Photoshop Versus Lightroom Which is Right for You?
The obvious question is, as a photographer, which software package do you need? Both titles are excellent and carry their own strengths and weaknesses, so let’s drill down and examine them in a bit more detail to discover which one is right for you!
When it comes to software, this is probably the most commonly asked question. My answer is, while I personally prefer Lightroom, if you know and use Photoshop, then use Photoshop. If you aren’t familiar with Photoshop, Lightroom is the way to go.
After spending more than 16 hours researching and testing tripods and putting in three years of heavy use, we think the Vanguard Alta Pro is the best choice for most photographers.
I’m constantly asked by beginners about tripods. This Wirecutter piece might help.
Part of my move to start printing my photos comes from my desire to create and share something tangible and special in this age of digital noise and the culture of “now” and “more.”This post is written to other photographers who might be considering buying and using a photo printer. I’m printing exclusively with the Canon Pixma Pro 100 and couldn’t be happier with the results. Below are some reasons why you should start printing.
I’m a big fan of printing off some of your photos. Along with the reasons included in this post, there’s just a certain “something” about holding your photos in your hand in a tangible, physical form and a sense of pride to be able to take your own work and hang it on your wall or to give to a friend.
There are all kinds of places to do printing online or even locally. Here in British Columbia, I’ve used London Drugs to very inexpensively have some of my shots printed (I also have an Epson R2000 printer at home). Grab a cheap frame from Walmart and a couple of hooks and you’re good to go. I love when friends come over, see the photos on the wall, ask about them and I can say, with no small measure of pride, “I took that shot.”
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
If you run either the Mac or Windows version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop Lightroom, grab these plug-ins!
Walking, beer and photography! Two of my favorite things…. 🙂
I saw this on the Inside Vancouver web site and thought it might be kinda fun and different. According to Google Maps, it looks like about a one hour, 5km walk – but we’ll take longer than that!
There are eight East Van Breweries on the tour – I plan on stopping at at least half of them. Wanna come with me? 🙂
“Settings are only a small part of what makes up that image. Lighting conditions, post-processing and the outcome the photographer wants to achieve, are just some of the factors that will dictate what settings the photographer uses. It’s akin to having the correct ingredients for a cake, but not knowing the method behind making it, or the reasons behind that method. Relying on camera settings alone does not tell you anything about the environment the image was taken in, nor does it give you an indication of what the lighting conditions were like.”
The article makes the good point that, even if you know exactly what an image’s settings are, there is a lot more to what goes into a great photo. Knowing the settings can help but don’t expect that, just because you know what settings a photographer uses, you can create the same memorable image.
Source: How Peacocks Look In Mid-Flight
I love images of “ordinary” things doing stuff we don’t see every day. I’ve seen many peacocks but I’ve never seen one in flight.
For a short time every February, when conditions are just right, Horsetail Falls in Yosemite gets transformed by a phenomenon known as “firefall.”
This is an amazing photograph made all the more incredible by the fact it doesn’t happen every year. You have to be lucky as well as good to get the shot.
The last four years have brought some pretty big changes in the photography industry, and the transition made by many photographers from the “classic” to DSLR to the mirrorless camera is one of the most important. Mirrorless cameras have become just as common as DSLRs. Yes, they’re killing the higher end compact camera segment (in cahoots with the smartphone industry), but evolution cannot be stopped and this is one case where change is for the better.
Mirrorless cameras are awesome because they’re lighter, faster and better looking than DSLRs. Some of them deliver equal performance while others are just shy of achieving professional level image quality. Without further ado, here are 6 awesome mirrorless cameras that we recommend.
Even though I love my Nikon D600, I’m a big fan of mirrorless cameras, too. If you want better image quality and flexibility than your camera phone but don’t want to “lug around” a big DSLR, there are some great options in the mirrorless market for you.
One of the things I love about photography is it appeals to both the geek and the artist in all of us. On the geek side you have the technical considerations of making an image; the f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, histograms, dynamic range, all the stuff we must all master in order to communicate our vision.
On the artistry side things are a little tougher to define, shape, color, composition, mood, balance, and that fickle mistress light, to mention just a few.
To make a great photograph we have to find the balance between the geek and the artist.
I love this article because it encapsulates the two sides of photography that really appeal to me – the creative and the technical.
When people ask me what lens they should get after buying their first camera, I always tell them to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens because it’s one of the cheapest.
One of the first lenses I recommend beginning photographers buy is one of the “Nifty Fifties”. They are relatively inexpensive, generally better than the kit lens that came with your camera, great in low light conditions and will force you to move your feet to get the shot rather than just zooming into it.
New to digital photography? Need some beginner-friendly photo tips to help you get up and running with your camera? We can help.
I hope many of you got new cameras for Christmas!
Lightroom is extremely useful for organizing your photos and for post processing. With each new version of Lightroom that has been released more and more of your editing and processing can be done directly in Lightroom without needing to even open Photoshop. Another nice thing about Lightroom is that the learning curve is not as steep as Photoshop’s learning curve.
I’m a huge fan of Lightroom and this site includes a lot of cool and fun tutorials to use Lightroom to make your shots even better.
You may have seen these two photographs being shared around the Internet. They strike at something very profound in us, although we might not know exactly what it is. The Tuscan highway glows with lively warmth at a cool, meandering pace, while the Swedish/Norwegian border is cold and biting, but exhilarating. These images show just what a symbolic and telling tool a leading line can make.
This is a great example of who you are as the viewer affecting and influencing your opinion of a photograph.
That ruler-straight road for miles and miles would just be tedious for me. I’m the kind of motorcycle rider who wants windy, twisty roads so I can throw my bike into corners, leaned over at higher than legal speeds. 🙂
So, who I am influences my feelings about the image.
I get all kinds of questions from beginning photographers so I thought I’d start recording some short tutorials to help folks figure this stuff out. This first beta episode is about aperture.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com. I’m happy to help you figure this stuff out!
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
Hello Prince George Macintosh User Group Members!
Whether it’s an iPhone or a point and shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy to grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one you took.
We are scheduling two classes: The first will be “Learn how to take Better Photographs“ – a repeat of our previous successful class and again at the Prince George Civic Centre. It will run from 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. This class is for any camera – whether it’s the camera on your phone or a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy-to-grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one. We’ll cover how to take better photos with the camera you already have, what are the ways to capture the best images and what are some do’s and don’ts of great shots!
We’re adding a “Learn how to use that expensive DSLR” class as well! It will run from 1pm to 3:30pm on the same date – Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. This class will be focused on more of the details of the DSLR and its operation. We’ll talk about things like Aperture Priority, Photo Editing, Back Button Auto-Focus and lots more!
We’ve tried to cover all the bases – if you missed the previous Prince George beginner class, the Saturday morning “Learn how to take Better Photographs“ is for you. If you have a DSLR and want to learn more about how to use all those fancy buttons to get even more creative shots, the afternoon “Learn how to use that expensive DSLR” class is the one you want. You can even take both classes for a full day of learning more about taking better photos in general and DSLRs specifically!
The classes will be $49.95 or 10% off if you sign up for both classes.
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
The classes will include:
- “Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know the single most important element of every good photo?
- Camera differences – what are the pros and cons of a smartphone vs a point and shoot vs a DSLR?
- Get the most out of your DSLR – learn what the settings of your DLSR do and how they affect the photos you take
- So much more!
We’d love for you to join us for a fun, entertaining and informative day designed to help you take better photographs no matter what camera you have! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Email Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a seminar run by a professional photographer and a “Professional Explainer” for beginners and novices who want to learn how take better photographs. We take often confusing photographic terms and concepts and turn them into plain English so you can start making the most of your photographic opportunities to capture those special moments.
We can teach you some of the ideas, theories and techniques professional photographers know and use in every one of their images. With that knowledge, we promise your photography will get better – regardless of the kind of camera you have!
Shawn is a talented photographer and a “professional explainer” who has taught students around the world how to create memorable images.
What others say:
Sandro — “I came away highly impressed, not only with the technical aspects of this kind of training and the Google Hangouts venue, but also the value of Shawn’s course to any budding photographer.”
Jason — “Shawn has some very practical tips to improve anyone’s photography. Emphasis of basics like this can’t be underestimated.”
Melonie — “We are all really impressed and pleased with all we learned…we cannot wait to take photos. We will definitely be recommending this class to our friends!”
Heather — “Shawn you are an exceptional teacher and we all learned so much. We will all be looking at, and taking, our pictures totally different now thanks to you!”
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
- Easy setup and navigation – large, 2.5″ color LCD
- Compact, space-saving design and great performance
- Print from iPad, iPhone, tablets and smartphones
- Individual inks – replace only the color you need
- Scan to Facebook, plus built-in card slot
I’m a big fan of printing some of your photos and of Epson printers and, at $50, this printer is almost a no-brainer!
Whether you’re traveling near or far, it’s nice to travel light. We search for the best superzoom lens for travel & put 8 space-saving optics head to head. Best superzoom lens for travel: 8 lightweight optics tested and rated
If you can afford a higher quality lens, go for it but the selection here of mid-ranged but “super” zooms is a good one, especially for the traveller. More zoom range means fewer lenses to carry around.
But keep in mind, these mid-ranged lenses may not have the f/stop range you are looking for.