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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, …

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 sam…

Had To Fly Up To Manila | Blog

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 almos…

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, la…

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

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 glas…

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

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.
Top one in the left corner of the page is a HDR that I will be calling Sunset On The Rocks. The second one…

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.. ***

What Are The Alternatives To Photoshop? | Tips & Techniques

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 u…

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

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 Ado…

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

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.

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 …

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.

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 t…

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

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..

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 …

So I Picked Up A New Tripod | Photo Talk

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 …

Review Of The Canon 430EX II SpeedLite | Product Review

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…

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.

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

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 …

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

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 a…

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

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 ar…

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 …

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 STMCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USMTamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010ETamron 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 A013Sony 28mm f/2.8Sony 16mm f/2.8 FisheyeSony 100mm f/2.8 MACROSony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3Sony 70-200mm f/2.8GSony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSMSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 …