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Wanna see a lot of glass being shattered… expensive glass? Yeah, me too! But for all you gear preservation activists on the other hand, this is not for you. You are going to feel extensive pain throughout the video and maybe irreparable brain damage. You probably know the old debate as to whether or not to use a UV filter to protect your lens. This is one of those topics that have a lot of myths revolving around them, and coming from scientific background, I like it when people actually put such concepts to a real-world (kinda-scientific) test. That’s exactly what Steve Perry does in this featured video.
We’re seeing more and more videos from people who switched from a DSLR to a Mirrorless camera. That’s all fine, interesting and sometimes emotional, but is it really objective and helpful?
In this featured video by Matt Granger, he gives you an objective overview of the trade-offs you’re facing when you make the switch. Matt’s Point is this: For every benefit a mirrorless camera gives you, you will also lose something. Check out the video and the list below that summarizes those trade-offs.
Wide-angle lenses – you use them to cram more stuff into your photos. Now wait… If that’s what you know about this type of lens, you’re missing the whole point. A wide-angle lens can be a very powerful tool for different types of photography ranging from landscape and architecture to creative effects and even to portraiture. But you really need to know what you are doing. Otherwise, you’re going to fail miserably and be disappointed with your results.
In this article, I am giving you an overview of the most important aspects of wide-angle photography and a bunch of essential tips that will make your wide-angle adventures so much more rewarding. I have collected some video resources for you that will really teach you how to take the right approach. There’s lots to learn, so let’s dive right in!
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In this tutorial, I will show you how to fade a local adjustment in and out in Lightroom without the need for a plugin. The software gives you the ability to change the strength of a local adjustment simply by moving your your mouse – a trick that most people do not know. Your editing work will get faster and much more powerful.
I bet you love long exposure photos. Who doesn’t? But sometimes you discover just after you’re back at your computer that a particular scene would have made for a great long exposure. Maybe you just did not realize it while you were at the location, maybe you had no ND filter with you to get those nice long shutter speeds and create a long exposure. Bummer! But maybe not all is lost here…
In this featured video tutorial, Blake Rudis shows you how you can still create a long exposure effect in Photoshop from a regular (short exposure) photograph.
Photographic composition – we all know the rules, right? And we all know that the first thing you learn is the Rule of Thirds. Well, here’s a talk by one of the world’s best landscape photographers, Ian Plant. Quite refreshingly, Ian does not talk about “rules”, he talks about “tools of Composition”, deliberately not mentioning the Rule of Thirds.
Ian uses his stunning imagery to show you examples of very compelling compositions and dissects them to show you the tools he used to create them. The images alone are worth your time when you watch this video. Enjoy!
Digital blending is a technique by which you blend selected regions of one photo with regions from another photo to combine the best aspects of both images. Of course, this is also possible for set of more than two images. One typical use case is manual HDR where you blend the well-exposed areas of each photo in a bracketed series of shots.
But digital blending techniques are not only applicable to multiple exposures. While that’s usually how these techniques are used, you can actually use the same technique to blend a single photo with itself, or rather, with a different version of itself. In the video below, Jimmy McIntyre shows you the basics of this technique.
If you have acquired some preset collections, it may not be easy to find the right preset for a given image. Usually, you will start at the top of the preset list and try each one. If you do this by pure intuition, you may quickly decide in favor of one preset, ignoring the rest of the list and then perhaps make some adjustments.
However, if you are more systematic, you will want to optimize the outcome of this entire process and find the best preset for a given image. But how do you keep track of the good ones, and how do you narrow them down to find the one you like the most? If you are after the best preset for a particular image, you need an approach for culling the list of presets and reducing it to the best candidates.
In this article, I will show you my favorite method for doing this. It involves creating a number of virtual copies of your image and applying the best candidate presets to them. This way, you can compare the candidates side-by-side and choose the one you really like best.