Wanna have some fun this winter? Go photograph kids sledding. When your subjects are having fun, you're sure to have fun, too. It's a great excuse to get out and make pictures and keep your eye sharp through the winter. As much fun as it is, there are some surprising challenges you'll need to overcome if you want to make epic sledding pictures. Let's talk about camera settings and shooting techniques so you can get great pictures quickly and focus on having fun. White balance Why is white balance at the top of the list? It's simple, but … [Read more...] about How to photograph sledding (comprehensive)
Don't just pre-visualize—see the shot! My "Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow" post stirred up quite a storm of protest from photographers so thoroughly invested in a raw-file workflow that they missed the point of the whole post! So... consider this a clarifying post—I will be examining how using the Fuji Film Simulations in-camera helps the photographer see creatively whether they insist on shooting raw or take advantage of the high-quality jpegs offered by the Fuji camera! Make no mistake, there is a revolution brewing in photographic … [Read more...] about See Like a Camera – Part-1
I spent some time with friends in Rochester, New York last week at a conference at Kodak Alaris. These friends have worked in the imaging industry for a long time and they deal with lots of pictures from lots of different kinds of photographers and they opened my eyes regarding color space, and I thought you might benefit as well. I'm by no means an expert on color space, but maybe I can help you understand it a little better. I'll give you some simple information, then some recommendations on what settings to use in your camera and … [Read more...] about What Color Space Should You Use?
In the past few days since Apple’s keynote at WWDC June 5th, a bunch of articles have popped up around the web about a new image format coming to iOS. Indeed, Apple plans to fully adopt the HEIF image standard on iPhone and iPads running iOS 11. What is it, how does it work, why change everything? Keep reading… What is HEIF? HEIF is short for High Efficiency Image Format and is a new image “wrapper” just like a JPEG or a TIFF. With the new “wrapper" comes a new compression algorithm, or codec, known as HEVC. We know HEVC in the video world as … [Read more...] about iOS 11 Photos – A New Image Format?
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 9 Acquiring Images from a Digital Camera There are two major ways of downloading images from a digital camera. Which connection type you choose will depend on your work environment and budget for additional hardware. The first method involves plugging the camera directly into the computer. Many … [Read more...] about Downloading Images from a Digital Camera [UP10]
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 8 Shooting JPEG vs. Raw When digital cameras became commercially available, the memory cards used to store pictures were very expensive. Many photographers couldn't afford multiple or high-capacity cards, so they wanted more images to fit on a single, smaller card. Many users also emailed their … [Read more...] about Acquiring Images for Photoshop — JPEG vs. Raw [UP9]
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 7Some of the core tasks of processing digital images with Photoshop involve sizing, manipulation, and processing. Even though their contents may vary, all digital images are essentially the same: They are composed of pixels that contain color and luminance information. Photoshops powerful features … [Read more...] about Acquiring Images for Photoshop with a Digital Camera [UP8]
We'd like to know how you shoot. Is Raw your thing? Do you stick with JPEG? Or maybe you sit on the fence and shoot both. Let us know you're workflow and leave a comment below as to why. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru. We all enjoy receiving positive feedback about our work. It feels good, reassures us and helps maintain our enthusiasm to continue the creative process. Ive been teaching photography for many years. While I continue to teach in a formal environment, most of my teaching these days is conducted during one-to-one private photography sessions (e.g., camera techniques, Lightroom, fill flash, etc.). During the more formal courses I run at traditional centers for learning … [Read more...] about Photographers and Photoshop
As I was editing this afternoon and editing/saving all of my RAW files to JPEG files in Adobe Photoshop, I felt a little foolish. I've been saving my JPEG files into formats that I really don't know a lot about. So tonight I "geeked out" to truly understand just what type of jpeg format was best for me. The Options When you save your JPEG file in Photoshop, a box will pop up before saving. Adobe's help center describes "Format" as how the file is displayed online, but only in JPEG format. It also explained a little more in detail each … [Read more...] about How Well Do You Know Your JPEGs?
Before we jump right into the geek speak... indulge me for a moment. Perhaps it's summer grilling season, but I've got food on my mind. I love hamburgerswho doesn't? The way I see it, I've got two choices when I want a burger: I can order out or I can stay in, and there are benefits to both. If I go to McDonald's I can get a Big Mac fast and ready to eat including pickles, cheese, a sesame seed bun, and their Special Sauce. That's incredibly convenient and it tastes pretty good. If I choose to stay home and make my own burger, however, I can … [Read more...] about Do You Need to Shoot RAW+JPEG? Try Lightroom’s “Big Mac” Button