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
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a special guest post by Robert O'Toole A new Sigma 150-600 S Nikon mount lens arrived on my doorstep in early December from Sigma USA, just in time for a couple of big trips. This would be my tenth annual trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico and the first time I did not bring a prime long lens. I first tested the lens at Bosque. Then I traveled to the north shore of Oahu and was lucky to be able to catch some perfect conditions to burn a few gigabytes with this new lens and here are my first impressions. Weight of the … [Read more...] about Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S Field Test
I was lucky to get my hands on one of the first production copies of the new, updated Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens zoom lens. While most of my life Ive preferred primes to zooms, the zooms keep getting better and better and when photographing fast moving objects, zooms give the photographer the distinct advantage of being able to acquire the target using the wider field of view and then zooming in on that target to fill the frame. They also reduce the number of lenses you have to carry into the field and can in the long run be … [Read more...] about Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM – First Look
Ive been on the hunt for a new camera bag for a while now. (Actually, ever since all my gear was stolen about a year ago. Sidenote: Insurance is amazing!) Pretty much every bag is expensive and pretty much every bag just doesn't work. Well, there was a Camera Bag Angel who decided to take mercy on me when the wonderful people at ThinkTank offered us at Photofocus the chance to review some of their products with some real world testing. I do a fair amount of travel, and when I do, its almost exclusively for work wether it be a destination … [Read more...] about Gear Review: ThinkTank Airport International V 2.0
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 a Creative Cloud subscription from Adobe, as well as some incredible tools from onOne Software (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Wednesday 12/17, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. We'll be broadcasting Live, and you can interact with Matt Kloskowski and get your questions answered as well as be entered in our raffle … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Perfect Photo Workflow with Matt Kloskowski
Tis the season as they say and I can think of nothing better than a great photography book as a way to make the photographer in your home (even if thats you) happy. All three of these books I list here are good enough that I can see myself reading them over and over. All three are well under $40 and affordable/accessible. All three are written by real photographers - folks who have made it. They are proven professionals. And if you open your mind, dismiss your own prejudice and simply soak the words in you will become a better … [Read more...] about Three Tremendous Photography Books That Would Make Great Holiday Gifts
Often times when I am shooting, I prefer the convenience of a shoulder strap. Other times I need the stability of a tripod. In the past, making this choice meant removing the strap to attach the tripod plate or at minimum detaching a strap to make room when connecting the tripod. Well not anymore. Meet the SteadSnap Developed and constructed to bomb-proof spec by Toronto-based production specialist Dmitri Tchernomourov and medical photographer Yuri Markarov to hold up to the daily rigors of shooting in one of Toronto's busiest hospitals, the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: STEADSNAP Camera-Strap-Tripod Adapter
About two weeks ago, Sony announced the next iteration of their popular a7 full frame mirrorless camera with the Sony a7II. While the camera is not due out for another week or so, I received a unit this morning and recorded a quick First Look video, comparing it to its predecessors, the Sony a7 and a7R. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYXXeH_BtRA Most notable about this camera is that it's the first to feature 5-axis in-body image stabilization. This means that any lens you attach to this camera will have the benefit of image stabilization … [Read more...] about A First Look Video at the new Sony a7II
A few months back Canon made what I considered to be a startling announcement. The $1799 Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera was coming and it would not only be a major upgrade to the 7D, but it would in fact be a mini 1DX. Those are my words, not Canons but that is the net effect of what they announced. Key Features Here are some of the new cameras features: A 20.2 MP crop sensor (APS-C format) with dual pixel AF and dual DIGIC 6 processors. ISO 100-16000 all the way to 51200 and a host of other goodies including built-in GPS, a … [Read more...] about Canon 7D MK II Mini Review
I originally created the Aviator in 2011 using Lightroom and Photoshop as my editing tools. When onOne announced the release of their New Perfect Photo Suite, I was inspired to recreate the Aviator using their new standalone program. I've been using onOne for years as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom, but this was the first time I created a project from scratch using their standalone program. I wanted to see if I could work start to finish in Perfect Photo Suite and get the results I wanted. I've included a free video at the end of the … [Read more...] about Will onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite replace Photoshop or Lightroom?
Although I love shooting with the D810, I was really excited when I received a D750 to review from my friends at Hunts Photo. For a while now, theres been a gap in Nikons professional full-frame lineup. Common shooters wanting full frame could easily step up to a D610, but it wasn't a truly professional body. Next was Nikons D810 which brings extra megapixels for portrait and landscape work, with the lack of speed at only 3.5 frame per second. Lastly, Nikons flagship D4s tops the lineup at almost $6000 bringing all the professional features … [Read more...] about Shooting with the Nikon D750
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
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
A lot of self-employed creatives work from home. Photographers, web designers, graphic designers, video guys . . . me included. Its convenient, cost-effective, and is a great option if youre just starting out. But working from home is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many distractions . . . the internet, the television, the animals, the children . . . you get where Im headed. Its important to hold yourself accountable every day and make sure you get your tasks done. Enter iDoneThis. iDoneThis isn't new, but it's simple. Its a … [Read more...] about iDoneThis • A Key to Accountability Success
I just returned from a nighttime photography trip (Ron Risman's Timelapse Workshop). The goal was to shoot the night sky... over and over again. With a group of several photographers, the amount of light pollution can get pretty high. Flashlights, camera LEDs, cell phones and more. Every light source can get in the way of a great image. Here are three essentials that are now permanently in my big bag. Night Vision Flashlight After a while of shooting in the dark, your eyes actually start to get used to the light. This is important if you … [Read more...] about Need to Shoot at Night? Three Essential Pieces of Lighting Gear
Mylio, which is an acronym for My Life is Organized, made it's debut at the PhotoPlus Expo 2014 an event I was unable to attend. This put me at a disadvantage when trying to figure out all the details of the new program. Normally I would spend a lot of time with a representative at the show and pick their brain on every detail. Instead, I had to search the net for what fellow photographers and what Mylio's own website is saying about the product. I then read between the lines to see if Mylio will make it's way into my workflow. What exactly is … [Read more...] about Will Mylio make it in your Workflow?