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SpyderCUBE White Balance Tool – A Must Have Gadget 7

SpyderCUBE White Balance Tool – A Must Have Gadget

Once in a while a product comes along that is so clever, so right, it is just a “must have” product. While at PMA, I stumbled on such a product. The SpyderCUBE by Datacolor is one of those products. Nothing it does is really new, but it does everything right, in a small package, with more features than most any competitive product on the market.

Podcast #51 – Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling 4

Podcast #51 – Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling

Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling such as making sure you are prepared, how to pack tripods and lightstands, watching your equipment, and deciding what to take.

onOne Software Announces Free Version of PhotoTools 2 4

onOne Software Announces Free Version of PhotoTools 2

onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced a free, Lite version of PhotoTools 2 Standard Edtion. PhotoTools 2 Standard Edition is a flexible yet powerful plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, CS3 and CS4 that utilizes the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a range of imaging tools including effects, corrections and production automation in a full-featured interface.

Camera Raw 5.4 RC Release – New Camera Support 0

Camera Raw 5.4 RC Release – New Camera Support

Adobe has released a Release Candidate version of the upcomign Camera Raw 5.4. The main feature of the new version is support for a number of new cameras including:

Podcast #50 – Conversation with Gene Higa – Finding your niche 6

Podcast #50 – Conversation with Gene Higa – Finding your niche

Kerry and David talk with destination wedding photographer Gene Higa about how to discover and then promote your own niche or uniqueness.

The topic should apply to any type of photographer, not just wedding photographers as everyone should try to find what separates them from others and makes themselves unique.

High Wattage Bulbs for Spiderlite TD-5’s 6

High Wattage Bulbs for Spiderlite TD-5’s

I am a huge fan of my Westcott Spiderlite TD-5 studio lights with their nice soft output, low energy use, and cool operation. While they have always been great for product photography I never really liked using them for portraits because they just didn’t put out enough light. Westcott has released some new high wattage bulbs for the TD-5’s to address the needs of these types of situations.

Podcast #49 – Conversation with John Mireles – Using Contracts in your photography business 7

Podcast #49 – Conversation with John Mireles – Using Contracts in your photography business

Kerry and David talk to John Mireles from Photographer’s Toolkit fame to discuss using contracts in your photography business. during the talk we cover what elements make up a good contract, how to present a contract to clients, and why you need to have a solid contract.

Podcast #48 – More Letters from Listeners 2

Podcast #48 – More Letters from Listeners

Kerry and David take more letters from listeners and talk about “full figure” brides, lens choices, and blog hosting and then discuss some more tales of When Things Go Bad.

ControlTL Firmware v4.250 Optimizes HSS/FP Sync 0

ControlTL Firmware v4.250 Optimizes HSS/FP Sync

South Burlington, VT — Through-the-shoe communications allow PocketWizard radios, with version 4.250 ControlTL firmware, to significantly boost the performance of the High Speed Sync (HSS) feature of Canon Speedlite flashes. This means more light (which equals greater working distance), faster recycling times and more flashes per battery set when shooting in Canon’s HSS/FP Flash mode.

Vanguard Pampas 57 Sling Camera Bag 7

Vanguard Pampas 57 Sling Camera Bag

I am always looking for the next great camera bag, especially something that offers convenience, comfort, and functionality so I was very interested in the new Pampas sling-style backpack from Vanguard.

At first look, the sling style would allow you to rotate the back to your front to have access your gear and then fling it back over your shoulder where it acts like a normal backpack.

Podcast #47 – Conversation with Jeff and Dana Sipper – Working with Groups 6

Podcast #47 – Conversation with Jeff and Dana Sipper – Working with Groups

This week Kerry and David talk to the Orange County Photography team of Jeff and Dana Sipper of Sipper Photography. The main focus of the conversation is a followup to last week’s brief answer to how to work with groups and families to get groups of people to look their best.

Canon releases firmware update for EOS 50D 2

Canon releases firmware update for EOS 50D

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.
2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.
3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.

Continue reading for more info.

Podcast #46 – Kerry and David answer letters from listeners 8

Podcast #46 – Kerry and David answer letters from listeners

Kerry and David answer letters from listeners. We tried to answer a question about the gear we take to weddings, but need to do a post about that, its just too long to talk about on the show. Then we talked about organizing files in Lightroom and how we each do it differently. Next we discussed posing people, especially in larger groups and how to make sure they aren’t blinking. Finally we talked about dealing with clients and if you should every turn down work or “fire” a client.

Camera Dojo Announces new Monochrome Tools Lightroom Presets 7

Camera Dojo Announces new Monochrome Tools Lightroom Presets

We are very excited to announce the release of our new preset pack for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom called Dojo Monochrome Tools. This new set is designed to cover most of your B&W and Monochrome needs. With 27 different presets to choose from, you are sure to find one that you really like. Several of them are based on the Black and White filters available on Photoshop CS4.

Podcast #45 – Conversation with Candice Cunningham – LA Wedding Photographer 7

Podcast #45 – Conversation with Candice Cunningham – LA Wedding Photographer

Candice Cunningham is a wedding photographer from Ventura California (near Los Angeles) who has been perfecting her craft for the past seven years and managed to do FIFTY weddings last year. With this much experience under her belt, Candice talks to use about gettnig ready, dealing with clients, thank you cards, and much more.

While this show is pretty “wedding photography” heavy, the contents such as dealing with customers and doing things to make them feel special apply to virtually any aspect of photography.

Vanguard Supreme 53F Hard Case 9

Vanguard Supreme 53F Hard Case

We have looked at different types and styles of camera bags but the Vanguard 53 isn’t your normal camera bag. The Supreme 53 is a hard-sided case more at home in the cargo compartment of an airplane than it is being used as a daily equipment hauler. While other companies selling hard cases have been around for many years, Vanguard has a lot to live up to. Let’s take a look at at the Supreme 53 and see if Vanguard has succeeded in building a better mouse trap.

Podcast #44 – Conversation with Sara France – Introduction to Apple Aperture 9

Podcast #44 – Conversation with Sara France – Introduction to Apple Aperture

Are you a total Apple Aperture N00b like David and I are? If so, then you may want to listen to this podcast featuring our good friend Sara France. Sara is very well known for her Apple Aperture skills and she walks us through some of the basics of getting started with using Aperture and how to use some of the very cool features like Smart Albums and the Book designer.

Podcast #43 – Contest Winners and then Kerry and David discuss maximizing print sales 0

Podcast #43 – Contest Winners and then Kerry and David discuss maximizing print sales

We really apologize for running late but things did not go as planned. But the good news is that we are finally announcing our last couple of contest winners!

Pictage Contest – The winner of our Pictage contest, winning a 12 month membership to Pictage Pro (worth $1200!!) is Cynthia Burtch. Congratulations!

Lightroom Contest – Our winner of a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is Michael Dalvald.