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An Introduction to the GoPro Hero3

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Whether you call it a sports cam, action cam, crash cam, or toy cam, the GoPro 3 has taken the production world by storm. While it’s not a true DSLR camera, we find ourselves mixing it into our production jobs all the time. For time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography, these cameras are great.
In
this week’s episode, we start with an in-depth look at GoPro cameras. You’ll learn
What is a GoPro? Where did these cameras come from and what are they good for?
The GoPro bodies. What are the challenges with the form factor?
Essential GoPro gear. What do you need to get the best shots?
Powering the GoPro. How can a little camera use so much juice?
Accessing GoPro menus. How to stop driving yourself nuts pushing buttons and actually see what you’re doing.
Essential menu commands. Which commands will get you a quality shot?
GoPro cameras are a lot of fun and in future weeks we’ll cover using them for time-lapse shots, going underwater, and flying in a copter. Check out both the sample video above, and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com to learn how you can use a GoPro camera with your own projects.
GoPro is registered trademark of Woodman Labs, Inc.

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Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow

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Olympus OM‑D E‑M5 with Sigma 30mm Lens ƒ 2.8 | 1/13 second | EV -1.0 | ISO 640

I was shooting inside a museum with very little light and a no tripod rule.  The results are above.
For this technique, I used both my gear and environment to stabilize a shot in VERY low light. I was also running on 2 hours of sleep after just getting off the airplane.

  • Find a pole or wall to lean against to brace your body.
  • Using your camera strap, create a reasonable amount of tension by stretching the camera body between your two arms.  You can also just leave the strap around your neck and pull, but this reduces the number of angles you can achieve.
  • Use the Live View panel on the camera to frame the shot.
  • Exhale your breath, (don’t hold it – which causes shake).
  • Fire the shots. Consider using a burst mode to get multiple photos or even brackets so you have a few options in post.

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Overall I’m happy with the results.  A tripod would of course been ideal, but there are plenty of times you’re not allowed to use one when shooting.
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DSLR Video Tips Series Goes On Location


Robbie Carman and I head into the field in the new season of the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers and photographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras. Each week's episode is free to view the week it is released.

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Real World Photoshop Workflow Example

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In this video for TipSquirrel.com, I show my workflow Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. I transform an image to remove the imperfections caused by lowlight shooting.


You can see how this image was shot by reading Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow at Photofocus.

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How to Expose a Video Shot on a DSLR

I've had a lot of people ask me how to properly expose a DSLR camera when shooting video.  It seems a bit tricky since you really need to shoot in Manual mode to get the best results.  Here's a video I recorded for the DPBestflow project which may help you.
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Building a GigaPan

Panoramic Photography - Building a GigaPan from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.


See how to setup the GigaPan system with your camera. Learn how to connect the camera and tether it for control.

For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.
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What is a GigaPan?

Panoramic Photography - What Is a GigaPan? from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.


Learn what the GigaPan system is and why people choose to use it. We’ll complete the initial setup of the platform and create a level shooting area. I’m helped by Photofocus contributor Levi Sim.

For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.
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Moving DSLR Attachments Off Center — DSLR Video Skills


Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman discuss tools like Y adapters, which move attachments to your camera's hot shoe just slightly off center, which results in better sound and video capture results. This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Fixing Nighttime Time-lapse

Fixing Nighttime Time-lapse from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Sometimes when shooting time-lapse at night you'll get unwanted reflections. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make selective adjustments to fix problem areas. For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.
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Better Keying From Production to Post — Watch the Free Webinar


Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did.

Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video, film, and photo workflows. To succeed, it needs to be the perfect combination of production and post. This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor, Rich Harrington. You'll learn how to shoot footage and photos to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow. With Digital Film Tool software products, you'll learn how to use additional tools for those times when you need a key, but there's no greenscreen to be found. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

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DSLR tutorial: Using a prime lens


In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to get shallow depth of field with a prime lens. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Great Lighting in Production and Post — Watch the Free Webinar


Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did. We discussed working with Variable ND Filters, Reflectors, LED lights, Portable Lights, and More. Get production techniques as well as postproduction tips for digital effects to enhance the lighting (or even relight) during the edit.

You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

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Free Webinar — Great Lighting in Production and Post

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Production to Post Series- Great Lighting in Production and Post


Join special guest Richard Harrington and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space!
 

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How to Properly Use A Tripod

tripod A lot of you have likely invested in a tripod… that’s the good news. Now let’s make sure you’re getting the most benefit from using it. Here are a few practical tips to get the results you want.
  • Find a level space. When you set your tripod up, look for a level space. This means less vibrations caused by legs jutting out at awkward angles. If possible, try to avoid spaces prone to a lot of vibration (such as metal platforms or wooden floors in high traffic areas). In fact a surface that’s a little softer (like a grassy field or dirt road) may be ideal.
  • Go low if possible. Depending on the shot you want to make, keep your tripod as close to the ground as possible. This minimizes the potential effects of wind and vibration. Try spreading the legs a little wider. You can go too far and make the whole thing unstable, but remember that a fat pyramid will be more stable than a thin one. It also reduces the chance of the gear tipping over and falling.
  • Don’t use the center column. Less extension always means greater stability. At all costs, try to avoid raising your tripod’s center column. This actually destabilizes the tripod. If you need more height, try moving to higher ground. Can you lower your body instead? Can you try a different angle? Don’t shoot the world from eye level all of the time. If you’re tall, consider a tripod that has longer legs.
Head over to Photofocus, my Photography blog for the rest of the article. http://photofocus.com/2013/06/01/how-to-use-a-tripod-the-right-way-2/
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Using Card Wallets: DSLR Video Tutorial


Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to store photo cards using card wallets. This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.
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Recording Sync Sound

Capturing quality audio with a DSLR camera can be a bit of a challenge. I explain how to get good audio on your next DSLR video shoot. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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Next Free Webinar & Special Offer From Tiffen

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June 5th 12pm EST   
Production to Post series with Richard Harrington
Great Lighting in Production and Post

Join special guest Richard Harrington again and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space !
                                                                                   

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DSLR tutorial: DSLR recording time limits


Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This tutorial explores DSLR recording time limits and scenarios where a time limit might affect a shoot. This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Selecting storage for video editing

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When it comes time to edit your video, the hard drives you use are going to have a huge impact on the performance of your system. No matter how much RAM you have or how powerful a video card, you won’t get real-time performance if your drives are a bottleneck.

Important factors

There are three factors when choosing a disk for video editing:

  • Speed: The speed of drive is the most important factor in determining what media you can play off it. Drives like internal laptop drives or bus-powered USB drives are generally not fast enough to edit HD video.
  • Capacity: When you start to edit HD video, you’ll quickly use up disk space. For example, each minute of video shot on a Canon 5D Mark II is about 320MB. In order to get the storage you need, you may invest in multiple drives or drives that are striped together for a performance RAID.
  • Redundancy: To avoid losing their video footage, most video creators choose to back up to two or more drives or to use additional methods like Blu-ray Disc. Look at redundant drives (such as RAIDs)


Drive technology


Be sure to consider your options when looking at hard drives.
  • Internal drive solutions: Many computers support multiple drive slots. Consider placing a fast SATA drive internally into your computer as a performance disk. Keep it only as a scratch disk and avoid installing application or system files on it.
  • External and portable drive solutions: Several different drives are available once you’ve maximized your internal storage. You’ll find both single- and multiple-drive solutions. Look for units offering connections like FireWire, USB3, or eSATA.
  • Networked RAIDs: Several professional drives allow multiple users to connect simultaneously. These solutions are important if you work in a multiple editor environment and need to share projects or assets.

For more on Adobe pro video workflow, check out the new website — Creative Cloud User.

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New Wacom Tablet Offers Potential for Motion Graphics, Animation, and Video Pros

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Wacom has just announced the new
Cintiq 22HD touch. This device combines tablet and display into one, plus now features multi-touch. Here are the features I'm most excited about.

  • Multi-touch to directly interact with UI elements like color correction controls.
  • A 21.5" full HD display (with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution)
  • 16 customizable, application-specific ExpressKeys located on the side of the display bezel.
  • User-defined Touch Strips, placed on the back of the display to adjust functions like zoom, scroll, brush size and canvas rotation
  • An adjustable stand allows for display rotation, offering both landscape and portrait viewing angles as well as the option to set an incline between 10° and 65°.

The Cintiq 22HD touch ($2,499 USD) will be available in May at select locations and Wacom’s eStore.

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Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow Part 2



Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In the second episode of this three-part series, we continue with the all-RAW workflow in post-production. Join Rich as he shares some tips on how to develop and finesse the RAW files using Adobe After Effects. He will show you techniques such as adjusting the scale of the files before using Bezier handles for creative looking movement. Related Episodes: Part 1 Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow: Ep 125 DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington: Adorama Photography TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCuHGT... Time-lapse Gear: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ke-3... Time-Lapse: Organizing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRtSwu... Time-Lapse: Developing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVPpFw...
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Organizing Multi-Camera Footage



In the previous episode,
PTC002 - Creating a Music Video: Production, we have shown you what it takes to produce a multi-camera music video. Now that all our footage is captured, it is time to begin the post production process. The first and most important step to editing is organizing your footage. From importing to renaming, Host Richard Harrington will demonstrate how to easily assemble and line up all of the pieces you need to effectively edit.
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DSLR tutorial: Beneficial features of the Canon 6D


Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman discuss the benefits of the Canon 6D, including affordability, enhanced low-light shooting, and built-in wifi and GPS capabilities. This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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NAB 2013: New From Convergent Design


Adorama is in Las Vegas this week at NAB! Join Rich as he chats with Amber Cowles of Convergent Design about the new Odyssey, a full-featured 7.7" OLED monitor. It also offers high-quality disk recording.
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NAB 2013: New From Canon


Rich Harrington visits the Canon booth at NAB to speak with Chuck Westfall about some hot new products. Find out more about the 6th member in Canon's Prime Lens Series, the 35mm lens. See what Canon has to offer for cinematographers and video pros, such as the Canon XA20 Compact Full HD Camcorder and the Canon XA25 High Definition Camcorder. Order them now at Adorama.com.
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A Few Of My Piqsures as Interactive Objects

A company that I've been working with is Piqsure. They are about to roll out their public beta to allow people to post their images in cool new ways (including high-resolution viewing on blogs and social media).

Comments welcome.

Neil Armstrong's Space Suit


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Valley of Fire Panoramic


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Rapunzel at Rest


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Young Woman in Israel


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Time-Lapse & RAW Workflow: DSLR | Video Skills



Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich in the first episode of this three-part series about creating a professional time-lapse video using an all-RAW workflow. In this episode, Rich shares some clips from his trip to Panama and explains how he overcame the obstacles of shooting a time-lapse in a crowd of tourists. Then, watch as he begins the post-production workflow by processing the images in Adobe Camera RAW. Related Episodes: Time-lapse Gear: DSLR | Video Skills
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ke-3... Time-Lapse: Organizing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRtSwu... Time-Lapse: Developing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVPpFw...
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Lowel's GL-1 Power LED Light.


Join Rich in Las Vegas at the NAB show where he caught up with Director of Communications, Duane Sherwood, to talk about Lowel's brand new GL-1 Power LED Light. This light is perfect for photographers or videographers who want just a little extra light on their field shoots. Features:
Hand held
Tungston color LED source
Adjustable dimming
Rechargeable Battery
Cool to the touch
Quiet The Lowel GL-1 Power LED Light is available now at Adorama.com
http://www.adorama.com/LLGL1.html
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NAB 2013: New From Blackmagic Design


In this episode Adorama TV host, Rich Harrington visits the Blackmagic Design booth at NAB to speak with Stuart Ashton about some hot new products. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with 13 stops of dynamic range, Super 16 sensor, MFT lenses with ProRes and RAW recording is available for pre-order now at adorama.com
http://www.adorama.com/VDBMCCP.html Also available for pre-order is the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. A high resolution 4K digital film camera with large Super 35 sensor and global shutter for 4K and Ultra HD production. http://www.adorama.com/VDBMCC4K.html
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Win a Camera at NAB from Adorama


You can win a great camera at NAB. Chances are pretty good for those of you at show.

  1. Register at this page — http://www.adorama.com/pages/nab-2013
  2. Visit the Adorama booth at The NAB Show (Booth C7412) to get your ticket
  3. Be at booth at 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for the drawing.

Good luck.

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Remotely Backing Up Your Footage


In a previous episode,
PTC004 - Shooting HDR Photography, we learned how to have a successful HDR photography shoot, while focusing on the benefits of high dynamic range photography, camera settings, and appropriate gear to use.

In this episode of Power to Create, Host
Rich Harrington and Special Guest Abba Shapiro return to discuss the first steps to take when finishing up a shoot, backing up your footage. Uncontrollable obstacles can happen, but you can avoid being a victim. Technology like the Drobo Mini has made transferring your footage easy and accessible. 


In this episode you will learn:
  • How to utilize your laptop to backup your footage.
  • The tools you need to transfer your footage in the field.
  • How to successfully transfer footage from your card to your source.
  • The importance of keeping you footage organized when shooting and backing up.

Be sure to check out the
Power To Create site and Win a Drobo!
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Win a Drobo from Me Plus New Tutorials

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Thanks to the folks at Drobo… I have one to give away each month.

These are the same drives that I run both my office (
RHED Pixel) on as well as my home studio.

You can
enter the contest over at the Power To Create site.

Plus you can check out some great tutorials like


Head over to
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DSLR tutorial: Using a Digital Slate



In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman show how to use digital slates during a shoot to track information such as exposure, aperture, and take numbers.
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Accidentally Reformatted a Memory Card and Need to Get Your Pictures Back? There’s an App for That

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It hasn’t happened to me in a LONG time, but I did get asked the other day by a fellow photographer about recovering pictures from a memory card after an accidental reformat.  There’s a great tool that I’ve used int the past that can pull back photos from the grave called Klix.
The following issues can be solved:
  • Deleted images
  • Reformatted memory cards
  • Corrupted memory cards (often cause by sudden loss of camera power)

The tool works on all types of cards and can recover photos or video (as long as you haven’t written a file to that new place on a memory card). The following card types are supported. It really works well and I’ve used it to recover gigabytes of data with no hitches. The best thing is the try before you buy. You can download the demo and scan your cards… if the demo version sees the pictures it can recover them. File this away for that disaster moment when you realize you’ve blown away a picture (or even a whole shoot) accidentally.
For $20 this is a good insurance policy… you can get more info or the trial
here.

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Photofocus (my photo blog).
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Five Reasons That You Need an L-Plate

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I just posted this over at my photo blog — Photofocus. Be sure to visit there for daily news and inspiration about photography.

I just upgraded and added an L-plate to my Olympus OM-D camera… I’d previously used L-plates on my DSLRs, but this is a first for my Micro Four Thirds camera.
  • A Stable Platform — The L-plate lets you easily switch the camera from portrait to landscape in your tripod. As such the camera is always attached to the tripod head with its weight directly over the tripod column. There’s no flopping the camera into a notch slot and hanging it at an angle when you switch orientation. This means less vibration and less chance of the camera tipping over.
  • A Secure Connection — Because the plate connects with a hex nut, it’s in there. You have to use an actual Allen wrench to connect the plate. It won’t accidentally slide on you throughout the shooting day and you don’t need to worry about the camera coming loose.
  • Less Distortion — I got into L-plates because of panoramic photography. As you rotate the camera, keeping it centered over the column makes it a lot easier to get cleaner results. Each rotation keeps the camera centered and as you swing to encompass a wider view, the images overlap more cleanly and stitch together to make better panoramic photos.
  • Reduced Wear and Tear — I often attach camera straps to my L-plate. I also find that the plate itself provides additional protection from bumps and scratches (almost like body armor).
  • Interchangeability — The L-plate use a tongue and groove type connection that’s based on an Arca Swiss plate system. These makes it very easy to move from one tripod or mount to another. A system is just that, compatibility across all your gear.

If you’re serious about getting the most stability from a tripod (particularly if you shoot stitched panoramics), invest in an L-plate.

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DSLR tutorial: Why do I need a fluid head?


This tutorial explores tripods and fluid heads in detail, and offers practical advice for using tripods in a shoot.

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A Cool Travel Tripod

Adorama Photography TV presents the Giottos VITRUVIAN Travel Tripod. This lightweight, 5-section aluminum tripod is meant for travel. If you are looking for a tripod that is small enough to fit into your suitcase and light enough not to weigh you down on trips, this one is for you.

You will find that unfolding this compact tripod is quick and easy and the legs are very sturdy. Reaching a maximum height of 62" it only takes a few seconds to unlock the legs and fold it back down.

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Sony Alpha NEX-6 Camera: Hands-On Overview

Adorama Photography TV presents the Sony Alpha NEX-6 Camera. The Sony NEX-6 camera is similar to the Sony NEX-7, only more affordable and will fit in your pocket. In this episode, Rich describes the many features of this new compact interchangeable lens camera. Follow along as he describes the settings and results of different images that he took while experimenting with this camera.
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Nikon D5200 Digital SLR: First Look


Adorama Photography TV presents the Nikon D5200 Digital SLR. Join Adorama TV host Rich Harrington in Times Square where he got a first peek at this brand new camera from Nikon. The camera showed up and he rushed out the same day to do a quick overview.

Rich will not only show you what's in the box, but he also takes the camera out to the streets to test the features, presets, mode effects, and much more. Keep checking back for a more in-depth review of this camera, coming soon.

Note, the camera DOES have a mic input, but no headphone jack. We'll update in the in-depth review shortly.

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Adjusting ISO When Shooting Video


This digital video tutorial explains how to boost your ISO without adding noise or overexposing. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html?utm_medium....

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Adjusting Shutter Speed



This digital video tutorial explains how the golden rule of shutter speed (twice the frame rate, divided by 100) and when you might want to deviate from it. Watch more at
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What Causes Camera Shake?


This digital video tutorial explains what causes shaky footage (probably the camera operator) and how to solve it (with image stabilization, tripods, and other suggestions.) Watch more at
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What are Prime Lenses?


This digital video tutorial explains prime lenses—a simple lens use less glass in the lens and are often sharper, faster, and good to get standard length shots. Watch more at
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GigaPan Epic Pro: Hands-On Overview


Adorama Photography TV presents the GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Panohead. This pro-level kit is designed to help create fantastic multi-pixel panoramic images for print or web interactivity. This product is perfect for making very detailed, zoom-able images that can be posted on social media websites or on personal blogs.

Join Rich as he takes you step-by-step through the GigaPan set-up and then shows you how to manage the menu control system. Be sure to catch Rich in the upcoming GigaPan episode where he will reveal how to stitch your new photos together with the GigaPan Stitch software to create incredible panoramic images.
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What is a Matte Box?


This digital video tutorial explains what a matte box is, and how it can protect your video from flares and also hold filters for your camera. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html

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Why Does My Footage Jitter?


This digital video tutorial explains how incorrect shutter settings can make footage jittery, and how you can set it correctly.

This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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Buy At Least One Prime Lens

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When you bought your DSLR, it probably came with a zoom lens that easily lets you get a wide range of coverage with just a quick twist of the wrist. So, why on earth would you go back in time and pick up a prime lens that only offers a single focal length?
It’s all about aperture.
Most prime lenses offer apertures that open as far f/1.2 to f/2. These wide openings let in a lot more light, which is truly useful when shooting in existing light or low-light environments.
Prime lenses are universally faster than zoom lenses and typically are much cheaper as well. This is due to the way the lenses are manufactured. Prime lenses have fewer moving parts and elements than zoom lenses.
Having a prime lens or two in your kit will really come in handy in the following situations:
  • When you need to shoot in very low-light conditions
  • When you want to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur your background or give the video a more filmic look

Be sure to check out the book —
Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots
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Work with Sony F65 Footage Natively in Premiere Pro

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Want to work with the Sony's F65 footage as RAW files in Adobe Premiere Pro? There's a brand new plug-in available. Be sure to download the new F65RAW Plug-in for Adobe (PLAD-RW1). This plug-in adds support for F65RAW MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 products, allowing viewing and editing capabilities.

Download it herehttp://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/plad-rw1


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Are Your Wirless Mics Legal to Use?

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There is potential of radio interference when working with wireless microphones, so be sure to get a unit that offers the ability to use different frequencies. Most kits include a lavaliere microphone, an XLR adapter for other microphones, and a wireless receiver to plug into the camera.

You need to be aware of a recent development regarding the use of wireless RF microphones. As of June 12, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it illegal to use any equipment that operates in the 700 MHz band. This set of frequencies has been reassigned for use by emergency personnel only. Many wireless mics previously on the market operated in this frequency range and must be replaced. More information about this ruling can be found on the FCC website at
www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

Be certain to actively monitor your audio with headphones. Besides interference, there are a few common problems. One is that batteries can wear out, which can introduce dropouts and noise. The most common problem, though, is human error. With two off switches (one on the microphone and one on the receiver), it’s easy to leave the microphone turned off. Remember, you plug into the camera and listen to what the camera is recording to know you are getting good audio.
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Better Monitoring for DSLR Video



AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Skills with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he explains the importance of properly monitoring your shot. Unlike digital photography, there are not many options available to fix a video after a field shoot. In this episode, learn different ways you can prevent focus or exposure problems by adding extra equipment to help. Items such as a camera rig, a reliable viewfinder, and a field monitor will help you to avoid problems that can not be fixed in post.
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My New, Favorite Light

This is my favorite new light… works great and I've used in for portraits, studio, and green screen work.

Adorama Photography TV presents the Lowel Prime 400 LED Light. Join Rich as he tests out all the key functions of this very popular production light. If you ever need a lightweight, all-inclusive light for either in the studio or out in the field, this is the one for you. This quiet LED light is perfect for just about any situation.  One of the key features is that it is cool enough to touch without safety gloves.  Not only that, but your talent will remain comfortable throughout production sitting under this light either in the studio or in the field. 



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Learn About Light Painting

I recently had a chance to go on a great shoot for Jaguar by my friend Scott Bourne. Here's the resulting image from light painting.
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Copyright Scott Bourne 2012 – All Rights Reserved


From Photofocus

"Light painting is a great way to find a new creative outlet for your photography. It’s not rocket science – and in fact there no rules. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – you just do it. But I have some pointers that may get you started if you are new to photographic light painting."


Here's the behind the scenes video


Read the full story
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A Great Shoot and Intense Piece of Lighting Gear

I recently had the chance to accompany Scott Bourne (my good friend and partner over at Photofocus) as he shot a magazine ad for Jaguar.

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If you'd like to see the ad (NSFW – for foreign markets) as well as check out how we used the most expensive lighting equipment in the world, check out this post.

http://photofocus.com/2012/09/06/the-most-incredible-expensive-lighting-system-ive-ever-used-in-photography-nsfw/
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Shooting with the Lensskirt

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I recently had the chance to shoot some stills and time-lapse from the City Center in Las Vegas.
To make shooting through the double glass windows easier we used Lenskirts.

The LENSKIRT is a portable, flexible hood which you attach to the end of your camera lens. It allows you to shoot pictures / video through glass without internal environmental reflections such as yourself, room lights, camera flashes, light leak from under a door.



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Here we are all setup (shooting with my friend Scott Bourne and my assistant Pamela Ann Berry).

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The resulting view was great. The above shot was a 3-second exposure and there's no reflection.

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WiFi Photography


Adorama Photography TV presents WiFi Photography. A new photography trend is on the market that has the ability to connect directly to the internet and upload pictures or video right from the camera. Check out the new cameras with this functionality built-in or find out how you can add this functionality to your existing camera with a WiFi card.

In this episode, Rich demonstrates the capabilities of the Canon Wifi Powershot, the Samsung ST200F Smart, the Samsung NX20 "Wireless" camera, and the new Eye-Fi memory card. These items are designed to allow you to instantly transfer photos and video to social media sites or networks. Discover how you can automatically upload from your camera to your favorite sharing sites, such as Facebook, Picasa, Youtube, or Photobucket.
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Time-lapse Gear Essentials



AdoramaTV Presents DSLR Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he explains how to put together a time-lapse shot. In this episode you will learn what essential gear you will need when preparing to shoot time-lapse photography. Then, follow along as Rich guides you through how to set the camera so that you can ensure fantastic images for your post-production process.

When preparing to shoot at sunset for time-lapse photography, it is important to take the time to find the perfect time and location, ensure your safety, set the camera, test the shots, and then sit back and let the camera sit without any interruption. Being prepared and understanding these steps will make all the difference in your compelling time-lapse project.

Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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HP Performance Advisor is Awesome

Hewlett-Packard - Performance Advisor from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

A demonstration of Hewlett-Packard's Performance Advisor software.

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Nikon D800: Product Review



Adorama Photography TV presents Nikon D800 Digital SLR. This camera is perfect for the pro or the enthusiast. Designed with the videographer in mind, the Nikon D800 can record full HD 1080p, while having the ability to hear and adjust the audio with the built-in headphone jack.

The Nikon D800 has specialty features such as HDR and time-lapse. The HDR mode shoots at up to 9 bracketed exposures, which is perfect for landscape photography. The built-in time-lapse mode records directly to the card as a finished movie or records the individual frames in high resolution to be assembled in post-production.
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Need a Waterproof Camera?


Adorama Photography TV presents the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera. Rich Harrington describes the many features and functions of this rugged camera. Join Rich as he talks about the precise digital features, flexibility, and durability. Learn why this camera was made for the on the go photographer.

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The G-SPEED eS Pro

ProVideo Coalition - G-SPEED eS Pro - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Learn about high-speed storage options from G-tech with the G-SPEED eS Pro.
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New Lowell Prime Lights at NAB

ProVideo Coalition - Lowel Prime LED Lights - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Learn about new lighting options – recorded at NAB 2012.
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It's a Bag, It's a Tripod with Petrol at NAB

ProVideo Coalition - Petrol - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Looking for a great bag that's also a tripod? My crew fell in love with this at NAB and produced a video to give me a hint.
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What's New With NVIDiA CUDA Acceleration

ProVideo Coalition - Nvidia & Cuda at NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Justin Boitano, Director of Marketing for Nvidia, on the latest technology for CUDA. Learn how video editing and motion graphics are getting faster.
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In-Depth Interview About All the AJA New Products

ProVideo Coalition - AJA Video Systems from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Bryce Button about exciting new products from AJA.
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In-Depth Interview about the New HP Z1 Workstation

ProVideo Coalition - HP Z1 Workstation at NAB from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



Richard Harrington interviews Travis Humphries, the global product manager at HP, about the new
HP Z1 workstation. This looks perfect for an extra editing or motion graphics workstation.
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Meet Sydnee – The iPad Accessory Even My Wife Approves Of

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I just got back from Macworld Expo in San Francisco. While there, I came across this device from Kanex – Sydnee (http://www.kanexlive.com/sydnee). It's essentially an iPad charger for a family or small office.

With one plug in the wall, you can set up to three iPads (or other iOS devices). You also can plug in a fourth device. You can keep things nice and neat without having a total cable nest in your family room. The system will auto-detect when devices are charged and then shut off the individual port (while other devices keep charging as needed).

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The device is supposed to start shipping in March (at least according to the booth person I talked to). You can sign up for early info on the product's page. It's list for $149 at this time.



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Avoid Lens Flare by Flagging Your Lens


While the sun is generally incredibly useful to photographers, it can occasionally be annoying. If the sun hits your lens at an undesirable angle, you can end up with spots or flares that ruin a shot. Flares generally take on a geometric shape, and may be easy to miss while recording. Additionally, a flare can significantly reduce the amount of contrast and saturation in your image.

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The flare is typically caused by a very bright light sources (it most cases the sun). Flares are far more common in zoom lenses as they have multiple surfaces that are prone to light scatter. With a little practice you’ll learn to spot flares quickly. Getting rid of flares just requires a few strategies and modifications to your shooting style.

One way to prevent lens flare is to block the light. Typically the flare is caused by light entering from the side of the frame. This light is rarely needed for a proper exposure and can be blocked. If using a tripod, you can place your body to the side of the lens to serve as a wall. You can also reach out with a hat off to the side to block the light.

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I used a Rogue FlashBender to protect the lens from additional flare while shooting on a bright day.


You can of course use other devices to block unwanted light. I’ll often attach a Rogue FlashBender right to my lens (http://www.expoimaging.com). These flexible cards are normally used to shape an off-camera flash, but I find the built in flexible support rods bendable surface works well to flag a troubling flare.

Get more tips here –
Want Better Photos or Video? Avoid Lens Flares


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View Your iPhone or iPad on Your TV

How'd you like to play Angry Birds on your TV? Need to browse a website with your family? Or maybe show your portfolio on the big screen?

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Well if you have an iPad or iPhone running iOS5 as well as an Apple TV you can.

1. Turn on your iOS device and make sure it is connected to the same WiFi network.

2. Turn on AirPlay for your device. Double-click the home button.

3. On an iPhone, swipe twice to the right.

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On an iPad swipe once

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4. Press the AirPlay button.
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5. Select your Apple TV from the list and enable Mirroring.

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6. Browse, launch, play, surf while sharing with all around you on the big screen.

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I can show my portfolio from 500px on the big screen.


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Need a Drobo? I've Got a Deal for You (Valid 11/26 Only)

We use a lot of Drobo products in my office… and I use them at home too. They make some great storage units for keeping data safe.
We've kept in touch with Drobo providing feedback on features and performance (fortunately they're a good listener).



I also got them to offer up two great deals
(valid on Saturday, November 26 only).
We edit most of the video in our offices off Drobo Pros or the Drobo B800i units. Our graphics department also uses the Drobo FS units to share files. I store my photo library on two Drobo S units at home.

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Drobo S

  • Creative pros and photographers.
  • Can also work for many video formats
  • 5 drive bays (Fill with your own drives)
  • eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0

List Price $799.00

Discount Code -$300
RHEDBF

Rebate - $100 (
http://info.drobo.com/l/2552/2011-09-23/BEL52)

Final Cost $399 (That's Half Off)
Code is valid starting 12:01 am 11/26/11 only for 24 hours

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Drobo Pro

  • Creative pros and photographers. Works well for video workflows too.
  • Single-computer storage for creative professionals and small business
  • 8 drive bays
  • Gigabit Ethernet for iSCSI, FireWire 800, USB 2.0
  • I prefer Gigabit Ethernet for video editing (very fast)

List Price $1,499.00

Discount Code -$500
RHEDBF
Code is valid starting 12:01 am 11/26/11 only for 24 hours

Rebate - $150 (
http://info.drobo.com/l/2552/2011-09-23/BEL52)

Final Cost $849 (That's Almost Half Off)



Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook


Follow Drobo too…

We'll have a contest coming up in a few weeks.

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What to Look for in a Video-style Tripod

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We've got a new post over at my site Triple Expsoure – www.3Exposure.com. The site is all about Time-lapse, HDR, and Panoramic photography.

Scott and Rich discuss video style tripods (which are helpful for both Time-lapse and DSLR video). Many traditional photography shooters are switching styles and trying them out too as they are easy to quickly recompose a shot then lock it down solid for HDR too. Learn about Miller tripods and what features matter (and which are overkill).

Head over to check it out

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Yeti – A Great Looking USB Microphone


I just ordered a new podcasting mic from Blue Microphones –
the Yeti. If you like the SnowBall mic, then you'll love the Snow Monster.

  • The best feature is the tri-capsule array– this means you can get four different pick up patterns: stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional.
  • The microphone is the first to be THX certified microphone
  • It has a built in amplifier and zero-latency headphone monitoring
  • You can manually control the gain of the mic
  • It works without drivers on Mac & Windows

The microphone lists for $
149. I didn't get to try it out in-depth yet, but it sounded great with the quick tests I tried.

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A Laptop Case with Ballistic Gel

Here's one of the first things I bought at Macworld (pre-ordered in fact). The Impact Sleeve from FastMac combines ballistic gel and a traditional laptop sleeve. I saw the guy working the booth literally smash his iPhone with a hammer. Yup... no breakage.



Sorry for the low quality pictures... but they're real.

Here's video from
another blogger showing the M&M Test



The sleeves aren't shipping yet, and don't even show up on the site... but mine is pre-ordered. Keep an eye out at FastMac.com.
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Great Photoshop Training Apps On Sale


Need some Photoshop training? Check out our iPhone and iPod touch apps.They are on sale right now at a special price 99¢ and $1.99.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
$.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$1.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
(prices good through February 1)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. We've lowered the prices temporarily so more people will try them out. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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Great Photoshop Training Apps On Sale


Need some Photoshop training? Check out our new iPhone and iPod touch apps.

Quick Fixes has 23 reviews in the iTtunes store (22 are 5-start and 1 4-star)!
People love this app.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
$1.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$3.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
(prices good through November 30)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. We've lowered the prices temporarily so more people will try them out. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly possitive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.





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My Day at Photo Plus Expo

I spent the day in New York city at the 2009 Photo Plus Expo show. It was just a one day trip (thanks Amtrak Acela). I went up for lots of reasons, but here's some of the gear I saw that looked interesting.

Drobo Pro

I spent a lot of time looking at the Drobo Pro in-depth.
This seems to be the perfect box for creatives who need data redundancy. You can place up to 8 drives in the rack (adding them as you go and even mixing and matching sizes). Current drive capacities mean you can store 16TB, but the Drobo folks tell me 3 TB drives are just around the corner (which means 24TB in a rack). .

What's also nice is that you get two options of data redundancy. The Drobo can have protectio so one or two drives can fail and your data is still safe.

The Drobo also offers three interface connections:
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • iSCSI (utilizes Gigabit Ethernet)

It's iSCSI that promse some great options for perfomance.

What I also like is that the Drobo Pro can be rackmounted or placed on a desk.


Hoodman HoodEYE 3.0


I'm
a big fan of my Hoodman HoodLoupe to make it easier to view the monitor on the back of a DSLR camera. With the new HoodEYE you can upgrade your loupe. It offers an oversized eyecup with a temple flair – this helps seal of light when viewing outdoors.
I am particularly interested as we are exploring using loupes like viewfinders for shooting video on DSLR cameras. Having the extraeyecup really does make a difference, but it is a very personal choice.

Installation as an upgrade took only a minute, you can also order a new loop with the modified eyepiece include. They're also offering straps so you can attach the viewfinder. I'm up in the air on this one (compared to a Zacutto viewfinder). This is a much more affordable approach. I do prefer this loop (as a director) so its easier to go aroudn and check cameras, we'll try it as an active viewfinder next week and wil let you know how it does.

Millenniata Archival Media

The
problem with mosts optical media (like CDs and DVDs) is that over time that start to deteriorate. Most discs use a dye to indicate where data is written. This process is called data rot, and it can happen with optical media at any point. Higher wuality discs are less likely, but cheaper discs can happen sooner. The exact point that this occurrs is unknown because the media gives no indicator of a problem.

Millenniata has tried to solve this with their Write Once, Read Forever. The discs are based upon obsidian stone (and I tried to get more out of them.. but trade secrets). The burners use more energy to burn and the surface of the disc is MUCH harder. The results are a disc that is etched (as opposed to just using dye)

While its not a cheap solution, (around $1800 list price for the drive and starter pack) the Millenniata folks are offering optical media that looks the test of time. The discs are also much better able to withstand temperature and physical damage. What's also great is the media is backwards compatible once burned, so you can burn with their special burner, then hand off to a client. They also promise to soon have specialty discs so you can print on the label face.

iDC Follow-Focus


Bruce Dorn is a Canon explorer of light
and a photog who's jumped in head first to the DSLR video market. He's made a folow focus kit that makes it much easier to control focus when shooting video on a DSLR. The device is less complex than other units, as it uses a skateboard style wheel that makes gentle contact with the existing rubber rings on a camera. I played with it hands on and it looks worth testing.

  • It currently only works with Cannon lenses (although I am willing to try and make it work with Nikon)
  • 24mm f1.4 L
  • 35mm f1.4 L
  • 50mm f1.2 L
  • 100mm f2.8 Macro
  • 135mm f2 L
  • 16-35mm f2.8 L
  • 24-70mm f.28 IS L
  • 24-105mm f4 IS L
  • 85mm f1.2 L
  • 135mm f2 L
  • 200mm f2.8 L

I'll be doing a more detailed write-up soon.

Manfrotto 482 Micro Ball Head

I stopped in at B&H on the way over to the convention center.
This little beauty can mount on the camera hot show and give you a threaded mount. This will be perfect to attach an audio recorder to the top of my camera for DSLR Cinema projects. You can mount a variety of audio or video hardware directly to the camera. You can also rotate the mounting plate to a better angle as needed (works well if attaching a light or monitor).
  • height: 2.52 in
  • lateral tilt: -90° / +90° tilt range
  • load capacity: 4.41 lbs
  • material: aluminum
  • weight: 0.33 lbs

Fat Gecko Camera Mount

The folks over at Delkin Devices have comeout with an affordable mount for DSLR cameras.
The Fat Gecko is a dual suction cup mount that can be adhered to a smooth, non-porous surface (like mirrors, cars, airplanes.) It appears rugged, but is still very cost affordable (I would still recommend using a safety chain... but I am paranoid when it coms to gear and insurance).

  • Suction cups can hold a eight pound camera
  • Double knuckle design and 2" extension tube allow for 360° tilt, 360° turn & 360° rotation
  • The ¼ x 20 tripod mounting screw allows for use with most digital still or or small video cameras on the market
  • Suction cups use a quick release function to make attaching and detaching you camera easier
  • Steel frame construction is rugged and durable
  • Four adjustable joints make it easy to tweak the shot

You can see videos of the product in use at
www.fat-gecko.com.

Lensbaby Fisheye Optic

Some people love them (I am a fan) others hate them.
But Lensbaby keeps putting out great new products. They released a new option, a fisheye optic, that drops into their Composer lens.
  • Ultra-wide 12mm focal length
  • 160 degree field of view captures
  • Minimum focus: 1" from front of optic
  • f/4 optic with aperture disks that range from f/5.6 to f/22
  • Designed for use with the Composer, and can also be used with the Muse with a special adapter

The lens won't work with the Control Freak lens. I'm told because it goes soe wide that you actually see the control cabels on the lens.

That was my day... I saw a few more products I like and will try to post. The show runs through Saturday, October 24.


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Great Field Monitor for HD and SD

We recently "bit the bullet" and bought a "real" HD monitor for our field productions, the Panasonic BT-LH80W . This one is pricey (street price is $2200) but its a great monitor. We can mount it on the HD camera for field work, hang it in a carrier for the director (think a Flava Flav clock) and even run it off batteries.

  • Designed for studio and field applications
  • 7.9-inch low-power, lightweight monitor
  • Built-in waveform monitor
  • Compatible with 1080/24 psf, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i

For more information
www.panasonic.com/broadcast.




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H.264 Video in a Jiffy

If you need to create H.264 video files fast... be sure to check out the Turbo H.264 from Elgato. This USB sized device offers a dedicated H.264 encoding chip for less than $100. In our tests... we were flying through video compression tasks. For example, we recently encoded a bunch of hour long video, each taking about 7 minutes. The speed is amazing and the quality is very good. The new software they've released even lets you customize your export templates for custom sizes and data rates (several presets for other portable media players are included).

The Best Price we've found is $89.



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Never Lost on a Road Trip Again

I have found the best gadget for traveling... an affordable GPS system that you can take with you on the road. I'm in LA for the Podcasting Expo and I bought a portable GPS unit (for those of you who've driven LA, you'll understand the need to bale from a clogged highway and find a new route). The Garmin Nuvi 360 Pocket or Vehicle GPS Navigator just rocks.

• It just works, zero problems getting a signal and clear directions.
• It has Bluetooth which is really cool. Pair it with your cell phone and it works as a speaker phone. Need to find a hotel or restaurant, click the built-in guide then push the phone button and you are connected. Dial the office and you have a great hands-free speaker phone. It's clear for both parties and totally works.
• It has built-in storage, and can play music (and even cooler Audible books).
• The screen is bright and clear, plus its a touch screen
• It charges via a USB cable or runs of a cigarette adapter.
• You can put it into a pedestrian mode for walking around cities (it'll ignore one ways, or places that aren't accessible to pedestrians).
• There are no subscription fees.

Be sure to
check it out... this little device has taken away a big chunk of the stress I feel in rental cars (and makes my wife happy as she uses it in her non-GPSed car when I am not traveling).

Thanks to
Terry White from Adobe for the initial tip.

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New EVDO ExpressCard Arrives (and is Perfect!)

So... you may have picked up on my love of all things EVDO. These great cards let the business traveler or mobile blogger kill off the expense of logging in at coffee shops, hotels, and convention centers (I've had months where access has run me $225). Unfortunately, the new Macs and Dells required an ExpressCard (which was not available until today). But I have mine, and thanks to the card... I am mobile and plugged in (in fact that is how this very entry was posted!)

Hats off to
EVDO Info for shipping as promised and getting it to me overnight. Note, their website references a high demand... so if you need one... pre-order.

“The demand is huge for the ExpressCard.
We sold out of our first shipment (which is being sent out to customers on 8/11/2006). Our next shipment is currently scheduled for 8/23/2006.”

Boy... do I love wireless internet.... *GRIN*


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Mighty Mouse Goes Bluetooth


It was only a matter of (too much) time. First, Apple launched wireless mice and keyboards (for those who hate the clutter of cables). Then Hell froze over and Apple released a two-button mouse called Mighty Mouse (do they have to pay royalties to the cartoon character?). But it appeared the two products would never meet. But like all good mice, they eventually created off-spring, and the Mighty Mouse has gone wireless.

I am glad that this has finally happened for several reasons.
• When I use pro video and graphics apps the right-click is a huge time saver as it unlocks many features
• When running Windows on my Mac (don't hate the player) I find myself need to right-click a whole lot
• Trackpads aren't great for precise control such as illustration or design

So, is it worth buying? The short answer is yes (if you need a multi-button mouse). Getting the mouse to pair with a computer is easy (provided you have
Bluetooth). The tracking is accurate (with an improved sensor over original models) and the product appears to have good battery life. The buttons are programmable and most users will find the control button on top of the mouse useful for scrolling and panning. The only annoyance (which is an easy fix) are the side buttons. These are a bit too easy to trigger for my taste as my larger hands tend to trigger them easily. By default, this launches Exposé which will re-arrange your windows on screen. A quick visit to the Keyboard & Mouse System Preference Pane allows you to deactivate these buttons. If you need additional control, then pick this mouse up online or at your local Apple store.
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EVDO Card on its way for MacBook Pro and Dell

A lot of new laptops (such as those from Apple and Dell) are shipping with the newer ExpressCard port. The good news is that the port is very fast and allows for much better performance than the older PC card slots. The bad news is that the peripheral manufacturers are more than a bit behind. When I switched laptops to a MacBook Pro, I had to give up on my wireless EVDO card that allowed me to access a broadband connection from almost anywhere. Well it looks like the drought is almost over. According to EVDOinfo.com, Verizon is in the process of sending Novatel XV620 ExpressCards to their warehouses. This means customers will be able to start placing orders soon.

To sign up for an email notification click here.
• MacBook Pro and EVDO
• ExpressCard/34 & ExpressCard/54 For EVDO

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NuLooq First Look

The fine folks at Logitech sent one of these over for me to play with. It's an alternative input device for Mac users (primarily for Adobe apps - for now). It allows for a customizable interface and is really comfortable to use. Essentially, you can program frequently used tools to be literally 'at hand' or via a custom floating palette on-screen. So far, it's a winner, and I'll update you as I go deeper.
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