It’s the height of the wedding season now and people that are shooting their first weddings or considering shooting a wedding should know a few tips to make sure the day goes as smooth as possible. Since weddings are our primary income here we figured we would pass along a number of our favorite tips and tricks.
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Adobe has rolled out some cool new features into the online Photoshop Express product. Here are a few of the key items:
Photoshop Express is now officially hooked up with Flickr. Now you can pull photos from Flickr into Photoshop Express, amp them up, then upload them back into Flickr to show them off to your vast and adoring fan base.
CameraPorn.net is a great photography blog in it’s own right and they just put up a list of 60 photography sites that you should most certainly have bookmarked. Included at #8 is (our former name) L7Foto.com. Thanks guys for giving us a shout-out and keep up the great work on your own site.
L7Foto.com has been growing by leaps and bounds but the problem is that when you tell someone L7Foto.com they remember L7Photo.com which belongs to someone else. To make it easier to find and tell people the URL we have changed the name to CameraDojo.com. This new name is reflective of our style of providing news, information, tutorials, and tips in a central location. We have lots of new things planned for CameraDojo.com so stay tuned and thanks for coming!
Today we are going to take a look at the new Adobe Photoshop Express. Express is a free web-based photo editor from Adobe that allows you to upload images and do basic photo correction. While it doesn’t have the full features of Photoshop or even Photoshop Elements, it may well be the perfect tool for many home users who want to make basic corrections, share images in a gallery, and email family and friends their images.
If you are into using gels or have wanted to experiment with it, one of the problems is finding good quality and affordable gel sets. While you can always try to get a free sample kit, the gels are small and have a hold in them. What would be almost perfect would be some pre-cut sheets with velcro straps attached.
I am a big fan of doing interesting lighting techniques and have been playing around with using gels to create colored background effects. While using small gels can work pretty good, I have been looking for something that works better, isn’t as fragile, and basically was designed for the purpose. What I found was the Lumiquest FX kit. The FX is a complete colored filter system designed specifically to create colored lighting effects.
For the most part I come home from a shoot and dump the images from the CF cards onto the computer and then do my backups. Once in a while I am gone for a weekend without the benefit of a laptop and I want to make sure I have my CF cards backed up every night. For this reason I picked up a Wolverine Flashpac several years ago and have been using it ever since. Since you should always make backups as soon as possible, I can’t recommend some type of device like this enough.
Your’s truely was just a guest on the digital photography show podcast. Please stop by http://www.prophotoshow.net/ and download the podcast while myself, Gavin Siem, Michael Anderson, and Dennis Zerwas discuss the news, new products, Lightroom 2.0, and discuss issues like marketing, insurance, new cameras, and a bunch of other randomness. If you don’t listen to the podcast, you really should.
Adobe has unleashed a beta version of Lightroom 2.0. If you are doing any amount of photo work then you should be using Lightroom. This new version adds some long await tools such as a painting tool that allows you to paint exposure, brightness, clarity, tint, and saturation. A highly anticipated post-crop vignette tool is also a very welcome touch.
Today is one of those days that I wanted to take a step back to some basics again. This time I want to talk about the three primary properties of light, and since what we are doing as photographers is recording light, it is important to know how these properties play into getting a good image. While I had studied this before, attending a recent seminar from Ed Pierce made me realize that many reader may never have seen these concepts before.