Super Sigmas, photo walks and seminars!

Lame teaser alert, but that’s the title for the podcast over at Learning Digital Photography.  Make sure to stop over to the podcast and download the show today!  Here’s the show notes (I may add to these as I remember link references – if any are missing, let me know in the comments so I can be sure to add them…)

  • The last day to enter your photos for the Lightroom giveaway is super close – so get your shots in the Flickr thread here pretty soon!
  • Adobe updated the ACR to 5.4 (still in beta), and is downloadable here
  • Canon announced some firmware updates and break/fix news on some of its SLR lines.  Tune into the podcast for details.
  • My Pick of the Week:  Photoshop Insider
  • Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk
  • Chuck Conder’s Flickr Thread (listen to find out why…)
  • Wireless USB Dongle from Engadget

Seriously folks, don’t miss out on your chance for a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!  Get your photos in today!  A $30o retail value and free from the folks over at Adobe – in this economy we could all use a little help and Adobe is being very generous here.

Well, that’s about all for this week.  Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you back here on Monday – as we head out for the weekend, don’t forget to have fun out there.  With that in mind, here’s my favorite WTD from this past week – so fitting for my job in IT!


Happy Shooting!

ETA:  Thanks to reader Don for reminding me about the link to the PhotographyBB magazine article.  You can download the full magazine here

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A video short on HDR and bracketing

One of the more popular posts here on the blog has been two that consisted of explanations on how to bracket multiple exposures in camera in order to capture a wider range of exposure values than is typically permitted in a single frame.  Typically, these various exposures are then seamed together in some editor like Photoshop, Photomatix or other that is available to produce an effect called HDR – high dynamic range.  You can get some impressive results with various techniques that appeal to different subjective perspectives.

Here at the blog though, rather than take sides on such post processing methods, it’s more fun to show people how to do things, and then let you all take your own liberties either with the approach or with your processing afterward, or both to get results that appeal to you!  With that in mind, the feedback I’ve received from the previous discussions included a large number of people that asked for visuals of the process (I guess they are all visual learners).

Well, rather than take several dozens of images showing all the various settings and then explaining how I got toeach, a video seemed a more appropriate approach.  So, here’s the video short for those of you that requested visual aids.  It’s not the most professional but you should be able to get the gist.

This would also be a good time to remind everyone that we are in the dwindling days of the Adobe Lightroom contest.  You can win your own free copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, courtesy of the folks at Adobe, simply by entering images you’ve taken in May over at the LDP Flickr thread.  Limit two images per person, but there’s still room for many more entries (no limit on the number of PEOPLE that can participate!)  just join the group for free and post your images.  Good luck to all and may the best photo win!  (Final results will be posted in June – I’l send my top ten picks back to Tom Hogarty for final judging when he’ll pick the winner!)

That’s it for today – I should have the podcast up tomorrow, but as always, no promises as my schedule has been fluctuating at work lately.  Happy shooting, and I will be back with more news, information, insights, tips and tricks tomorrow, whether in written or audio form.  Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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And from the Bag of Tricks…

Wow – it’s been a crazy couple of weeks:

  • Interview of Tom Hogarty over at Adobe, to the generous donation of a copy of Photoshop Lightroom for a contest (only two days left!)
  • A 3 minute clip on The Tech Guy Radio Talk show with Leo Laporte
  • Invitation to go on a photo shoot with Scott Kelby, followed up by dinner with the crew
  • Front row seat at Lightroom Seminar
  • A very kind and thoughtful mention on Scott’s blog only yesterday
  • And now…

Well, I don’t want to jinx it, so I am going to have to leave one of my tricks still in the bag until things get firmed up.  Suffice to say, if it comes to pass (and I am still not holding my breath)… this will be a very cool thing for the readers of the blog, listeners of the podcast, feeders of the…well, all of it!

So, for the time being, here’s a few other photo tips to help you improve your composition when out shooting:

  1. Keep a quart sized resealableplastic  bag with you.  Fill with sand or dirt on location for a quick and dirty beanbag support for the camera.  Empty when done and toss it back in your bag!
  2. Got a monopod with you?  Attach your camera, set the timer and hold it out facing down (or up, to the right or left) for a new and interesting angle.
  3. Need a quick gauge on how much time until sundown?  Hold your hand out at arm length and count the number of fists between the horizon and the sun – each fist = 1 hour!
  4. Carry a small sample of sticky putty with you to immobilize objects for capture – great because you can use it over and over again and it won’t leave marks on gear or portrait subjects in tabletop environments.
  5. Wear cargo pants – that way you can walk with one lens on your camera, another in a leg pocket, and other accessories in the other side (media, spare batteries, business cards, etc) for easy on-the-go access to your two favorite lenses.  This works for lenses up to the 200mm range, depending on your height and the cargo pocket size), thus keeping your hands free to shoot and interact, while also not being saddled with a heavy backpack or slingback (you can now carry a Camelbak to keep hydrated!)

Got your own tips and tricks to help photographers on the go?  Share them in the comments or with me via email.  Remember, the Adobe Lightroom Contest Giveaway only has three days left including today, so get your photos in over at the Flickr group here!

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