Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coming Next Week.. | Video Schedule Sep 1-7, 2014

   I am running a little late getting my videos uploaded this weekend. But that will not effect getting everything out. Just need to finish one more video.  I have some really great videos for next week and a small schedule change.
   To balance out the video schedule I will be releasing my videos on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from now on. Instead of Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. That schedule seemed odd anyway.
   Here is what to expect, Mondays will be Lightroom and Photoshop Tutorials, but when I have a in depth photography gear review like for camera lens, those will fall on Mondays also. This is because the lens reviews can take a week or longer to put together. So Mondays are Tutorials and Reviews. Wednesdays will be Photo Talk Wednesdays. Videos on this day will be about anything photography going on in the world, from events, software releases, new gear, answer questions from viewers and anything else photography related. Now on Fridays we will discuss photography tricks, techniques, DIY projects and have gear unboxings about the latest photography gear I get in so you can know my first impressions about a product.

So:
Monday, 1 Sep 2014: Learn How To Create Awesome Sunset Photos In Lightroom 5
    Learn how to take Sunset Photos to a whole new level with my video tutorial as I show you my techniques on how I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom 5.

Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014: Why Did Canon Remove The EOS-M Camera
   In this video we discuss why Canon removed the EOS-M Camera from the US Product Page.

Friday, 5 Sep 2014: Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC HSM Lens Unboxing
   lets open this box up and see what you get with your hard earned cash and see what the build quality looks and feels like with this lens.

All videos will be released at Midnight UTC. So that should be +8 UTC (8am in the Philippines).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Learn How To Prevent Photography Theft Online | Tips & Techniques

   So you have uploaded your photos and just realized that everyone who see's them can copy them. How are photographers supposed to get noticed if all of their work is getting copied or stolen. Or better yet, how do you even know if your photos have been used without your permission? In this video tutorial I will discuss options and my solutions to finding the best balance of visibility and security.



About this photography tip:

   First I would like to put a huge shout out to Photographer and all around great guy Eric Rossi "The Guy With The Eye"[1] for bringing this to my attention a few months ago.  Photographers work hard to get "that shot", photos used to pay the bills. So when people take advantage and use photos without our permission. Its just plain steeling. But in many cases these days it can get confusing even for the most honest of folk which images on the internet can and can not be used. Google Images can have a lot to blame for this. But that same Google images[2] can be used to also find out if anyone else is using your image. I will show you how to search for your image and I will also discuss my techniques for reducing the likely hood of someone actually using your work for commercial use.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Had To Fly Up To Manila | Blog

Manila Bay
   So earlier this week I had to fly up to Manila for a medical appointment. I decided to use this time to get my Mac Book Air fixed and take some photos of Manila Bay. So we headed over to Mall of Asia after we arrived Sunday afternoon. First thing we had to do before anything else was to head to Army Navy to get some Tacos and Quesadillas. You just can not get any sort of Mexican food living in Mindanao at this time. So it was of extreme importance that my wife, daughter and I got our food craving fix. We then headed over to the Mac Pro store to see what was wrong with the Mac Book Air. Turns out that even though I had reinstalled OS X three times the base install never bothered to format the drive and thats all that was really wrong with it. Which I am both happy and embarrassed about at the same time.  Its something I could have done in the disc utilities and fixed myself. But the friendly and courteous staff had it fixed and ready to go in no time, which is great because I almost completely missed the sunset. But I rushed outside and got it as it was setting over the horizon. I am really glad I managed to grab a few shots, the next day it rained and rained and then, well it rained some more.  There was many spots with about six inches of rain in the streets. To me it was not no big deal, but to many of the Pinoy cab drivers, it had them kind of freaked out.  All in all it was not to bad of a trip. I wanted more photos of the bay and that just wasn't going to happen and it raining. In the end I am glad I got this shot of Manila Bay..

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Learn How To Clean Your Photography Lenses | Tips & Techniques

   Looking for a quick and easy way to safely clean your cameras lens? Then you have got to get one of these. An air duster can be an inexpensive addition to any photographers bag and in my opinion this is on the list for essential gear items. So check out my video as I talk about the many uses and reasons you got to get one of these.




About this tutorial:

   I wanted to make this tutorial so I could share with everyone a simple solution to help clean the lenses on everyones photography cameras. Air Dusters have been out for a while now and many are priced very inexpensively. I actually picked up the one I use from on of the stores in the Mall in town for 40php (Pilipino Pesos) which is just under $1 US Dollar. This is a essential item for my camera bag and one I never leave the house without. One reason I recommend this item so much is that its portable, light and relatively small. It can fit in a fanny pack or if your female in a small purse. Unlike canned air that is very heavy, large and could possibly blow moisture onto your lens.


References:
http://www.cdrking.com/?mod=products&type=view&sid=11300&main=165

Monday, August 25, 2014

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

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens
   Looking for a review of the Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens? This lens Sigma corporation comes in an assortment of mounts from Sony, Nikon, Canon and more. This review is an update to an older review I did about 6 months back and I wanted to give an update on what I think about this lens after having used it for about a year.



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.

Please help support my blog by purchasing this product through my Amazon Affiliate Linkhttp://goo.gl/EUQQKs

See full resolution sample photos here:
http://plus.google.com/photos/118417839583940304246/albums/6049967488477666513?authkey=CJ2Qvcqs8OXJRQ


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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Went To The Beach Today And Got Some Photos To Show | Blog

Sunset On The Rocks
   Finally got to head out to the beach today, rain had been keeping me from taking some great sunset photos this week. The days would be clear and nice up until about 4pm everyday and then it would rain to just past dark. Just a little frustrating to say the least. Its a challenge and often hit or miss to get good sunset photos. You need just the right amount of clouds in the sky to give the sun rays something to refract through to give you some good color, but to many clouds and then you have no sun. I was really worried about this being one of the cases were it would be to cloudy. But right before the sun was to go over the horizon it peaked through with all its brightness. My friends and I took many photos and I got about 200 more to sort from over the next few days. I have three images to show, but they are rushed and I will be going back through them to get better results.
Last LightTop one in the left corner of the page is a HDR that I will be calling Sunset On The Rocks. The second one I am calling last light and will be doing some color tweaking on it. Last one on the bottom I am calling Fishermen's Sunset. Not fully happy with the colors just yet on it as well.
Fishermen's Sunset
But hey I just got home a hour ago and will be re-editing them again. Do expect to see these and many more from this little photo walk to be put over on deviantART over the next few weeks.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Coming Next Week.. | Video Schedule Aug 25-31, 2014

Monday, 25 Aug 2014
Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens Review
   Looking for an accurate review of this lens? I have been using this lens for about a year. You will want to see this video.

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014
Learn How To Clean Your Photography Lenses
   This is one quick Photo Tip that you really need to check out. It can save you time, money and is a must for everyones camera bag.

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014
Learn How To Prevent Photography Theft Online
   In this video I show you ways to check to see if your photos have to been used by another party on Google and I also give you sound advice on how to prevent or reduce the likely hood of your images being used without your permission.


*** On a side note, I will be out of town most of next week and the videos have been scheduled to go live at Midnight UTC each night. If anything goes a flop, I will fix soon as I return home. Thank you, Joe.. ***

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What Are The Alternatives To Photoshop? | Tips & Techniques

What Are The Alternatives To Photoshop?
So you have decided you do not want to jump into Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription system, or you just find Photoshop more then you may need. In this video I cover some alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. I will also discuss some pros and cons regarding these options. So if you looking for a photoshop alternative, do not miss this video.



About this photography tip:

I surf around many tech forums at times and one of the biggest questions is, "what are the alternatives to Adobe's Photoshop[1]?" Many people just do not need all that Photoshop can offer, many are also afraid of the Creative Cloud subscription service. What ever the case may be, I wanted to put together a photo tip video explaining some of the more popular alternative photo editing programs out there. As well as give you my thoughts and experiences using them. In this video I will cover GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)[2], Pixelmator[3], Paintshop Pro by Corel[4] and even hint about the benefits of using Photomatix Pro[5] from HDR Soft. Now I did not cover Photoshop Elements[6] as I do not consider it a viable alternative for various reasons. Namely 8bit color, $99 USD price tag. GIMP may only be 8bit color, but IMHO it has more options and is FREE. The other two options I listed are and do fully support 16bit color per channel. 


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Would You Like To Have New In Lightroom 6 | Photo Talk

What Would You Like To Have New In Lightroom 6
   Hello Everyone! Seems each month Adobe is adding something new to Lightroom 5. What I would like to know is what would you like to see new in Lightroom 6. Also at what point do you think Adobe should quit taking tools form Photoshop and focus on making the ones for Lightroom better? I would like to here your thoughts and suggestions. So please post them below.




About this blog:

Adobe has been pushing out updates to Lightroom 5 at a pretty regular pace this year. Just when we thought we had seen the last update, out pops another. Its almost like a episode of the Duggars. So with all the releases and additions Adobe has added to Lightroom 5, it makes you wonder. What is left to add to Lightroom 6? How much can they take away from Adobe Photoshop to add to Lightroom without taking to much away and removing the need for Photoshop all together? Perhaps layers and layers mask? Or perhaps the addition of Photomerge to Lightroom. Its more Photographic in nature. Also would it even hurt Adobe since the new Creative Cloud subscription package includes Lightroom and Photoshop together anyway. Makes you wonder. I can see them duplicating more photographic tools from Photoshop and adding it over to Lightroom, but making them more Photo oriented. But what are your thoughts. Post you comments down at the bottom, let me know what you think is next.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pick Up My Latest Art Submission Cheap!

   Hello Everyone! You can get this and many other photos and many others like it on my Deviant ART page for as little as .50cents each, that just 40 points! Actual image size is 3648 x 5472 (20MP) at 240ppi. Thats high resolution enough to print on a wall! Don't miss out. Just a reminder that purchasing photos helps support this blog and the gear views I do. Thanks Everyone..

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Learn How To Create The Orton Effect With Photoshop CC | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Create The Orton Effect With Photoshop CC
   Have you ever noticed some photos seem to have a surreal feel to them, perhaps a soft focus look while still having sharpness were it counts. Often the effect used is called the Orton Effect named after a photographer who was well known for using it. These days the easiest way to create this effect is in Photoshop and in this tutorial I will show you how to do this so you can start adding your own dreamy effect to your photos.

Orton Effect



About this tutorial:

The Orton Effect[1, 2] is named from the creator of this style, Michael Orton. Since then it has been used many times and in slightly different variations to add surreal effects to photos of variating types. In this tutorial I will show you how to replicate this effect in Adobe Photoshop[3]. We will first start by pre-editing our photo in Lightroom 5[4] and then export it over to Photoshop CC were we will add our Orton Effect using multiple layers and Gaussian blur. We then finish the rest of our final edits back in Adobe Lightroom.

The photo used in this tutorial as seen above, is actually a photo of my patio next to my house. The camera used was the Canon EOS 70D[5] and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens[6]. Exposure settings were f/9, 30sec, ISO100 @ 10mm (16mm full frame) focal length.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coming Next Week..

Monday, 18 Aug 2014
How To Create The Orton Effect With Photoshop CC
   Learn how to add a dreamy soft-focus effect in this video tutorial using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014
What Would You Like To Have New In Lightroom 6?
   Adobe has added some much in Lr5, what could be next and what are your thoughts?

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014
What Are The Alternatives To Photoshop?
   I try to answer this age old question and give you my top three suggestions and their pros and cons.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Wait Can Drive You Crazy.. | Blog

   The wait can drive you crazy. I have some items being shipped from the states that have not arrived yet! I have ordered a great number of things to help improve my blog, namely two microphones. One wired condenser mic that was highly recommend to me and is supposed to be excellent option until I am ready for wireless. The other mic I ordered mainly for my tutorials, its a Samson Meteor Microphone. It was also highly recommend and had really excellent reviews. One other item is the Tamron SP 70-300 f/4-5.6 VC USM Lens. All of which I will be doing unboxings and eventually reviews on. Now I am having these shipped from the states the safest way possible via Sea Cargo in what everyone calls a Ballack Bayan Box. I honestly do not know the correct spelling. Anyway it normally takes 3 months from the time its put in a shipping container until it hits my door step. However due to various reasons, its now over 3 weeks late. Really bites my ass as I had my daughters 9th birthday gifts in this box also, which also her birthday was last weekend. So you can see my frustration.

   On a more positive note, this is actually more of a question to everyone out there reading. I am highly considering getting Final Cut Pro X. Up to this point I have been using iMovie, but to continue to improve my blog videos. I have been looking at grabbing some more software. At $299.00 US dollars, its a small investment. However I did consider Adobes offerings. I do not however want to spend $50 a month to get all of Creative Cloud. I spent $9.99 + tax now for Lightroom and Photoshop, which I think is a wonderful deal and was extremely happy to hear from Adobe that is now the standard price. I also don't want to make all my software adobe, I was always told to never to put all your eggs into one basket. So looking like Final Cut Pro X may be my new editor. They have 30 day trail, so thinking about installing it this weekend. But just not quiet sure yet. Well anyway would love to hear everyone else's thoughts and comments.. Cheers.. Joe

Friday, August 15, 2014

Never Buy Land Next To A School In The Philippines... | Blog

Never Buy Land Next To A School In The Philippines...
   This is not really a rant, I have moved on from that over the past year. But more of a for-warning to any expat ever deciding to move to the Philippines. Schools here are NOT quiet. Schools in the USA or even most of the world do not make a whole lot of noise, however in the Philippines.. (sigh... Que the role eyes movement.. ) Are noisy.. Very very noisy. I am not just talking about the live events like drug awareness or the god awful band practice were they rehearse the same old song non stop for two weeks straight. They are just loud, you would really think all the teachers played hooky for the day. Just a for-warning to anyone, if you like your sanity, peace and quiet. Do not buy land or build next to a school. If you make videos like I try to, you may find yourself up at 3am or working around their schedule..

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Your DSLR Lens Is Garbage & DxO Mark | Tips & Techniques

   Hey Everyone, have you ever purchased a lens and thought it was great, best lens you ever owned. Then a long comes one of those good friends of yours that thinks your lens is garbage and insist you should have got another brand or model. This can leave you feeling worried and put a lot of extra anxiety on you. Well I have a way to help you get past this and how you can compare many camera and lens models on the market.



About this photography tip:

I am sure many of us have purchased lens before and been told that we should have purchased something different. I am also sure many of us have purchased at least one or two and then released we actually should have purchased something else. All in all each lens performs differently when paired up with different camera makes and models, even more the sensors inside those bodies. APS-C [1] cameras while they are the most widely produced due to their lower cost, tend to also be the hardest on lens, however the smaller sensor also means the glass in the lens can tend to be smaller and that can be a real cost savings. In this photo tip I wanted to talk about ways to compare lens and cameras using a non-biased method called DXO Mark[2]. DXO Mark is essentially a benchmark to see how well your camera or camera lens performs. This is very useful for lens like my Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary lens[3] that actually made for a wide range of camera makes like Sony, Nikon, Sigma, Canon and so on. This can help you get a better idea of how well your lens performs on your camera before you run off to buy it. Currently DP Review[4] normally only list Canon and Nikon cameras for most of their test, this is actually fine as many of the Nikon models use Sony sensors[5]  as well as most other camera manufactures with the exception of Canon. So if someone tells you your next lens if garbage and you can not figure out why, hop on over to here and check it out. It may actually just be the other persons lens/camera combo they are using.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So I Picked Up A New Tripod | Photo Talk

So I Picked Up A New Tripod
   Hello Everyone. So I was out in town the other day and came across this awesome tripod at a store in in the Mall called CDR King. It was such a low price I decided to get it and try it out. Well I liked it so much I decided to make a video and show others what I got and why you need one too.




About this blog:

Living in the Philippines can be a challenge at times if you are a foreigner.  Luckily my time in the US Navy helped me understand more of the culture from other countries. However shopping here for photographic equipment can at times be costly, to just difficult to find items you need. I still have no clue to who I can carry my cameras to if they need serviced. There is so many grey markets here, even in the top end malls. However now and then luck can shine upon you. For example I had been wanting a Gorilla Pod[1] and the larger heavy duty ones from Amazon were well over $50 US dollars. Well I happened to stumble over one of the heavy duty ones in CDR King for far less then the ones back home. Keep in mind this is a generic CDR King brand[2], but for my uses I just love it. So I had to make a video to let everyone know where you could get one here in the Philippines. If your not in the Philippines, I still highly recommend picking up one if you can get them on sale.


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Review Of The Canon 430EX II SpeedLite | Product Review

Review Of The Canon 430EX II SpeedLite
   Greetings Everyone. Have I got a great review for you this time. Are you looking for a good all around and reliable camera flash for you Canon EOS system? Canons flashes are well known for their dependability and sometimes their higher price. So how well does the Canon 430EX II SpeedLite hold up? Watch the video to see if this the camera flash for you?



About this product:

The 430EX II brings a new level of versatility and capability to flash photography, this SpeedLite features a powerful flash with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. A one-touch quick-lock mechanism makes it easy to attach or detach the 430EX II from the camera and a metal foot has been added for strength and durability. Flash controls can now be set through the camera's LCD screen on compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras. The SpeedLite 430EX II is also quieter, recycle time is 20% faster then previous model and since it is compatible with Canon's wireless E-TTL, it can be used as an affordable "slave unit".


Reference:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_430ex_ii

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coming Next Week..

Monday, 11 Aug 2014:
Review Of The Canon 430EX II SpeedLite
    If you have been debating getting a new flash for your camera, you do not want to miss this review.


Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014:
So I Picked Up A New Tripod
   I talk about getting great deal on a gorilla pod and how useful having one around can be.


Thursday, 14 Aug 2014:
Your DSLR Lens Is Garbage
   If you have heard those words before or just get tired of having long debates about who has and who makes the better lens, check out this video as I show you a quick way to reliably compare lens.

Purchasing Photos.

   Hello Everyone. I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog. If you happen to see a photo you would like to purchase from my tutorials or elsewhere on this blog page. I happen to have many of them for sale in full resolution on DeviantART.com. You can access my profile page here: joewjacksonjr.deviantart.com.  From there you have the option to purchase digital copies that I have priced very competitively and hope you take the time to purchase the ones you love. In addition DeviantART also has a complete line of printing options on many types of materiel and size variations. Purchasing photos from me helps support this blog, its tutorials, gear reviews and the time and effort I spend making all this happen. 

Thank you...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Learn How To Build A DSLR Slide Track | Tips & Techniques

Learn How To Build A DSLR Slide Track
   Hello Everyone. Would you like to know how to build your own DSLR Slide Track? Building your own slide track can save you a good amount of money and they can be really easy to make with only a few basic tools. In this video tutorial I will step you through on how to create your very own affordable slide track system that you can use for Videography or Time-Lapse Photography.



About this project:

A DSLR Slide Track, also known as a Glide Track is used mostly by videographers to add motion and more dramatic effects to video. I created this one for time-lapse photography. There are many of these on the market, but they are all expensive. Lets face it you spend a ton for something that honestly doesn't cost that much to manufacture. This DIY version I put together is likely a little over kill as it supports a very heavy load, but I wanted to make sure my camera gear including a time-lapse motor were well supported. Actually despite its size, the track system is very light. Another thing to not is that my track system will not let the camera gear fall off the track unlike many DIY versions and I also use felt pads to ensure very smooth operation. I wanted to make this video so others could make theirs based on my version. Now if you got the money to dish out Rhinocameragear.com makes some of the best gliders, but expect to shell out over $500 US dollars compared to mine that only cost me about $7.50 here in the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Unboxing Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens | Tips & Techniques

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS Lens Unboxing
   Hello Everyone! In this video we have a wonderful super zoom lens to open up. Its the Sigma 18-250mm Macro Lens. This is one of Sigmas older lens line up but has only been around for a few years and is still a favorite of many photographers who prefer the ease of an all-in-one lens. So lets open up the box and show you what you get for your hard earned cash.




About this product:

The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens[1] is equipped with Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensure fast and quiet auto-focusing, and a rounded, seven-blade diaphragm to create an attractive round blur to the out of focus areas. The lens features a brass-made bayonet mount applied on the surface to reinforce strength for long-term use and enable high accuracy and solidity. Sigma optimized this lens’ power arrangement by incorporating double-sided aspherical lenses and reexamining the design to achieve a more compact filter diameter. The lens has an approximate 13x high zoom ratio with a filter size of 62mm in diameter. Sigma’s unique OS system, as well as one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and three aspherical lens glasses, compensate for camera shake and enable correction of color aberration, respectively. The lens has 16 Elements in 13 Groups and has a maximum magnification of 1:2.9. It is 2.9in x 3.5in and weighs in at 16.6oz (470g).


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Learn How To Configure An External Editor In Adobe Lightroom | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Configure An External Editor In Adobe Lightroom
   Hey Everyone! Did you just get Adobe Lightroom and find it fascinating? But realize there are some things you still need another photo editing program for? In this tutorial video I will show you how to setup Adobe Lightroom 5 to be able to use Pixelmator photo editing software. However this tutorial also covers how to setup any photo editing software of your choice and how you can have multiple programs setup as well.



About this tutorial:

Its understandable that not everyone wants to use Photoshop CC[1]. Many are terrified soon as they hear the word "cloud" in anything. I admit if it was not for Photomerge being so great at stitching images together. I would not be using it either. Being someone who has been using GIMP[2] since about 1998, I can do about anything in GIMP as well as Photoshop to a degree. Admittedly though to be honest PS has leaped much further a head of GIMP the past 8 years with the release of some remarkable tools. That still doesn't mean there are not other programs out there, that one can get that wouldn't easily replace PS. One in particular is Pixelmator[3]. It is just a fantastic program and one I will be doing lots of tutorials on. Its price point is also very low. In this tutorial I will show you how to add an additional photo editor or one to replace photoshop. We will be using Pixelmator for this tutorial. Then to top everything off, I will do a quick Orton Effect[4] on our test image.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

What to Expect & Coming Next Week..

   Hello Everyone! Just thought I would post what videos are coming next week and what to expect. Mondays will feature either a photo tutorial or a really good gear review. But if its a small review, I will likely make two of them. The photo tutorials will cover a range of topics from Lightroom, Photoshop or even photography tutorials covering techniques and camera settings to help you get the best pictures possible. Tuesday's and Thursdays will feature video blogs about an array of topics, from unboxing new gear, important news or events, quick photo tips, DIY projects and even a few videos about photography in the Philippines as well as traveling around the world. There is so much to see you don't want to miss out..

Monday: How To Configure An External Editor In Adobe Lightroom
Tuesday: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-5.6 DC Macro OS Lens Unboxing
Thursday: Do-It-Yourself Camera Glide Track


Keep in mind I live in the Philippines but I will try to get each video out just after 12am Eastern Time  in the USA. Also please be patient, electrical power and internet is flakey here. So I am at the mercy of forces I can't control. But I will do my best. Also I will try to post every weekend what the video schedule is ahead of time. 

Lightroom Update to 5.6 | Photo News

   Not realy worth making a huge video over, but incase anyone didn't notice Lightroom has been updated to version 5.6. The patch information stated it was just a bug fix with updated version of Adobe Camera Raw. What was included was a slew of new lens profiles, performance boost in Adobe Raw in addition to those bug fixes.


Here is a list of new lens profiles included.

Canon EF-mount:
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
  • Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM

Nikon 1-mount:
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6

​Nikon F-mount:
  • Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N

​Pentax K-mount:
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013

​Phase One:
  • Schneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6

​Sony Alpha-mount:
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
  • Sony 28mm f/2.8
  • Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Sony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
  • Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G
  • Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
  • Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
  • Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
  • Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
  • Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II

​Sony E-mount:
  • Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M