CreativeLive Earth Day Sale | 30% OFF Many & Classes As Low As $20

SLR Lounge is a proud partner of CreativeLive, and happy to let you know that for Earth Day, CreativeLive is doing 30% off 30 classes. Those classes span a wide gamut of the photographic field and cover varying degrees of education for photographers of all levels, and if you’re into landscape photography, astrophotography, nature, and on-location lighting and shooting, this is particularly good for you as that’s what this pick of classes focuses on. There are also options for those of you who want to make the absolute most of your images and learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to post processing your nature/wildlife and on-location stuff. CreativeLive is, for the one or two of you who don’t know, a massive online education powerhouse that broadcasts live classes from leaders in their respective fields all around the world. Associated with CL are names like Chase Jarvis, Sue Bryce, Ramit Sethi, Pratik Naik, and our own Pye Jirsa. Here’s a snapshot of some of what’s on the Earth Day Sale lis: Landscape Photography: Start to Finish, Matt...

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Note To All Major Brands: Just Because A Photo Is Online Doesn’t Mean It’s Up For Grabs

There are truly people out there who believe that if a photo on is on the internet, it’s up for grabs; that if you find a photo in a Google image search it’s public property. They will use these photos for their own projects without the owner’s permission and be sincerely confused when they’re called out on their behavior. But sometimes, a photo is misused and you know the appropriator knew exactly what they were doing. Take Marie Claire magazine, for example. Yesterday, photographer James Jollay posted articles to diyphotography.net and PetaPixel detailing his experience with a large-scale publisher who is certainly well-versed in usage rights and etiquette. The offense occurred two weeks ago and remained uncorrected, despite James’s Instagram callout at the time of his articles’ publication. A post shared by James Jollay (@jamesjollay) on Apr 4, 2017 at 5:24pm PDT Jollay collaborated with the model featured in the image to highlight a rainbow dyed covertly into the underside of her hair. It’s an eye-catching shot, and it did not go unnoticed. The first brand to repost Jollay’s...

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How to Create LUTs from Lightroom Presets To Use In Affinity, DaVinci Resolve, & Photoshop

Regular readers might be aware, I can be harsh when it comes to Adobe applications. I would prefer to edit my photo using the mix of Affinity and Capture One than the duo of Photoshop and Lightroom. Adobe did become the standard for a reason, but their long-standing position as king of the mound has made them complacent. The professional photography applications that Adobe offers are a few of the most (if not the most) popular editing applications amongst creatives, but those who choose not stick within a strictly-Adobe ecosystem are usually left out in the cold when it comes to these presets. Fortunately, there is a way to utilize the Lightroom Develop Presets you have in programs such as Affinity Photo or DaVinci Resolve, or Photoshop using LUTs, extending the usefulness of the presets you love and depend on, and here’s how. *LUT files can be used to color grade video in DaVinci Resolve or Adobe Premiere or be applied to images using Affinity Photo or Photoshop using a LUT adjustment layer. [RELATED: Photoshop Lightroom Tips | How...

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Instagram Shuts Down Instagram Bot Service | Choking Bots To Save Legitimacy Is A Good Thing

Instagram shuts down Instagress, and if you’re trying to legitimately build a social following that’s something to celebrate. As if the very nature of Instagram didn’t lend it to be be somewhat humbling and even confidence-crushing for a majority, bots sort of made it worse, and those not particularly social-savvy had no idea what bots were or that they were surrounded by them. Bots are used to fill the gaps in ability and desire, fluffing up social presence and interaction in a way no single person could, all in the name of gaining more followers. Instagram, it was said some years ago, was the social platform most closely linked to depression, and why that should be the case isn’t difficult to see. Instagram typically provides a meticulously curated feed of visuals that are share-worthy, versus the mundane. Consider: we’re more likely to share a picture of a glitzy night out than when slumming it on the couch; more prone to share a photo while on a vacation in Biarritz than that B&B in Jersey with the questionably clean sheets....

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No location? Create it in Photoshop!

One of the main issues of being a creative, I would say, is being a problem solver. You have an idea of what you want to create in your head. To get to that final image you have to solve a series of problems. How will I light it? Where will I get costumes from? Where […] The post No location? Create it in Photoshop! appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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I converted a Rodenstock 50mm f/1.1 X-Ray lens to fit my Micro Four Thirds camera

One of the shortcomings of smaller image sensors is obtaining adequate exposure in dim lighting situations. Anyone used to sub full-frame cameras or just dull kit lenses has felt this pain. To gain appropriate exposure you’ll either have to bump up the ISO, shoot with the lens wide open, add physical light sources to the […] The post I converted a Rodenstock 50mm f/1.1 X-Ray lens to fit my Micro Four Thirds camera appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Filmic Adjustments using Lightroom’s Camera Calibration

Shooting and editing is like a symphony; every element, from shoot to post-processing, has to compliment each other. The trick? Neither can overpower the other and our timeless images start with a vision. Using virtually every tool in Lightroom, we are going to master how to achieve filmic adjustments and produce dreamy color treatments in 5 simple steps. This is an excerpt from our Advanced Lightroom Processing Workshop, utilizing Camera Calibration to create your own film presets. [REWIND: Camera Calibrations & Filmic Adjustments ] TIP #1 | Shoot for the Photo Edit Bridge the gap between your photo sessions and post-processing by creating your vision in-camera and making the necessary tweaks in post. The key to achieving timeless and filmic images begins during the session and ends with a consistent delivery. In our Shoot to Post workshop, we cover our signature styles for an effective post-processing workflow. If you get it right in camera, you can then use post-processing techniques to enhance your imagery. tip #2 | Shoot RAW for more flexibility Raw files provide a collection of unprocessed...

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How To Use Light To Separate Your Subject From The Background

Understanding the effect lighting on your subject opens up a wide range of possibilities for your photography. You can accomplish a lot with one just light, but this is a scenario where more is actually…more. With more lights, you increase your options for controlling the look of your image. A great free resource on understanding lighting is the series of videos from J.P. Morgan and folks over at the Slanted Lens. In their latest video, the breakdown how to use light to create separation; let’s take a look. 1 Light Setup With a one light setup, you create separation by lighting both your subject and the background. The single light creates nice highlights and shadows on your subject and background that contrast one another nicely. However, with only one light, you have to keep your back drop close to your subject. If you’d like to catch up on the previous videos in this series you can find it here. [REWIND:] The Relationship Between Shutter Speed & Flash Is Critical | Remember This Lighting Mantra 2 Light Setup With a...

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C-LOG Has Officially Been Announced For The 5D Mark IV, But It’ll Cost You

The rumored Canon 5D Mark IV update to integrate C-LOG video capture is finally here, but it may not be exactly what Canon users were expecting or hoping for. This upgrade is not a typical firmware update where camera owners navigate to Canon’s website, download firmware and install. Instead, cameras must be sent to a Canon service center and upgraded there, and there is a fee. The cost to upgrade a 5D Mark IV to be able to shoot video in C-LOG will be $99. This is leaving some Canon users feeling a little swindled, especially as Sony has just announced their new flagship a9 camera, which is, as per typical Sony style, very generous with the features and at a price point that, while not by any means low, makes their competitors look like miserly Scrooge figures sitting on their money stacks and sticking it to their customers for what they’re offering. The upgrade will be available starting in July, at which time Canon will also begin integrating C-LOG into newly shipped 5D Mark IV bodies, but at...

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Instagram Takes First Step Towards ‘Adopting’ Pinterest’s Claim To Fame | Organize Saved Photos

Instagram is mutating, evolving, and part of that means a change of feature-set is always on the horizon . Since last fall the imaging behemoth has been rather steadily adding both features for entertainment and for functionality, and if their numbers are any evidence to the matter, they’re doing well. This latest feature-add is the ability to organize and create collections within saved posts, and looks set to make Instagram even more of a tool for creatives. “Starting this week, you can save posts into private collections. Tap and hold the bookmark icon underneath any post to save it directly to a collection. You can create and name a new collection when you save a post, or you can add it to one you’ve already created. You can also create a collection out of your existing saved posts. Tap the plus icon in the top right corner, give your collection a name and select the saved posts you’d like to add. You can find your collections on the saved posts tab on your profile. Just like all saved posts,...

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The Complete Posing Workshop (Preorder!)

Posing is one of the most challenging subjects you will face as a portrait photographer. A photographer might memorize poses, use example images or even posing cards to have the client repeat in front of the camera, but you still face the age old issue of poses looking too posed. The Complete Posing Workshop course dives into posing unlike any other with live demonstrations of flattering posing techniques and coaching on how to be a director and not just a photographer. Pre-order it here for $99 before our release on April 30th! Purchase Page: The Complete Posing WorkshopDiscount: Applied At CheckoutExpiration: April 30th, 2017 Click to Subscribe! Our comprehensive workshop will be covering everything you need to know about how to pose & interact with your clients to create incredible imagery from: Mastering Flattering Poses for Male and Female Subjects Perfecting the Details & Understanding Body Language & Nuances Eliciting Genuine Emotions and Candid Moments Posing Large Groups With Ease 8 Hours of HD videos & Powerpoint Slides NEVER GET STUCK WITH A BORING POSE EVER AGAIN Being a...

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Better Battery Life For Sony Mirrorless | The Sony Multi-Battery Adapter Kit

One of the clear signals sent by Sony’s announcement of the a9 is that they are not only paying attention to, but, more importantly, finding ways to address the complaints about their products. The list of issues could be longer but, here are a few complaints users have voiced: inefficient menus, ergonomics, lack of lenses, and battery life. The battery life issues stem from Sony’s commitment to a smaller form factor for their bodies. And while the a9’s larger battery is a step in the right direction, it still isn’t on the level with comparable DSLRs from Canon or Nikon. With the Sony Multi-Battery Adapter Kit, they are taking up the challenge of rectifying their battery power woes; let’s what they’re offering. Specs For NP-FZ1000 & NP-FW50 Type Cameras Extends Shooting Time Holds up to Four NP-FZ100 Battery Packs Rapidly Charge Batteries Charges Four Batteries in 480 Minutes Converts to Compact Two-Battery Pack Two USB Ports for Charging Devices Three-Level LED Indicator Light Six 1/4″-20 Mounting Sockets Includes Two NP-FZ100 Battery Packs The beauty of this accessory is that...

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How to Shoot and Stitch a Panorama Photo

Sometimes the landscape is just too big. Sometimes, just one image won’t do the trick. Then it’s time to create a panorama! I’m fortunate to spend a lot of time in the grand landscapes of Alaska. But often, camera in hand, I’ve stood there, unable to create the image I wanted. There was just too much going on, or things were happening in a way that just didn’t match a typical single-image format. I was photographing along a gravel beach near Haines, Alaska this winter, while the alpenglow was lighting up the peaks across the inlet. The glaciers and spires were painted in peach light. Going super wide to capture it all, with my 14mm, made the mountains too small and distant, and left too much empty space. I wanted the details in the I was photographing along a gravel beach near Haines, Alaska this winter, while the alpenglow was lighting up the peaks across the inlet (see image above). The glaciers and spires were painted in peach light. Going super wide to capture it all, with my 14mm,...

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7 tricks to customize your Nikon camera and make shooting more efficient

There are plenty of ways to customize your camera. And this time, I’m not talking about adding bling to it. This is something far more useful, and intended for Nikon shooters. Steve Perry goes through seven Nikon tricks for customizing the controls. They work on most Nikon cameras, and they will make your shooting faster, […] The post 7 tricks to customize your Nikon camera and make shooting more efficient appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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HR 1695 Approved By House Judiciary Committee | Seeks More Favorable Copyright Law For Artists

As an artist, the world wide web is a necessary evil for us to put forth our works to a public audience in hopes of getting our names out there. It is mandatory for the business we are a part of in the digital age. This has always been an inherent risk as it is much easier for someone to steal another’s work and claim it as their own. All of the fine print on social media websites, which we all too often eagerly click “agree”, often has us selling our souls and our cultivated pieces all for the sake of being a working artist. Figured I might as well post this since everyone is texting me. Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it’s just a screenshot (not a painting) of my original post. No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It’s already sold ($90K I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope,...

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Movement VS Zoom | Changing A Subject’s Relationship With The Background

Understanding your gear and how it performs is just as important as what gear you buy. After all, it doesn’t matter if your lens has a red ring, gold ring, red dot, or a big ‘G’ stamped on the side of it if you don’t know how to make the most of it. One of the best ways to get creative with your images is understanding how to manipulate the persecutive in your shots and this can be done using prime or zoom lenses. In this video, J.P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens explains how both zooming and physically changing your position impact the perspective in your images. [REWIND:] HOW LENSES AFFECT COMPOSITION | A LOOK AT COMPRESSION & DISTORTION Zooming vS. Moving Tips These tips work when you keep your subject the same size in the frame. If your subject moves, it becomes more difficult to achieve your desired look.* Only zooming into or away from your subject with your lens doesn’t change your subject’s relationship to the background. Moving closer to or away from your subject, while...

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A Digital Instax? All About Fuji’s New Hybrid Instax Square SQ10

Yesterday we informed you of what’s new in the world of Fujifilm, but their fresh announcement detailed one item that is surely deserving of a post of its own. That item is the new Instax Square SQ10, and it’s an Instax camera like the world has never seen. For starters, it’s a hybrid digital/analog camera. It has internal memory and a microSD card slot for storing 1920×1920 JPEG files via 1/4” CMOS sensor, which can be tweaked in-camera with 10 creative filters before printing. This removes the need for specific films for an intended look – you won’t need to purchase monochrome film, for instance, if you want to shoot black and white. Or, you can opt to be strictly analog, as far as the photos go, and set it to work like a traditional instant camera – just snap and print. This will be the first instant camera that has a digital component to make actual analog film prints, not using ink or heat and reactive paper like the Polaroid Snap. That chemical process will take place on...

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This is how you can edit video on a smartphone or tablet

Smartphone video often seems to get neglected. Even here on DIYP. We post a bit about smartphone photography, but little about shooting video with a phone. And it’s something many of us do, even if just for social media. Or, we shoot clips we shoot to edit on the computer alongside other footage. I’ve even […] The post This is how you can edit video on a smartphone or tablet appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to Overcome Difficult Lighting Scenarios at Weddings

A wedding photographer has to be prepared for pretty much anything. Big belly laughs, impromptu outbursts of song and bear hugs can happen at any moment. Not to mention that the light is constantly changing and you’ve got yourself a schedule to keep. Let’s just say weddings keep you on your toes. That’s why it’s always worth planning ahead and being prepared. Weddings rarely take place in just one location and moving from indoors to outside, or from sunshine to shade can cause a huge change in exposure. When not competing with the sun, indoor lighting poses new problems. Tungsten bulbs mixed with daylight causes all sorts of white balance issues. But this is why we love weddings, they keep us sharp. Being prepared and practice is key to achieving consistent results. Here are three top tips on how to make the most of difficult lighting situations. Couple portraits – How to find good light on a dull day Believe it or not, it is raining at the point of capture in the image below. This photograph was taken...

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The three levels of sharpening you should be applying in Photoshop – Detail, Global & Local

[I thought that seeing as I have a Post-Producition Workshop fast approaching, I needed a blatant excuse to promote it via an article on my site 😀 Well here it is, a look at some of the sharpening techniques I use in Photoshop to give my images a little visual-pop before I publish them.] What […] The post The three levels of sharpening you should be applying in Photoshop – Detail, Global & Local appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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NASA Has Made Their Massive Media Library Available To The Public

Astrophotography enthusiasts and general lovers of stunning outer-space imagery, NASA’s done you a solid. They’ve made 140,000 images, sounds, and video in their media library available – and searchable – online. The images are downloadable and are copyright-free, so have no fear if you’d like to find a mind-boggling multicolored stellar scene and use it for, well, anything. Of particular interest to us of the photographic community, the images even include easily viewable EXIF data. The usefulness of data contained in the imagery of course varies – a photo of a scientist taken with a DSLR on Earth is going to have more information that’s relevant to a photographer than something taken with technology that the most people will never be able to access. [rewind:] A LOOK AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING & GEAR ABOARD THE ISS WITH NASA ASTRONAUT JEFF WILLIAMS One could spend a lot of time perusing the images contained in the site. There are a lot of things that are less visually awe-inspiring, but still of interest to people who take an interest in the science...

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Bought Your First DSLR? 6 Tips for Learning How to Use Your New Camera

After a lot of thought and research, you finally pull the trigger. You bring home your first digital camera, pull the sleek marvel of engineering out of the box, and stare at it excitedly. Then you look at all the buttons and controls, and the excitement turns into fear… You realize that you have no idea how to use your new camera! So what’s next? Well, the most important thing is to not be intimidated. It’s not nearly as complicated to learn photography as it might seem – despite what all those buttons might make you think. You will thankfully never need half of those buttons. This article is going to cover the technical aspects of using your new camera; what you need to know right away to get up and running. The three other aspects to becoming a good photographer are the conceptual, composition, and the editing aspect, but we can cover those another time. 1. Light Before we get into how to use your new camera, there is an important ingredient that will make thinking about using...

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Sony Announces A9 And 100mm-400mm 4.5-5.6 Super Telephoto Zoom

Today, Sony made two gear announcements that are clear overtures to professional photographers and they are poised to set the tone for NAB 2017. The first is the new Sony flagship A9 camera and the second being the latest lens in the G-Master Lineup, the 100mm-400mm 4.5-5.6 Super Telephoto Zoom. Many in the industry have been waiting to see how responsive Sony would be to the lingering concerns from professionals about their full frame lineup and it is evident that Sony has been listening. Disregarding the fear of cliche, these two offerings from Sony are in fact game-changing; so let’s see what they bring to the table. Sony A9 Stills Specs World’s First full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP2 resolution BIONZ X Image Processor 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD Internal UHD 4K/30p Video Recording 120fps all full HD at up to 100Mbps Full pixel readout without pixel binning Blackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec 693 point focal plane phase...

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Panasonic 8-18mm 2.8-4.0 Available For Pre-Order

One of the major benefits of the micro four-thirds system is the mature lens lineup and it has come so far that Panasonic is now releasing second generation iterations, as seen in the 12-35mm 2.8 II and 35-100mm 2.8 II. With the arrival of the new 8-18mm 2.8-4.0, Panasonic has provided the final pillar in their version of the holy trinity of zooms; giving the GH5 a trio of top tier lenses that are optimized to capitalize on what it can offer. This is lens arrives just in time to kick off NAB 2017 and gives micro four-thirds shooters a versatile wide to standard zoom, which is something I imagine many have been yearning for since it was announced back in Photokina last November. Let’s check the specs and see what this lens brings to the table. [REWIND:GH5 Autofocus Showdown with Max Yuryev & PhotoJoseph] Specs & Features This lens promises to be durable as stated on the Panasonic website: With its splash/dust/freeze proof construction*, this durable lens is also tough enough to withstand heavy field use in nearly...

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An extensive checklist (and fixes) for portrait retouching

Happy Easter guys! This week I wanted to give you a handy guide for double-checking that your images (with people in them) are as free from distractions as possible, and how to fix any that appear, before you release them. There is another impressive article on how to do this with videos if you prefer […] The post An extensive checklist (and fixes) for portrait retouching appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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