How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens

Photographer Dustin Dolby is known for his comprehensive tutorials all of us can try out at home. After a series of excellent wine photography tutorials, he has issued the latest one – about photographing glassware with minimal gear, but professional results. You need to pour that wine into something, right? Like his previous setups, this […] The post How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop

What I’m going to do is I’m going to show you how to match the colors between backgrounds and objects once you’ve cut them out and combined the different photos or otherwise known as compositing. So what I’ve done here is I’ve grabbed some photographs from Adobe Stock. So I grabbed the photograph here of […] The post How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Sale

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

2017 Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Memorial Day is just around the corner! To begin the Memorial Day celebrations a little early this year, we’re offering the following discounts on our photography education and resources: $100 Off Annual Premium Memberships (BEST VALUE) 20% Off ANY Workshop in the Store. Code: MEMORIAL2017When: Today – Monday, May 28th, 2016. How do I get these discounts? Go to our Premium Membership Page or our Store Add your membership or your selected workshops to your cart Use the code MEMORIAL2017 upon checkout This is your chance to get a great deal on some of our best-selling items like our newest Wedding Workshops and our Lightroom Education. Premium Membership Info        Share...

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Lens Review: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 | Pint Sized Powerhouse

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

Lens Review: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 | Pint Sized Powerhouse

In the early days of the A7, Sony’s full frame E-mount lens lineup was a bit thin. At most focal lengths photographers had only one lens choice, and at some, none at all. Zeiss was the first to offer an 85mm, and that first lens in the Batis line was more popular than even Zeiss could have anticipated. It was on backorder for months before anyone could keep it in stock. Then with the arrival of the G Master line, Sony introduced their own excellent 85mm f/1.4 GM. Both of these lenses, however, were quite expensive; the Zeiss being $1200, and the Sony $1800. So, in early 2017, Sony announced a new, affordable option: the FE 85mm f/1.8, priced at $600. Photographers, myself included, were understandably eager to see how the lens would perform, with the same basic specs as the Zeiss but for half the money. I’ve had a chance to take this lens on a few shoots, and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint. Without delving too deeply into the technical minutiae, I’ve compiled my thoughts below, along with some samples, for your ogling, pixel-peeping pleasure. F/2.2, 1/1000, ISO 100 | Colored to taste in Capture One. BUILD While it may not look as elegant or refined as the Zeiss Batis, this lens is well built. It’s not a tank, and I wouldn’t suggest you make a practice of dropping it, but it feels solid and the focus ring is smooth and responsive. The barrel is made primarily of hard, sturdy, black plastic, while the mount and filter thread are all metal. The lens hood is a slightly flimsier type of plastic, presumably for weight savings, but hearty enough for frequent use. Overall, the lens feels good in the hand, while remaining lightweight, balancing very well on the small-but-mighty A7 series bodies. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format (127.5mm on an APS-C e-mount) Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22 One Extra-Low Dispersion Element Double Linear AF Motor Customizable Focus Hold Button Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm The lens also claims to be dust and moisture resistant, but upon a cursory examination of the seals, I wouldn’t personally be comfortable using it in anything more than a light rain shower. Luckily, I live in Los Angeles, where weather sealing is less of a priority. A nice touch on this 85 is the focus hold button that’s found on the lens barrel which can be used to hold the focusing position, or can be set in-camera to control various other functions. Image Quality Paired with my A7Rii, this lens delivers the goods, and I never found it to lack sharpness. Even at its widest aperture, it renders a striking degree of detail, and only gets better when stopped down a bit. Resolving sharply and without blur from a 42 megapixel sensor is a tall task for any lens, and this...

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How to make DIY “rusty wall” background out of plywood

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

How to make DIY “rusty wall” background out of plywood

Guys at raw.exchange offer tons of great resources for photographers and retouchers. They are devoted and serious and put a lot of effort in their packages, and for this article, they shared with us how they built a “rusty wall” background – out of wood! “Why would you make a DIY rusty wall” you may […] The post How to make DIY “rusty wall” background out of plywood appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Instagram’s New ‘Archive’ Feature Lets You Hide Your Posts Without The Metrics Hit

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

Instagram’s New ‘Archive’ Feature Lets You Hide Your Posts Without The Metrics Hit

Instagram is constantly updating and evolving for the benefit of their audience and itself. After all, in a world with business at the speed oft thought there is no time for complacency. However, behaviors change and as IG becomes more important for some people, there is often a habit of deleting old or ‘poor performing’ images. We generally encourage photographers to ensure their IG is only their very best work but deleting can hurt overall statistics for the user, and Instagram too. In what seems like an effort to curb this and also provide for their user-base Instagram has been rolling out a new ‘Archive’ feature which lets you essentially hide those posts you would otherwise delete but still keep them and even return them to your feed if desired. [REWIND: HOW TO UPLOAD IMAGES TO FACEBOOK AT HIGHER QUALITY WITH LESS BANDING & ARTIFACTS] How To Access & Use Accessing the feature is done simply by selecting an image/post, hitting the three dots in the top right of the screen whereby you’ll be presented with a list of options of which ‘Archive’ will be one. Tapping ‘Archive’ will hide the image from other viewers and you can keep track of your archived images by hitting the clock/rewind symbol in the top right of your profile page screen. If you don’t have any archived images you’ll be taken to a page that tells you as much, and if you do, they’ll all be there on display. It’s worth noting that you can, at any point, return those images to your feed and they will be placed back at the same location within your feed timeline and retain the same likes and comments – essentially, it’ll be just as it was originally. To do this you simply select the image from the Archive folder, his the three dots again, and select ‘Show On Profile’. That’s it. [RELATED: CORTEX CAMERA APP REVIEW | ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY APPS, PERIOD]        Share...

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