Some of the most-utilized items that photographers have are lens filters. These give photographers ways to control color, reflections, highlights and more. But what filters should you get, and when should you use them? UV Filters As a beginning photographer, I used UV filters on all my camera lenses. They gave me a way to protect my valuable lens glass from scratches, dust, dirt and pesky fingerprint smudges. It also meant that I wouldn't have to worry quite as much should I drop my lens while shooting, as it would protect the … [Read more...] about What Are Lens Filters & Why Should You Use Them?
When I made my switch to a micro four-thirds camera system, all of my lens filter threads were significantly smaller than what I was used to. None of my filters fit any of my new lenses. But instead of buying up new lenses, I simply bought step-up adapter rings for them. It allowed me to keep the 82mm circular filters I had and use them on my new camera equipment, which had 52mm and 72mm filter thread sizes. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Don’t Toss Those Old Filters; Get Adapters!
Welcome to Part 3 of this series. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In this article I'll show you how to: Use the Gradient mask with the Dehaze Filter to enhance the sky Use the Luminosity mask with the Dehaze Filter to enhance the sky Use the Radial mask with the Tone Filter to enhance a portion of the image To follow along you will need Luminar 2018. Using the Gradient mask with the Dehaze Filter In this video, I am going to show you how to use the Gradient Mask with the Dehaze Filter to enhance the sky. Using … [Read more...] about How to Use Luminar’s Brushes, Filters and Masks – Part 3
In some cases you may want to "lock" the filter criteria you've set in Lightroom when searching for a particular image, so the same filter criteria will remain in place even as you navigate among different folders. In this quick tip, you'll learn how easy it is to lock the criteria you've established when searching for photos in Lightroom. Want more tips like this? Check out my "Lightroom Quick Tips" course on GreyLearning, part of the "Mastering Lightroom" bundle of courses. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Locking the Attribute Filters
Why I love Instagram & Hipstamatic Like every photographer nowadays, I have been shooting with my iPhone more—it has virtually replaced the pocket point & shoot! The one camera that is always with me, it has come to represent the future of photography technology, and it cannot be ignored. More often than not, my go-to photo app is Hipstamatic. Why? The funky, old fashioned, snapshot camera simulator has an interesting effect on my vision, simplifying my approach to picture making by virtually removing the post-processing part of image … [Read more...] about Its All About the Square
Macphun (Skylum Software) just dropped their latest version of their editing tool, Luminar 2018 and I decided to check it out. I'm not typically one to edit my work with tons of filters and actions, and those that I do use, I tend to use sparingly, so I wanted to see what Luminar 2018 had in store and how much finesse their tools had. Seeing as I just got back from an epic journey to South Africa, I had a lot of fun images to play with. First Impressions: Pros One of the major things I like about Luminar 2018 is its flexibility. It can … [Read more...] about Luminar 2018: My First Impressions
I'm always looking for ways to more easily enhance the photographs I take. With Luminar 2018, you can use the Accent AI and Polarizing Filters to further boost your image quality. Boosting Skies I started off by testing this on a shot I took at the Out of Chicago Conference this June, from a rooftop bar I visited before the conference began. The rooftop overlooked Millennium Park, and had the lake visible in the distance, with a few buildings on the left side. You can see the image is grey, without a lot of colors. But it has potential, as … [Read more...] about Luminar 2018 First Look: Accent AI and Sun Rays Filters
Over the past couple of years, there has been a wave of super wide-angle telephoto lenses released on the market. Ideal for huge landscapes, vast night skies, or anything your wide-angle imagination conjures up. They offer big views, exceptional sharpness, and a whole realm of creative possibilities. My personal favorite is the Tamron 15-30mm, but, regardless of the brand, with super wides, their big beautiful front element projects out a distance from the lens body. This means that you can't use traditional threaded filters that screw on the … [Read more...] about Product Review: Haida 150 Series Insert Filter and Holder System
Circular polarizing filters, a.k.a. “polarizers”, are some of the few filters I always have in my pack. Polarizers are important tools in my landscape photography. They can dramatically enhance the look of skies, water and other features of the landscape. Polarizers can remove unappealing glare. They can increase the vibrant color and help the detail of a scene burst through. As with many pieces of photo gear, it's easy to label them as something you use for only a certain type of photography. I once thought of my polarizers as something used … [Read more...] about Polarizer Filters: They’re Not Just for Landscape Photography
(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
Warning - rant ahead! I have seen a recent surge in people claiming you don’t need plug-ins or filters or presets or “HDR” software if you just take time to learn how to do it yourself in Photoshop or Lightroom. You can learn to create HDR by blending or you can learn how to soften skin by using a combo of the healing and paint brush or you can learn how to mask out hair, etc. etc. etc. While this all may be true, it misses the larger point. It takes more time to do all this without add-ons. And time is precious. The add-on tools save … [Read more...] about The Argument For Using Software To Help You Complete Your Images