Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool

Refine Your Images Contrast With This Simple Capture One Pro Tool Capture One offers quite a few tools to adjust your raw files. It’s best known for its color editing capabilities, but luminosity adjustments are also very well designed. One of them was introduced last year with Capture One Pro 9, and it’s called the Luma Curve. It’s a powerful feature to adjust contrast manually while avoiding any color shift. Let’s see how it works and how it compares to an RGB curve. [ Read More ]

A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography

A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography At some point in time, almost every photographer will get the itch to try their hand at astrophotography. It could be that image of the Milky Way or an aurora that inspires us to bring our cameras out in the middle of a clear night to photograph the stars. Josh Katz created this tutorial for newbie astrophotographers who may not live in an ideal region for capturing the night skies. [ Read More ]

Shooting With a Toy Camera: The Holga

Shooting With a Toy Camera: The Holga The Holga 120 GCFN is a plastic medium format camera with a fixed 60mm f/8 lens, complete with over-the-top vignetting and light leaks. But for many, that's the joy of a toy camera. See what's it like to shoot with this cult classic. [ Read More ]

Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5

Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 The Sony a9 might be the most hotly anticipated camera in quite some time, as it's the first time a mirrorless camera has taken such direct aim at the flagship DSLR bodies. While a lot of the excitement has been about its shooting speed and autofocus capabilities, another important characteristic is dynamic range, which you can now see measured and compared to those other bodies. [ Read More ]

Getting Started Using LUTs in Premiere Pro

Getting Started Using LUTs in Premiere Pro If you're just getting into video, one of the most important things you can tackle to improve both the look of your footage and the efficiency of your editing is LUTs. This helpful tutorial will get you off and running in very little time. [ Read More ]

Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?

Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue? In April, Sony shocked the photography community by announcing the rumored Sony a9 to the world. The camera attacked all the critics by improving on most of the aspects that many believed to be holding Sony back from being a true “professional” camera. Dual SD card slots, 20 frames per second burst with autofocus, and improved battery life all made it seem that the a9 would be the camera to battle the Canon 1DX and Nikon D5 for the top sports camera in the industry. While on paper this camera seemed to be perfect but recent events have come to Continue reading "Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?"

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users Today's quick tip is in regard to efficiency. Anyone who has ever talked to me knows that I am 100 percent a Mac user. I feel they are by far the best for photographers. Before getting into a Mac versus Windows argument, it is not so much in regard to the hardware as it is the operating system and the level of efficiency that a Linux-type operating system allows. [ Read More ]

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 – But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X?

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 - But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X? There’s an interesting documentary in the works if you’re a video editor. With an obvious pun for the title, "Off the Tracks" interviews professional editors, trainers, and application developers to dig into why Apple made such a shift, when their existing app suite was already successful. I’ll provide some background, but also some editorial commentary below, as I feel like this documentary has potential to either be very interesting or completely pointless. [ Read More ]

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage If you shoot or looking to shoot video, one question that you might be trying to think a solution for is how to get smoother video footage. I am not sure how many people would be interested in watching a video that you are trying to produce if it is entirely too shaky especially if that doesn't fit the mood of the video. Some scenes like a chase sequence may work better with shaky footage, but some scenes will work better with a smoother shot. [ Read More ]