Let's Talk LUTs

Let's Talk LUTs

At the risk of sounding like the cynical old man that I actually am, I wanted to take some time to talk about LUTs because of the way the idea is being presented to creatives. Serious videographers have been aware of LUTs for a long time because they have been around for a long time, while many still photographers have the impression that this idea is brand spanking new.

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PERSPECTIVES : Does Social Media Help You Become a Better Artist?

PERSPECTIVES : Does Social Media Help You Become a Better Artist?

Welcome to another iteration of Perspectives. I count myself as incredibly fortunate in that I get to meet lots of different creative folks, who are very committed to their craft and growing as creatives. Some of them disconnect because they are not getting traction on social media and that's what I want to talk about today.

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Time for a Screed - Product Availability

Time for a Screed - Product Availability

Help me understand something. Retailers are complaining that retail revenue is down. This is a fact, phoney sales notwithstanding. On hand inventory in brick and mortar stores is at an all time low. Many B&M retailers are moving to, or have moved to online sales as their primary mode of transaction, and we can look at B&H Photo Video as an example of a company that has been successful in the industry, and Amazon as a general example.

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Is a Black Friday Deal Really a Deal?

Is a Black Friday Deal Really a Deal?

I awoke today to find over 100 emails in my inbox advertising Black Friday. This goes with the over 100 I have received over the course of the week preceding the day. I deleted most all of them without opening them, and had a look at a couple, which ended up being deleted. This raises the question about whether these deals really are deals?

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Lighting for Simple Portraits

Lighting for Simple Portraits

Whether or not you want to do them, at some point you’ll be the person with the “good” camera and be called upon to shoot some portraits for family and friends.  This doesn’t mean it has to be hard or expensive.  To do a decent job you need a hotshoe mount flash, often called a speed light and a white ceiling and for more advanced lighting, you need a flash, a radio control kit, a light stand, an umbrella bracket and an umbrella.  It really could not get much simpler.

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Common Concerns and Issues When It Comes to Printing

Common Concerns and Issues When It Comes to Printing

More photographers and snap shooters are printing!  Hooray!  A photograph is not finished until it is printed.  With an increasing number of folks realizing that pictures go to die on your smartphone, on your computer and on social media, the volume of prints is going up.  And that has raised some concerns not experienced in the on screen only world.  In this article, we will look at a few issues and propose some solutions for them.

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Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

Hey folks.  Let me be clear about something straight up.  Street photography is not about technology or a particular brand, it’s a process, an ethos and also a means of interaction with the rest of the world.  It has a wide range of approaches, some of which I really despise so I wanted to take the non-voyeuristic approach and also see if the size and shape of the camera I was using had an impact on my ability to make images.

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Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

In this and coming articles I focus on the needs of the ladies and gentlemen who want and will pay for better quality, but who are likely independents or have minimal funding.  This does not mean that bigger studios will not use Sigma lenses, the smart ones will. It also means that smaller shops can now be shooting with true cinema glass at lower cost than has ever been readily available.

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Photolemur : A Quick Look

Photolemur : A Quick Look

I’ve had a good working affiliate relationship with the folks at Skylum since they started up as Macphun. I like their products and appreciate the attitude that they bring to the marketplace. They’ve got an AI based tool expected in September of 2018 and allowed me to work with a prerelease version for this article. Please note that I am working with early code, and more features and functions may appear in the shipping product. As I write this, it’s preorder only with an MSRP of $55.

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