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Month: December 2013



Shooting In a Niche: Becoming a Boutique Studio

Shooting In a Niche: Becoming a Boutique Studio In my own personal experience, it’s easier to be a photographer when you focus on a single niche instead of trying to shoot anything and everything. Although I do photograph most subjects when asked, I don’t promote myself for them. First, a definition of a boutique studio:…


Lightroom and Photoshop for a More Powerful Edit

I often get asked which software a photographer should purchase, Lightroom or Photoshop.  To me, you can afford it, I recommend getting Lightroom and Photoshop.  They are not interchangeable and each has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Want quick, consistent edits: LIGHTROOM is the winner. Want details, concise edits or the ability to combine multiple images…


Merry Christmas: Enjoy a FREE Snowflake Bokeh Brush for Photoshop

Enjoy this FUN Free Snowflake Bokeh Brush – a little Christmas Gift for you. We wish you a blessed Christmas.  Enjoy time with your family and make sure to document the memories, and also to be a part of them. We have a little goodie for you at the bottom of this post – a…

Sony SLT-A99

New Sony cameras in 2014: A99, A77, and NEX-7 replacements

This is the final post for 2013 from our team and we have decided to close the year with an article about what you should expect from the following 12 months. According to a Japanese magazine, the A99, A77, and NEX-7 replacements are all on the list of new Sony cameras in 2014, while some lenses are on their way, too.

Canon 1D C 4K video 25p

Canon EOS-A1 DSLR camera rumored to feature hybrid viewfinder

This year is almost over and Canon still has not announced a DSLR with a huge amount of megapixels. Hopefully, the wait might be over in 2014, when the company is rumored to announced such a shooter. According to inside sources, this professional DSLR is real, is called Canon EOS-A1, and features a hybrid viewfinder.


Holiday Pictures From Around the Globe: Photographer Inspiration

No matter what your religion, as a photographer it is easy to get swept up in the beauty of Christmas.  From the colorful, bold bokeh of blurred lights to the richness of ornaments hanging carefully from the trees, if cameras could speak, they’d scream out “photograph me.” Whether your are photographing Christmas and Santa Mini…


Cute photos telling the life story of Darcy the hedgehog

A Tokyo-based photographer is using Instagram and iPhoneography to tell the life story of his pet Darcy the hedgehog. Prepare for cuteness galore provided by a series of photos that will definitely make your heart melt, as photographer Shota Tsukamoto is trying to make Darcy the most popular hedgehog in the world.

Bernhard Lang

Amazing aerial photography of a harbor by Bernhard Lang

Aerial photography is one of the hardest to perform as it requires unique vantage points that people cannot reach through conventional means. Thankfully, humanity has developed airplanes as well as choppers, so creative photographers such as Bernhard Lang, get the possibility to capture amazing photos above a harbor.


How to Create Beautiful HDR Images in Photoshop

Create HDR images in Photoshop using Merge to HDR Pro tool. No need for plug-ins or stand alone HDR software.

Canon EOS 1

Canon EOS 1 DSLR camera to become official at Photokina 2014

The Canon EOS 1 DSLR camera is rumored to be the company’s first strike at the big megapixel market dominated by the Nikon D800 / D800E. The Japanese maker is allegedly planning to introduce such a device courtesy of the Photokina 2014 event, which takes place next September in Cologne, Germany.

Nikkor lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens specs leaked on the web

The Consumer Electronics Show 2014 will come packed with multiple announcements. However, the rumor mill is not willing to wait until the event to leak information about the products that are coming in early January. As a result, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens specs and other details have just been leaked online.

Sony QX10 QX100 firmware

Sony QX10 and QX100 update brings more video and ISO features

The Cyber-shot lens-style cameras have been laughed at before becoming a reality, while some folks are still not taking them seriously due to the fact that they are lacking some “must have” features for professionals. A Sony QX10 and QX100 update is inbound and it seems some of those laughs will finally go away.

At the heart of the image

New Nikon DSLR camera announcement date set for January 17

A new Nikon DSLR camera is coming soon. According to the rumor mill, it will be announced in early January 2014. On the other hand, the company’s Middle East & Africa division is claiming that such a device will actually be unveiled on January 17 and will be offered as a grand prize in an interesting photo competition.


A Lot Has Changed In The Past 12 Years: Happy Birthday Ellie and Jenna

Happy Birthday to Ellie and Jenna!  12 years ago today, I heard the most precious sounds I will ever hear… the sound of your lungs screaming “hello” to the world.  And although it did not quite sound like “hello” (more like “eeeeeeeeeeh eeeeeeeeeh”), it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I can…

Sigma 18-35mm wide-angle zoom

Sigma 16-20mm f/2 DG ART lens to be released in 1H 2014

If you were planning to purchase one of the rumored Sigma lenses in 2014, then you should add another model to that list. It seems like the company wants to strike fear among its Japanese counterparts with the launch of the Sigma 16-20mm f/2 DG ART lens, which will be designed for full frame cameras and released in 2014.

Olympus E-M5 replacement

Olympus OM-D E-M5 successor release date is six weeks away

As the rumors about this particular camera are intensifying, then there is little doubt that it is not coming. Thankfully, sources have found out when it becomes available among other details. The camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 successor and it seems like its release date is less than six weeks away.

Fujifilm 10-24mm f/4

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens finally becomes official

Fujifilm is rapidly expanding its X-mount lens offering. A new optic is now official and will provide sought-after wide-angle coverage for X-mount mirrorless camera users. The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens has been introduced to the public officially, while its release date, specs, and price have been announced, too.

Five Samyang lenses

Five Samyang lenses now compatible with Sony A7 and A7R

Sony A7 and A7R users do not have too much lenses specially built for their E-mount full frame cameras at their disposal. However, there is a certain South Korean company which has enriched the offer with several new optics. As a result, five new Samyang lenses are now available for purchase for the Sony A7 and A7R cameras.


Christmas Mini Session Edited with MCP Inspire Photoshop Actions

I’m so happy MCP Inspire came out before my Christmas Mini Sessions! They’ve helped me speed up my workflow tremendously! When running actions, especially ones that enhance color tones, I turn all the layers off, start at the bottom by turning them back on and adjusting to taste. I do this and work my way…

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Low-end OM-D camera is actually the Olympus E-M5 replacement

There have been a lot of rumors covering this subject during the past few weeks. It has confused a lot of people, but in the wake of new information being leaked, we are grateful to be able to clarify this story. The low-end OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera coming in January 2014 will actually serve as the Olympus E-M5 replacement.

Nikon D3300 DSLR leaked

Nikon D3300 camera and new kit zoom lens coming at CES 2014

More rumors have been leaked on the web ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The event takes place in January and it seems like multiple new products will be unveiled by Japanese makers. Beside a 35mm f/1.8 lens for FX cameras, it seems like the Nikon D3300 and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX VR II lens are coming at CES 2014.


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