Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations

Oh yeah, Calculations — buried indeed, but in the spirit of the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve hoisted it up from its briny grave so you can make better-than-average black and white conversions without even using a plug-in. Before we “dive in” just want to remind you about my FREE webinar tomorrow at 2-pm EDT for beginner photographers. It’s called “Beginner’s Breakthrough” and if you know somebody new to photography and they want to kick their images up a big notch, I think I have some things that will really help. If you could share this Continue reading "Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations"

A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died nine years ago in combat in Afghanistan. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s Continue reading "A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS"

It’s New Class Friday!

Just One More Flash with Scott Kelby
Learn how to add one more flash to your portrait lighting with Scott Kelby! Building on the foundation you gained in Just One Flash, Scott teaches you the why, when, and how of adding a second flash to your Speedlight setup. Whether you want to create separation between your subject and the background, add a fill light to your subject, or change the look of the background itself, you’ll be amazed at all the great things you can do with a second flash. Be sure to re-watch the Just One Flash class Continue reading "It’s New Class Friday!"

I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…

If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is new to photography, and you want to see them make a real leap to where they’re making much better images right away, have them watch this one minute video below – I think I can help (and it’s 100% free). I’m going to share some things I believe can really make a difference in their photography right away. It’s free and open to everyone, so I encourage you to invite your friends (just send them a link to this post). Here’s the link to register for the Webinar. Thanks Continue reading "I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gavin Hoey!

Small Studio, Big Potential
Around 10 years ago I invested in a wooden cabin at the end of my garden. Finally I got every portrait photographers dream, my own permanent studio and it was HUGE… then I started adding lights, props, an office and I realised it was small, very small! Thanks to YouTube, I’ve invited millions of photographers into my studio and have been asked countless questions about my small home studio set up, so here are some answers. How Small Is Small?
Don’t let the photos fool you, my studio is just 13 feet wide by 24 feet
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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gavin Hoey!

Small Studio, Big Potential
Around 10 years ago I invested in a wooden cabin at the end of my garden. Finally I got every portrait photographers dream, my own permanent studio and it was HUGE… then I started adding lights, props, an office and I realised it was small, very small! Thanks to YouTube, I’ve invited millions of photographers into my studio and have been asked countless questions about my small home studio set up, so here are some answers. How Small Is Small?
Don’t let the photos fool you, my studio is just 13 feet wide by 24 feet
Continue reading "It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gavin Hoey!"

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 RAID Review

Now that Apple has finally joined HP, Dell, MSI, Asus and others as part of the Thunderbolt 3 generation, the time has come to start discussing the devices and interconnectivity that will enable us as we head through the next generation of filmmaking. Digital acquisition has changed the imaging landscape, forcing content creators to rely on constantly changing technologies to stay ahead, usually without fully understanding the consequences of the ever changing formats and media types. With the realization that more than 136,000 photos and over 400 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day, maintaining
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Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom

Hi, gang – here’s another in my new series of Photoshop’s Buried Treasure – this one is a quick, one-click mega zoom that not takes you to a tight zoom right where you want it, it instantly returns you to the tool you were last using. Really handy stuff (and it’s not the trick you were thinking). Hope you found that helpful! Here’s wishing you an awesome Tuesday! Best, -Scott P.S. Looking forward to meeting everybody up here for my Lightroom seminar here in Indianapolis today!    The post Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom appeared first Continue reading "Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom"

Behind-the-scenes: Dramatic One-flash Portrait

Happy Monday everybody. I’m sharing one of my favorite portrait lighting set-ups – one that creates lots of drama and shadows yet it’s super easy to set-up. Above: We’re using just one light — an Elinchrom ELC 500 strobe (but this technique will also work, or course, with a Canon, Nikon, Phottix, etc. flash as well), with an  Elinchrom Rotalux “Deep Octa” softbox here (but you can do this technique with whichever softbox you have). It’s not so much the type of softbox — it’s how you position it. The key to this technique is putting your softbox way up
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Cutting a SXSW Indie Feature Film in Front of 40K People on YouTube

Cast your mind back to April 2016. We published a short article about Sven Pape and how he planned to edit a feature film on FCPX live on the internet for everybody to watch. Well, the film is finished and Sven and his colleague Dustin Hughes presented about the feature "Flesh and Blood" on the Faster Together stage at NAB 2017.

Small Cine-Rovers for creative POV video: Part 1

What first started out as a fascination with ground based POV cam rovers, cars and trucks, I’ve seen a lot of expensive development going into this lately, so I decided to venture into what it takes to build a functional DIY rover that can be used in various locations and production purposes. What first started out as a fascination with ground based POV cam rovers, cars and trucks, I’ve seen a lot of expensive development going into this lately, so I decided to venture into what it takes to build a functional DIY rover that can be used in various locations and
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It’s New Class Thursday!

Designing Graphics for Social Media in Photoshop: 101 with Dave Clayton
Learn how to use Photoshop to help get your message out on social media! Join Dave Clayton to get a designer’s perspective on using your images to build your brand awareness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Each social media outlet has its own set of parameters you need to consider, and with Dave’s Photoshop templates and techniques you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive message tailored to each platform. Whether you have a business or a hobby you’ll benefit from learning how to optimize the Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

Useful tools for editors: Go Predators edition

It’s been awhile since we’ve visited the Useful Tools for Editors series so in honor of our Nashville Predators making it to the NHL Western Conference Finals here’s a new batch of software, hardware, books, tweets and tips for editors everywhere. Go Preds!

Art of the Cut book

Most people reading this column have probably been following Steve Hullfish’s long running ART OF THE CUT series here on PVC. It is by far the most expensive and in-depth interview series with the biggest names working in editorial in Hollywood today. While Steve’s series has published on PVC for quite some
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