We recently often photograph in small historic towns and capture images that show quite a bit of perspective distortions. Lets have a look how we can improve it in Lightroom 5. Here is a typical image: The new Upright tool in Lightroom 5 works often very well to improve the image. With such an image […]

These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, freelance director of films, boarder of story, sometimes public speaker, and a former Pixar Animation Story Artist.  Emma has since moved on to directing her own projects and advising others how to make theirs.   Reading her great blog at  storyshots.tumblr.com ,  I’m sure even in her new rolls she finds […]

Dog Schidt Optiks ‘Flare Factory 58g’ (Green Tint) Taking Lens + Iscorama 36 from Melting Bloke (Richard Gale) on Vimeo. From the “Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All” department comes a UK company with the unusual name Dog Schidt Optiks.  This innovative company brings to market an equally unusual new product line.  The Dog […]

For years, I have heard warnings about the poor quality of photos taken by small point-and-shoot cameras that have digital zooms. Critics would say that they never use that feature because it would mean giving up the quality that only an optical lens could provide. That made sense to me, so I seldom used the […]

We often use a two-step method to add additional processing to our images. The first step is to develop the color image to be kind of standard and natural (both subjective). But sometimes we want to add to the image a grungier look, convert it to B&W and/or sharpen with out Optimal Sharp V3 scripts in Photoshop.  Because […]

Today, the most popular first lens bought with a new body is a zoom.  The two most usable focal lengths, according to the many professional photographers I’ve discussed this with is a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm.  These are the typical zoom focal lengths chosen for full frame, 35mm DSLR type bodies.  APS-C size digital sensors, […]

As much as I used to love woking in the darkroom, there isn’t much chance I could deal with the nasty chemistry involved with creating a wet plate colloidian.  Speaking just for myself, those strong chemical vapors filling my lungs along with the watery, itchy eyes would take all the creative enjoyment out of it […]

Mastering The Illusion of Perfection with Photo Retoucher Amy Dresser from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo. Master photo retoucher Amy Dresser started out working for two years with famed photographer Jill Greenberg.  Today however,  Amy works for a wide variety of “A-List” clients including Playboy, Barbie, Britney Spears, Weird Al, Pepsi, Target, and a whole list of […]

Featured Photographer: Steffen Jahn My good friend Steffen Jahn is a very lucky guy.  He gets to shoot some of the finest automobiles ever made, and gets paid to do it.  Talk about a dream fantasy job.  But as with all pleasures also comes a great deal of work, skill, and true craftsmanship when you’re […]

Featured Photographer: Michiel Schierbeek We have followed the photography of Michiel Schierbeek for some time now. His quiet composions are lovely. Recently Michiel also added a Sigma DP2 Merrill to his camera set. We think this unique camera and his style are a great match.   Here, in his own words:   “After reading good things about this camera […]

There are endless iPhone camera replacement apps and many are better than the Apple app. We always liked the 6×6 app for shooting square images because of its elegant simplicity. The same author has now published his PureShot camera app. For us, it is so far, the camera app we like the best. PureShot turns […]

The Art of Texture Blending #2 from Bettina + Uwe Steinmueller on Vimeo. This Video Slideshow demonstrates some of Uwe Steinmueller’s excellent Texture Blending samples. Created with FotoMagico 4.1 Part #1, the first slideshow video is here: vimeo.com/57507858 Please see outbackphoto.net for further texture blending information here: outbackphoto.net/news/2013/1/12/our-texture-blending-resources.html PLEASE RATE THIS STORY!  

Landscapes: Volume 3 from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo. There is something about seeing the world move in slices of time as opposed to viewing it as a flow.  Time-lapse photography fascinates when it is particularly done well.  It draws you in.  It creates a virtual world all of it’s own.  At it’s very best, as […]

Canon Cinema Primes vs. Canon L Series from Jonathan Yi on Vimeo.   Sooner or later, if you get deep into video production, you will feel an “itch” to try out new looks that will up your game, and further refine your storytelling tools.  One of these is exploring the differences between lenses, often from […]

UP NORTH from Joël Wagner on Vimeo. From Essen, Germany Joël Wagner (Profile in German HERE) and his brother spent 16 days for their dream adventure trip of a life time, a  750km journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon, the month of September, 2012. Their choice of equipment for this adventure: Olympus OM-D EM-5, Leica […]

CraigsList All Stars from TheCameraForum on Vimeo.   The House of Blues in Los Angeles opened in 1994 and is located in the heart of West Hollywood. Home to unique pieces of art and architecture such as work by Alan Sainte,  James Boudrot and their “Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers” movable bars; the Los Angeles […]