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Don’t Be So Desperate! For Every Photo You Post, Do This

By on May 10, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

I know that the squirt of dopamine that you get from posting photos to every site is a rush. I do it too. I get high from a night out of great photography and all I want to do is show the world my images. I want EVERYONE to see them. I will hammer every. single. site. with my images. Then sit back and wonder why nobody is interacting. The $1.80 Rule View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (@garyvee) on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:44pm PDT Recently, I saw a post by Gary Vaynerchuck that got me thinking. Now, I will say that a lot of these so-called Social media “gurus” have a lot to say but not much of which is actually actionable unless you are a 20-something Coachella goddess or look like a male model. However, he made a point that got this 40-year-old bald photographer thinking. He brought up the idea of giving people your “2 cents” and then...

Take Only Photos and Leave Nothing behind

By on May 2, 2019 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 2 comments

It was Earth Day a little while ago and while I am no environmentalist, I do have a strong background in the outdoors which basically means that I used to spend a lot of time outside. I was an avid hiker to the point where one of my degrees is in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. This love for the outdoors is also why I got into landscape photography. However, a recent Facebook post by Sean Bagshaw of Outdoor Exposure Photography where he shared a post from David Cobb that talks about the complicated subject of sharing locations got me thinking about this issue. While I love the idea of finding a new place to shoot after seeing what happened to a very beautiful spot in Gyeongju, I have second thoughts. In his post, David grapples with the idea about sharing locations and the damage that we inflict on these natural spots. He mentioned about “feeling guilty for not sharing...

Blendeo: Flixel’s Game Changer

By on Apr 23, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

No matter how advanced smartphone cameras get, there is one thing that they all still struggle with and that is getting decent long exposures. Sure, they can boost shadows and brighten the image but they still can’t get that look of when you hold your shutter open for 30 seconds and traffic turns into a brilliant beam of light. Enter Blendeo from Flixel. As you may know, I have worked closely with Flixel over the years and they are some of the best and hardest working people out there. When they showed me their new app Blendeo, I was floored. Their app is simple and works like magic. What is Blendeo? Blendeo is something that every photographer has been dreaming about since they first saw the grainy, chunky results when they attempted taking a long exposure on their phone. Blendeo allows you to capture light trails and motion blur using your smartphone’s camera. However,...

Drone Photos Edited With AI

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

Let’s face it, there are just some angles that you can’t get while standing on the ground. Drones now enable us to get to new places without hiking up mountains or sneaking onto rooftops. One of the issues that I have encountered recently is that editing programs like Lightroom, have yet to update with lens corrections for many drones. Meaning that they have a few but even my mavic air, which has been on the market for over a year now is yet to be included. With this in mind, Skylum has recently introduced AirMagic. This program is similar in many ways to Photo Lemur but is specifically designed for drone photography. I believe that it is one of the only editors out there specifically designed for drones. My Workflow AirMagic can be used as a plugin or as a stand-alone application. When you export or drag a photo on the the AirMagic dialog window, the application will kick...

Clean Your Gear!!

By on Mar 22, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

Full Disclosure: I am terrible at cleaning my camera. I abuse my camera and I shouldn’t. However, I recently got really sick of removing the dust spots from my images in Lightroom. I also was too lazy to take my camera to the service centre to have it cleaned. Like any photographer, I have all the tools that come with any new camera purchase. You know what I am talking about. We all have the cleaning cloths, the blowers, the brushes, the blower-brush combo, the wipes, and the tissues. However, the first major issue what that I never used them unless it was really nasty. The other ws the fact that I can’t use any of these to clean my sensor. Equipment The LensPen I know that this may seem like an unnecessary investment because a t-shirt, blower or cleaning cloth “does the same” however, these pens actually do the job quite well. This is the set that I picked up...

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