Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X [New Book]

Final Cut Pro X Book

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X is a new book from Diana Weynand.  As you are probably well aware of by now, Final Cut Pro X is a significant change from what we’ve been used to with Final Cut Pro 7 and its predecessors.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X retails for $54.99; however, it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $34.64.

Photography Tips and Educational Resources at Photography Bay

I finally put together a bit of an archive that contains many of the educational articles and tips on Photography Bay. You’ll find stuff like the Photography Basics series on aperture, shutter speed and ISO, along with many other posts from a variety of guest authors and yours truly.  As an early resolution for 2011, my goal is to put together several more of these types of articles and tips throughout next year.

You can find the page here or just click on the “Learn Photography” tab at the top of the page.

Tips to Keep Your Inspiration Alive Through Photographic Exercises

The Colors

Let your little light shine! As a photographer, you often can get either bored with what you’re shooting, totally demotivated, or may even run dry of your inspiration. If you shoot professionally, this is not good at all. If you’re a semi-pro or amateur, it can be a real drag for your hobby. I experienced such a problem recently after shooting for three years and I dedicated my time to ensure that the photographer in me doesn’t die out the way being a musician did for me. Here are my tips to ensure that you keep trudging and moving towards the light at the end of the tunnel during the hard times.

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How Much Does Your Gear Matter?

How many of you out there can honestly say that your camera does more work than you do? With PhotoPlus Expo close approaching here in New York City and vendors prepping with meetings with all of us, it may be worthwhile to check out the education lectures and information sessions being offered. Of course, some cameras are more capable than others so there may very well be two sides of this fence that are well defended.

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7 Beginners Tips for Shooting Sports and Action

Astana Team Time Trial by Eric Reagan

In sports and wildlife shooting, it’s all about getting that one particular moment that happens within a fraction of a second. Mastering the techniques to shooting sports will be able to help you progress as a photographer as those skills can be used in other forms such as photojournalism, weddings and street candids. My mentor, who has shot NY Knick games, has been kind enough to pass along some of his knowledge to me.

Here are 7 quick tips for those of you wanting to get better at shooting sports and fast action. Hint: You don’t need a camera that shoots 8fps like the Canon 7D, but it can help.

Note: Several of the photos in this article are from a recent trip to a Medieval Festival where the chance to really use the correct lenses and a better quality camera was presented to me. [Read more...]

David Ziser’s Digital WakeUp Call Tour

Digital WakeUp Call

David Ziser has been on tour for a big chunk of 2009 with his Digital WakeUp Call seminar.  Digital WakeUp Call is an evening-long event that takes place in several cities throughout the US.  While we’re well into the year, there are several major cities still on the map for David to hit before winding up in November, including Indianapolis (tonight), Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Philadelphia and many others.  [Read more...]

Back-To-School Digital Cameras

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

School will be starting again and you’re going to be taking that digital photography or photojournalism class you always wanted to (or just to get rid of credits.) If it’s a good program, your teacher is going to tell you to go out and buy a manual camera of some sort. Despite the fact that you’re most likely going to sell back those textbooks, it will probably be a good investment for you to get a great camera now. Here’s a list of cameras that you may want to get your hands on that may potentially stick with you for the long run.

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The Best Lenses To Help You Learn

Many photographers start out timid and not wanting to do what they have to in order to unleash their true creativity. Once you start shooting though, and you start to become braver, bolder and more confident in your craft. Your lenses are really what teach you to do your job. Even when you become advanced, semi-pro and pro there are always certain lenses that you can go back to in order to learn more about what you can do with your creativity and vision: and they’re not always 50mm’s either!

For that, here are some of the best lenses to learn with no matter what experience you have: [Read more...]