Adapting (and focusing, and exposing, and troubleshooting) 3rd party lenses to the Fujifilm X-mount cameras, by Rico Pfirstinger at Fuji Rumors.

Rico's article also includes the handling of the Metabones Speed Booster adapter on a Fujifilm camera:

"The X-Pro1 is not a rangefinder camera. It’s a pure-bred autofocus camera and as such—despite its hybrid viewfinder—it is only marginally equipped to work in combination with manual focus lenses. Currently, the only tool that the X-Pro1 and X-E1 feature to assist with manual focusing is a magnified digital viewfinder. The camera also offers some kind of focus peaking when you magnify the viewfinder image: It will enhance contrasty edges, indicating that they are in-focus.

Unfortunately, there are a few further aspects that render the X-Pro1 and X-E1 not yet perfectly equipped for working with third-party lenses: When a lens is attached to the X-Pro1 via an adapter, Auto-ISO operates with a minimum shutter speed of 1/30 second—independently of the actual focal length that was set in the adapter menu. 1/30s may be too fast for many wide-angle lenses and too slow for most standard and telephoto lenses. The cameras also set the . . . read more

Mastering Lightroom: Post-Processing Portraits, by Romanas Naryškin at Photography Life

In this installment of the excellent 'Mastering Lightroom" series, Romanas deals with the tricky portrait processing issue in Lightroom:

"The portrait we will be working on, thankfully, doesn’t require too much editing. We will not be playing with Spot Removal Tool, nor will we use any External Editors. The steps we are going to take are quite simple and thus quick. Quick is good – the less time you spend processing your work, the more time you have for photography. Some light usage of Local Adjustment Brush as well as HSL Panel will be needed, and neither one of these have been covered in our Mastering Lightroom series yet. Bear with me if you’ve never used these tools before – I will make sure every step taken is explained in enough detail. In-depth articles about these and other features are to come soon, too. . . . read more

Nice, high-quality, and free, photography e-books at Photowhoa.

So, what's the catch you say? Wondering that myself, I went ahead and downloaded a few, no catch yet, beyond the making of an account at Photowhoa. There  are 10 free titles at the moment, and most are high-street quality material, such as 'The Heart of Portraiture' by Don Giannatti, 'Beautiful Macro Photography Techniques' by Michael Erlewine, and one for the videographers among you, the 'DSLR Cinematography Guide' by Ryan Koo. Depending on your browser, you may have to scroll down to the 'free' section to view these deals.  . . . read more

How to do Light Painting, in a Hong Kong Winery Estate, with a tipsy Kai Wong.

Kai W and the rest of the DigitalRev TV team seems to be very productive-and creative, lately:

"In this video, we take a look at what you can do if you're stuck at home (in the dark) and you want to take some photos....you can do some light painting." 

Ming Thein asks:"What makes a good photographer?"

I'm afraid the answer is not 'the latest and bestest gear with the highest iso on earth':

"Frequently asked, but rarely answered is the question of what makes a good photograph; rarely, if ever, asked is ‘what makes a good photographer?‘ In the first place, does it matter? I think the answer is yes, both because of the importance of self-assessment in the grand scheme of things if you want to continually improve as a photographer, and because we can all benefit from a goal to aim for. Obviously, the answer to this question is going to depend very much on the type of photographer you want to be; being loud, brash and in-your-face might serve you well as a paparazzo, but it’s almost certainly going to result in early retirement if you’re a war photographer. . . . read more

Exploring time-lapse films with the Fujifilm X-E1, by David Cleland at FlixelPix.com

time-lapse videos with the fujifilm x-e1 tutorial

David grabs a no-name intervalometer and wanders into the night:

"In conclusion I am at the bottom of a steep learning curve but I was impressed at the performance of the X-E1 and want to explore the technique further. I realise I have to be aware of battery live so kept a battery on charge for quick change over. Initially I thought changing the battery would ruin the lapse as the camera would change position but I have decided that the camera sitting in a single stationary position isn’t interesting.

I think I have the post production side of things covered so the next step is to master the capture process and then it is time to find some interesting locations to do a proper testing. If you have explored this technique and have any tips please post away in the comments, all advice would be greatly . . . read more

The Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know, by Dan Richards at Pop Photo.

Nicely laid out lighting tips, each one accompanied by an example image. Great for beginners.

The closer the light source, the softer the light. The farther the source, the harder the light. This stands to reason: Move a light closer, and you make it bigger—that is, broader—in relation to your subject. Move it farther away, and you make it relatively smaller, and therefore more narrow. Think about the sun, which is something like 109 times the diameter of the earth—pretty broad! But, at 93 million miles away, it takes up a very small portion of the sky and hence casts very hard light when falling directly on a subject. . . . read more

11 tips for better mobile photography at IstockPhoto.

Istockphoto recently announced they'd start accepting stock photos taken with a mobile device, and seeing the flood of crappy pics coming their way, they decided to educate their users a bit:

Mobile photography has made huge strides in a short time. We have this great powerful device in our hands or pockets now with all the extra tools and software needed to capture, edit and distribute our images in an extremely efficient and flexible manner. These devices output high enough quality images for commercial stock applications — provided the person looking through the viewfinder understands the fundamentals of what makes an image work. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D On-Camera tutorials posted by Canon Digital Learing center

The 12 tutorials seemingly cover a lot of ground, from the very mundane to Time code operation. Canon promises more videos to follow soon.

"Canon On-Camera Tutorial Videos explore a specific feature or technology of the EOS 6D. These instructional videos are designed to be viewed at your convenience: Watch them online, on the go, or even on your camera's rear LCD* screen -- so you can follow along, every step of the way! Check back soon for additional tutorials on the EOS 6D's built-in WiFi and GPS features." . . . read more

Nikon Low Light photography tutorial: Setup your Nikon Dslr to paint with light, by JMeyer at Nphoto Magazine.

Night Light painting in abandoned mine at rhodope mountains

"Even though there are fewer hours of daylight in winter, it doesn’t mean that you have to put your camera into hibernation. You just have to be a bit more creative to get great pictures. You could simply use the artificial light of towns, cities or traffic as a light source, or even shoot stars and other bodies in the night sky, but one of the most creative and unusual ways to illuminate your night shots is using a technique known as ‘painting with light’. . . . read more

In Depth: Mastering Lightroom 4 Virtual Copies, by Romanas Naryškin at Photography Life.

I try to post about most comprehensive Lightroom tutorials out there, and this is the best one when it comes to Virtual Copies in LR4:

"As the name suggests, Virtual Copies are copies of an image file created virtually. In other words, they are copies created within Lightroom environment only. Creating a Virtual Copy does not copy the source file physically. Lightroom only stores editing information within its catalog. Among other things, such an approach also saves disk space (you only need to store information about the adjustments, not both that and a copy of the RAW file itself). . . . read more

Lightroom 4 sharpening tips and tutorial at EPZ

"If you're a Lightroom user you may not have considered the sharpening tool as a serious feature, just dragged the amount to the right and never given it a second thought. Well it's a much more powerful tool than that and here we explain how to get the most out of it. As Lightoom is none destructive the sharpening changes you make do not appear on the original file. And you can have two or more variations of sharpening for each photo - one for printing and one for web viewing, for example. When you've adjusted the sharpening to the desired settings save as a snapshot (Develop>New Snapshot or ctrl+N). Then no matter what you do you can revert to that version by clicking on it in the left Snapshots  . . . read more

How to REALLY Use Flickr (And Make It Onto the Coveted Flickr Explore), by Jason D. Little at Light Stalking.

"Flickr offers users two account options — Free or Pro. With anything bearing the “free” label there are limitations, but you may find these limitations quite reasonable and perfectly suited to your needs. Free accounts are allotted 300 MB worth of images and 2 videos per month. Additionally, your viewable photostream is limited to the 200 most recent images; any other photos that you uploaded previously will remain on the site and you will have access to an active link for those photos, but you will not be able to see them. So, at the very least, you have a backup of your photos. Free users can also place images in a maximum of 10 group pools (more about groups later). . . . read more

3 cool tips for better Black and White conversion using Adobe Lightroom 4, by Darlene Hildebrandt at Digital Photography School.

Ever wondered how the professional photographers get those dreamy black and white or sepia toned images? Wonder why yours come out looking dull and flat looking?  I’m going to give you 3 tips to help you do better black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, and solve that problem!
Today’s cameras are pretty smart, and many of them offer a black and white setting or shooting mode. I recommend using those to start, especially if you’ve never done any black and white (B&W) or if you are not currently doing any post processing or image editing on your files. BUT, if you have some experience with b/w photography, and you are
. . . read more

Jamie Oliver dishes out some delicious food photography tips

Jamie Oliver and renowned food photographer David Loftus come together as Nikon ambassadors and share a video and some nice food photography tips for us:

Photographing food is a trend that has swept across social media sites over the past year, and the topic is a firm favourite with bloggers all over Europe, so how can you get the most out of your DSLR to make your food photos look good enough to eat, and impress your food-loving friends?

To explore the food photography trend and find out exactly how the professionals make their culinary creations look so tasty, Nikon has teamed up with celebrity chef, Nikon ambassador and DSLR photography enthusiast Jamie Oliver, and his collaborator – professional food photographer David Loftus – to discover the tricks of the food photography trade. . . . read more

Lightroom Video: Fooling Lightroom Presets To Create Cool Effects, by Matt Kloskowski at Lightroom Killer Tips.

Neat! Also check out their other recent videos with tutorials about Lightroom 4 working aspects.

"Hey everyone. Got a new video for you. A question or comment I hear quite a bit about is the fact that you can’t save Adjustment Brush settings into a preset in Lightroom. Now, don’t confuse this with saving adjustment brush presets – that you can do (say you have a favorite brush setting for softening skin or whitening eyes). But if you paint something on to the photo you can’t save it. There is a semi-workaround though. It uses the Graduated Filter in Lightroom, and . . . read more

Harry Fisch: National Geographic, how I won and lost the contest in less than one second.

"This is the story of how you can climb to the highest photographic peak and fall in only 72 hours. And why you should carefully read the rules of a contest...

Just landing from my last travel photography trip with Nomad Photo Expedition and  reading the posts , I saw one  from  National Geographic. I did not hurry to open it, it could probably be an add, or the acknowledgement of the photographs I had sent at the last minute to the contest. I have to confess that, to some extend, I got excited before opening it . . . read more

Understanding Metering, by Ming Thein: The bottom line is that it pays to take control of both your meter and focusing system: without this, you can never be fully certain of what your camera is doing.

"As if the whole metering thing wasn’t complicated enough, DSLR manufacturers have started to use the metering CCDs to aid autofocus – after all, it’s an additional source of information that can be used to help track subjects especially when the mirror is down, and the main imaging sensor is not available. The flow of information is two way and affects both autofocus and metering.

The autofocus system uses the spatial and color information from the metering sensor to track subjects by color and . . . read more

Seven Elements of Photography We Can Learn From The Hobbit, by David Wahlman at Digital Photography School: Don’t Use Shallow Depth of Field Every Time.

"You may also notice in images created by someone who knows how to process their images, they’ll have excellent tonal range. The images from The Hobbit capitalize on this. Proper images have some deep blacks and some highlights as well. This is also another way to avoid having your image appear ‘flat.’ It doesn’t necessarily have to be a great deal of each, just so long as you’re touching on both ends of the spectrum. Some photographers like to use filters or they have a style of . . . read more

Ephotozine's roundup of the 10 Most Popular Photography Techniques posted in 2012.

Its all there, from Gimp and Photoshop tutorials, to zoos and sunsets, and the odd abstract with oil and water trick:

"First you need a glass dish. Something about 5-7cm deep will suffice. Give it a good wash and dry with a lint free cloth as it’s incredible how much fluff the average teacloth will leave on the dish. This is something you may not realize until you start taking the photographs! . . . read more

Pop Photo workshop: How To Edit Video in Adobe Lightroom 4, by Debbie Grossman.

Fix exposure, tonality and color using Lightroom 4, By Debbie Grossman.

You can't do that, can you? Well, to some degree yes, Debbie Grossman has some workarounds for many of the limitations, and includes lots of how-to videos in the tutorial:

"Select your captured frame, then click Develop to work on it. Here’s where the magic happens: You can change white balance, add contrast or vibrance, go black-and-white, or even adjust curves. Work your still the way you’d work any other RAW file. (Not all of the tools work. Because video is a time-based medium, you can’t make adjustments such as . . . read more

100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now, by J.Meyer at NPhoto Mag. (Tip 101 added by us: Don't be an early adopter of a newly released Nikon Dslr, til they sort out their teething quality control issues)

d600 100 Amazing Nikon DSLR Tips

All i can say is that this article is epic in its scope and should be bookmarked by every Nikon shooter, newbie or not:

"You can get great shots with your Nikon DSLR straight out of the box, but your results will be even better once you start taking over the controls and making the shooting decisions yourself with manual white balance, shutter speed, lens aperture and ISO settings. But it doesn’t end there. The Shooting menu offers additional options for extending your camera’s capabilities, such as Nikon’s Active D-Lighting mode.
And the Setup menu handles important housekeeping tasks, such as firmware updates and how your files are named. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Tips and Tricks Guide: The Custom Settings menu, what it does and how it works, explained by mpgexsvcd. (Ed: Sorry, no real name of the author found)

"Panasonic GH3 Setup Guide. This video will show you some Tips and Tricks for setting up your GH3. It focuses on setting up the Custom 1-5 settings. However, the very end of the video has several demonstrations of issues with the camera so make sure you watch it all the way through. If you like the video then please rate it and subscribe to my channel if you want to see more videos like it. The GH3 has improved on almost everything over the GH2. However, its high ISO still quality is probably the biggest improvement and it is the reason I bought it. . . . read more

15 Winter digital photography tips (that actually don't suck) at Picture Correct: Keep thy camera cool and thy body warm.

Frozen Canon 1Ds Mark III

These tips are good, because a great deal of them are about how to take care of your camera  during the cold:

"• Even though the digital camera must be used chilled, the batteries must not! Electric batteries held in the cold temperatures shed their energy levels a lot quicker. Attempting to keep the batteries warmer can certainly help sustain energy. You could use hand warmers or maybe hold batteries in trouser pockets in close proximity to yourself to ensure that . . . read more

Canon Pro Network posts Tips & Tricks for the EOS 6D: how to maintain frame rates at high ISOs, use the smartphone connection via WiFi, and more.

"The EOS 6D features a date/time battery that keeps the internal clock running so you don’t have to reset the date and time regularly. However, unlike the battery found in other EOS models, the EOS 6D has a rechargeable backup battery that recharges from the LP-E6 main cell and will go several months between charges. To ensure it never runs flat, make sure you turn on the EOS 6D with a fully charged LP-E6 battery for a couple of hours every few months, to keep the date/time battery fully charged. Combined with the Auto Update time settings provided by the built-in GPS, the camera’s . . . read more

DXO Mark in depth analysis and explanation at the Luminous-Landscape: It works, and it is accurate, but you have to know what you're looking at and how to read it.

"At present, Canon cameras underperform on the Dynamic Range test or, more precisely, on dynamic range measured at low ISO settings. At high ISO, the Canon 1Dx actually has a better dynamic range than the D800(E), and the Canon 5D3 matches the D800(E) at high ISO. This confirms that newer Canon models like the 5D3 and the 1Dx are state-of-the-art as high ISO cameras.

But the problem with Canon (and all tested sensors except those with the latest and greatest Sony sensors) is that the . . . read more

Canon Professional Services to Photographer: Use a hammer and a hacksaw to unstuck the filter from your lens. Photographer complies.

If you think Nikon is loopy for recommending users not to blow on lenses because of toxic fumes in their breath, wait till you read this: Photographer Craig Pulsifer had a filter stuck on this (expensive) Ef 70-200 f/2.8 L IS lens, called CPS and a technician there told him about their preferred method that incudes the use of o hammer and a saw. Craig documented the whole thing in glory gory detail:

"The following method was explained to me by a Canon Professional Service technician.  Note: this procedure is not

. . . read more

A comprehensive tutorial on Split Toning in Adobe LightRoom By Alex Wise: If you're too lazy to ready it, Alex has also made some nice split tone presets for you.

how to to use split toning in adobe lightroom 4.xx

"Split toning has become quite popular thanks to Adobe Lightroom making it easy for photographers to experiment and add duo-tone  sepia and film effects to their photographs. But split toning isn’t anything new and actually dates back to the late 1800′s. The technique was used by photographers including Ansel Adams to add a colour to either the highlights or shadows to a black and white photograph (as they were at the time). Ansel would occasionally add a very subtle purple to the shadows of his stunning photographs. . . . read more

Ben Keough at Digital Camera News: What Makes a Good Low-Light Camera?

"The best plan is to shoot RAW. The second-best plan is to turn down in-camera noise reduction and post-process. But if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you should read professional reviews and look at sample photos for examples of how a camera handles noise and noise reduction.

Once image data has been captured by a camera’s sensor, the file either gets recorded to a memory card in RAW format, . . . read more

Nasim Mansurov takes on the 'How to Build an Affordable Photo Studio', manages to put it together for less than a grand.

All major DSLR makers have speedlights that are proprietary to their cameras.

"If you are getting paid to do photography work, it is your responsibility to know how to work in various lighting situations. And the best way to learn flash photography and get good at it, is to continuously work and experiment with it. Building a small, affordable photo studio at home is a great way to get started. You can learn a lot just from photographing your family and kids at home. That’s how I got started with flash.

Even if you do photography for fun, why not experiment and learn something new? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what to do in . . . read more

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