Friday, September 19, 2014

What Is A Super Zoom Lens? | Tips & Techniques

What Is A Super Zoom Lens? | Tips & Techniques
   Love your DSLR, but do not want to carry around multiple lens with you when you travel. Perhaps you should check into getting a super zoom lens. What is a super zoom lens? On todays Tips & Techniques video we cover what a super zoom lens is, why they are handy and what some of the pros and cons are to using one.


About this topic:

   Super zoom lenses have been around for a good while now.  While some are very expensive, some for APS-C cameras can be very affordable. In this video I talk about the pros and cons of using a lens with such a long focal range, but also discuss the benefits of having one and if they will fit your needs as photographer. So if you love your DSLR, but are looking to lighten your load for traveling. Perhaps a Super Zoom may be in your future.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superzoom

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Canon Lens Price Drop & WD My Passport Wifi | Photo Talk

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Canon Lens Price Drop & WD My Passport Wifi
   On todays Photo Talk we discuss Apple's new iPhone 6 and how the tech used in its camera could make their way to DSLRs. Plus Canon drops the prices on many of its pro quality L lenses and Western Digital releases a new model of its My Passport external hard drives with built in Wifi and a SD card slot aimed at photographers?


About this topic:

   There is so much going on in the world of photography the past few weeks, that its almost impossible to keep up with everything. With Photokina around the corner there is more to come. Apple has finally released information on its new iPhone 6 and 6 plus models[1] with such greatly improved camera functions it surely to take another huge stab at the already mutilated point-and-shoot market. Canon has lowered the prices on many of its L lenses[2]. Looks like they may be hurting in sales of its pro quality L lens market as other lens makers like Sigma and Tamron have been stepping up their game producing high quality lens at a more affordable price point. Western Digital is releasing a Wifi version of its popular My Passport[3] external hard drives also featuring a SD card slot. Many claim its aimed at the Photography market and is set to go on sale later this month.

References:
http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/ [1]
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_prices [2]
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1330 [3]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Learn How To Setup Publishing Services In Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Setup Publishing Services In Lightroom 5
   Looking to learn more about those Publishing Services you seen in Lightroom, but never knew how to use? In this video tutorial I step you through setting up Facebook to use these services as well as setup the services to have a quick way to consistently export your files for printing in Adobe Lightroom 5.


About this tutorial:

   Many miss out on using Lightroom's built in publishing services that can help you get your photos uploaded to the web as well as keeping them organized. I often seen people go through exporting their photos, then turning around and then uploading them. Most don't know about the built in publishing services in Adobe Lightroom. So in this video I will step you through setting up two if these services, the publishing option for hard disk drive (HDD) and the Facebook publishing option. Plus my recommendations for most of the settings used for both.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Coming This Week | Video Schedule Sep 15-19th, 2014

Learn How To Setup Publishing Services In Lightroom 5
Monday, Sep 15th 2014
Learn How To Setup Publishing Services In Lightroom 5
   In this video tutorial I show you how to setup publishing services for Facebook and your HDD in Adobe Lightroom 5.

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Canon Lens Price Drop & WD My Passport Wifi
Wednesday, Sep 17th 2014
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Canon Lens Price Drop & WD My Passport Wifi
   On Wednesdays Photo Talk we cover the latest tech news. iPhone 6, Canon lens price drop and Western Digital releases a new My Passport hard drive with Wifi and built in SD Cards slot.

What Is A Super Zoom Lens?
Friday, Sep 19th 2014
What Is A Super Zoom Lens?
   On Fridays Tips & Techniques we cover what a super zoom lens is, why they are useful and what the pros & cons are for using them.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beginners Accessory Buying Guide For A New Photographer | Tips & Techniques

Beginners Accessory Buying Guide For A New Photographer
   Did you just buy a new digital camera? Not sure what else you need to go with it. With so many accessories on the market, it can leave many of us scratching our heads as we leave the store wondering did we get everything. For my Beginners Accessory Buying Guide I list the Top 5 items every new photographer needs.


About this topic:

   I have seen many so called buying guides that I just thought were rubbish, many pushing items to new photographer just to make a sale and not really help the photographer out with what they really needed to get started. So I made my own video. I list my top five items and 3 honorable mentions, plus I briefly talk about each item, how it can the photographer and if you truly need the item. I start out with number five and work my way to number one. I am sure everyone will agree, but if you don't then please post your suggestions at the bottom. I would like to hear from everyone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Camera Audio & Samson Meteor Microphone | Photo Talk

   If camera audio is so important why do DSLRs have such crap audio. Good audio can be the difference between a good video and a great one. This is the topic on todays Photo Talk. We talk about audio options for your DSLR and how the Samson Meteor Microphone can help improve the audio of your podcast videos.





About this topic:

   We all know DSLRs have the worse audio, which makes you wonder why they even bother putting stereo microphones on the camera bodies if no one wants to hear the sound anyway. This video I demonstrate the Samson Meteor Microphone and how it has improved the audio in my videos and talk about other microphones you can use to get better audio from your DSLR. With todays youtube videos being so competitive, its important to have excellent audio and this video can help steer you in the right direction.

References:
http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/microphones/usb-microphones/meteormic

Monday, September 8, 2014

Learn How To Get Started With Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone | Video Tutorial

   Are you looking to get started using Pixelmator to edit your photos? Pixelmator offers many easy to use ways to quickly edit your photos color, contrast, exposure and more. So if you looking for a feature rich and economical photo editing solution for your Mac, look no further. In this video tutorial I will step you through the basics of photo adjustments in Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone



About this tutorial:

   Pixelmator is one of those hidden gems and often overlooked by many.  Which is a shame because from my experience it actually out performs Adobe Photoshop Elements in both features and price point.  At around $29.99 USD at the time of this post and the fact that it now fully supports 16bit color per channel when PS Elements still does not, makes this a real competitor in the photo editing software market. The latest release 3.2 Sandstone offers many features that are just hard to over look. Many tools in Pixelmator IMHO work better then similar tools found in Photoshop CC. The Magic Wand tool for example is quicker and smarter about selecting a subject from its background.  In this video tutorial I wanted to start out with the very basics of photo editing and focus more on showing the user where they can acquire this product and how to do basic exposure, color and contrast adjustments that are almost always used in processing photos on a daily basis.

References:
http://www.pixelmator.com