Hedge for Mac | Backup and Verify Files Quickly, And Why Verifying Your files Is Important

Offloading and backing up images and video can be a drag, especially after a long day of shooting, and even talking about data isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, I know we would all rather talk about the newest offerings from Sigma or newest camera releases from Leica. What most people seem to do is drag-and-drop transfers using Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows) and assume everything will be alright. Backing up this way can potentially lead to data corruption, particularly if you are backing up to multiple drives at a time; and in some cases cause a complete transfer stall. First things first, you should never rely on one copy of your data, whether it is a regular external or a RAID solution. If you follow the 3-2-1 backup rule you know that you should have three backups of any file in case anything were to go wrong. Certain cameras can generate very complex media folder structures and if they aren’t all copied in the correct order a situation can arise where photographer or client can’t access any...

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Hedge for Mac | Backup and Verify Files Quickly, And Why Verifying Your files Is Important

Offloading and backing up images and video can be a drag, especially after a long day of shooting, and even talking about data isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, I know we would all rather talk about the newest offerings from Sigma or newest camera releases from Leica. What most people seem to do is drag-and-drop transfers using Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows) and assume everything will be alright. Backing up this way can potentially lead to data corruption, particularly if you are backing up to multiple drives at a time; and in some cases cause a complete transfer stall. First things first, you should never rely on one copy of your data, whether it is a regular external or a RAID solution. If you follow the 3-2-1 backup rule you know that you should have three backups of any file in case anything were to go wrong. Certain cameras can generate very complex media folder structures and if they aren’t all copied in the correct order a situation can arise where photographer or client can’t access any...

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See How Sue Bryce Recreates Her Natural Light Style Using Profoto B1’s

Sue Bryce is in the business of making women look and feel beautiful. Her name has become synonymous with natural light and modern glamour portraiture. Having changed the world of glamour photography and redefined its essence, Sue is one of the most in-demand educators in the industry. She has taught numerous classes on CreativeLive and presented at many tradeshows as a Canon brand ambassador. Sue’s entire career was built around the foundation of manipulating natural light in the studio, and her goal after incorporating strobes was to recreate natural light at he will. To do this she relied on the Profoto B1, and you can get a taste of her set-ups in this video. Check out our Profoto B1 review here: Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Review: The Beauty of This Beast Sue uses the Profoto lights as a way of replicating the natural light that she has mastered throughout her career. By outfitting the B1’s with the Profoto Umbrella Silver XL and a diffuser, she has found a way to manipulate the light in such a way that mimics...

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5 Tips for Photographing Water

Water is a beautiful subject to photograph. It can be as dramatic as a waterfall, predictable as a fountain, vast like the ocean, or just a winding exciting river. Whatever the source, it can be a point of interest in your image or an element of your composition. If you are enchanted with photography water, here are a few tips you can use to improve your final image. 1. Capture Motion Firstly, think about what you want to convey and how to add that characteristic to the shot. This may be as simple as choosing the right shutter speed. A fast shutter speed freezes motion and works well for crashing waves to show the activity of an ocean. Sometimes when using faster shutter speeds, your camera may indicate that you are getting insufficient light – this is where adjusting your ISO can come in handy. When using shutter speeds of 1/500th and above, timing is key for spectacular shots. On the opposite side of fast shutter captures are long exposures. If you want to show greater motion or get...

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How to Find the Best ISO for Astrophotography: Dynamic Range and Noise

ISO is one of the three major exposure settings in the exposure triangle of a digital camera. Of the three: shutter time, f/number, and ISO, it is ISO that is probably most misunderstood. Even more so than f/number. In fact, it is a common misconception that higher ISO settings will cause images to be noisier. […] The post How to Find the Best ISO for Astrophotography: Dynamic Range and Noise appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Camera settings and tips for concert photography beginners

This guide is intended for concert photography beginners. If you have a DSLR camera and are interested in how to control your camera settings to take great photos at concerts, this guide is for you. If you’re an experienced photographer who just hasn’t shot shows before, there may be some helpful info in here along […] The post Camera settings and tips for concert photography beginners appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Lightroom Better & Faster | 3 Tips To Get More Speed & Precision Within Lightroom

If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you’re a Lightroom user, maybe even a power user. Regardless of what else is out there, whether it be Capture One, Affinity Photo, or whatever else, if I were a betting man I’d wager Lightroom is still on your computer and for many that means it’s still the go-to organizational and raw processing tool, and as such, if you’re going to use it, learn to use it better. For the power users out there, what you’ll read here may be nothing groundbreaking, but for the rest, the beginners, the intermediates or those who just don’t quite wield LR like you invented it, here are 3 simple tips geared to utilizing Lightroom better, and with more precision. Implementing these should aid your processes in being quicker, and therefore speeding up your workflow whilst retaining accuracy. Before/After Alternate Views With Y, Shift+Y, Alt+Y Anyone who’s ever been to art school, or actually ever taken a writing class will know that we’re often told to step away from our creation, leave it entirely alone...

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DIY Hack 2-for-1 Luggage and Camera Roller Bag

Can we really have enough camera bags? In this article, I will show you a DIY hack to easily convert a small travel bag with wheels into a camera roller bag. Basically, you get two bags for the price of one. A piece of luggage with wheels on the left and with a padded camera insert on the right – and voila it’s now a camera roller bag! The one main drawback to being a photographer is the amount of gear you have and what type of bag to store your equipment in. This is especially true whether you are a professional, semi-professional or hobbyist photographer. There is no getting around it, once you invest in any type of camera with interchangeable lens, the add-on extras are similar to lego…you just keep building! And herein comes the next must-have for any photographer, the camera bag. A very inexpensive luggage bag on wheels H54.5 X W34 X D20cm So much choice Courtesy of Peak Design – Everyday Backpack. With such a plethora of camera bags on the market, it can...

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Get Tack Sharp Images Without A Tripod

Tripods are essential tools for getting creative and technical standard photos, but you don’t always need one to get the shot you want. In 60 seconds we’re going to show you how you can get tack sharp images without a tripod. We teamed up with CreativeLive to bring you some tricks of the trade in our Photography 101 Workshop to help you master photography one step at a time! Only have a minute? Stay tuned with more from this series here! tip #1: find a place to rest your camera Is there a place you can rest your camera and still get the desired shot? Use it! Compose your image and utilize your camera’s two-second feature. This will allow you to maintain focus and fire without touching the camera. [REWIND: BEST LENS FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY] tip #2: use a standard grip Must handhold? Use the standard grip by bringing the left hand underneath the lens to cradle and the right hand to operate the camera, while tucking in the elbows. The biggest perk is being able to shoot steady...

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Quick 1-Minute Adobe Tutorials Pack Tons Of Info | Make It Now

As people spend more of their time scrolling social media, attention spans shrink. Videos have got to be really compelling or really short to entice people to watch them in their entirety. Adobe wants you to pay attention to their videos and learn something, so they’ve created the ultimate series catering to modern viewers who are commitment-phobic with their time. The “Make It Now” playlist on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel currently consists of four extremely short, yet informative tutorial videos. The longest clocks in at a minute on the nose, the shortest at a scant 39 seconds. The coolest video demonstrates the making of a double exposure of a buffalo and a landscape in 45 easy to follow seconds. Then there’s a speedy demo to teach you how to composite a choppy ocean into a coffee cup; how to create an animated GIF in Photoshop (these are trendy as hell right now;) and how to use a template to create a poster. [REWIND:] LIGHTROOM’S DARK KNIGHT |THE ALT/OPT KEY TRANSFORMS LIGHTROOM IN WAYS YOU LIKELY DON’T KNOW...

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How Effective Is Sigma’s USB Dock? Before & After Example Shows Capability

Gear maintenance is one expense many don’t take into account, or if they do, they only do so because the performance of their gear has deteriorated to the point that it is almost unusable and in need of service and repair. Sigma, has taken the approach of cutting some of the service repair out of the equation by offering Sigma lens-owners their USB dock. If you are familiar with Sigma’s USB dock you know that it allows you to update the firmware, calibration, optical stabilization, and autofocus in their Global Vision Lenses. [REVIEW | SIGMA 85MM F/1.4 ART REVIEW | THE BEAUTY OF THIS BEAST] At first glance, this appears to be an innovative approach to empowering photographers to better maintain their gear over the life of their purchase, yet, USB docks aren’t a common accessory, and assessing its usefulness can prove a bit difficult – that is to say, most people have never used it, nor have they seen what it can do. Fortunately, photographer Kyle Kozinski recently put it to the test and shared the results. Kyle...

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5 Reasons to Use Lightroom for Portrait Retouching

There are some photographers who use Photoshop or plugins such as Portrait Pro to do portrait retouching. There is nothing wrong with this and these programs can do an excellent job, especially if you retouch portraits at a high level. But you may be surprised at just what an excellent job Lightroom also does at developing portraits. There are compelling reasons to do all of your portrait retouching within Lightroom. Here are some of them: 1. You can use Lightroom Presets to create different looks Whether you buy presets made by other photographers, download freebies from the internet, or make your own, presets can open up new worlds. There are presets that emulate film (such as those from VSCO and Mastin Labs), presets for black and white photography and ones that create just about every type of look you can imagine. It’s possible to buy or put together an entire preset system – a set of presets that is designed to make developing portraits much faster and simpler than going through the right-hand panels in the Develop module individually....

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Electronics Banned On Flights To The United States From 13 Countries | Pack Accordingly

Here’s the gist: it’s being reported from several nations through official statements and from some airlines that there is a different travel ban of sorts that is affecting flights to the United States from 13 countries. As of the latest news, ALL electronics other than cell phones have been banned from cabins in flights flying direct to the United States from 13 countries for the next 96 hours at least, starting Tuesday. That means laptops, hard drives, cameras, and all else will be strictly prohibited in the cabin and must be checked. The story seems to have begun with a somewhat cryptic twitter post from Royal Jordanian Airlines essentially laying out the terms of the ban. The tweet was later deleted, but here’s a saved copy below: While there has been no official TSA (Transportation Security Administration) announcement, CNN is reporting they have had confirmation from unnamed officials that the ban is indeed taking effect on March 21 and will affect more than a dozen airlines. Good to note here that the ban also seems to apply to flights...

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Fundy Designer Updated & New Tiered Structure For Album Design & Sales Tools

We’ve spoken at length about the value of prints in this business of ours. Regardless of the type of photography you do, there’s a level of satisfaction derived from the images to both you and client when the images are tangible prints. We’ve also spoken at length about Fundy Designer as our software of choice for designing albums and print sales, and today they’ve released an updated version of their software which comes with not only a new feature-set, but with a new tiered pricing structure. The tiered structure starts at $199 for Fundy Suite Lite, $349 for Fundy Suite Pro, and $499 for Fundy Suite Studio. “The Fundy Suite Lite is the perfect starting point, priced at $199, for the emerging pro. Allowing them to design and sell the most popular album and wall art in the industry. The Fundy Suite Pro, priced at $349, add more professional options such as previewing custom framed prints and designing larger albums that are coveted by high-end brides. The top-tier Fundy Suite Studio, priced at $499, is created for the large...

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3 Ways to Get Honest Feedback on Your Work

Learning to evaluate your own work and getting good honest feedback is critical to improving as a photographer. Others will see things you don’t see. It will give you tips to help you improve. And it is peculiar to your work (not just general tips for everyone). The problem is that getting honest feedback on your work has always been difficult. Your choices boil down to: Bothering friends and family in the hopes that they would risk hurting your feelings to give you honest feedback. Hoping someone will chime in with actual constructive criticism on a picture you post online. Paying a lot of money to attend a photography conference and have your work reviewed by an expert. None of these is ideal. The first two don’t work, and the third is a rather large, expensive (not to mention scary) undertaking. So what do you do? Fortunately, the world is changing in this area. There are additional tools to help you get feedback and also to help you objectively judge your own work as well. In this article, you’ll...

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Are You The Next SCOTUS Photographer? | New Government Job Posting

If you’ve been dreaming of the day you can take a cushy government job but would also love to be a full-time photographer, it’s your lucky day. USAjobs.gov posted a two-week listing on 3/13 (closing on 3/27) for the position of the official photographer of the Supreme Court Of The United States, with a fairly wide salary range – $54,972.00 to $86,460.00 per year. From the qualifications required: “A Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of photography or any directly related experience that has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and techniques of photography, image processing and image management is required. At least four years of additional experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Must be able to proficiently operate a variety of photographic equipment and accessories to include digital (Nikon and Hasselblad), still, and video cameras as well as artificial lighting, including strobe lamps.” From the information provided, we can extract a few interesting things: here is a case for formal education, though it can be bypassed...

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15 Photography Ideas to Boost Your Creativity

Doing photography exercises brings forth new opportunities to improve your skills, hone in on your craft and who knows, even guide you in the direction of finding a new genre that you love more than anything in the world! Here are 15 creative ideas to take you out of your comfort zone, and guide you in your quest to boost your creativity. Get out there and put your own spin to each of these prompts. Bonus points if you have never tried any of these before. When you push yourself to get comfortable being uncomfortable, to step outside your comfort zone, to try new things, and to give yourself the permission to fail – you also give yourself the chance to figure out who you want to be when you grow up! #1 – Add emotion to your images I absolutely adore this image. There’s nothing like laughing with unabashed happiness on your wedding day! Choose to evoke emotion in your images – either in the eyes of the beholder or in the eyes of the beheld (a.k.a your...

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Portrait Challenge | 4 Photographers Shooting Canon & Nikon & One Model

A few months back we featured a video by Jessica Kobeissi, a young photographer and educator based out of Detroit, Michigan, where she and two other photographers got into a bit of friendly competition via a challenge. The premise of it is simple: 3 photographers, each deciding upon a different scenario (styling and location) using the same model and all scenarios shot by each photog with each being given 5 minutes. The photographers joining Jessica were Ruby James, and Irene Rudnyk, and each have discernible followings in tow. To make things even more interesting, each of the photographers are using very similar equipment: Canon 5D Mark III x2, Canon 5D Mark II, Jessica using the Canon 50mm f/1.2L, & her co-hosts using the 85mm f/1.2L and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART. Most of that stayed the same for this episode, but with the addition of photographer, Derrick Freske who joins as the sole male and sole Nikon shooter with hid D750 and 50mm 1.4, and model, Liberty. What’s great about the challenge is that it changes the parameters for everyone...

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Why Wireless Tethering Will Improve Your Photography

As a photographer, shooting tethered is one of the best ways to improve your photography skills. Tethering helps you zoom into the details of your shots on a big screen so you can make adjustments as you go. It also encourages collaboration by keeping your photo subject or client engaged if they’re on location with you. In this article, I’ll explain what tethered shooting is and why wireless tethering with an app like CamRanger is the best choice. What is tethering? By definition, tethering is when a mobile device shares its internet connection with another device. This can be done through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a physical connection cable (e.g. USB). Many mobile phones can tether to share their Wi-Fi with laptops or tablets. Similarly, cameras can tether as well. But in the case of tethered shooting with a camera, the purpose is to transmit images from the camera directly to another device such as a laptop computer or tablet. The cheapest and most efficient way to shoot tethered is to use a wired connection. All you need is a...

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What Are You Afraid Of? | Thoughts On Fear As An Artist

“I’m afraid of using strobes.” “I’m afraid of marketing.” I’m afraid of… stop! Observing photographers of all experience levels, I’ve realized that fear is an excuse many of us make (myself included), whether we realize it or not, for not doing one thing or another. But that’s all it is, an excuse. A lot of things are scary until you do them. Then, after doing whatever the intimidating thing was, you look back on the time you spent fretting instead of acting and finally see how incredibly silly you were being. You see others expressing their fears and postponing their goals because of them and you want to shake them and say, “Just do it! Stop overthinking and psyching yourself out, get in there and do the thing!” Of course, overcoming your fears is easier said than done, but I’m here to remind you that sometimes it’s best to jump in head first and learn to swim on the way. In every photography job I’ve had as an employee, I’ve been dropped into tasks greater than I felt ready...

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Review of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Portrait sample using the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens. Last summer I had the opportunity to test out the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art lens and review it for dPS. I absolutely loved the lens, so when the opportunity arose to try Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 Art lens, I jumped at the chance. I continue to be excited by Sigma’s lineup of Art lenses, as they offer incredible image quality for a great price. Several of my photographer friends were singing this lens’s praises since it began shipping, so I was eager to see if it lived up to its reputation. The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A First Impressions of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens As a Nikon shooter, I tested the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens in a Nikon mount. The first thing I noticed about this lens is that it is an absolute beast. The lens is 3.7 inches wide by 5 inches long (94.7mm x 126.2mm), and weighs in at a whopping two and a half pounds (1113 g / 39.3 oz.)! Compare this to Canon’s...

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New Mitakon Fuji X Turbo Adapter Puts Nikon, Canon, M42 Glass On Your X-Series

There are many a photographer out there with more than one system and from different brands, and such the proliferation of adapters has spawned. The flexibility of the adapters is exciting, though the flexibility to use various lenses from one system on another also tends to come with various limitations and a drop in different measures of performance goes hand in hand with that. From an inability to electronically connect, resulting in manual-only focusing, to problematic vignetting, and focal plane issues, the list is long, but as time goes on they seem to get better and often the advantages outweigh the concessions. The latest to get excited over is the new offering from Mitakon, the Lens Turbo Adapters ver II, that allows full frame Nikon glass to be used with Fuji X-series cameras. Actually, Mitakon has Canon and M42 versions of the adapter also. The Lens Turbo ll N/G-FX allows lenses to be mounted to APS-C format Fuji cameras, increasing the angle of view by 0.726x and the maximum aperture of the lens by 1 f-stop. This should compensate...

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Shooting Tethered | Free Video Course & Guide

Depending on the type of photography you’ve chosen to focus on, you may find that tethering is never really something you need to consider, much less explore in depth. For others it will be a natural and indispensable extension of your craft, a necessity more so than a luxury, and an expectation. That said, if you’re anything but a casual button-pusher, shooting tethered is an experience you’ll likely find rewarding, as there’s nothing quite like seeing the produce of your labor come alive on a large screen as you shoot, versus via a squint on your rear LCD. It can be, however, intimidating, and that acts as a barrier to entry for some. But as fortune favors the brave, even if it seems intimidating you should still do it, and Gary Martin and friends at RGG EDU have created a video course to make it as easy as can be. And it’s free. [REVIEW: TetherTools Tetherboost Pro | Hands On With The Connectivity Solution] The course is made up of 24 easily digestible videos that you can either stream...

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Create the “Faded Film” look in 30 seconds using Photoshop or Lightroom

If you like the “faded film” look, this latest video tutorial from Mathieu Stern is for you. You can create this washed out, dreamy look in a few seconds, you only need a few simple adjustments in Photoshop. I tried it out on some of my images, too. I didn’t really expect to like it, […] The post Create the “Faded Film” look in 30 seconds using Photoshop or Lightroom appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why

Did you ever wonder how the photographers of the past did it? All they had were manual cameras and yet somehow they had a method that beats even the latest technology in autofocus! Wonder what it was? Let’s find out first what it was and discuss what most call the best street photography camera settings. The best street photography settings Now, before getting into this, let’s get something straight. If you are doing something in your street photography and it works for you, then by all means, you’ve found the settings that fit you best and you probably want to stick with them. What I am presenting here are the tried and true ways that not only past photographers used, but most street photographers prefer today. But it’s not magic by any means. With that being said, let’s start with focusing on street photography. What’s faster than autofocus? I know you are probably wondering how something can be faster than the latest autofocus, especially when every new camera wants you to believe they have the fastest AF in the...

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