Two Ways to Change the Color of a Wall in Photoshop

Two Ways to Change the Color of a Wall in Photoshop

One of the most fundamental and useful things Photoshop can do is change the color of objects in a convincing manner. This excellent video tutorial will show you two different ways you can change the color of walls in Photoshop.

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Frame.io v3.6

Frame.io v3.6 focuses on the features that help you keep working securely and efficiently from anywhere. Frame.io has become one of the de facto industry collaboration tools and the company has continued to upgrade and improve the software over the years. So, let’s have a look at what is new in v3.6. Frame.io Transfer When … Continued

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How to Create Effective Overhead Product Lighting

How to Create Effective Overhead Product Lighting

Even if it is not your specialty, product photography is a fantastic way to practice creating precisely crafted lighting. This great video will show you how to create a versatile overhead product lighting setup that you can use on a variety of items and vary to your personal taste.

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Wooden Camera Vertical Video Creation Tools

Wooden Camera has released new vertical video creation tools, including a Vertical Camera Bracket, Mini Vertical Camera Bracket, and a Director’s Monitor Cage v3 Vertical Conversion Kit. Despite the reluctance, there is a growing request for vertical video content. Sure, you could just use an iPhone, but there is a need for higher quality material … Continued

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A Review of the Canon Drop-in Filter Mount EF-to-RF Adapter With Built-in Polarizing Filter

A Review of the Canon Drop-in Filter Mount EF-to-RF Adapter With Built-in Polarizing Filter

Canon’s EF-to-RF adapters are already a great way to ease the transition from DSLRs to mirrorless while maintaining good performance. Beyond enabling you to use your EF mount lenses, the higher-end adapters let you use a drop-in variable ND filter or circular polarizing filter, saving the need to carry large filters or step-down rings. This excellent video review takes a look at the circular polarizing filter version.

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Flashpoint Unveils the Ultra-Portable XPLOR 300 Pro Strobe for Just $500

The Godox AD300 Pro (AKA the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro) has finally arrived. After a lot of regional announcements and teasers and other tomfoolery, Flashpoint announced their version of the light—available immediately in the US—earlier today for just $500.

In case you’ve missed the YouTube hands-on tests and over-seas announcements thus far, the Flashpoing XPLOR 300 Pro is a 300W/s, battery-powered monolight that’s ultra-light, ultra-portable, and is meant to be a much more affordable alternative to the 250W/s ultra-portable Profoto B10.

At just 7.5 inches long and about 3.8-inches in diameter, the XPLOR 300 Pro is the size of a beefy camera lens. But for something this small and affordable, it packs a solid punch. You get 300W/s of power with 9 stops of manual control, recycle time of 0.01 to 1.5 seconds, minimum flash duration of 1/220 to 1/11490, a 2600WAh battery that gives you 320 full-power flashes per charge, a bi-color 12W LED modeling light, and a 328-foot range using the same R2 trigger as former Flashpoint lights.

You also get through the lens (TTL) metering and high-speed sync (HHS) up to 1/8000 sec shutter speed, and an optional adapter ring gives you a Bowens S-mount so you don’t have to buy all new modifiers.

Here’s a quick intro from Flashpoint, and a hands-on video by Seth Miranda over at Adorama:

And here’s a closer look at the flash from all angles:

It’s incredibly tempting to call this light as a “Profoto B10 killer,” and in some respects you’d be right. You lose out on build quality, brand-name reliability, and some features, but at just $500 for the basic kit, the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro is less than 1/3 the price of the $1,700 Profoto B10. Who cares about reliability when you could buy three of these for $200 less than a single B10, right?

Well, some people. We haven’t seen any real-world comparisons yet, but it’s likely the Profoto will outperform the Godox/Flashpoint in terms of color consistency, it definitely wins in terms of “Freeze mode” flash duration, and it offers a more granular level of control. Is that worth an extra $1,200 per strobe? That’s for you to decide.

To learn more about this monolight or pick one up for yourself, head over to the Godox website or order yours here.

How to Properly Expose Video

How to Properly Expose Video

Setting the proper exposure for a video is different than it is for a still image, but of course, it is just as crucial to get it right as it is with a photo. This fantastic video will show you how to properly expose a video consistently no matter the situation.

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Capture One teases upcoming Capture One 20 update, including new heal and clone brushes

Earlier today, Capture One showed off a trio of major new features coming via a free update to Capture One 20 later this month. The announcement came in a live stream, which you can watch the replay of below, hosted by Product Manager Alexander Flemming and Business Development Manager David Grover.

In the live demo below, the first major new feature coming to Capture One 20 later this month is a revised healing brush for retouching images and removing unwanted spots. In the current version of Capture One 20, the healing workflow comprises creating a new heal layer, select your brush and pick a source point. Further, you can only select a single source point per layer.

In the upcoming update, the software will be able to quickly and intelligently select a source point for each instance of using the heal brush on a single ‘Heal Layer’. Per Flemming, there will be no limit to how many different heal points you can have on a single layer nor has the team found any performance issues when utilizing many heal points.

In the livestream, Flemming and Grover shared a few interesting tidbits about how the new healing brush operates. The first time you use the brush on an image, the software caches the entire image, so that all subsequent uses of the heal brush are much faster. Further, the new healing technology is adept at adjusting the luminosity of your source point to match the area you wish to heal or touch up. For example, if an area in the image with the best match for texture is brighter or darker than the area you are trying to heal, the software can match the source area by brightening or darkening it.

In addition to the new healing brush, there’s also a new clone brush. The clone brush works similarly to the new heal brush, but it creates a ‘Clone Layer’ rather than a ‘Heal Layer’. The clone brush creates a pixel-for-pixel clone, rather than replacing a healing area via a source selection. Basically, the clone brush allows you to copy a selected set of pixels from one area of your image to another area.

In this screenshot from Capture One’s presentation, the new clone brush is being used. Image credit: Capture One

Another addition is the new before and after button, which can be found on the toolbar. In prior versions, seeing a before and after comparison was done via a convoluted process whereby you reset the image and then undid the reset. Now you will be able to simply press the before/after button, which creates a sliding before/after split view, showing before on the left and after on the right. This works at all zoom levels and can be used across multiple images. Users will even be able to edit in this view if they so desire. There’s also a secondary before/after mode where you can view the entire image in its before and after state, rather than using a slider.

The upcoming free update to Capture One 20 includes a new before/after view. You can use this view across multiple images at once as well, as can be seen here. Image credit: Capture One

As mentioned, the update is scheduled to arrive by the end of the month. The update will be free for all existing Capture One 20 users, including those who use Capture One Fujifilm and Capture One (for Sony). For more information on Capture One 20, including pricing information for both subscriptions and perpetual licenses, click here.

The Canon EOS R5 has passed Bluetooth certification

It looks like one of the last hurdles to production has been passed, as the Canon EOS R5 has received Bluetooth certification. Nokishita breaks down Read more…