Revisiting Neutral Density Filters

Revisiting Neutral Density Filters

It’s been about six years since I wrote on this topic and while the concepts have not changed, some of the vendors and methodologies have evolved. A recent question via email has prompted this new article.

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The Death of Aperture (the product not the lens function)

The Death of Aperture (the product not the lens function)

It’s been a number of years since Apple pushed their professional grade photo editing solution onto an ice floe to die quietly out of sight and out of mind. Many customers still lament the decision because Aperture was a really great product and Apple shill marketing notwithstanding, Photos is such a pale replacement as to be nearly transparent.

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How to Be Miserable By Worrying About Sharpness

How to Be Miserable By Worrying About Sharpness

Is my tongue embedded firmly in cheek?  A little bit.  Nonetheless as a moderator on the KelbyOne Community, I see lots of posts by nice people worrying that their images are not sharp.  

Join me as we explore the validity of these concerns and why so many of them exist

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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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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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Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers

Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers

Jaimie over at ShootDotEdit noticed a post I had made about some really disparaging statements made over at Brides magazine and asked if I would be willing to share a link to their site where they have made a document on Marketing Tips for Wedding Photographers available.

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Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Hey gang.  It's been a couple of years since the boom time of HDR.  You remember those days, lots of electric, oversaturated, haloed images that made your teeth hurt and your eyes burn?  Yeah I thought so.  Fortunately, those days are mostly past, and it might be time to revisit the entire HDR idea, this time with some history under our belts and a better understanding of what we want to achieve.

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Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

What you will get in this tutorial is a simple, repeatable, three light setup that you can use anywhere with only a little set up time once you have your configuration recorded and that will deliver superb and consistent results.  If you have a conga line of shots to make, the set up doesn't change, and so you can focus on the human skills necessary to bring out the real person.

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Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Backgrounds can be a real challenge for a photographer or videographer.  If we are shooting in ambient light, what is there may not be optimal.  A busy background detracts from the primary subject, or there may be elements that just don’t fit, and while you can use content aware fill in Photoshop to remove these things, we do not yet have that capability in video editing that is easy to do.  In this article, I want to explore some options.

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MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

I've recently been approached by a number of folks who like using portable hard drives for travel and for their photo libraries for their laptops who have been unable to prepare the drives with an Apple file system and partition.  Here's the fix.

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Quick Tip : Guide Numbers and Watt Seconds

Quick Tip : Guide Numbers and Watt Seconds

There is always confusion about the relationship between Guide Number and Watt Seconds (joules) when  talking about flash.  In this Quick Tips video, I try to provide some education on the differences and why you might use this information when making a flash purchase.

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Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

There's a lot of information about HDR on the web, and even more HDR images.  In this Quick Tip video, I take you through the basic capture techniques, and then import the images to Adobe Lightroom and use it's built in HDR function to make the HDR image for final editing in Lightroom.

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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.