Day 17 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – See original clip names in Premiere Pro timeline

First off, this QuickTip mainly applies to those who use the Display the project item name and label color for all instances in the Project Settings > General. Adobe Premiere Pro project settings A bonus QuickTip is that option by the red arrow above. If that options is CHECKED then anytime you change the name or label color of a clip in a bin or the timeline that change is reflected in the bin or the timeline. In other words it ripples that change of name and color throughout the project. I always turn this option on. With this Project Setting option checked then anytime
Adobe Premiere Pro changed names
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Don’t Go Trendy with Film: Learn Photography Faster with Digital

Are you setting out on your journey of discovery in the wonderful world of photography? Are you wondering whether to go for digital or follow the fad for film? Are you intending to invest in some gear but don’t want to waste your hard earned cash on kit that doesn’t help you to progress? Here’s some advice from a photographer who has seen both sides extensively. Yep, I’m that old. I spent 30 years with film cameras, a short time using both in the infancy of digital, then the last 11 years using digital moving from bridge cameras, through DSLR
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Smoke Bomb Photos: What I Learned Shooting Models in a Junkyard

Ever wanted to try one of those cool smoke bomb shots, with thick, bright smoke in eerily sculpted curves floating around fashion models? I’d never tried one but I’ve seen quite a few images online that amazed and delighted me, so when the local model photography group in Orlando planned a smoke bomb shoot at a secluded junkyard, I was there early with a bag full of smoke grenades and a couple of poses I knew I wanted to get. This is what I learned.


1. Smoke bombs are fun. You want the Enola Gaye WP40 smoke grenades. “WP”
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Day 9 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – Quickly connect a title in Final Cut Pro X

28 Days Filmtools banner One of the strengths of Final Cut Pro X is its fancy graphics and titles, courtesy of Motion templates, 3D text and a very active third party development ecosystem. But I often find that more times than not I’m looking for a very simple title and/or lower third way more often that the fancy stuff. And it was only recently that I learned I don’t have to dig into the Titles and Generators sidebar to find those most basic of titles. They live right under the Edit > Connect Title menu. Final Cut Pro X connect title From there you can connect either a Basic Title or
Final Cut Pro X connect title keyboard shortcut
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Tips for Photographing Your First Hot Air Balloon Festival

Ah, you’ve just received your first camera over the holiday season and you’re itching to use it. Or, perhaps you’re just looking for something new to photograph for this year. Well, might I suggest the following: You should photograph a hot air balloon festival! Why hot air balloons? I personally enjoy their vibrant colors against the sky; it’s a pleasure for me to meet the pilots and their crew; and lastly, it’s fun to fly in them! Some of you may be surprised that these festivals have already been happening in the winter. It should come as no surprise though
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How to Take Great City Photos at Night

Intimidated by nighttime photography? Here’s an inspiring 11-minute video from photographer Peter McKinnon on how you can take better photos of cities at night. McKinnon admits that he struggles with night-time photography. “As soon as the sun goes down, photography ends for me,” he says. “I don’t really enjoy going out with my camera at night.” But in an effort to push his boundaries and expand his creative horizons, McKinnon has been working on liking it more. Using a tripod is very important when you’re shooting at night. Long shutter speeds are a friend of low light environments, and that
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Wedding Photography Lighting Tips, From Preparation to Reception

My name is Jimmy Chan, and I’m the wedding photographer of Pixelicious in Montreal, Canada. I decided to challenge myself and write a comprehensive, in-depth guide to wedding photography in any lighting situation. As the title suggests, it will cover from preparation to reception and beyond, dissecting the characteristics of light while offering many step-by-step actionable tips to delight your next client. It will be written with the amateur/hobbyist in mind, therefore it should be something useful for everyone. Most importantly, this isn’t some theoretical mumbo-jumbo, all images featured below were taken at actual weddings. These are real clients, not
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Think About How You Use Instagram with ‘The Flyer Theory’

No matter how you feel about Instagram, if you’re reading this you know that you need it. Period. Social media can change careers. Instead of being stuck working with people in your 15-mile radius, you’re now open to the world. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably also using Instagram wrong. If you need help with your Instagram, there’s one cheat, trick, hack, whatever you want to call it, that’s free and more beneficial than anything else you can do. How often do you engage with accounts you don’t follow? Do you stick to the photos in your feed? Or
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$10,000 vs. $425 Portrait Lighting: Can You Tell the Difference?

How much of a difference is there between using an expensive high-end lighting setup and shooting the same portraits with cheaper gear? Photographer Patrick Hall of Fstoppers made this illuminating 9.5-minute video that compares a $10,000 studio lighting setup with a $425 option. Can you tell the difference between the resulting photos? For the $10,000 shoot, Hall used 4 Profoto B1 battery-powered 500 watt flashes — each one costs a hefty $2,000. Hall also used the Profoto Air Wireless Remote and a variety of softboxes and modifiers.
The $10,000 option featuring the Profoto B1 flash.
For the $425 shoot,
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Lightroom Shortcuts You Can Use All the Time

If you’re starting to spend a lot of time inside Lightroom, keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys can help speed up your workflow and save you precious seconds that add up over time. Toronto-based photographer Lucy Martin put together this helpful 3-minute video to share the handy Lightroom shortcuts that she finds herself using all the time. Here’s a quick rundown of the shortcuts covered in the video: G – Go to Grid (Library Mode)
E – Enter Loupe View
L – Lights Out
P – Pick/Flag Photo
X – Reject Photo
CAPS LOCK – Auto Next Photo
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Day 1 #28daysofquicktips 2018 – Premiere’s Info window for total durations

Have you ever wanted to know many hours, minutes and seconds of all of those clips you have in your Adobe Premiere Pro bin? Or how about the full duration of a bunch of sequences? Adobe Premiere Pro Info window Access the little used Info window in Adobe Premiere Pro and it will show you the total duration of all the items you have selected. It works well on master clips and sequences. And you can selected clips and sequences at the same time. So if someone asks you how much total footage they shot for this job they are giving you one day to edit
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How to Shoot Macro Snowflake Photos at Home

This is my account of how I’ve fallen in love with snowflake photography… I’ve spent the better part of my life photographing nature’s smallest details. My early years of shooting botanicals eventually evolved into my current obsession with macro insect and spider photography. I’ve spent that same time running from the cold. I’m what some may call a “fair weather” photographer. A “warm season” photographer. A “give me 95°F and 80% humidity and I’ll still be out chasing bugs” kind of photographer. I am definitely not a winter photographer. Besides, other than the occasional snow fleas, there aren’t exactly tons
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How To Photograph Seascapes

Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what “the right settings” are to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look you’re going for. By using some examples of my own, I’ll explain how I shoot my seascapes. I usually define 3 options: Shooting the sea normally with a very fast shutter speed (not going to discuss it in this article as it’s just pressing the shutter and not doing much else), shooting the sea with a bit
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Culture to Cuisine: Where to Go When Planning a Vacation to Spain

Spain offers something for everyone. Whether you love cultural breaks, foodie experiences or simply relaxing on a beach, there is a destination waiting for you in the passionate, sophisticated country. Find out where to go when planning a vacation to Spain.

A Cultural Break

If you want to experience mesmerizing architectures, famous art, and interesting museums, you should make Barcelona your first choice. The cosmopolitan city is easily one of the most culturally rich cities in all of Spain, making it the ultimate destination for those who appreciate unforgettable scenery and delicious cuisine. It’s also located in the Mediterranean’s busiest Continue reading "Culture to Cuisine: Where to Go When Planning a Vacation to Spain"

5 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business as a Photographer

My name is David Wahlman, and I’m a photographer and videographer for outdoor and active lifestyle industries based in Orange County, California. In this post, I’ll share 5 of the lessons I learned after my first year of business.

1. Being Your Own Boss Is Harder Than You Think (and so much better…)

There are a lot of things I’m not good at and a lot of shortcomings I have; laziness is not one of them. I don’t ever remember a time in my life that anyone has accused me of not giving my current task all my energy
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10 Tips for Better Landscape Photos from Kai Wong

Here’s a 12-minute video from photography personality Kai Wong with 10 tips for how you can take better landscape photos. While you might be used to Kai talking about gear, in this video he applies his typical YouTuber charm to bring you technique advice for the great outdoors. Here’s a rundown of the 10 tips covered: 1. Research and find new locations to shoot in. Or, go back to your old favorites to try out new light. 2. Allow enough time to get setup – don’t just head out and arrive a minute before sunset. 3. Bring filters (in particular solid neutral density
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Lightroom Tricks for Organizing Photos and Optimizing Workflow

Need to improve your photo management in Lightroom? Here’s a 19-minute video from Nigel Danson that looks at how you can improve your Lightroom workflow by properly organizing photos and adopting a whole host of useful tips. When organizing his photos on his hard drive, Danson has a hierarchical system that sorts his images by date. First off, he has main folders that indicate the year images were taken. After that, he has Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 folders. Within those folders he has separated things by location. The video is full of tips for Lightroom workflows that Danson has
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How to Take Great Portraits with Only One Studio Light

If you’re into shooting high-quality portraits with minimal studio equipment, here’s a 6-minute video from photographer Manny Ortiz that explains how you can take great, dramatic portraits with just a single studio light. “Using one light is not as easy as it looks,” warns Ortiz. There are plenty of things to keep in mind, as poorly controlled shadows can ruin your images. “It’s all about the placement of the light.” When shooting with just one light, Ortiz positions his light a couple of feet higher than the model’s head, angling the light down towards them. This creates a “flattering”
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