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From PhotoFest Japan – Getting Ready for a Shoot

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUZ_fDJTdD8 Rick, Hal & Juan are in Japan for PhotoFest Japan, and we have been having a blast and are very much enjoying teaching and learning from all the participants. While we are here, we thought we would record a bunch of video photo tips for you, so keep a close eye on DPE this week. In this segment, Rick shows you the gear he takes with him on a shoot to the Tsukiji fish market in Japan, the worlds largest! Take a look. Oh, I almost forgot, this video was shot entirely with the iPhone 4, the video quality from this iPhone is amazing. We’ll be shooting more videos from Japan with the iPhone. So keep an eye out on DPE for more. -J

1 Jul 2010

Rank #1

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Rick Shares His Top Ten Tips For Great Digital Pix

In this quick video, DPE’s Rick Sammon, a.k.a. “King of the Photo One Liners,” stopped by Nations Photo Lab (http://www.nationsphotolab.com) to share his top ten photo tips with Nations’ Ashley Reeder . . . and you! Enjoy! And speaking of enjoying, enjoy this cool offer: DPE readers can get a free $50 order (prints, books etc.) at Nations Photo Lab, http://www.nationsphotolab.com, by using this code upon checkout: RICK2. This offer expires 6.1.10!

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16 Mar 2010

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From PhotoFest Japan – Fill Flash

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=39ms0jx5ueA Rick, Hal & Juan where in Japan for PhotoFest Japan, and we had a blast and we very much enjoying teaching and learning from all the participants. While we were there, we took the opportunity to record a number of photo tips for you on video. Enjoy! In this segment, Rick and Hal talk about using fill flash to add definition to your subjects and make them stand out. We shot this segment at the Tsukiji fish market in Japan, the worlds largest! Take a look. Oh, I almost forgot, this video was shot entirely with the iPhone 4, the video quality from this iPhone is amazing. We shot almost all the photo tips videos from Japan using the iPhone4 while we recorded sound externally using a Zoom H4n recorder and Sennheiser EW100 G3 wireless mics. In order to keep the iPhone 4 steady we used the awesome Zacuto Zgrip iPhone Jr. Did you know that this and all the other videos here on DPE are available via an iTunes podcast channel? Why is this cool you ask? If you subscribe to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes, whenever we upload a new instructional video it is automatically downloaded to your iTunes, and you can then sync it to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, and watch the videos anytime, anywhere. How cool is that? So, make sure to head on over to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes and subscribe, and while you are there, make sure to give us a positive rating on iTunes. Thanks!

8 Jul 2010

Rank #3

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Expanded Depth of Field

Depth of field (DOF,) or the area of your image acceptably in focus, is a great tool for photographers. Through our selection of aperture, focal length, and focal distance (this is a very complicated subject so we will limit to these three variables) we can control the DOF for all of our images. knowing the viewer’s eye is drawn to “in focus” areas of the image we can direct the viewer around the image as we prefer. In general, landscape photographers prefer a deeper DOF in order to show the viewer the entire scene so they may “explore” in detail. In contrast, the portrait photographer generally decreases DOF to highlight the subject. Certain shooting scenarios, such as macro photography, deliver very limited DOF regardless of our aperture selection. You have probably experienced this effect either when shooting or if you have seen a macro shot of a flower with only one portion of the entire subject in focus. For most of photography’s history, we have accepted limited DOF as a given. A few years ago with the introduction of digital photography, powerful software tools allowed the photographer to overcome this limitation. Software such as Adobe Photoshop CS4, gives us the power to combine multiple images (same subject but each with a different focal point/focal plane/DOF) into a single expanded DOF creation. The video tutorial shows the process using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS4. To capture the source images I recommend the following guidelines. 1) Shoot from a tripod! At Light we use Induro tripods, and Really Right Stuff ballheads and L-brackets 2) Focus on the leading edge of the subject (the nearest part of the subject you want in focus.) Bull’s best focus tip If your camera is equipped with Live View, use it! Bring up the live view screen and then zoom in on the spot you want as the focal point (use the zoom button on the back of your camera with live view enabled and then scroll location with the multi function controller.) Once you are zoomed in, fine tune your focus manually. Using Live View and the 5X or 10X optical zoom and manual focus will give noticable sharper images. After focus is fine tuned, shoot from Live View. This, of course, removes the problems associated with camera shake because of mirror movement/vibrations. For those new to Live View, the mirror is already locked up. 3) Shoot the first image. 4) Without moving the camera or changing composition, refocus deeper into the image. In effect, you are stepping backwards. 5) Shoot again 6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the trailing edge of the subject (the farthest part of the subject you want in focus.) Now you have the required source files to use the Auto Align and Auto Blend functions of Photoshop CS4. Follow the video tutorial from here. As always, any questions, comments, or concerns shoot me an email at email hidden; JavaScript is required/* */. Fiat Lux!

24 Mar 2010

Rank #4

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From PhotoFest Japan – Creating a Sense of Depth

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-9D-mcFzgg Rick, Hal & Juan are here in Japan for PhotoFest Japan which starts this Wednesday, and is definitely going to be a LOT of fun. While we are here, we thought we would record a bunch of video photo tips for you, so keep a close eye on DPE this week. In this first video, Rick and I talk a little bit about adding depth creatively to an image while shooting at a temple outside of Tokyo. Take a look. -J

29 Jun 2010

Rank #5

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Kessler Crane PocketDolly video review

The fine folks at Kessler Crane recently sent me one of their most popular products, the PocketDolly v2, for review. The PocketDolly is an inexpensive yet incredibly well made dolly specifically designed for Video DSLRs. The PocketDolly measures 38.5 inches yet provides approximately 35 inches of travel allowing some the addition of some great movements into your videos. What really sets the PocketDolly apart from most other similarly priced competing models is the fact that it is belt driven and includes a crank that makes it MUCH easier to achieve smooth movements, both by turning the crank or by winding some string around the crank and pulling it. At only 7.5 pounds, the pocket dolly is very portable, yet can hold cameras weighing up to 15 pounds! Don’t worry if you don’t know what a dolly is, or how you can use one on your videos, in the review I demonstrate how to use and and show you some sample shots. Check out the video review and take a look at how great the PocketDolly is; HIGHLY recommended. As always if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will answer them ASAP. -J P.S. Video shot with a Canon EOS 7D

11 Aug 2010

Rank #6

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From PhotoFest Japan – Situational Awareness

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyoYrFE-mr4 Rick, Hal & Juan where in Japan for PhotoFest Japan, and we had a blast and we very much enjoying teaching and learning from all the participants. While we were there, we took the opportunity to record a number of photo tips for you on video. Enjoy! In this segment, Hal teaches us about a very important technique he learned while he was a fighter pilot and how you can apply it to your photography. We shot this segment at the Tsukiji fish market in Japan, the worlds largest! Take a look. In case you were interested, this video was shot entirely with the iPhone 4, the video quality from this iPhone is amazing. We shot almost all the photo tips videos from Japan using the iPhone4 while we recorded sound externally using a Zoom H4n recorder and Sennheiser EW100 G3 wireless mics. In order to keep the iPhone 4 steady we used the awesome Zacuto Zgrip iPhone Jr. Did you know that this and all the other videos here on DPE are available via an iTunes podcast channel? Why is this cool you ask? If you subscribe to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes, whenever we upload a new instructional video it is automatically downloaded to your iTunes, and you can then sync it to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, and watch the videos anytime, anywhere. How cool is that? So, make sure to head on over to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes and subscribe, and while you are there, make sure to give us a positive rating on iTunes. Thanks!

9 Jul 2010

Rank #7

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From PhotoFest Japan – Creating an HDR Image

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbpkmFmhG5I Rick, Hal & Juan are here in Japan for PhotoFest Japan which starts today, and is definitely going to be a LOT of fun. While we are here, we thought we would record a bunch of video photo tips for you, so keep a close eye on DPE this week. In this segment, Rick and Hal talk you thru the basics of creating an HDR image of a temple outside of Tokyo. Take a look. -J

30 Jun 2010

Rank #8

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Dropico an easy way to share your images

Dropico is a new and easy way to share your images on multiple social networking sites from just one interface, and is as simple to use as dragging and dropping. I created this very quick video to show you how easy it is to use. To download and try it for yourself, head on over to http://www.dropico.com/

29 Apr 2010

Rank #9

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From PhotoFest Japan – Different Vantage Point

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jYZl8F5xf8 Rick, Hal & Juan where in Japan for PhotoFest Japan, and we had a blast and we very much enjoying teaching and learning from all the participants. While we were there, we took the opportunity to record a number of photo tips for you on video. Enjoy! In this segment, Rick talks about the importance of shooting from a different vantage point. We shot this segment at the Tsukiji fish market in Japan, the worlds largest! Take a look. In case you were interested, this video was shot entirely with the iPhone 4, the video quality from this iPhone is amazing. We shot almost all the photo tips videos from Japan using the iPhone4 while we recorded sound externally using a Zoom H4n recorder and Sennheiser EW100 G3 wireless mics. In order to keep the iPhone 4 steady we used the awesome Zacuto Zgrip iPhone Jr. Did you know that this and all the other videos here on DPE are available via an iTunes podcast channel? Why is this cool you ask? If you subscribe to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes, whenever we upload a new instructional video it is automatically downloaded to your iTunes, and you can then sync it to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, and watch the videos anytime, anywhere. How cool is that? So, make sure to head on over to the DPE Instructional videos podcast channel on iTunes and subscribe, and while you are there, make sure to give us a positive rating on iTunes. Thanks!

19 Jul 2010

Rank #10