Become a Better Photographer with a Handheld Light Meter

Become a Better Photographer with a Handheld Light Meter

We all want to improve as photographers.  And, the cameras that we have available to us today, provide services unimaginable twenty years ago to help us do so.  But as with all things, there are multiple perspectives to a view, and I've learned through experience, that with advanced automation has come a loss in understanding of how to meter shots effectively.  Time to think more clearly about metering.

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Quick Tip : Understanding Dynamic Range (Video)

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A few months ago, a regular reader suggested that I start doing Quick Tips videos.  I happened to be doing some testing on the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Cameras, and shot four videos.  I then promptly forgot about them and only edited one.  This is it and it covers a very fast introduction to the topic of dynamic range.  It's not super in depth, but it will get you up to speed pretty quickly.  Enjoy and if you like the video, please leave a message in the comments.

2018 Creative Resolutions

2018 Creative Resolutions

A lot of New Year's resolutions are less resolution and more wishful thinking.  At least many of mine have been in the past.  But I make the effort each year, sometimes later deciding that I no longer want to go that route, sometimes dropping the resolution entirely and sometimes fulfilling it.  Makes me human, I suppose.  Excuses and defences aside for the past, here's what I am looking to do from a creative perspective in 2018.  Perhaps one or more may inspire you.

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White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've run into a series of questions from folks pertaining to white balance and colour temperature.  There is some confusion apparently around equating the two and I think that this is worth a conversation.

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Adobe and Tethering in Lightroom - Where is this going?

Adobe and Tethering in Lightroom - Where is this going?

I warn folks up front that this is not a how-to, or solution oriented post on making tethering work in Lightroom.  That has been covered in many classes by Scott Kelby and others, including myself.  Mostly it involves prayer, a blood sacrifice of some creature at least chicken sized, speaking in tongues and gnashing of teeth.  Then it works until it doesn't.

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Respect Your Professional Seller

Respect Your Professional Seller

Let's be honest.  None of us creatives want to work for nothing.  We get annoyed when a prospect spends a lot of time learning from us, and then gives the business to some dork who will do the job a little cheaper and with a lot less skill.  Now consider who and where you get your photo and video gear from.

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Your Second Camera - The One You Always Have With You

Your Second Camera - The One You Always Have With You

I want to change that blather about the best camera being "the one that you have with you" to "the best camera to always have with you".  Face it, smartphones are wonderful devices, but great foundations for photography they are not.  There's a massive difference between taking pictures and making photographs, and if photography is important to you, you want to do the latter, not the former.

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All About Noise

All About Noise

As you may know, I provide support and moderation on some different photography forums, and as often comes around, the subject of grain and noise has appeared again, and as is common, the subject is accompanied by an ocean going freighter filled with bullcrap, pseudo science and completely wrong so-called "facts".

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Ending Mirrorless Myths

Ending Mirrorless Myths

Do you know which is the fastest growing space in dedicated cameras these days?  As you’ve likely guessed it’s mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.  In fact outside of North America, mirrorless is killing it, we appear to be more conservative here, and part of that may be the number of completely invalid ideas about mirrorless.  Time for an episode of Mythbusters, The Photo Video Guy style.

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Nik Lives! plus DxO PhotoLab Elite 1

Nik Lives!  plus DxO PhotoLab Elite 1

In case you had not heard, DxO has acquired all of the components of the Nik Collection from Google, and plans a new version in 2018.  They have also updated their product formerly known as DxO Optics to DxO PhotoLab Elite 1 and are already incorporating Nik's unique U Point technology.

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Lightroom CC or Lightroom in the Cloud or Lightroom Creating Confusion...

Lightroom CC or Lightroom in the Cloud or Lightroom Creating Confusion...

On October 18th Adobe made it official that there are two different Lightroom tracks.  The product that we have known for two years as Lightroom CC is now called Lightroom Classic and a new version became available to subscribers today.  

The name Lightroom CC now refers to a different product, basically Lightroom in the Cloud targeted at clients with smaller photo libraries who want everything in the cloud and nothing stored on a local machine.

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