The Love-Hate Relationship With Lightroom

The Love-Hate Relationship With Lightroom

There is no doubt that a lot of photographers have strong opinions about Lightroom, but it remains the standard application for cataloging photos and performing basic global edits for a lot of creatives. This great video discusses three things one photographer loves about the program and three things he hates.

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A Look at a Photography Legend: The Nikon F

A Look at a Photography Legend: The Nikon F

Few cameras are more legendary than the Nikon F, having been in the hands of countless professionals over many decades, while still remaining a popular collector’s item and film camera today. This awesome video takes a look at just what made the camera so popular and what it is like to shoot with.

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Two Years With Micro Four Thirds: Can It Hold up to Professional Demands?

Two Years With Micro Four Thirds: Can It Hold up to Professional Demands?

Most professional photographers use full frame, medium format, or APS-C cameras, though micro four thirds has been chugging along for a little over a decade now and maintains a loyal contingent of users who value its especially compact size. Are the tradeoffs in sensor size worth the portability and other features? This great video discusses one photographer’s experience with the system after two years.

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12 Fantastic Tips for Foggy Forest Photography

12 Fantastic Tips for Foggy Forest Photography

Foggy forest photos are a beautiful and ethereal interplay between the sharp, defined, and intricate lines and geometry of trees and the nebulous fog. With the challenging conditions, they can be a bit tricky to shoot, however, but this great video will give you a wide range of helpful tips to get fantastic shots.

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A Review of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

A Review of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

Whereas Canon began their mirrorless lineup with a bunch of extreme lenses, Nikon mostly went for more practical designs for their Z mount. This excellent video review takes a look at one such lens, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens.

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A Review of the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

A Review of the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

Almost every manufacturer has a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens or something similar, as it represents a useful and versatile telephoto focal length range for many photographers without the stratospheric price of supertelephoto primes. This great video review takes a look at Sony’s version, the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens.

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Quick Tip: DaVinci Resolve Chroma Key on Color Page

Chroma Key is used everywhere these days, but it can still be a humbling experience to properly pull a key if you‘re not doing it all day for a living. If you are working in the Studio version of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve you do have one of the best Keyers in the world at your fingertips.
But working the Fusion page is not for everyone. Don‘t fret — there is a decent Chroma Key hidden in DaVinci Resolve‘s Color page.

When Blackmagic introduced the 3D qualifier to DaVinci Resolve I was impressed by how much better it was to select ranges of colors for secondary color correction, compared to the old qualifier algorithms.

What I did not realize at first was that you could use the 3D qualifier to pull chromakeys. Turns out: you can!

And boy does it work well!

Check out this Quick Tip Video, where I‘ll show you how this works.

A few Tips on Shooting Greenscreen

Of course, the results of a chroma key depend on the quality of the footage you are trying to key. To get keyable footage, keep these things in mind:

  • Use the highest possible quality your camera can record — maybe rent an external recorder if the internal codec is weak.
  • Use the proper shade of highly saturated green or blue as a background. Just simple green cardboard does not cut it.
  • Light the subject and the screen separately
  • Put a Kicker-Light on the hair of your talent. Put a quarter or half CTO gel on it.
  • Light the green screen as evenly as possible to about 40% brightness.
  • Get as much distance between your talent and the screen as possible
  • Make sure your white balance is correct
  • Use Greenscreen over Bluescreen whenever possible. Digital cameras usually compress the blue channel the most and that’s exactly where you need information when keying Bluescreen.

If you have questions, requests or ideas for future Quick Tip Videos, please write in the comments.

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How to Pose Normal People for Great Portraits

How to Pose Normal People for Great Portraits

Justin and Kirby share some great tips on how to pose normal people. What do you do when your subject isn’t an experienced model? Give them lots of encouragement, and show them the poses you have in mind.

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What is the Right Gear for Landscape Photography?

What is the Right Gear for Landscape Photography?

Landscape photography can become an addiction — including your photography gear. When is the right time to give in to the urge of trying something new — and what’s important in the beginning?

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