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Review of Photoflex LitePanel

Review of Photoflex LitePanel

If you are not aware of this product it is a light modifier kit in the form of a collapsible frame that you attach a piece of translucent or double-sided fabric to for use as a diffuser or reflector.  The fact that it is collapsible for me is key in addition to the fact that […]

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PhotoCardApps.com Releases the “Photo Cards-Lighting Edition” Application for Photographers on iTunes, Amazon Appstore, Google Android Market, and Blackberry App World

PhotoCardApps.com Releases the “Photo Cards-Lighting Edition” Application for Photographers on iTunes, Amazon Appstore, Google Android Market, and Blackberry App World

The “Photo Cards – Lighting Edition” application is launching on the top three mobile platforms to provide maximum availability to photographers as a handy resource in the field or on location. This application provides the user with 16 lighting setups and diagrams, instructions specific to each lighting setup, and a photo taken with that lighting […]

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Creating Tattoos in Photoshop

Creating Tattoos in Photoshop

I saw a neat article in the July edition of “Photoshop User” on dropping in a tattoo using Photoshop. It looked like fun so here is my attempt at it. I started with a cropped version of a recent photo that had a lot of exposed back to work with and then found some “Tattoo” […]

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Using Depth of Field to isolate a subject

Using Depth of Field to isolate a subject

A great way to isolate your subject from the background and or foreground is with a narrow depth of field.  I will often shot subject at a variety of depths of field (DoF) when I am shooting and then select later which one best suits the subject matter.  One thing to be careful of is […]

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New AlienBee Vagabond Mini Lithium

New AlienBee Vagabond Mini Lithium

I received a Vagabond Mini Lithium battery pack recently and had a chance to try this guy out a bit . While I was at it I also used this as a chance to try out my newly exchanged for Einstein (v2). I was also an early adopter of this light and had waited for […]

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Why your DSLR meter is usually wrong!

Why your DSLR meter is usually wrong!

The meter inside your camera generally right 80% of the time. It is that 20% that will vex and frustrate you though. One of the most important things you need to learn is how your equipment works and why. The meter inside you camera is a “Reflected” light meter. It measures the amount of light […]

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Do you carry 2 cameras at once?

Do you carry 2 cameras at once?

If you are carrying 2 cameras with you and need a camera strap to allow you to carry both and easily switch from using one to the other then the BlackRapid DR-1 double strap may be the solution that you are looking for. I recently purchased one of these and used it for about 6 […]

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Lightroom “Grunge/HDR” look Preset

Lightroom “Grunge/HDR” look Preset

Sometimes you can create a really cool look in Lightroom with some radical adjustments that you normally would not do. With a few quick changes of some of the sliders in the “Basic” menu I turned this:                                     […]

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Do you need a filter?

Do you need a filter?

I get asked this question quite often by people in my workshops and by people that meet me while I am out shooting. It used to be that you needed to keep an assortment of filters at the ready to better realize your artistic vision when shooting with film. In my opinion today you really […]

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Using the clipping indicators in Lightroom

Using the clipping indicators in Lightroom

If you shoot a lot of high key (100% white background) or low key (background is 100% black) then you need to turn on the “clipping indicators” in Lightroom.  There are two ways to do this.  You can click on one of the triangle icons at either end of the histogram:         […]

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