOTE: I made every photo for this post using a Fuji X100T and shot in JPEG mode. The images you see here are 100% right out of the camera without any modification of any kind (except some cropping here and there.) They never touched Lightroom or Photoshop. I made no tonal changes, no corrections - nothing. I used no sharpening, no software and nothing has been added to any of these images. Bupkis. Nothing. Nada. This is what you see when you shoot jpeg mode! I shot these images at between ISO 200 and 500 - most at 250 and … [Read more...] about Fuji X100T – First Look
Adobe Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The app is FREE if you have one of the following plans: Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program Creative Cloud complete plan Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition Creative Cloud for teams complete plan Or, you can download and sign up for a free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile. Once the free 30-day trial expires, Lightroom mobile will require a Creative Cloud membership. Extend Your Workflow Beyond the Desktop By … [Read more...] about Android Users: Meet Lightroom Mobile
I have just tried Exposure.co as a new way to tell stories with my images. While I can see some people using it as a portfolio, for me, the strength is in treating it almost like a slide show or an online booklet. You can import photos (which look great on their site) and then add text and even video to tell a story. You can index your story by subject. Exposure.co calls these finished compilation of images, video and text photo narratives. Photographers can craft and publish three posts (or photo narratives) for free. After that, you can … [Read more...] about Exposure.co A Cool Way To Tell Stories With Your Camera