Need Some Pointers for Shooting Fireworks This Weekend?

Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

There are plenty of creative ways to shoot fireworks but if you’ve never got good shots before, I’ve got some good pointers to help you get it right this year. I wrote a post a couple years ago with some basic settings for shooting fireworks.

Check it out here: Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

Hope this helps you get some great shots this weekend during your Fourth of July celebration…

The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips – New Book

The Fujifilm X-T1 111 X-Pert Tips

The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Camera is a new book from Fuji Rumors X-Pert Corner writer Rico Pfirstinger.

The new book guides the reader through “the little-known capabilities of the X-T1, which he’s discovered through months of in-depth research and experimentation with the camera. After a brief overview of the camera’s basic functions, Rico cuts to the chase and provides a plethora of tips and practical instructions not found in the user’s manual.”

The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Camera is available for $21.95 here on

How to Make a Custom Splash Screen in Lightroom 5

You can easily make a custom splash screen for Lightroom 5, which you will see every time the program opens. Watch the video above, courtesy of Craig McCormik, for the simple 5 minute tutorial.

Here are the specifics he mentions in the video:

  • Max Image Dimensions: 900 x 600
  • OSX File Path:
    Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
  • Windows File Path:
    Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/L­ightroom/Splash Screen

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How to Remove Noise in Photoshop

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares how to remove noise in Photoshop. He highlights the use of the noise removal tools in Camera Raw, as well as hiding other noise by turning down the black levels.

The same controls are also available in Lightroom, so that portion of the tutorial applies to Lightroom as well. Additionally, you can use the image size and Smart Sharpen tools within Photoshop to combat noise.