Using Photoshop Smart Objects with Lightroom

In his latest video, Karl Taylor and Adobe’s Richard Curtis look at the power of integration between Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop using smart objects and linked camera raw settings.

Curtis covers some pretty cool landscape editing approaches. The tutorial clocks in at 27 minutes but is worth the watch if you have not explored the relationship of Smart Objects in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Compatible Lenses for Canon Rebel DSLRs

Canon-lenses

If you recently got a new Canon Rebel DSLR or you have been using one for a while now and have not learned all the ins and outs of the system, that’s ok. There is a lot to learn and it can take years to master it all.

This rundown of the acronyms, symbols and designations appearing on your cameras and lenses will help you better understand what they mean and give you some insight in what to look for in your next lens. Additionally, we break down the different categories of compatible lenses and list the current offerings below. [Read more…]

How to Get Started Editing Video in Premiere Pro CC

If you want to get more out of your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s video shooting capabilities, you need to learn how to edit that video. Making the transition from photo editing to video editing can be a jarring move.

Video is whole other can of worms but it can be very rewarding. Even if you are not pushing out videos to a client, being able to do behind-the-scenes videos of your work, or just having polished family videos from today’s digital media devices.

If you don’t know where to start, this tutorial from Terry White is a great place to start. He gives you enough info to get started editing in Premiere Pro CC and cut a sequence from start to finish.

There may be better and more efficient methods to use some of the things he shows, but it is a good starting point. If you talk to 10 different editors, you’ll get 10 different opinions on editing techniques and workflow.

Creative Flash Photography – New Book

Creative Flash Photography

Creative Flash Photography is a new book from photographer Tilo Gockel.

This book “shows you how to make magic by mastering the use of light. You will learn how to use speedlights to create amazing photographs in any lighting situation. Tilo uses 40 lighting workshops to teach his methods for producing impressive flash shots in portrait, fashion, macro, food, still life, and high-speed photography.”

Creative Flash Photography retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $31.32 on Amazon.com.

It is also available as a Kindle edition for $19.99 here on Amazon.com.

How to Shoot Timelapse on the Canon 7D Mark II

One of the great new features on the Canon 7D Mark II is the ability to shoot timelapse photos without the need for the overpriced Canon TC-80N3, which was required on prior Canon pro and prosumer DSLRs if you wanted to shoot in interval mode.

However, when the Canon 7D Mark II was initially announced, there was some confusion about its timelapse capabilities because some of the initial specs and documentation referenced that it could be programmed to capture photos in intervals between 1 and 99 images. That would suck and be pretty much a pointless feature since a second of video footage from a timelapse would contain at least 24 images (e.g., 1080p video at 24fps).  [Read more…]