Friday, October 31, 2014

My Top 5 Tips On How To Get Super Sharp Photos | Tips & Techniques

   Are you having trouble getting sharp photos or just looking for advice on improving your image quality. Image sharpness can mean the difference between a masterpiece and disappointment. In this video I discuss my top 5 techniques I use to get super sharp photos.

About this topic:

   I see a lot of images on the internet photo sights and user shares that I feel could have been wonderful works of art, but were completely ruined by lack of sharpness. So I felt like I should make a video and at least give my advice and share my techniques I have been using for some years now. So if you looking to improve you photo sharpness, you dont want to miss this video. That said I would also like to know what everyone thinks about my tips and what are some tips others use to help improve their image sharpness in their photos.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whats In Your Software Bag - My Photography Apps | Photo Talk

   A question I often get asked is what software do I use to edit my photos in and with so many programs out there for both PC and Mac it can be overwhelming on what one should purchase. In this video I talk about the software I use, what I think is best and why I feel my choices are some of the best out there.

About this topic:

   This topic gets brought up a lot and is also one of those heavy debated subjects on many forums. So I thought I would make a video talking about the software I use. So if you looking to learn more about some of the software I myself and many others use to get professional and creative looking images from our photography, this video could just be what you have been waiting for. That said I would also like to know what programs you use so take the to leave your comments below. Cheers..

Monday, October 27, 2014

Creating, Using & Importing Presets In Photomatix Pro 5 | Video Tutorial

Creating, Using & Importing Presets In Photomatix Pro 5
   Whether your new or an seasoned user of HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro software, presets can be a easy way to speed up ones workflow, add a touch of consistency or just a great way to remember how you edited your latest HDR image creation. In this video I will show you how to create, use and import presets in Photomatix Pro 5.

About this tutorial:

   I have been using Photomatix for my past few tutorial videos and I thought I would dig a little deeper into it and show users not very familiar with this popular software title how to work inside it, but focus mostly on presets as they are a great way to learn the program and good way to help users keep up with their previous settings for future uses. I hope everyone enjoys this video tutorial and as always please take the time to leave your comments below on what you think of this video.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Understanding Aperture And Shutter Priority Modes On Your Canon DSLR | Tips & Techniques

Understanding Aperture And Shutter Priority Modes On Your Canon DSLR
   Do you fully understand how Aperture and Shutter priority modes work in a modern DSLR camera? Or do you just think you do? In this video tutorial I will show you how they work and when they are best used. So if you are sick and tired of every other so called pro photographer telling you that you should only shoot in manual mode, then this video is for you.

About this topic:

   Are you sick and tired of so many so called "pro photographers" telling you that you should only shoot in manual mode. I know I am tired of hearing this lame advice. The reason so many tell you that you should only shoot in manual mode is simply because they do not understand how Aperture[1] or Shutter[2] priority modes really work, yea they will claim they do. But most do not. In this video tutorial I will explain you in detail how they work, when you should use them and which is best at getting you the results you want. So while those other photographers are screwing with trying to get proper exposure settings, you can be out taking photos like a real photographer.

Resources: [1] [2]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#GetToKnowMe | Joe's Videos

   Well this is a video I have been wanting to do for some time. So I finally got up the nerve to make one. In this video I talk about myself and what has led me to be a photographer. A shot out to Eric Rossi for doing one of these videos a few weeks ago, if he didn't do one then its likely this video would still be on my to-do list.

About this video:

   If you ever wanted to know more about me, then this video is it. I speak about my past military experience, college and my photography as a hobby as well as up to the present were I live in the Philippines and why I now push my photography forward from a hobby to more of a profession.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics | Video Tutorial

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics
   If you are stepping into the world of Night Photography then you may really want to watch my video tutorial on learning my workflow in Adobe Lightroom. In this video tutorial I will step you through how I edit many of my night photos and hopefully it will help you improve your Lightroom skills.

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics

About this tutorial:

   I love shooting at night or just after sunset.  I took this photo out on a walk with some friends and thought it would be great for my night photography workflow video The photo is of Butuan Bay here on the shore of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The lights are of my local town I live in. The image was taken with my Canon EOS 70D and Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary lens. Camera settings used was ISO 100, f/6.3 and 10sec exposure. Focal range was about 24mm. I also used a tripod as it would be impossible for me to hold the camera for 10sec and I used the 2sec delay to prevent camera shake. I do believe I did have a CPL filter still on my lens. I wanted a 10sec or longer exposure to make the ocean water smooth as the waves were very busy. I wanted to stay at f/6.3 on this lens as IMHO from my experience its the sharpest aperture for this lens. Over all I think it turned out very nice. Hope everyone enjoys it. Also please leave your comments down below as I would love to hear from everyone.. Cheers..


Friday, October 17, 2014

What Are Picture Styles & How Do I Use Them? | Tips & Techniques

What Are Picture Styles & How Do I Use Them?
   Are you little confused about Picture Style settings on your camera? Learn how to setup picture styles on your Canon DSLR with my video tutorial. I cover how and when they are used, plus I will show you how to add your own custom settings or simply adjust one of the many factory presets that already come with your Canon camera.

About this topic:

   I have seen so many so called professionals that claim to use picture styles and then proclaim to only shoot RAW, so for you so called pros out there that really have no clue how to use your own gear. This video is for you. Now don not get me wrong, I made this video primarily to educate anyone wanting to learn about picture styles and how to set their own. But it bothers me when there are many so called professional photographers that make training videos and will one day proclaim to do one thing and then a few days later make statements that contradict one another. It makes me feel they really have no clue about what they are talking about. So if your looking to learn about picture styles and how & when they are used, do watch this video. This video is directed toward Canon users, but every bit of the information accurate for Nikon users as well. So I hope everyone enjoys this video and finds it useful.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Is In Your Camera Bag? - Essential Travel Gear | Photo Talk

What Is In Your Camera Bag? - Essential Travel Gear
   Not sure you got everything you need packed for a photography trip? Perhaps its your first time to go on a photography trip and your questioning yourself wondering did you pack everything you needed or did you pack to much? In this video we talk about what I would consider essential travel gear and what could be optional or required depending on your style.

About this topic:

   I was getting ready for my next trip and thought about making a video covering what is optional or essential for one to have with them as they go on photo trips. I list what I will be carrying with me and I will be looking forward to hearing from everyone else on what they consider essential or optional on their photo trips.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Learn How To Use The Spot Removal Tool In Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Use The Spot Removal Tool In Lightroom 5
   Its just about completely impossible to remove every bit of unwanted items from your photos before you take the shot, but with Adobe Lightroom's spot removal tool you can remove almost all of them without much hassle. In this video tutorial I will show you how I use the Spot Removal Tool in both Healing and Clone modes on my bracketed HDR photos to get the best results.



About this tutorial:

   I wanted to make an updated video on using the Spot Removal Tool found in Adobe Lightroom 5 and this photo offered me the opportunity to do so. In this video tutorial I will start off with three bracketed images that I will prepare for importing into Photomatix Pro to be combined into an HDR, but I will also start the cleaning the images upon the bracketed photos before import as well. I do this to make the clean up less noticeable, plus after I have combined the images into an HDR and re-imported back into Lightroom. This gives me a clean slate to double process the clean up procedure, which in turn produces a image that you could not tell I had a field day cleaning up with the Spot Removal Tool.

   This image was created using HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro[1] software and was shot on my Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 10-22mm Lens with a CPL Filter[2]. The auto bracketing mode[3] settings used was -2EV, M, +2EV. The metered exposure was at 1/50sec, ISO100 and f/6.3 at 10mm (16mm full frame equivalent) with a tripod and 2sec delay.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Learn How To Reduce Noise In HDR Photos | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Reduce Noise In HDR Photos
   I love HDR Photos, but when going for a very illustrative look its very easy to end up with a image that can have a lot of noise, even when shooting at ISO100. In this video I show you how to prep your images in Lightroom and then use Photomatix Pro to get the best results.

HDR Firetruck © Exodist Photography

About this tutorial:

   High-dynamic-range photography[1] can be both rewarding and challenging at times. I wanted to make this tutorial to show you how you can take some images that are underexposed and still use them to create a brilliant illustrative HDR image while highly reducing the amount of noise one would normally get. In this video tutorial I start out preparing my 3 bracketed exposures[2] in Adobe Lightroom 5[3] and then export them to HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro[4] software were we do most of our image post processing and then re-import the combined image back into Lightroom and finish up on some final touches.

   My Firetruck HDR photo is a 3 image HDR in -2EV, Metered and +2EV exposures. I used my trusty Canon EOS 70D and my Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM ultra-wide angle lens at 10mm. Which gives me the 16mm equivalent to full-frame. I used Aperture priority mode (Av) as there was still enough light to do so. My metered exposure was at ISO100, f/6.3 and at 10sec. I used f/6.3 to get the most DoF and sharpness. I could have pushed up to f/9 to get a better DoF of the back of the truck with out sacrificing sharpness, however that would have pushed my +2EV exposure past 30 seconds. This is a prime example of were focus bracketing would have been very beneficial. But I still think it looks very nice. Also just a reminder that this of course was done on a tripod and I used 2sec delay to keep vibrations down.

References: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tripod Ball Heads & Giottos MH1000 | Photo Talk

Tripod Ball Heads & Giottos MH1000
   On this episode of Photo Talk we talk about tripod ball heads and the Giottos MH1000. So if you have been thinking about up grading your tripod to this ball head, then you do not want to miss this video. Also I would love to hear your comments below about what tripods and tripod heads you use.

About this topic:

   Only the past few years have I started using tripods. I have had a older cheap tripod I picked up from Walmart back in the states for quite a few years, but I only really used it for my JVC video camera and then my Canon G12. To be honest it was sturdy enough for both. When I upgraded cameras to my Canon 600D, I started thinking it was likely time to get a little better tripod. While it was enough for the camera and my EF-S 10-22mm lens, you start adding the battery grip and it becomes a little to heavy for my taste. So when I purchased my Canon 70D a few months ago I made my mind up I needed something better. While looking online I came across the Dolica ProLine tripod and backpack combo. I can still soundly say it was a very good deal and I still use this tripod and backpack. The only thing is that the ball head, while sturdy enough for the weight of my camera, was not made for panoramic photography. So this is when I decided to purchase the Giottos MH1000 ball head. It had very good reviews and I feel its a solid investment. The only bad part is I now want to up grade my tripod to a nice carbon fiber one..


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Learn How To Edit HDR Waterscapes With Photomatix Pro | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Edit HDR Waterscapes With Photomatix Pro
   Are you looking to improve your waterscape photos? Thinking of trying HDR, but not sure how to get them to look their best. In this video tutorial I will show you my workflow using Adobe Lightroom 5 and HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro software. So if you are wanting to get the most from your waterscape photo's, you do not want to miss this video tutorial.

HDR Waterscapes

About this tutorial:

   Creating really good photos of waterfalls, rivers and streams with running water can pose a challenge to new photographers trying to get them to look good when combining them into HDR images. So for todays video tutorial I wanted to show everyone my workflow I use to get the most and what I believe is the best results when using Lightroom[1] and Photomatix Pro[2] software.

   The photo used in this tutorial is of Makalan Falls here locally in Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Its a small water fall, but is much larger then it appears in the photo. From the water level to the top is about 4 to 5 meters, with the water at the bottom being anywhere from 1 to 2 meters deep. Its a local spot only really known to residents of the area, but still a popular spot for many children. Its a 15min drive from the main highway and then another 1km walk into the jungle. There was three photos used in creating the final image. I used AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) mode[3] on my Canon 70D DSLR camera. Set to 3 photos total with a -2EV, Metered and +2EV settings. Camera was set to ISO100, Av mode set to f/8 and focal range was at 17mm (28mm on full frame). I used my Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens and a 3 Stop (ND8) Neutral Density filter[4]. The combination of the ND filter and aperture of f/8 allowed me to slow shutter speed down to 1/8sec during bright sunlight without sacrificing optical quality. So final metered exposure was ISO100, f/8, 1/8sec at 17mm. And of course a tripod was used.

References: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Friday, October 3, 2014

Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC-410 DSLR Camera Sling | Photo Talk

Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC-410 DSLR Sling
   With all that camera gear, your eventually going to have to put it in something when you travel. In this video we talk about camera bags for your DSLR and I show the Case Logic TBC-410 DSLR Camera Sling bag I picked up a few weeks ago. So if your in the market for a new bag, check out this video before you buy.

About this topic:

   There are many different styles of camera bags out there, some small, some large, some carry your laptop, some do not.  In this video I go over a few options available and give my opinion on what you should look for when buying a new bag. Also I show a smaller bag I picked up for local travels close to home, the Case Logic TBC-410 DSLR Camera Sling and of course give you my impressions about it.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Change in Fridays video...

Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC410 DSLR Sling
Hello Everyone, I am changing the video for Friday. Instead I already have an additional Photo Talk video that I was going to schedule for next week, I will be using it in its place. I apologize for this. To be very honest I have an inner ear infection that is causing me some serious ear & head ache. I am taking meds that pretty much keep me drowsy and not very productive. I normally make videos a week in advance, but just havent got around to finishing this one and I don't want to just throw it together. That said, soon as its complete it will go up.  So I will be putting up my video on Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC410 DSLR Sling bag I picked up a few weeks ago, for Friday morning.


Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve | Photo Talk

Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve
   Lets discuss camera straps on todays Photo Talk and go over some of the traditional and why some of the new more modern shoulder style straps like the BlackRapid RS-7 Curve may be a better option. So if your neck is hurting for that strap that came with your camera, then you do not want to miss this video.

About this topic:

   It pains me to see someone lugging a heavy DSLR camera around on their neck with those factory supplied camera straps. Those straps were great on smaller cameras like my trusty Canon G12 were they did not weigh that much. I remember the first time I brought a DSLR on vacation with me, even though it was a smaller Rebel series at the time. By the end of each day I was simply hurting in my upper back and neck. Plus the material made in those neck straps are simply more for looks then comfort. Before my next trip I had purchased the Black Rapid RS-4[1] and have never looked back. Even with a heavy camera and large telephoto lens, I could go all day without any back or neck pain. So in this video I wanted to discuss them and also show the BlackRapid RS-7[2] Curve camera strap that I just got in and give you my initial opinions of it.

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