Thursday, November 20, 2014

How To Download & Install Magic Lantern 2014 On To Your Canon 600D | Tips & Techniques

How To Download & Install Magic Lantern 2014 On To Your Canon 600D
   Are you looking to repurpose you older Canon camera, or just add some more functionality to the current one you have. Chances are may be in luck. Magic Lantern software adds many new features to your camera like intervalometer, HDR video, focus peaking and so much more. In this video I will show you were and how to download the current stable release and how to install it onto your Canon EOS DSLR Camera.


About This Tip:

   For a while now I have been hesitant to add the Magic Lantern firmware to my older Canon 600D. Although I have been using it mostly as a backup camera, my wife also tends to borrow it. But I purchased her a new camera and thought it was now a great time to update the camera. The ML firmware does not replace your existing firmware, it runs on your SD card. The software adds many features to the camera that are extremely useful, mostly in the videography department. But still many things standard photographers can use also like focus peaking, zebra lines for over and underexposed areas, more bracketing options including focus bracketing and so much more.

   I had some issues creating this video. For some reason my 64GB SD card would not boot, even after installing the software from a smaller SD card. But in the end I learned a few things that I was able to pass down as trouble shooting information in this video. I start out showing the viewer were to download the stable release, this was confusing as Magic Lantern moved it from its current download location without any information for anyone looking for it.  So I was able to show were the new link for the software is now located as well as go over a few install tips. I hope everyone finds this photo tip useful and informative. I look forward to everyones comments and suggestions if you have any, please post.

References:
www.magiclantern.fm

Monday, November 17, 2014

Learn How To Download And Use GIMP | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Download And Use GIMP
   Looking for a free alternative to the all to popular Adobe Photoshop? In this video tutorial I can help you do just that. Let me show GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), the best free image editing software available. With this video I step you through the proper place to download GIMP as well as show you the basic photo adjustments to help you get started using this application for your photography needs.


About this tutorial:

   This is one tutorial that almost didn't happen. I had recently tried to upgrade to a new version of OSX operating system on my Mac and things didn't go so well. The OS just was to unstable even though I had tried it for a week and it seemed OK. So out of frustration, I reverted back to OSX Mavericks. But when it rains it pours. My backup would not restore the system back due to the fact I had OSX 10.10 installed and was trying to use Time Machine to restore back to OSX 10.9 Mavericks. So I had to reinstall all my software and this took about a week with my slow connection in the Philippines. Then to top it all off, Quicktime randomly crashes while using the latest version of GIMP.  Everything seems great while recording, but when you go to stop Quicktime at the end of your video it would hang in a random spot. So after trying this twice, I reinstalled both GIMP & Quicktime and thought they were fixed. A week later I tried to make this tutorial again, same deal. So I ended up have to try 5 times to make this tutorial, which is why you may notice a few splices in the video. I would get the video and see where the footage stopped, then start making the tutorial back from that spot again. Which I was finally able to complete.

   I really hope everyone enjoys this tutorial. Its not a complex one, but with so many false websites claiming to sell or let you download GIMP, I wanted to show everyone were the official home page of GIMP was so they could safely download the program without having to pay or get software laced with malware. I take this a small step further and show you were the basic editing tools are for adjustments, cropping and sharpening so you can get started using GIMP for your photography needs.


References:
http://www.gimp.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good News!

  Good news everyone, I have finally got my computer system back fully working again. I have a great new tutorial video already uploaded and ready to go for Monday, so don't forget to check that out. Also I have finally been able to turn on Adsense, I know many do not like Ads but I have placed them so they should not be an annoyance to any of my readers. I hope everyone understands while I do enjoy producing videos, it takes money for all this gear and Amazon does not except "enjoyment" as a form of currency. So I hope everyone understands that if I am to keep making videos, I have to fund this some how. Now if you notice the ads do not appear for a few days, please ignore it. The blank spots are were they will be once everything is put in motion on googles end.

Cheers,
Joe

Monday, November 3, 2014

Computer Issues and Video Tutorials For This Week..

Attention Everyone. Due to OSX Yosemite being complete garbage. I will not be able to post videos for the remainder of this week. I have posted today's (Monday) tutorial, but my other tutorial will have to wait until next week. So much of my software is not working correctly, even quicktime for recording my desktop. So I will be taking the remainder of the week to reinstall my OS back to Mavericks. I will/should resume posting videos on Monday November 10th 2014. Cheers, Joe..

Learn How To Correct Architectural Perspective In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Correct Architectural Perspective In Adobe Lightroom 5
   Do you love taking photos of cities, forest or tall architecture? But do not like how your camera lens distorts the perspective of your photographs? In this video tutorial I will show you how to correct perspective distortion in Adobe Lightroom 5.



About this tutorial:

I was processing many of the photos from my latest trip to Singapore[1] and it dawned on me I havent make a tutorial going in to detail on how to correct perspective distortion[2] in Adobe Lightroom yet. So this would be a great time to show everyone how to do so. In this video tutorial I will show you how to manually correct this distortion when the auto feature fails and then finish editing the photo to show you my final results.

The photo used in this tutorial is of the city of Singapore on the waterfront area. I used my Canon EOS 70D with my trusty Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens, sturdy tripod and 2sec delay. Exposure settings used was ISO 100 for low noise, f/9 for large depth of field and to allow me a 8sec shutter speed to get a silky smooth look to the choppy harbor water.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore [1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspective_distortion_(photography) [2]