Be Part Of A Photo Walk Honoring Bill Cunningham In NYC

One man, Bill Cunningham, could possibly be considered the true denizen of the NYC fashion world. Perhaps no one loved the fashion of NYC more, and was as true an icon in his own right, as anyone could be. Today in New York, Bill is being honored with a photo walk that you can be part of. Bill’s passing early last year sparked an outpouring of emotion from the fashion and photography world, spawned a documentary by filmmaker Mark Bozek, The Times Of Bill (premiering next month), and shown that the man in the blue jacket could be gone but never forgotten. The photo walk is another way to remember and pay homage to the man, put on by someone who knew him well, Wendy Goodman or New York Magazine. The photo walk is open to the public and starts at the Apple Store in Williamsburg on 246 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s a one mile walk led by Goodman, Bozek, and fashion photographer Max Vadukul and is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to shoot how Bill...

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How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Greater success with your event, street, travel or any other genre of photography can depend a lot on how prepared you are before you leave the house and how observant you are at the location you are making pictures. Here are some tips to help you be better prepared for your next photo shoot. A participant in the annual Chiang Mai Flower Parade enjoys having her photo taken. I’ve based this article on street and event photography so I can use my photos to illustrate specific situations. Planning Planning your photography session in advance can make it a much more rewarding experience. You don’t necessarily need to start making spreadsheets and contingency preparations if you’re going out to photograph a local farmers market or craft fair. But a little groundwork can make times you are out with your camera significantly more enjoyable. Having some prior knowledge of your subject, the location, and the type of activity that happens there (if any) will increase the opportunities you have to capture better photos. Even the way you dress and the footwear...

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A Free & Fast HEIC to JPEG File Converter From Beamr | Bookmark This One

Leave it to Apple to turn industries on their heads, making huge changes and expecting the world to follow along. With their newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, released yesterday, images and video are getting a space-saving reboot in the form of High Efficiency Image Format files (.HEIC). As this file type is being thrust upon an ill-prepared world, the files will need to be converted to a commonly used file type for most uses outside of the iOS ecosystem, and what is more widely used than a JPEG? While iOS 11 will offer inbuilt solutions, there is a desktop option that JPEGmini users will appreciate, as well as those that have been eager to try out JPEGmini’s capabilities but have not made the purchase. That option is a website – http://heictojpg.com – where .HEIC images can be uploaded and will be converted for free using JPEGmini’s superb, quality-retaining compression. [REWIND:] JPEGMINI REDUCES FILE SIZE BY UP TO 5X WITH NO PERCEIVABLE REDUCTION IN QUALITY This is a great option for those who take their mobile photography seriously and...

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Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop

There are several ways to change colors of objects in Photoshop, and plenty of different objects you may want to change: clothes, hair color, light color, furniture and so on. Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid has created a fantastic video that shows you five techniques for changing the color of different objects. You can choose the […] The post Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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This custom DIY shoulder rig will turn your camera into a video making monster for $200

If you shoot video with DSLR or mirrorless cameras and you want to get serious, you really should consider a shoulder rig. They basically turn your camera from being Bruce Banner into The Hulk. You get so much more stability, capability and control. They’re more versatile and dynamic than a tripod or even a monopod. […] The post This custom DIY shoulder rig will turn your camera into a video making monster for $200 appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Sigma 24-70mm Art Review | Formidable or Forgettable?

While the 24-70 focal length may be, begrudgingly, the most unappealing of the lot, it consistently proves to be the most versatile, durable, and adaptable lens in a wedding photographer’s kit. It would be almost criminal to try and shoot a 200+ person wedding without a wide-angle zoom lens handy. When searching for the right 24-70 you have to weigh your options similarly to how you would consider the characteristics for your future spouse: Integrity: will it be able to withstand the high demand of its role, be quickly adaptable to any situation and excel? Aesthetics: even though it may look sexy, does it have a professional, sustainable build quality and will it be able to withstand a variety of conditions? Consistency: is it performing at its promised best and delivering high-quality results? Sigma has consistently delivered the goods when it comes to their Art lineup. After owning an Art lens, most users are itching to own more, so when it was announced that there Sigma 24-70 Art was being added to their Art lineup, many, including myself, were...

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Ava Berkofsky of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ On How To Light Dark Skin

Every shooting situation has unique challenges that require new angles of consideration. When you’re in total control of the client and environment it’s up to you to recognize that the same approach won’t suffice for new scenarios. When shooting people of color, you’ll encounter a wide variety of skin tones; all of which demand attention to make them look their best. And if you’ve ever shot a portrait, a wedding, or video where the primary subject is dark-skinned, you’ve undoubtedly realized that your workflow in post flows a bit differently. So, perhaps it’s worthwhile to take in some insight of the front end. Recently, Xavier Harding interviewed Ava Berkofsky, Director of Photography for the Emmy Winning HBO Series “Insecure”, who shared her approach to lighting a predominantly black cast. Amongst the many topics in Xavier’s interview, found here, Ava cited rethinking cinema’s conventional approach to lighting and makeup in scenes which were developed for predominately white casts. Where convention seemed to suggest shooting dark skin with a IRE of about 70, Ava believes this makes the rest of the...

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These 5 hidden Photoshop tips and tricks will help speed up your worklfow

I’m a big believer in post workflow efficiency. Whether working with stills or video, one can never seem to get their workflow fast enough. And these days, we all spend far more time at the computer than we’d like. I know I do. I spent countless hours in Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere and other applications […] The post These 5 hidden Photoshop tips and tricks will help speed up your worklfow appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Is Instagram Changing the Grid From 3 to 4? Instagram Anarchy May Not Matter

What is the Instagram Grid? The grid is simply the layout, the general presentation of a users profile as presented as an overall collection of the individual tiles of images. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about just google or search #instagrids within IG. What you’ll immediately notice is, people take their grids very seriously, and you’ll notice that the addition of a single extra square across will throw off the harmonious and elegantly planned grids, into something chaotic. For these people, the changing of the grid means turmoil, and since Instagram is integral for some businesses, that’s hell. Since inception Instagram has used 3 images across, and the unwavering certainty with which that was adhered to has given users the confidence to use their grids to make something larger than the sum of its parts/tiles – themes, mosaics, and more. They are digital tapestries and murals. IG users who really understand the platform and use it as a digital portfolio will always ask themselves if the next image they post is going to look good beside the...

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How to do High-Speed Photography – the Fundamentals

What is high-speed photography? High-speed photography is capturing the moments that happen in a fraction of time which you can’t see with the naked eye, like a bursting balloon or a splash of water. This photography is different from other kinds because it requires almost 1/20,000th of a second exposure time to freeze these moments. Most DSLR cameras don’t have such a high shutter speed, so how can you take these kinds of shots? In this article I will explain how to do high-speed photography. What camera and lens do you need? Let’s talk about the gear you need for high-speed photography first. Of course, you need a DSLR camera and the good news is that any DSLR will work. If you have any other camera that has manual controls, it will also work fine. Next is the lens and just like the camera, any will work. I use a 100mm macro lens for close-up shots like liquid sculptures and a 24-70mm zoom for balloon shots. The only lens requirement is that the focal length should be long enough...

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G-Technology’s G-Tech SSD R-Series | A Fast Photographer’s Working Drive

When we think of eye-catching and performance driven drives, it’s probably LaCie that comes to mind, and when we think of rugged and durable drives, that’s historically LaCie as well, given the, err, Rugged line. But G-Tech has their own set of ‘rugged drives’ and the latest of which is a small and fast SSD with USB-C, given you security and speed in a small form factor. It’s called the G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series (a mouthful), and is certainly aimed at the professional crowd given the decision to go with USB, speed, and price. At 560MB/s it’s faster than the similar small SSDs from Samsung, like the T1 and T3, and even a little bit faster than LaCie’s Rugged SSD, which hopefully we’ll be testing soon. See our review of the 5TB Rugged USB-C here: LACIE RUGGED USB-C REVIEW | BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE COMPUTER YOU HAVE NOW & YOUR NEXT Giving the G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series that kind of transfer speed certainly makes it compelling as a working drive. I’ve long advocated using the T1 and T3...

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Review: Nikon D7500 with 18-140mm Kit Lens

The 7000 series of cameras from Nikon have been very popular since they were first introduced in 2010. It is a mid-range camera in their lineup but sits at the top end of the amateur level cameras. As with many of these cameras the new one in this series, the Nikon D7500 can also be purchased with a kit lens, this one came with the 18-140mm lens. The Nikon D7500 with the 18-140mm kit lens. Image courtesy Nikon Australia. The new D7500 is in the DX format or crop sensor camera. It has a 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor and is said to be “equipped with a high-performance EXPEED 5 image-processing engine.” Nikon also claims that it is a good camera for video and that it supports 4K UHD. For more technical information please go to the Nikon website. Nikon D7500 out of the box When you first get the camera out you’ll notice it’s surprisingly light. I use a D800, so most cameras are light compared to that. However, the D7500 is a good size and feels nice in...

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Profoto A1 | The World’s ‘Smallest Studio Flash’ Is Power On The Move

When we think of quality lighting in photography, perhaps no brand is as ubiquitous as Profoto. They were the actual pioneers of battery-powered TTL monolights some 4 years ago and since then have consistently sought to introduce new ways to not only assist the working professional photographer, but to provide new solutions to old and new problems. Case in point would be the introduction of the B2s, which reshaped how we thought about powerful lighting in a small package, and now they have redefined OCF with the new Profoto A1. The A1 is being touted as an AirTTL studio strobe, or ‘the smallest studio strobe’ in the world. That’s a bold claim, but perhaps to match bold thought and bold performance. Looking more akin to a beefed up speedlite, the A1 looks to offer versatility and power through a heap of the top-shelf performance features associated with Profoto, in an adaptable and small form. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Built-In AirTTL, Use On or Off Camera Recycling: 0.05 to 1.2 Sec Li-Ion Battery: 350 Full Power Flashes High Speed Sync, LED Modeling...

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Beginner Food Photography Tips | How To Take Great Food Shots With Minimal Gear

We all know that photography can be expensive, but you don’t have to jump directly into the deep end of the gear-acquisition money-pit from the get-go. You can make some great photos as you learn the ropes with minimal equipment. For these shots, we’ve used an entry-level, crop sensor camera, a kit lens, and a 5-in-1 reflector. Using the following tips, you can get great food shots with a very modest kit. FIND THE LIGHT (AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN) While it’s great to have strobes on hand to fully control your light, they can be expensive and take time and practice to understand. While it is highly recommended that any photographer put in the hours to grasp the concepts of BYOL (Bringing Your Own Light,) there is so much you can do with available light and so much to learn about the properties of light from that which is already right there in front of you. [REWIND:] FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR WHEN THE LIGHTING IS UNDESIRABLE For this shoot, we’ve used window light and modified it in two...

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iOS 11 & HEIF HEVC | A Quick Look At The New Image File Formats In Your Pocket

After months of hype and testing, here we are at the precipice of the new launch of the latest iOS update. The latest mobile OS from Apple has said to bring with it a host of new features, some more welcome than others. As typical of the other ten releases prior, behind the shiny new interface bring s the promise of increased productivity (that is if your device makes the 64-bit cut off), and in the sea of 100s of performance enhancements, the switch to HEIF as a file format is major for anyone who shoots images with an iDevice. Here’s a quick overview of the new format and what it means for you. [REWIND: IPHONE X & PHOTOGRAPHY | A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, BUT DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?] H.265 for Photos and Video Introduced in 1992, the most widely used image format the world over has to be the JPEG. This widely popular standard is used for almost all image capture devices, though at 25 years old this old codec is becoming a bit long...

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Review of Macphun’s Aurora HDR 2018

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, photography is a technique that has been around for decades but really started making waves in the modern digital imaging scene around 2005. It involves combining multiple exposures of a picture, usually taken with a technique known as bracketing, to create one final single image with bright parts that are not overexposed and dark parts that are not underexposed. In recent years the software required to do this has gotten more powerful, less expensive, and so much easier to use. With just a few clicks anyone can make beautiful HDR images. Aurora HDR 2018 is the latest arrival in this category, created by Macphun, a developer rooted in photography and digital image manipulation. It’s a program that caters to casual users who want a fun creative outlet while also meeting the demands of professionals who make their living from designing beautiful works of photographic art. If you want a single program that can handle all your HDR needs no matter your skill level, Aurora HDR 2018 may be just the tool for you. What...

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Continuous LEDs vs strobes: which is the best solution for studio photography?

If you’re new to studio portraits, there’s just so much to learn about the light. Also, you have a choice between strobes/speedlights and continuous LED lights. If you can’t decide where to start, the latest video from Joe Edelman could be helpful and get you on the right track. In this video, Joe breaks down […] The post Continuous LEDs vs strobes: which is the best solution for studio photography? appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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ImageRights Opens Dedicated Copyright Registration Service | Built-In Blockchain Security & Open To Non-Subscribers

I first wrote about the image copyright protection company, ImageRights, in 2015, and since that time they’ve gone on to be “the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers.” If you’re not familiar with it, ImageRights deals with facilitating copyright registration in a timely manner, but it also has a discovery service which alerts you when some of your registered images are identified in use, and even a recovery service where they’ll assess your claim at no cost if someone is infringing your work, then go on to manage the claim, and even front the legal expenses. Previously, you had to be a fully signed-up member with the company for the service, but now they’ve opened it up to everyone as per the release: “ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, today announced the launch of a dedicated copyright registration service. For the first time, any photographer or agency can register their images with the United States Copyright Office through ImageRights highly efficient and precise copyright...

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How to Plan a Street Photography Shoot When Traveling

Street photography is normally a very open and free-form photography genre, but sometimes because we are traveling it’s better to plan a shoot rather than relying on luck. Fortune, they say, favors the prepared, and when all you have is a few hours in a new land, better get ready to make the most of what you’ve got. Makes sense, no? Here’s how I prepare a street photography shoot when I know time will be limited. What to do a few days before A few days before your shoot you will need a few apps and tools. The first is an offline map, Google Maps allows you to save chunks of the map but some areas are off limits (I tried to save a map of Osaka and wasn’t allowed). You need to find apps that have offline maps from the get-go and download the map of the area where you are going. It sounds stupid and you might be tempted to skip this part, but when I went to Hong Kong, I wasted an hour and a half...

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Capture One Releases Spectrum Styles Pack | Add Tone to Your Images Without Affecting Exposure

As any wedding photographer knows, presets for Lightroom users help with workflow, getting the desired colors and looks that photographers desired from their images, and with consistency. Capture One had been notoriously lacking in color profile presets for some time and Phase One sought to rectify this with their release of the Capture One Styles Pack earlier this year. Today Capture One released its new Spectrum Styles Pack to add to the mix. [REWIND: INTRODUCING CAPTURE ONE STYLES PACKS – BRINGING EVEN MORE PROCESSING ADVANTAGES TO COP] The introduction of Capture One Pro 10 brought a collection of new features and updates, one of which was an update to the ‘Styles & Presets’ tool. In Capture One, Styles are more closely aligned to presets as you may be used to in Lightroom, though not exactly the same. A preset is a saved pre-made adjustment that pertains to only one tool and applied by that tool, whereas a style is a pre-made adjustment for one or many tools. Spectrum is the first pack in a series offering a sundry of...

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DXO To Test Phone Cameras More Seriously | Now Testing Zoom, Bokeh, Low Light Ability

On the eve of Apple’s latest iPhone announcements, all eyes were fixed on Apple Park; awaiting the confirmation of what’s coming next. All this time while we were watching and waiting, DXO mark was preparing; improving itself to be better positioned to evaluate the latest camera from the house Jobs built, and smartphones in general by updating its mobile test, Why? Because smartphone cameras are good, and they’re striving towards greatness. DXO is updating its protocol to better assess the maturity of tech, and they’ll be reviewing at length, the low light ability, bokeh rendering ability, and dual cam zoom among others. For those who struggle to see mobile photography as anything valuable, this is just another signal that it’s not just ‘getting there’, but arrived as something to take seriously. [REWIND: IPHONE X & PHOTOGRAPHY | A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, BUT DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?] Opinions vary about the usefulness their conclusions but, very few offer the depth of their testing and if they deem the camera in your pocket worth their time, it should...

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Enter to Win Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate

Win a $500 gift card and a Corel software package – PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate, AfterShot Pro 3, VideoStudio Ultimate X10 and ParticleShop. Boom! Enter the Corel “Colors of Fall” photography contest today! Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers. We are lucky enough to be able to do it again now. Three Prizes For this competition, Corel is giving away, as the grand prize, a $500 gift card and a Corel Software Package. The second place winner will receive a full Corel software package and the third place winner will win a copy of PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate. The software package includes PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate, AfterShot Pro 3, VideoStudio Ultimate X10 and ParticleShop. These prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create BETTER pictures. Since 1989, with the introduction of CorelDRAW, Corel boasts a range of award-winning products that includes graphics, painting, photo, video and office software with a community of...

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Enter to Win Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate

Win a $500 gift card and a Corel software package – PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate, AfterShot Pro 3, VideoStudio Ultimate X10 and ParticleShop. Boom! Enter the Corel “Colors of Fall” photography contest today! Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers. We are lucky enough to be able to do it again now. Three Prizes For this competition, Corel is giving away, as the grand prize, a $500 gift card and a Corel Software Package. The second place winner will receive a full Corel software package and the third place winner will win a copy of PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate. The software package includes PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate, AfterShot Pro 3, VideoStudio Ultimate X10 and ParticleShop. These prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create BETTER pictures. Since 1989, with the introduction of CorelDRAW, Corel boasts a range of award-winning products that includes graphics, painting, photo, video and office software with a community of...

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How to do a Themed Photo Walk to Break out of a Photography Rut

In simple terms, the more photographs you take, the more experience you gain. As they say, “the more the clicks, the better the pics”. It seems like an inevitable formula, right? But like many things, it’s easier said than done. Maintaining a constant flow of photographic material, let alone inspiration is hard work. The dreaded photographer’s block means you can find yourself shooting one minute and stuck in a creative lull the next. Fortunately, there are plenty of small tasks you can set for yourself to break out of a rut. Doing a themed photo walk is a great way to get those creative juices flowing, with the added bonus of getting your daily step-count up in the process as well. What is a themed photo walk? A themed walk is just that. First, you select a theme. Then, armed with a camera, allow yourself to be guided by wherever your photography legs may take you. When you see a subject that fits your theme, take a quick snap and move on. The goal is to accumulate a body...

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7 ways to achieve massive bokeh in your photos

To achieve massive and creamy bokeh, one of the first things we learn is to use a wide aperture. But there are several other ways that might just as effective. Do you know them all? 1. Maximize focal length This one is pretty basic, but I am surprised by how many photographers aren’t familiar with […] The post 7 ways to achieve massive bokeh in your photos appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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