Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Lens Unboxing | Tips & Techniques

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 C Lens Unboxing
   Whats in the box! Looking to purchase the new Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS DC Macro Contemporary Lens? Not really sure of what your getting. In this video we un box this sucker and show you what your hard earned dollars are paying for and what my first impressions are of this new lens. This lens is part of Sigma Corporations Global Vision Series lens line up.




About this product:

The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro[1] was the first lens in the Contemporary category of Sigma’s Global Vision series. The 17-70mm was designed to be an all-purpose lens for APS-C sized sensors, with a great focal length and macro capability. It is also equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor and an Optical Stabilizer for improved image sharpness. The HSM ensures quiet, accurate, and quick autofocusing while the OS compensates for camera shake when shooting by hand. The construction of the 17-70mm includes new Thermally Stable Composite material, which allows for improved durability as well a reduction in size by 30% compared to other models. Two FLD glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, are incorporated with one SLD element to highly reduce color aberration at the highest degree. This lens is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock to allow customization and firmware upgrades.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Blog And Mac OS 10.10 Beta | Photo Talk

New Blog And Mac OS 10.10 Beta
   Guess who's back, back again. Exo's back, tell a friend. Guess who's back..  Guess who's back.. Guess who's back..
Welcome back everyone to the all new Exodist Photography Video Blog. I am excited to be back to making videos and I have loads of new material to talk about, new tutorials and new photo gear that I will be reviewing also.

   Also last week Apple released the new Beta for their OS X Operating System. From what I understand this is also the first time they actively have released it to the Public, but if I am wrong on this someone comment below please. Now while I am over excited about the new features coming in very 10.10 Yosemite, the new look of the user interface has me a little concerned. The Light theme in particular. The Dark theme I was so excited to here about, now also finding out its just the menu bar and dock, really hurts my feeling some.But, I would like to here everyones else's opinion on the new look of the desktop. Post your comments below. Also what do you think about the new youtube channel and new blog website.


New Blog And Mac OS 10.10 Beta

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Now Is A Great Time To Follow The Exodist Photography Video Blog...

Now Is A Great Time To Follow The Exodist Photography Video Blog
   Hello Everyone! Now is a great time to follow the Exodist Photography Video Blog. With so many new videos starting this August you really don't want to miss any of it.  Not only will I be making photography tutorials and reviewing photo gear. I will also be making videos of my life here in the Philippines. If your from another country, then this is a great opportunity to see what life is like living overseas.

   One of the new features Blogger has added is 'Google Friend Connect', this app will let anyone with a Google, Twitter, Yahoo and other accounts easily follow my blog with just a few simple mouse clicks. As always I also have the 'Follow by Email' and 'RSS feed' apps installed for guaranteed ways to stay up to date. But thats not all, you can also find Exodist Photography on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and of course Google+. Just Click Here to find out more information.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Exodist Photography Title Sequence

New Exodist Photography Title Sequence
Hello Everyone, I am excited to announce that starting this August (2014), Exodist Photography Blog will also be featuring videos about my life in the Philippines as I try to take my photographic hobby to the next step. While adjusting to life in a new country. Below is the new title sequence which I am also excited to show. So follow my blog if you want to see my crazy life here. I will also still be producing tutorials, gear reviews and more. So you don't want to miss a single video.  I have so much in store for the video blog. So hit the SUBSCRIBE button on Youtube and follow on the blog for even more information. Thanks, Joe..


New Exodist Photography Title Sequence

Friday, July 25, 2014

Learn How To Create A HDR Time-Lapse Video | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Create A High Dynamic Range Time-Lapse Video
   Do you love HDR photos? Do you wish you could make time-lapse videos look as vivid as a HDR? Guess what you can and I can show you how. These video tutorials will step you through the process and show you the software you need to create your very own stunning HDR time-lapse video.




About this tutorial:

Some of the most mesmerizing time-lapse videos[1] I have seen online are HDR[2] ones. High-dynamic-range videos are really not that complicated to create though. They just require the right equipment and software. Most of which is also not that expensive. In this video I will step you through creating your own HDR Time-Lapse video.  I will focus mainly on batch processing your images in Photomatix Pro[3] with-in this tutorial. If you have not watched my other tutorials[4] on HDR and Time-Lapse photography, I highly suggest so and will have a link below in the References. 

The photos used in the video footage for this tutorial were taking in my backyard. I highly recommend watching out for trees near by as they can cause a halo effect in HDR photos. Its annoying but I didn't want to place my camera out in the sun. So instead I placed in on my covered back patio. I used my Canon 70D[5] and Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens[6] for this. The exposure settings I used were f/9, 1/125sec at ISO100 at 17mm (28mm full-frame) focal length and a +2, -2 EV in auto bracketing. 


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Learn How To Create A Vintage Photo With Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Create A Vintage Photo With Adobe Lightroom 5
   Do you like aged vintage style photos? I know I do. Black and White images can bring out hidden details in a photo that colors ones can mask over. In this video tutorial I show you how to turn a regular photo in Adobe Lightroom 5 into a black and white image and then add a touch of aging. This tutorial covers the post processing techniques needed to turn an ordinary photo into extraordinary.. 




About this tutorial:

Inspired by the song "In Color" by Jamey Johnson[1], I wanted to take many of the photos I have taken over the past few months that I just couldn't find a niche for and convert them to black and white[2]. Yet I wanted more then just a solid B&W image, I wanted these to look as if I had pulled a vintage photo[3] from my grandparents photo albums from the 1950's. When I got done, those photos fit in perfectly. In this tutorial I step you through processing a color image and converting it to mono in Lightroom 5[4], then adding a soft hint of tan to make the photo appear to have some yellowing. I think use the brush tool to add fading around the images or soften up some areas. This is excellent tutorial for anyone looking to get into any type of B&W Photography as it focuses heavily on getting the right amount of contrast, white point and clarity.

The photo used in this tutorial is part of my Pinoy Vintage collection which can be found on my DeviantART page[5]. This particular photo was taken out in Butuan Bay[6] during one of the very low, low tides. The bay water doesn't always get down this low, as the spot I took this from is usually about a meter deep (~3ft). So this gave me a great opportunity to take some photos of the shoreline. They however with all the different color roofs just looked to busy for me. Which is why I considered this photo for the Vintage Collection. This photo here was shot with my trusty Canon EOS 70D[7] and my ultra-wide-angle Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens[8]. Exposure settings were at f/9, 1/160sec, ISO250 at 22mm (35mm full-frame) focal length. This lens does not have any image stabilizer and honestly I think IS is overrated anyway, unless your doing video work. ISO250 is super clear on a 70D and 1/160sec was used to try to get sharp leaved from the tree line. It worked great.


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Photos Of The Philippines On Sale!!

Photos Of The Philippines On Sale!!
   Hey Everyone! I am excited to announce that I have finally got all my current Pinoy Vintage photos uploaded to DeviantART for both viewing and purchasing. Currently I have 26 beautiful photos that you can purchase as digital download for 100 points, or if you prefer prints, DeviantART has that service at very competitive pricing. Purchasing my photos from DeviantART helps support this blog and the videos I make. Without financial support this would be impossible. Please take the time to visit and if you see a image you like, you can purchase it and have it printed at your choice of printing outlets and hang it in your home for your own enjoyment. Pinoy Vintage Gallery on DeviantART

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie | Complete Tutorial Series

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie
   Ever considered using Apple iMovie for your video needs? Or perhaps you don't think it has enough features to take care of your production needs. Well before you head off to spend money on high end applications take the time to watch these videos and see if iMovie is good for you. Also if you are new to iMovie or just want to learn new tricks and techniques to help in your video work. Watch these tutorial videos, with over an hours worth of information between all three of them, there is likely something new for you to learn. Part 1 starts off with the basics of iMovie teaching you how to use many of the automated templates and working with your files. Part 2 steps it up a notch and shows you how to manually edit your video files to add a more personal touch to your video production. Finally part 3 shows you many of the more advanced features, like video overlays, video in a video and how to edit many of the transition features. Many hours went into the making of this three part series to ensure the best information possible and I am sure you will agree.


Part 1 - Introduction To iMovie

Part 2 - Working In iMovie

Part 3 - Advanced iMovie Techniques

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Selling Photos..

Selling Photos    Hello Everyone. If you are looking to purchase my work, it is available on DeviantART.com. You can access my profile directly from this link http://joewjacksonjr.deviantart.com. I have priced images very competitively and hope you take the time to purchase the ones you love. Purchasing photos from me helps support this blog, its tutorials, gear reviews and the time and effort I spend making all this happen.

Learn How To Process Night Photos With Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Process Night Photos With Lightroom 5
   Do you love long exposure photos, or just want to know how to post process your images from your night photography? In this video I show you how to edit this photo I took of the Paras Hotel on Camiguin Island, Philippines at night. This is both a panoramic and long exposure photo and I hope you enjoy learning how to edit these type of photos.




About this tutorial:

I have to say that my favorite type of photography is Long Exposure[1]. This may be because I love the nights so much. In this particular tutorial I actually have multiple long exposures to create a small panorama[2]. I will step you through pre-editing these images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[3] were we add some basic lens corrections and noise reduction to our files. Then we will export them to Photoshop CC[4] were we use Photomerge to stitch the images together. Last we bring the panorama back into Lightroom 5 were we crop and finish up our adjustments. I actually focus heavily on bringing out the image in this photo with Lightroom as it ended up being underexposed more then I wanted. Honestly the sun set really quick on me and I wanted a brighter sky. 

The photo used in this tutorial is of the Paras Hotel located on the northern end of Camiguin Island[5] here in the Philippines. Its just a wonderful place to visit, people are very friendly and its commonly known as the Hawaii of the Philippines with its hot springs and beautiful waterfalls. I used my Canon EOS 70D[6] and Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens[7] with a 6-point star filter[8] to take this photo. Exposure settings were f/11, 15sec, ISO200 at 17mm (27mm full-frame) focal length. Hind sight I should have went with f/7.1 or f/9. But it happened to be the last night I was on the island for that trip. However I live about 3 hours from there, so do expect me to return as there is so many more photos I wanted to get but, it was just a weekend trip. Next time I go I plan on staying a week and getting more sunsets and sunrises.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Learn How To Enhance Floral Photos In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Enhance Floral Photos In Lightroom 5
   Looking to add a dreamy surreal look to your floral photography, or just want to take your images to the next level. Don't miss this video tutorial were I show you how to add a surreal look to your flower photos.




About this tutorial:

It seems I have many tutorial videos on how to improve ones flower photos. In this tutorial I will show you how to enhance your floral photos and give them a surreal look. We first start by opening the develop module in Lightroom 5[1] and then step you through basic lens corrections and noise reduction. Followed by adjusting your highlights and shadows before digging deeper into Lightroom's adjustments to really bring out the image. We then finish off by adding a bright vignetting look using the post crop vignetting tools. This is your basic flower-power editing Lightroom editing tutorial, but one you do not want to miss.

The photo in this tutorial is of two Yellow Bell flowers[2]. There is two species of this plant in the Philippines, a smaller one and a larger one used in this tutorial. I took these photos just before sunset and was pushing the settings on my camera to get a good exposure without underexposing the image. So I had the camera set to Av (Aperture Priority) mode and auto ISO. I used my Canon EOS 70D[3] and Sigma 17-70mm Macro Contemporary lens[4]. Actual exposure settings were f/4, 1/125sec, ISO500 at 70mm (112mm full-frame) focal length.

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Learn How To Make A HDR Photo In Adobe Lightroom | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Make A HDR Photo In Adobe Lightroom
   Do you love HDR photos? But don't like taking the time to combine images and or are able to take multiple shots for various reason? In this video tutorial I will show you how to use Adobe Lightroom to edit a single image to give it the appearance of an HDR photo.




About this tutorial:

Everyone loves HDR photos[1] it seems. However they can be a pain to take and sometimes the lighting conditions don't allow for the best exposures. Take for example the photo used in this tutorial. With the sun setting, clouds rolling and still wanting to get a long exposure[2] to smooth out the ocean waters. Its easier to just take one photo and edit it in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[3].  For this tutorial I will show you how to use Lightroom 5 to lower the highlights and bring up the shadows in a way that we can great a sudo HDR look without the need for HDR software.

The photo in this tutorial was taken of Butuan Bay[4] during a low tide here in the Philippines. This is one of the many photos I have taken between rain showers. This particular one was me trying to take a photo of the sun setting over the western side of the island. However the rain quickly ran me away before the suns final moments. I used my Canon EOS 70D and EF-S 10-22mm USM Lens to take this photo. The camera settings used for this were f/11, 1sec, ISO100 and at 10mm (16mm full-frame) focal length.

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Learn How To Photograph The Moon And Stars | Tips & Techniques

Learn How To Photograph The Moon And Stars
   For new photographers shooting the night sky can be a very difficult task, but it does not have to be. In this video tutorial I will show you how to get those great shots of the Moon and Stars you always wanted. 




About this photography tip:

Shooting the night sky can be a difficult challenge for many new photographers. in this tutorial I start off discussing how to shoot the moon. Many times people do not understand that the moon is shot as if you were taking a photo of something in daylight. And for good reason, the moon is being shined on by the full power of the sun. I discuss the shutter speed rule[1] to help you get a great photo. Next we talk about shooting the stars and this will require a long exposure. To help you get a sharper image
I explain the 500 Rule[2] many of us use to get those photos of the stars without getting star trails. Putting these techniques to use can improve your night sky photography by leaps and bounds.

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Learn How To Use Adobe Lightroom Presets | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Use Lightroom Presets   Wondering what those presets are in Lightroom? Or just want to be able to create your own? In this video tutorial I will show you how to create and use presets in Adobe Lightroom. Presets are a great way to speed up your work flow and are a valuable tool no Lightroom user should do without.




About this tutorial:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[1] is a very popular and powerful toolset for any photographer.  On of the keen features in Lightroom is the ability to use presets. What is a preset? A preset is saved list of settings that Lightroom can use over and over. So if you want to edit many photos in a similar fashion over and over, not just in one session. You can save those settings as a "preset." This is also a nifty way to save settings you used on one photo for use at a later date. Not to mention they can be essential is keeping your photos more consistent. In this tutorial I will step you through the process of creating your own presets in Lightroom 5 and I will show you how to use them. This is a great way to get you working faster like a pro and save you tons of time on constant editing.

One of the photos used in this tutorial and featured at the top of this page is my Moonlight Lily. This is a picturesque photo I took a while back and edited in Lightroom 5 to give it the look, that it was taken under the Moonlight. Split-toning played a powerful role in creating this photo so check out my split-toning tutorials for how I did this.

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Learn How To Split Tone Black And White Photos In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Split Tone Black And White Photos In Lightroom 5
   Do you feel like your B&W photography is getting a little boring? In this tutorial we explore the possibilities of using creative split toning on a B&W photo of a Lilly Flower and demonstrate ways that could inspire you to create your own work of art.




About this tutorial:

Are you looking for creative ways to express your black & white photos[1]? In this video tutorial I will show you how to use Lightroom 5's[2] Split Toning tool to add color to your image. This is a great way to add color to a photo, while still limiting your pallet set. This is  many cases can add a very elegant look to the photo. For this tutorial we first do our basic edits from lens corrections to noise reduction. Then we switch the picture to B&W in Lightroom and adjust our highlights and shadows and so one. After doing this we use split toning to add color to the shadows of our image. You can add any color you wish, and any intensity you wish. I choose red with a hint of orange for this tutorial.

The photo used in this tutorial is of a wild White Lily I have growing around my house here in the Philippines. I used my Canon EOS 70D[3] with the Sigma 17-70mm Macro Contemporary lens[4] and camera set to f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 400 & focal length of 70mm (112mm on full frame). This allowed for a nice soft Bokeh[5] and still kept the image sharp in the wind, despite the outside getting dim with the sun starting to set.



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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review | Product Review

Canon 85mm f/1.8 Lens Review
   Considering getting a new lens for you camera. Don't know where to start. Perhaps you would like a lens that is great for portraits or one that lets you shoot in the dark a little better. Check out my review on the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens, this is a prime lens that perhaps should already be in your collection. Watch to see.




About this product:

A practical medium telephoto prime lens with superb delineation and portability. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur. Since the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, special filter effects are not affected. The lens is constructed of 9 elements in 7 groups. The lens uses Canon’s USM focusing system and takes a filter size of 58mm. The size of the lens is 3” long by 2.8” in diamter and weighs in at 15oz. (425g).

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Learn How To Use Apple iMovie, Part 3 | iMovie Video Techniques

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie
   Ever considered using iMovie? Thought it was only for home movies? Take a look at these tutorials. Part 3 moves fast-farward into iMovie digging into many features and effects that many may have not know were possible with iMove.




Part 3 - Advanced iMovie Techniques




Vonbruno Pro Mic Video Review | Product Review

Vonbruno Pro Mic Video Review
   Looking for a good, cheap microphone? Or just need a spare? In this review I review the Vonbruno Pro Microphone App for IOS devices. The app turns you iPhone, iPad or iPod into a powered microphone. So how does it perform, lets find out..




About this product:

The VonBruno Microphone Pro is the highest quality microphone app available. It is optimized to provide the lowest latency possible on your device while still providing crisp and clear CD quality audio reproduction. The app turns your iPhone into a live microphone. Plug your sound system into the headphone jack, speak into your iPhone mic and you have an instant PA system. It works by taking the microphone signal from your built-in iPhone mic, amplifies it to line level and passes that signal out the headphone jack or iPhone speaker. You can control the output volume with the volume control on the side of your iPhone or by swiping the screen up and down. The app works best when played through a stereo system or any kind of powered speakers. However keep in mind the app does not work through Bluetooth. 

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Learn How To Use Apple iMovie, Part 2 | iMovie Video Techniques

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie
   Ever considered using iMovie? Thought it was only for home movies? Take a look at these tutorials. Part 2 gets you going by showing you how to work in iMovie without the need of automated templates by showing you how to work manually in iMovie allowing the user to add more creative control over their projects.



 Part 2 - Working In iMovie




Opteka LapsePro Intervalometer Video Review | Product Review

Opteka LapsePro Intervalometer Video Review
   Looking for an affordable intervalometer? This is a review of the Opteka Pro intervalometer. This Opteka Lapse Pro is your standard intervalometer used in time-lapse photography. But how does it perform. Watch and see.




About this product:

The Opteka "LapsePro" Timer Remote Control Set combines many features into one such as continuous shooting, long timed exposures,  self-timer, interval timer, long-exposure timer, and exposure count setting feature giving you an enhanced level of exposure control. With the LapsePro you can set timer delays, exposure times and intervals up to  almost 100 hours in one second increments. However you can only select from 1 to 399 continues shots. The dial enables you to easily enter the numeric settings with a single thumb. The LCD panel can also be illuminated, and the alert sound can be turned on/off. This is the latest model from Opteka and features improved battery life, compact design and ability to purchase additional cords for other cameras.

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Learn How To Use Apple iMovie, Part 1 | iMovie Video Techniques

Learn How To Use Apple iMovie
   Ever considered using iMovie? Thought it was only for home movies? Take a look at these tutorials. Part 1 starts you off with your standard introduction to Apple's iMovie. This video shows you how to get started and and teaches you how to use many of the automated templates the software has to help new users out.



 Part 1 - Introduction To iMovie




Samsung Pro 64GB SDXC Memory Review | Product Review

Samsung Pro 64GB SDXC Memory Review
   Memory cards can be the most important part of your photography gear. Yet many choose to get the cheapest memory cards they can get, while at the same time running the risk of loosing valuable data and slow data speeds. Looks like Samsung has came to the rescue. The new SD Pro memory cards from Samsung seem to have found a reasonable price point, but how do they perform and will they hold up. Watch the video to find out. Also what are your thoughts on Samsung's offerings? Is this something you would buy, or do you already own them. Post your comments below I would love to hear from you.




About this product:

Samsung’s Pro SDHC/SDXC line of durable SD Memory Cards are water proof, magnet proof, and shock proof. Keeping your files safe from the hazards of travel photography. Also these are Class 10 memory cards that offer high speed transfer rates on most digital devices. The SD Cards are water proof even in seawater, samsung states they are proven to last up to 24 hours submerged. Available in 16GB, 32GB & 64GB capacities with data speed up to 80MB/s Read and 40MB/s Write.


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Learn How To Split Tone Color Photos In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Split Tone Color Photos In Lightroom 5
   Floral Photography is very popular and can be very fun. However to stand out from the crowd one must try new things. While split toning isn't new, many miss out how it can be used to help enhance their floral photo skills. In this tutorial we use Split Toning in Adobe Lightroom to bring out an ordinary flower photo and make it extraordinary.




About this tutorial:

Do you enjoy floral photography, I do from time to time. However it can be a real challenge to get your flowers to really pop in the photos. In this video tutorial I will show you my secret to making my flower photography jump out at you. We first start by opening our photo in Lightroom 5's Develop module and then do our basic edits from lens correction to noise reduction. Then we add our secret sauce of Split Toning the shadows of our image. We take the grey-ish background and add a bright blue and purple-ish hue to the image making the yellow flower highly noticeable. Last we finish up with a vignetting in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[1].

The photo used in this tutorial is of a Yellow Bell, a native flower here in the southern Philippines that grows very easily. I took this photo with my Canon 600D and Canon EF 85mm lens[2] at f/1.8, 1/1000s and ISO 100. This helped give a very narrow depth of field and the quick shutter speed helped keep the image sharp when the delicate petals trying to flutter in the wind.

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Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review | Product Review

Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review
   Looking for a economical lens for your full frame Canon camera? In this video we review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. This is Canon only non-L lens in this zoom range for full-frame cameras. So how does it perform? What is your opinion of this lens? Leave your comments below.





About this product:

Standard zoom lens with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio. With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. Very handy for places where flash is prohibited. Uses ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. With a Close focusing distance of 20 in. (50cm). The lens consist of 16 elements in 12 groups and uses a 72mm filter size. The lens is 3.1” in diameter and 3.8” in length. It weighs in at 18.9oz. (540g). Outside material is a consumer grade plastic, with rubber focusing & zoom rings and has a metal mount. This is also the only non-L grade lens Canon makes at this zoom range for full-frame cameras.


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Learn How To Enhance HDR Images | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Enhance HDR Images
   Do you love HDR Photography? Looking to learn new ways to get better results? This video tutorial is for you. Let me step you through from start to finish on how to edit your image in post processing to add as much detail as possible in ways you may have not considered.




About this tutorial:

HDR Photography is an exciting way to take photos and when paired with a ultra-wide-angle lens it can produce very dramatic effects. Many times when creating high-dynamic-range images[1] you loose much of the contrast in the detail. In this tutorial I will show you how I combat this and add rich detail to my HDRs. First we will start out pre-processing out images in Lightroom and then export them to Photomatix Pro[2] for our tone-mapping. Then we do this a second time with the original images, but this time we create a B&W tone-mapped imaged. Now this is were the magic happens, we then take the two images and combine them in Photoshop. Last we save our Photoshopped image back into Adobe Lightroom and finish it off with some final touches that really bring out the detail in this photo.

The photo used in this tutorial was taken at Disney Hong Kong just off Main Street. Many of the buildings are mock-ups and the tops are not to scale. So when I used my Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens[3] on my Canon 600D. The wide angle distortion created a very unique image that I was very excited to get. The challenge for this photo was capturing three exposures all "hand held" without getting blurry shot. Luckily even though the sky was hazy, there was plenty of brightness at 3pm to get three quick exposures.


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Amazing After Dark Time Lapse In The Philippines - Night Moves | Time-Lapse Video

Amazing After Dark Time Lapse In The Philippines   Enjoy this time-lapse movie taken in the Philippines at night. This time-lapse was taken over multiple nights before being assembled and music added.



Night Moves, Time Lapse Video

Sigma 17-70mm C Lens & Canon 70D Time Lapse | Time-Lapse Video

Sigma 17-70mm C Lens & Canon 70D Time Lapse
   This is a short yet wonderful time-lapse of the night sky and Milkyway galaxy taken here in the Philippines. This was actually me testing out my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens with my Canon EOS 70D to see how well it could perform. Although setting the focus was tricky, the end results seem promising.. 



Sigma 17-70mm C Lens & Canon 70D Time Lapse

BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap Review | Product Review

BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap Review
   Stop using those old neck style camera straps, they are uncomfortable and very stressful on your neck and back. In this review I cover the one of the cheaper offerings from BlackRapid, the RS-4 classic camera strap. So how does it performe and is it worth the buy? I would also like to know your thoughts and suggestions, so please leave them in the comments below.




About this product:

“The BlackRapid R-Strap with a Classic look.” The RS-4 is simple and offers the lowest profile storage of all BlackRapid’s Straps. The small pocket is perfect for memory cards or a smaller battery so you can keep shooting. The top-side material is made from a sturdy Ballistic Nylon. Underside material is made from a 1.4 cm thick Foam Pad with a Knitted Mesh. It is hand or machine washable, but air drying is recommended. Measurements are 167.5cm in length, 7.5cm in width. Pocket is 11.5cm long and 6.5cm wide.


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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM Macro Lens Review | Product Review

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM Macro Lens Review
   Looking for a review of the Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens? This new and exciting lens from Sigma corporation comes in an assortment of mounts from Sony, Nikon, Canon and more. So check out this review to see if this lens is for you.





About this product:

   The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro was the first lens in the Contemporary category of Sigma’s Global Vision series. The 17-70mm was designed to be an all-purpose lens for APS-C sized sensors, with a great focal length and macro capability. It is also equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor and an Optical Stabilizer for improved image sharpness. The HSM ensures quiet, accurate, and quick autofocusing while the OS compensates for camera shake when shooting by hand. The construction of the 17-70mm includes new Thermally Stable Composite material, which allows for improved durability as well a reduction in size by 30% compared to other models. Two FLD glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, are incorporated with one SLD element to highly reduce color aberration at the highest degree. This lens is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock to allow customization and firmware upgrades.


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http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/17-70mm-f28-4-dc-macro-os-hsm-c



Learn How To Use The Radial Filter In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Use The Radial Filter In Lightroom 5
   One of the newest tools introduced with Lightroom 5 was the Radial Filter tool. This remarkable tool while simple has added a new level of creativeness that didn't exist before. In this video I step you through using Lightroom's Radial Filter tool and show how it can be used to single out or add accent to the subject in your image.




About this tutorial:

Talking about a took that makes many photographers jump for joy. The Radial Filter[2] tool introduced in Lightroom 5[1] has allowed a new level of creativity in post processing that before required the photographer to own Photoshop to get similar results. I this tutorial we use Adobe Lightroom Photoshop to edit a photo I took of a Lily flower that was growing in my flower beds. I will show you how to used the Radial filter tool to sharpen and brighten the center of the flower, while using it yet again but this time to soften and defocus the outer and existing background of the image.

I enjoy a little floral photography here and there. Floral photography is a form of macro photography[3] and I find it relaxing way to take beautiful & vibrant images.  This image was of many of the wild Lilies I have been growing in my flower beds. I was actually shocked when this one bloomed as I was under the impression we had all white lilies but as it turns out there are a had full of peach colored ones growing.


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Learn How To Create Panoramic Photos In Adobe Photoshop | Video Tutorial

Creating Panoramic Photos In Photoshop
   In this video tutorial I step you through step by step what you need to do to go from multiple images in Adobe Lightroom to creating your panoramic photo in Photoshop. We start out with Adobe Lightroom and then go into Photoshop to combine the images then finish our final touches back up in Lightroom to create a breathtaking panoramic photo.




About this tutorial:

Panoramic Photography[1] can be a great way to capture a large image without a ultra-wide-angle lens. In this tutorial we take photos I took of Taipei Taiwan and combine them using photo-stitching software[2] in Photoshop that is over 80 megapixels in size. We first start out in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom were we pre edit our images to prepare them for stitching. Then we export them to Photoshops photomerge software were we combine our images. Last we bring the combined image back into Lightroom 5 for final post processing and get our final results. Panoramic photos are a excellent way to take high resolution photos with a camera that has a low megapixel count.

The image used in this tutorial is of the Taipei City skyline taken from the nature hiking trails on top of Elephant Mountain[3]. This is a wonderful spot to get a great sunset photo, but you will want to get there about two hours early as the best spots for photos will be taken quick. On this particular day the sky was very hazy and it showered on me a few times heading up the nature trail. While I didn't get the great sunset I wanted. In the end I was very happy with the night photos. This is a place I plan to visit again and will try for a photo with a starry night sky in the future.

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Learn How To Shoot Panoramic Photos | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Shoot Panoramic Photos
   Love those large wide shots of cities and landscapes, think you need a super wide angle lens to get those? Think again. In this tutorial we cover the basics of taking panoramic photos. This tutorial covers the camera settings and techniques used to capture the images used in creating stunning panoramic photos.




About this tutorial:

I love Panoramic Photography[1]. But it can be a pain or a hassle if your not sure what your doing. Not to mention photo-stitching software[2] like Photomerge in Photoshop can be very particular about the images being used. In this tutorial I will step you through setting up your camera and discuss techniques that I use to get my images so you can get the best results from your stitching software. For this video tutorial I will be demonstrating how to use and what settings you can use on a Canon 600D (Rebel T3i)[3]. Another great reason to love panoramic photos is that it can allow you to create super high resolution images without needing a camera with a super high megapixel count.


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Learn How To Setup Your Cameras Auto Exposure Bracketing | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Setup Your Cameras Auto Exposure Bracketing
   Do you want to step into the world of HDR photography, but not sure how to setup Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) on your camera? Your in luck. In this video tutorial we cover how to setup your cameras auto exposure bracketing to allow you to take photos used in creating stunning HDR images.




About this tutorial:

I love high-dynamic-range images (HDRI or HDR)[1] and anytime I get a chance to create one, I do. This tutorial I show you how to setup a Canon 600D (T3i)[2] to use Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB or Auto Bracketing)[3] to take multiple images at different exposure levels. The 600D can take up to 3 exposures and for this tutorial will be using 0 EV (normal exposure), -2 EV (under exposed) and +2 EV (overexposed) settings in our camera to capture the best tonal range. These images can then be combined using software to create creative works of art, or a high quality photo with great tonal range that someone may not even recognize as a HDR photo.

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Learn How To Create HDR Photos | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Create HDR Photo
   Do you like High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos? Want to learn to create your own? In this video tutorial we get your started by covering the basics of HDR photography post processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photomatix Pro HDR software. 




About this tutorial:

In this tutorial I will show you how to export your images from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to Photomatix Pro[1] and then step you through creating your HDR image[2]. From there we will re-import the image back into Lightroom 5 were we will do our final adjustments to complete our image. I have always loved high-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) and when I see a chance to capture a moment and make it better, I do. Such as the case for the photo used in this tutorial. The image used in this tutorial was taken at Disney Hong Kong, near the Adventure Island part of the park. This is one of my favorite HDR images and I could not resist sharing it with everyone. 

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Learn How To Setup A Camera & Intervalometer For Time Lapse Photography | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Setup A Camera & Intervalometer For A Time Lapse
   Do you enjoy time-lapse photography videos and would like to start creating your own, but don't know how? In this video tutorial I go over step by step on how to setup your camera and intervalometer for taking time-lapse photos to help you get started.





About this tutorial:

In this tutorial I show you how to configure a camera intervalometer that will be used to trigger your camera shutter over a set amount of time so you can take photos that will be used to create a time-lapse[1] video. This video also shows you the basic camera configuration used in time-lapse photography. I shot this video in my office here in the Philippines, the intervalometer I used in this video was the Opteka Lapse Pro[2] and the camera shown was the Canon 600D[3] (Rebel T3i). The reason I shown the 600D was for three important reasons. The first of which is that time-lapse photography can wear your gear out. In particularly the camera shutter. Camera shutters have a life expectancy of about 150,000 to 250,000 actuations. Depending on the grade of the camera. Most of the Rebel line form Canon in this example is about 150k, however keep in mind they can be repaired and often will last longer then 150,000 shots. The second reason is that it is an affordable option and is a very popular camera, not to mention its a wonderful camera to own. Last reason is that the settings used in this camera are very similar if not the same in the rest of the Canon line. They are also relatively comparable to the same settings used in Nikon cameras. So what you see here can be done on a Nikon after you have learned your way around the camera system.

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Learn How To Make A Time Lapse | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Make A Time Lapse
   Looking to learn Time-Lapse photography? Really interested in making those awesome videos of rolling skies or plants blooming in seconds. In this video tutorial we cover the basics of time-lapse photography post processing and show you how to create your very own time-lapse video.




About this tutorial:

In this video I will first show you how to batch processing your images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[1] and then use Time-Lapse Assembler[2] from Dayofthenewdan.com to create a working Time-Lapse[3] video file that can be played back on the computer or used to create a even more elaborate movie. The footage shot for this tutorial was done at Buenavista Beach, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. There had been a lot of raining that week and I took the photos in between rain showers hoping for a dramatic effect from the clouds. 

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Learn How To Edit B&W Photos In Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Edit B&W Photos In Lightroom 5
   Black and White Photography can be a great way to accent or enhance a photo, but sometimes adding Sepia toning can really bring out the subject without making them look harsh. In this video tutorial we go over the basics of black and white photography, then introduce you to split toning to show you how to give your photos a classic sepia toned look.




About this tutorial:

In this tutorial I take a color photo in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom[1] and convert it over to B&W. Then using Lightroom’s develop module I will slowly edit the tones to produce a beautiful sepia toned image. This is a great way to really bring out your Monochrome photography[2].

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