In the North of England, within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, lies the rural costal market town and civil parish of Kendal. In antiquity known as Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal. As small and remote as it is, it is from this rural Kendal setting that Jamie Spencer makes some of the best keyboard shortcuts cheat sheets […]

I should call this video “Digital Blindz” or something, that horizontal banding is so bad. As an environmentalist, I applaud the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent and the new LED digital bulbs.  The energy efficiency is so much better it can save a great deal on a monthly electric bill, and give even […]

Most big budget movies made today all seem to have a pretty extensive budget for VFX production.  It has sort of become second nature to use VFX in place of very expensive mechanical action or dangerous stunts for actors to perform.  Much better to do with a computer… But what parts of the movie was […]

In this episode of “The Complete Picture,” Julieanne Kost demonstrates enhancing light in Adobe Lightroom’s Develop module to enhance your photographs using color and tonality to change the mood and atmosphere of an image. We all know that the goal is to capture the best photograph in camera, not enhancing light using post processing tricks, but […]

Back in the days of old, those archaic days before Photoshop was invented, people like Konrad Eek worked up a print using only darkroom techniques.   The only computer involved was a simple timer, able to count down the time a lightbulb stayed illuminated.  That one simple light, and many of the techniques Konrad Eek demonstrates here, have […]

I have a confession to make. I have been working with animated gifs for several years.  I believe it to be an art form unto its own.  The movie above was done August 8th, 2011.  At that time, the technology to create Cinemagraphs was difficult, crude, not at all intuitive, expensive to work with since it took more […]

Dia de los Muertos 2014 from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead 2014. One of the great things about the Sony A7S is the grading ability using Sony’s S-log2 profile and the flexibility it provides. While it is impossible to get our Sony NEX-5N footage to match the A7S, […]

Our friend Brian Griffith advises us today that Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 3 is now available for download: http://www.iridientdigital.com/products/iridientdeveloper_download_v3beta.html “This is a pre-release version of Iridient Developer 3. it may be unstable or lack features that will be be included in the final release. Some functionality may change before the final 3.0 release. This beta […]

“What is a Colorist?” from icolorist on Vimeo. Color grading is the magical artistic process of either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally changing and enhancing the color in a motion picture film, video image, or still image. The photo-chemical process is also called color timing where chemistry adjustments and temperatures are manipulated for differing color effects.  Typically these manipulations are performed at a professional photographic laboratory, in the film development chemistry […]

From Michael Woloszynowicz YouTube Published on Apr 16, 2014 In this video Toronto, Canada based Michael Woloszynowicz will be performing skin tone retouching with color matching and tonal correction using an intuitive technique he created involving solid fill layers and tonal averaging. While skin tone retouching can be done using hue/saturation and curves adjustments, it can be a very tedious, long […]

With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its professional photo editing application, Aperture. Bummer.  Users of Aperture will be transitioned to Photos, a new app that was introduced during the Apple WWDC keynote recently. The new Photos application integrates many of the advanced photo editing features that were previously found […]

We have our studio portrait beautifully lit and composed just the way we want it. However, thanks in no small part to our excellent lighting, our remarkably sharp lenses and our high megapixel camera, there are a few problems. The model did not have perfect skin so there are a few zits. Flaws that detract from the final image. […]

Alien Skin Software has just released Alien Skin Exposure 6, integrating the features of stand alone product “Bokeh” into the already powerful film emulation and “look” software add-on. I’ve used Exposure myself a number of years now as I have not found a better way to execute quick film emulations. I’m not necessarily looking  for something new. In fact, […]

Joining the ranks of the Apple video editing suite contenders is Lightworks who today announced the availability of a Public Beta of their version 11.5. Lightworks has been a favorite for editing film for many years, originally starting life as an MS-DOS based application for the IBM PC. Lightworks has stayed that course until today, primarily […]

It looks like Brian Griffith has updated my favorite RAW converter, Iridient Developer, to work almost seamlessly now with Lightroom. This is fantastic news! Dublin fine art photographer and Lightroom presets developer Thomas Fitzgerald has done a very informative video above that walks you through how to setup both Adobe Lightroom and Iridient Developer. Being able to […]

Finally, the Fat Lady is warming up her voice.  I’ve felt for some time that there were better RAW conversion options on the market than Adobe Camera Raw, which is natively supported by Lightroom.  DxO Optics Pro is one of those.  However, the round trip out and back into Lightroom to edit in an external editor […]