Have you checked out Luminar yet? It's a cool new app from the folks at Macphun and it makes it very easy to create your own preset recipes. With more than 30 filters to choose from (plus blending modes) a preset can go a long way. Customizing Presets Remember, a preset in Luminar is merely a starting point. Different photographers will desire different looks. Plus a preset may work great on some photos, but need a little tweaking for others. Once you select a preset, you have the ability in Luminar's Side Panel to use Filters controls … [Read more...] about Creating Custom Presets with Macphun Luminar
I’ve spent the past 2 weeks using a brand new photo editing tool called Luminar from the folks at Macphun. It’s a brand new photo editing tool that approaches the task of editing in a new way. The application offers customizable Workspaces that help guide you through image editing. The tool is targeted at photographers of all levels, offering easy starting points for beginners but advanced features like layers, masking, blending modes, and brushes for the most demanding pros. Who Can Use It? Like all of Macphun’s software, this is a … [Read more...] about Luminar from Macphun | A Photofocus Hands-On Review
So you've decided to step up your photography game and get Adobe's Lightroom to manage and edit your photos, eh?! This guide will help you get your photos from Apple's Photos into Lightroom. As of the date of this publication, there isn't an everyday tool or utility that transfers an Apple Photos Library to Adobe Lightroom, like there is an Apple Aperture Library to Adobe Lightroom tool. While this gets your images into Lightroom, this, however, does not go over editing within Lightroom. There are a load of resources here on Photofocus.com … [Read more...] about Moving from Apple Photos to Lightroom – The WHY and the HOW!
While Wednesday's announcement of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was deeply catered to photographers, you don't need to upgrade your device to get all the new features Apple is offering. iOS 10, which will be released Sept. 13, introduces a new reign of organizational capabilities for your photos and videos, along with some long-desired features. RAW! That's right — iOS 10 introduces RAW image capture, which means your workflow can be streamlined more than ever before. Third party apps can take advantage of shooting in RAW once … [Read more...] about Apple Enhances Photo Organization, Camera with iOS 10
Apple's Photos for Mac was a combination between the previous generation's iPhoto and Apple's discontinued professional software, Aperture. Good thing is that everyone with a new-age Mac can get Photos for free! While free may not get you all the crazy powerful tools that you'd find in Photoshop, thanks to some hidden tools that were donated from Aperture, at least you can make some decent global edits to the photos you have. Get Started Obviously, you'll need to get some images into the Photos app in order to start-- either import straight … [Read more...] about Apple’s Photos: The Hidden Power Tools
Since the introduction of the Apple TV app store on the new Apple TV, there’s no shortage of ways to view your photos on your TV. Companies you’ve come to know and love have built great apps (like Apple’s iCloud Photo Stream, Flickr, 500px, etc.) but have never really fit into my workflow. I use Lightroom to manage my image library, so I have to export the images I want to share, then upload them to whatever service I’m using. Adobe has a better way. Earlier this week, Adobe launched Lightroom for the Apple TV. Through the power of Lightroom … [Read more...] about Sharing Photos on the Apple TV with Lightroom
If you're a Mac user, a two new camera updates have recently shipped (we're up to version 6.18). OS X El Capitan provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, youcan access them through Photos, Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.18 Canon EOS M10 Canon PowerShot G5 X Canon PowerShot G9 X Leica SL (Typ 601) Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Sony Alpha ILCE-7S II Sony … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (6.05)
If you’ve got a network-attached Drobo like a 5N or a B810n, one of the biggest problems was accessing your data outside of your local network. Unless you run a separate server like I do, remote access wasn’t possible. Knowing that this has been an issue, Drobo is proud to announce DroboAccess which aims to simplify remote file access and file sharing. It’s essentially letting you create your own personal “cloud” with end-to-end encryption. To be fair, for years Synology has offered a Quick Connect website to log in and remotely access your … [Read more...] about A First look at DroboAccess
Did you see the NIK software announcement from Google? Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to play with and use NIK software but it was never an expense I was willing to part with. Like many of us, funds are limited and I couldn’t justify buying something when I need a new camera body first. When a friend shared with me the news from Google that NIK software was released for free, I was excited. I downloaded it right away and then came across some negative aspects of the free download. Good news, yes the software is indeed free. It’s the same … [Read more...] about Google NIK Collection: Good News & Bad News
By now most of you have heard of Aurora HDR from Trey Ratcliff and the team at Macphun, and if you haven't, well it's a joint project by Trey and Macphun to create an application tailored to exactly what the most prolific HDR photographer in the world would want out of software. Over the course of an entire year they worked together to create an app for photographers of all skill levels that would produce incredible images. You can run it as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements, OR you can run it as a complete … [Read more...] about Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro Update Has Me Impressed!
I recently attended an Adobe event and saw Rufus Deuchler presenting about mobile apps. As interesting as this talk was I was transfixed by the presentation he was giving because it has a moving background. I pondered the fact that Adobe might be releasing some new presentation software where this was a feature, but when he switched from the presentation to an iPad I caught a glimpse of the presentation software, to my surprise it was nothing more than Keynote. As a Keynote lover I thought Id explore this more fully. Heres my conclusion and … [Read more...] about Adding Video Background to Keynote Presentations
When Im on the road, I find myself using Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on my iPad and saving files to iCloud Drive to keep my photo business organized. Whether its a budget, proposal, or slideshow... I've got them synced across my phone, tablet, and desktop (Windows users can sync too). Now that iCloud Drive is easily accessible on my MacBook Pro and iMac, its really easy to add other files to it just like I would with Dropbox. You can never have too many cloud services! But I was having trouble accessing files on my iPad because there … [Read more...] about How to Show the iCloud Drive Icon on iOS
Have you tried to delete images or video on your iPhone to free up space, only to find out that you never seem to gain any free space? Apples Photos app has a built-in trash folder to save you from immediately deleting your photos or videos. Its set to auto-delete after 30 days, but its really easy to manually delete. Heres my quick tip: Step 1 Inside Settings > General > About, we can see how much space we have remaining on our phones. Step 2 Inside the Photos app, click on Albums in the lower-right corner. Step 3 Find the album … [Read more...] about Quick Tip to Free Up Space for Photos on Your iPhone
It's OS upgrade time for Mac users. Yosemite bows out as El Capitan takes the stage. Last year at this time the move to Yosemite from Mavericks caused consternation among Canon photographers who relied on the EOS Utility as I reported last November first here on Photofocus. It took Canon a month to officially release the fix. Test... 2.0, 3.0 The notice came this morning in the form of a banner on my MacPro. Upgrade to El Capitan was its gist. Having learned from last year's snafu, I updated only the MacPro in the post production suite. A quick … [Read more...] about Canon EOS Utility vs. Mac’s new OS El Capitan
On Friday, September 25th, Apple released the next addition to their industry-shaking smartphone, the iPhone. Customers who were fast enough to preorder either the iPhone 6s and/or the iPhone 6s Plus either queued up in front of their local Apple Store or had a courier deliver their unit(s) to their doors. For the past year, I've used an unlocked 128Gb Silver iPhone 6 Plus and have been exceptionally pleased with it. So, when preorders for this next generation of smartphones went live, I stuck with what I knew and ordered an unlocked 128Gb … [Read more...] about A First Look: The Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple took the lid off their long-anticipated large-format iPad this week and as people line up for and against the new tablet I sat down with Jeff Carlson to discuss what the new technology means to photographers. Carlson is the author of the book, The iPad for Photographers, which is currently in its third edition with Peachpit Press. Key Features of the iPad Pro The iPad Pro is due to arrive in November, but at Wednesdays event, Apple gave us a long look at the new member of the incredibly popular iPad line. With its 12.9-inch screen … [Read more...] about Apple’s New iPad Pro – Laptop Killer or Just a Bigger iPad?
Apple just announced the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with a redesigned 12 megapixel camera. For those of us who rely on their phones as a behind the scenes camera or use this as our backup camera, this is a good thing. Processor and Physical Improvements Sure, many will pay attention to the megapixels, but it's what you do with them that matters. Apple promises that the new phone has a new image signal processor that works with iOS 9 to provide better temporal and spatial noise reduction. They also utilize an improved local tone mapping option … [Read more...] about What’s New with the iPhone 6s and Why Does it Matter to a Photographer?
I just wrapped up teaching several workshops at Photoshop World. I led a night sky timelapse workshop. Shooting raw was absolutely essential to getting great results. The range of detail needed to capture the Milky Way just couldn't be captured with a single JPEG exposure. I continued to be amazed at how many people still don't shoot using a raw file format. Sure, I understand that certain types of shooters insist they need the faster buffer speeds they get when shooting JPEG (though the speeds of most modern cameras make this argument … [Read more...] about Why Shooting Raw Matters
This week's podcast is in our classic Question and Answer format. We gathered up your questions from blog posts and social media and got some straight answers. Photofocus editor sits down with columnist and Sony Artisan Brian Matiash. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Your Questions Get Answers with Brian Matiash Brian is a photographer and a published writer. He is a regular contributor to Photoshop User Magazine as well as a new member of the Photofocus team. He's spoken at the … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast July 25, 2015 — Q&A with Brian Matiash
If you're a Mac user, a few new camera updates have recently shipped (we're up yo version 6.05). OS X Yosemite provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, youcan access them through Photos, Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders.Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.05 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.05 Canon EOS M3 Fujifilm X-T10 Fujifilm XQ1 Fujifilm XQ2 Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Nikon 1 … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (6.05)
Apple just released its long-awaited Photos app to the public (a beta was available recently that people could sign up for). You can get the application by simply updating your copy of your OS to OS 10.10.3 (use the Apple menu and choose App Store). You can also find the update here. What's Available Apple Photos is a streamlined tool that allows users to work with their images. Here's the official core feature list from Apple. Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views Navigate your library using … [Read more...] about Apple Photos Now Available (And Aperture Isn’t)
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
I've got a free webinar this Friday that you might find helpful. I'm going to cover strategies that work with Apple and Adobe video tools on how to improve the look of video. This is a free event that you can watch live or check out the archive after. Friday, March 20th at 12pm EST Color Correction and Grading Video: Tips for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Tiffen Dfx v4 ___________________ … [Read more...] about Free Webinar on Color Correcting & Grading Video
Apple just announced the availability of its new photo application, Apple Photos. While its not shipping yet, there is a public beta program available. Apple also released more details about the application. Migration from Aperture Aperture libraries can be moved to Photos for OS X. This includes photographs, their adjustments, keywords and albums. The Aperture library will remain intact after migration. Aperture and Photos do not share a library. Any changes made to the same photo in Photos will not appear in Aperture. Remember, Aperture … [Read more...] about Apple Photos Beta for OS X Available Now
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear You have rebuilt your photo archive. Now, you have a collection of hard drives, USB drives and CF/SD card that need to be addressed. To start, decide which drives stay and which should go. Here are a few things to consider: How old is the drive? The older the drive gets, the more likely it is to fail. How big is the drive? If you only shoot stills, field drives of 250-500GB might be worth keeping. If you shoot video, 1TB might be … [Read more...] about Clear: Securely Wipe Old Drives
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear Finally, it is time to bring everything into Lightroom. Before starting, you have a couple of decisions to make. Review the following information and decide where you want your Lightroom assets to live and how you want Lightroom to manage those assets. Three Key Questions One Catalog or Many? You are bringing a lot of images together. Does it make sense to have them all in one Lightroom catalog? Or, should you create … [Read more...] about Copy: Peace of Mind Through Archives
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week we're joined by guru and Photofocus contributor Nicole S. Young (nicolesy). Rich and Nicole tackle some great topics to help photographers. The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out! Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Rich Harrington & Nicole S. Young Welcome to the Show Making edits Deciding which photos to keep Travel gear … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Nicole S. Young — February 15, 2015
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear Up until this point, we have been adding to our DAM drives. Consolidation gathered everything together. Conformation added both order and context to the working DAM drive while identifying possible duplicates within it. Now, act on this information and begin to cull the repository of duplicate data and media you do not need to process. This is the riskiest part of the process because it is subtractive. When the cull is … [Read more...] about Cull: Remove Dupes and Bad Media
In case it wasn't clear... Aperture is about to die . "When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store." This means You won't be able to buy Aperture new. There will be no further development or mechanism to get updates for Aperture. It probably means that if you did by it through the Mac App Store, you should be able to still download it for awhile after that. I can also tell you after getting hands-on with Apple Photos.... it is not Aperture. It doesn't do nearly as … [Read more...] about Apple is Trying to Tell You Something About Aperture
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear After consolidating source media on the DAM drives, everything is now in one place. Along the way, it is likely that some duplicate data has been created and some media has been copied that we really do not need. At this point, the DAM drives look something like this: Establish A Naming Convention Before cleaning the repository, one must be certain one can make accurate comparisons between folders. To do this, a standard naming … [Read more...] about Conform: Meaningful Folder Structures