Get A Natural Sun Flare With One Click In Lightroom

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Get A Natural Sun Flare With One Click In Lightroom

How often do you import your images onto your computer and find yourself disappointed with how different your images look from your initial conceptualization? In our latest workshop, ‘From Shoot to Post’, we delve into every possible scenario and how to combat bad lighting, scenes, and external variables to ensure you have a flawless shoot. This workshop is coming soon to SLR Lounge Premium so make sure you upgrade now to get exclusive access! So how do we set ourselves up for success from the initial shot to the final click in post-production? [rewind: RECREATING GOLDEN HOUR & NATURAL SUNLIGHT WITH POCKET STROBES] don’t find an excuse, find a solution The most commonly used excuse in the book is to blame the weather or lack of sun for getting mediocre shots. We say, poppycock. With a strong understanding of light direction and color you can achieve golden hour with a few pocket strobes. It’s all a matter of preparation. Recently, I had an engagement session up north in Muir Woods, and of course, San Francisco’s notorious weather conditions provided me with a gloom doom with faint light peeping through the trees. We learn in Photography 101 that regardless of the situation, there is always a light direction, it’s just a matter of using the hand test and figuring out where that light is coming from and placing your subjects accordingly to avoid any harsh shadows and bright highlights on their skin. RECREATING Natural light sun flare I saw this log above the stream as the perfect environmental portrait spot for my couple, and before placing them there I made sure to check the direction of light relative to my position to the subjects. What I saw was a pocket of light coming through the tops of the trees that would essentially act as a rim light to separate my subjects from the background. [RELATED: RECREATING GOLDEN HOUR WORKSHOP] I’m sure many of you have seen our tutorial on recreating golden hour with the reliable Profoto B1, but in this case I would need a helicopter and maybe 3 B1’s to achieve the power necessary. This is where intention comes in play: the SLRL Preset system comes built with local adjustment brushes designed to alleviate the strain and challenges thrown at photographers. To create the image on the left we used this recipe: 11a Soft Color + 41 Sun Flare local adjustment over the highlight With a quick drop of our Sun Flare Brush we were able to vamp up the scene and add a bit of life to the light. The beautiful part about the brush is that it’s adjustable to your liking and you can tone down the increments or decrease the size of the spot itself. The final product wouldn’t have been possible without initially exposing to maximize dynamic range within the scene. You can see more...

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Atomos Launches New Ninja inferno HDR Off-Camera Recorder

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Atomos Launches New Ninja inferno HDR Off-Camera Recorder

Atomos has launched a new off-camera recorder for video, the Ninja Inferno HDR, and it looks brilliant. It’s essentially a slightly scaled-back version of the Shogun, but also for about half the price it’s more accessible and more than what most DSLR shooters would be able to handle or want. Most of us will never work with the best videos cameras Hollywood has to offer and that means the cameras we do work with are limited in one way or another. If you want to surpass those limits, you can sell a vital organ and pony up the big bucks or; if you enjoy functioning like a normal human being, you can buy an external recorder. If you are in the market for the latter, Atomos has released yet another external recorder to support the rapidly advancing video market. The new Shinobi from the Order of Atomos is intended to keep pace with the latest 10-bit 4k60p cameras in the form of a 7-inch HDR calibrated monitor. Let’s take a get a brief look at the Ninja Inferno HDR 4K60p Monitor Recorder. Specs 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen Display 10-Bit FRC Monitor Processing 4K HDMI Input 1500 cd/m² Brightness HDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range High Bright Mode for Rec. 709 Viewing UHD 4K up to 60p / 1080p up to 120 fps 10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHR Encoding Records to 2.5″ SSD/HDD Media Dual Sony L-Series Battery Slots In the past, shooting video on a stills camera would breed frustration because the video you shot on your camera could not match the dynamic range available in your stills. In recent years, the trend has been to unlock the full capability of your cameras sensor and make it available in its video. Now you can better monitor your HDR footage and if you also want 4k60p and high frame rate slow motion you can pre-order your Atomos Ninja Inferno HDR here. The new Atomos Ninja Inferno HDR will be available March 31, 2017. Related Articles Testing of Battery Life and Recording Times of Video Cameras Top 3 GH5 Alternatives with LOG | 4K for Under $2K        Share...

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Glow or sparkle? Two artistic aperture choices for sun flare & specular highlights

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Glow or sparkle? Two artistic aperture choices for sun flare & specular highlights

When you think of lens aperture on your camera – do you think about exposure, or do you think about artistic interpretation? Yes, aperture is one third of the exposure equation (with shutter speed and ISO making up the other two variables), but your choice of aperture should primarily be an artistic choice. If you’re […] The post Glow or sparkle? Two artistic aperture choices for sun flare & specular highlights appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Deal Dash | Wescott & Broncolor Lights, Canon Lenses, Tripods & Hard Drives

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Deal Dash | Wescott & Broncolor Lights, Canon Lenses, Tripods & Hard Drives

In our field, gear matters, and you’d have to have a bank balance bigger than your bank account number for you to acquire all you likely would want when the whim takes you. However, if you keep your ear to the ground like we do, you come about the best photography deals currently on the market, and within our Deal Dashes, we share them with you: Lighting Westcott 43″ Apollo Orb + Free 40 Degree Fabric Grid ($69 value) – $99 The first octagonal softbox that works without an adapter ring. The compact soft box simply opens like an umbrella. Place your flash inside, attach the included diffusion panel and you’re ready to shoot. The Orb has a deeper profile which evenly projects the light source for maximum output while creating round, natural catchlights in the eyes. Broncolor Siros L 800Ws & 400Ws Battery-Powered Kits There are essentially 4 kits available right now with instant rebates and significant free ad ons. Each 2-pack kit comes with 2 extra batteries which go for $289 each, and a Broncolor Beautybox 65 Softbox (26″) which goes for $234. Between the extras and rebates it’s just over $1,000 saving on each. The single light packs also come with a free extra battery and case. Broncolor Siros L 800Ws Battery-Powered 2-Light Outdoor Kit 2 Broncolor Siros L 400Ws Battery-Powered 2-Light Outdoor Kit 2 Broncolor Siros L 800Ws Battery-Powered Monolight Broncolor Siros L 400Ws Battery-Powered Monolight Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT – ($100 off) Lenses Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens – $150 off Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens – $200 off Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens – $200 off Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens – $150 off Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens – $100 off – $650 cheaper than ver. 2 Accessories Oben 3-Section Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head – $99 LaCie 1TB Rugged Thunderbolt Mobile HDD – $129 Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader – $19 WD 4TB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – $119        Share...

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Testing of Battery Life and Recording Times of Video Cameras

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Testing of Battery Life and Recording Times of Video Cameras

Facebook, according to one executive, will be all video within 5 years. Let that sink in for a moment, because 5 years on the scale of ‘time’, is tomorrow. Approximately 8 billion videos were viewed per day on the platform in 2016 which was double that of the year before, and in 2014 Zuckerberg said the platform’s newest and largest challenges lay in preparing the network for more video, and video-rich features. That’s just Facebook, but in all facets of media consumption video is king. So it’s no wonder then that photographers must adopt video, and that’s happening. And if you’re interested in video, in gear at all, LensRentals has done some serious and tedious groundwork on tonnes of videography gear, and more specifically, what you can expect from battery life, recording time, and so on. It’s impressive, and thorough, and the kind of thing you can only do when you have crazy inventory and a meticulous mind. [REWIND: Electronic Shutter Vs. Mechanical Shutter | Pros & Cons] This kind of information is certainly more important to the professional videographer and filmmaker, and for those looking for the most efficient set-up possible, and for whom timing, resilience for peak performance in poor conditions like cold and rain will really all matter. But it’s generally interesting to see and with it you can understand the what camera/card/battery combo best suits, and what you can expect for shooting times while on the job, and of course how much kit you’ll need. This covers cameras from the Canon 1DC, to 7D, Sony A7SII, A6500, and more. Check out below for a taste of what’s there, and click here for the full breakdown of info (it’s a lot more than featured here).        Share...

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Instagram To Blur ‘Sensitive’ Photos | Boudoir, Maternity, Journalists & More, Take Note

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Instagram To Blur ‘Sensitive’ Photos | Boudoir, Maternity, Journalists & More, Take Note

So it’s been a busy quarter for Instagram, and that has translated to a busy week of roll-outs/announcements. Just days ago we brought you word that Instagram will be introducing a feature that would turn it into a client-vendor interface by allowing potential clients to actually book services right through the app. This was, and is, big news. Instagram has been evolving into a more obvious business platform, a transactional one in addition to being a curatorial and editorial viewing/sharing destination. But now there could be a little bit of a hiccup, and it comes in the form of censorship: they’ll begin blurring your images. That’s right, Instagram has announced that it will be taking a new approach to censoring, and it could prove to affect vast numbers of photographers, from boudoir shooters to journalists. [RELATED: INSTAGRAM FOR THE WORKING PHOTOGRAPHER | CLIENTS CAN SOON BOOK YOU IN-APP] The internet has always proven to be a censorship nightmare, because there’s just no easy way of verifying age (that can’t be skirted), and the fact information online proliferates like rabbits makes it almost impossible to keep up, even with fancy algorithms and bots. Instagram in particular has always strived to be a ‘clean’ destination, perhaps more socialist than democratized, and generally they’ve done a good job leaving enough to be titillated without the, ahem, ‘tits’. But with around 500 million active accounts/users, keeping it all in check is a never-ending endeavor, and they’ve put the ‘onus’ on us, the members, to report offending material. This just doesn’t work smoothly, as evidenced by the numbers of photographers and individuals who have their posts and accounts blocked for no good reason, or just for being on the receiving end of a malicious person with a grudge and looking to complain. So what’s to be done? I don’t know, but what’s being done has been laid out here: As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video. This suggests that not only will your images have to adhere to the same guidelines as before, but then even after that IG may blur your shots if someone in the audience complains. That seems a bit ridiculous, and if you’re wondering what really is classified as sensitive, here’s what IG told The Verge, Examples include animal rights groups that share content to expose animal testing conditions...

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