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How to Shoot a Sunrise: Part 1

By on Jun 25, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

I love a good sunrise. I don’t mind getting up and driving through the night to catch one. In fact, it takes me back to when my dad would wake me up to go duck hunting. There is always a sense of excitement as you never really know what you are going to see that day. However, with all that anticipation also comes a bit of skill that needs to be cultivated over time. No two sunrises are the same and they all need careful attention and experience. Understanding the finer points of this style of photography will help you come back with more images that you are proud of. It does take a bit of planning too. I typically start to organize my shoots the night before, if it is a location that I am familiar with. If I have never been there before, I will take a bit of time to plan and scout the location at least virtually anyway. Peter West Carey has a decent overview of the process over...

How to Import Your Presets into Lightroom Classic

By on May 28, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 2 comments

I haven’t done one of these tutorials in a while, so I thought that I would give Fleeq a go and see how well it does on the blog. Fleeq, by the way, is the software that I used to assemble this tutorial. It is just something that I am experimenting with at the moment. With that being said, on with the tutorial! For this tutorial, I used Peter Mckinnon’s presets that I just picked up. I wanted to start with a fresh set of presets to show you the whole process from start to finish. Press “D” to Enter the Develop Module Once you are in the develop module, you can click on the “+” icon above your currently installed presets and then click on the “import presets” option. Find and Unzip… Your Presets Once you navigate to the folder with your unzipped presets, it is as simple as clicking on the folder and hitting “import” to...

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...

Text and Cinemagraphs: 2 Options to Make More Creative Content

By on Mar 12, 2019 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

Cinemagraphs are great for ads and promotions, but it is always a challenge blending in your text or logo into a cinemagraph. Dues to the way that we currently create cinemagraphs, having test that may bleed over onto the masked out move areas, just didn’t look that good as you would still have to cut away parts. It just doesn’t look good. For an idea of the old way, check the video below and excuse the lame joke at the beginning. At any rate, you had really only one option and that was to export the top image and add text away from the moving parts of the cinemagraph and then import into cinemagraph pro. Fortunately, Flixel and Over have found a solution to this import/export/can’t have graphis over the moving parts issue. I will be taking you through both apps today to show you their new functionality and how it can make your cinemagraphs event better! Cinemagraph...

Using One Location

By on Nov 28, 2018 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

This past fall, I found myself in this beautiful river valley just North of Ulsan, South Korea. This was probably the most beautiful spot for fall leaves in the area. I wanted to make the most of the location as I felt that it was perfect. As I looked around, I saw so many possibilities with just one small area. Wide Angle I first went for the obvious “safe shots” which are the ones that people expect from a location like this. The wide shots showing the morning light and the falling leaves. Shots like these really are best to start off with as they get your head in the game. They get you into the “photography mode” and not thinking about anything else. These shots give a while perspective on the area and what I am looking at. I am not doing anything too creative here, just making sure that I have the area covered. Think of these shots are your “first...

Using Workspaces in Luminar 2018

By on Jan 21, 2018 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of my favourite features about Luminar are the workspaces. I also find that many people are not really too sure what to do with them. As you progress with your learning and ability using Luminar, you may become less reliant on Presets. However, with so many functions and filters inside of Luminar it maybe hard to find a good starting point for editing your images. Workspaces help by putting what you need right where you need it. Utilizing workspaces can greatly increase your workflow and make you less reliant on presets as a one-size-fits-all solution. The reason that I say this is that anytime you use a preset it may not be 100% the right fit for every image. Starting off with them may get you into the right area but often we just think that it’s “good enough” and move on.  Workspaces give you the tools but they do not apply them to the image. So you can add what...

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