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COVID-19 has made work from home and school from home the norm in many places across the country. Some love it, and some hate it, but I think everyone can agree on one thing—trying to do your work with the kids home is sort of like trying to work in the middle of a dangerous construction site in which you are also required to serve beverages and other refreshments to a horde of very demanding,...
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We show you tips and tricks for ring photography. Similar to our product photography video, we’ll be using a tabletop setup and a combination of natural light and...
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The art and craft of bookmaking long predates photography as an expressive medium. Like any discipline, book design/publishing comes with its own nomenclature. Below are some common terms that you may encounter when you begin making and publishing photo books. Accordion (Concertina) Fold: Parallel folds that open up like an accordion. Addendum: Information added to the end of a book after...
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Doug upgrades his workstation, showing you how to choose parts in order to create your own custom content creator computer. He asks a lot of his computer: 4K video editing, color grading, music production, motion graphics, photo editing, and gaming. A lot of you out there are probably doing all of these things and more, so why not build a computer that can do it all? For an additional step-by-...
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If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s summertime, which means it’s time to give thought to taking pictures under bright, sunny skies. Aside from being toasty warm, summertime also packs more daylight into our waking hours than the dead of winter. The farther north you live, the longer the sun lingers in the sky, and if you go far enough north, it never sets at all! This is all terrific but...
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For many photographers, cropping is a dirty word. For some photographers, the very mention of the “C” word is enough to make them shudder. Me? I do it all the time, and I have my reasons… lots of them. But before we move on, let’s talk about the fact that the pictures we “create” are to a certain extent pre-cropped before we even press the shutter button. “Huh?” Yes. You read my words correctly....
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Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let's discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event. Before we get started, let me say that there are many ways to accomplish fireworks photography and none are usually worse or better than others. The only thing that really matters as you head home after the show is:
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ProRes RAW. Is it ProRes? Is it raw? What is ProRes even? How do I get it? Why do I want it? What do I do with it once I have it? Okay, okay! We heard you. ProRes RAW is an exciting and relatively new video format, but it brings with it an almost endless number of questions. I will start off by saying that it is well worth the effort since raw video can offer increased dynamic range and detail...
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SAFETY. It's a whole new world out there and, if you are reading this, chances are you've been working from home, or as it's come to be known—WFH. There are definitely pluses and minuses of WFH, but something many of us have had to grapple with is keeping our gear—and equally important, our data—safe in an environment that was most likely never intended to be a full or even part-time work center...
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Whether you want a professional look for your livestreams or simply to look better during your next video chat, one of the best options is to use a dedicated camera with excellent video specs, such as your Sigma...
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Doug shows you how achieve a high-quality livestreaming setup with this gear guide. He covers lighting, audio interfaces, green screens, Open Broadcast Software (OBS...
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In 1843, Anna Atkins made history when she bound her cyanotype impressions of algae into the first photographically illustrated book, Photographs of British Algae. A few months later,...
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Whether you want a professional look for your livestreams or simply to look better during your next video chat, one of the best options is to use a dedicated camera with excellent video specs—such as your Olympus Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Now that Olympus has launched the...
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A strange new acronym is suddenly everywhere: WFH, otherwise known as Work from Home. Not to be confused with WTF, Work from Home is a concept that seemed so very distant to most people saddled with the daily commute to an office job until so very recently. The sudden pressure to migrate to a 100% remote work culture...
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By this point, I'm sure nearly everyone has joined more video calls or meetings than they can count. For better or worse, it seems that even if our lives start to return to "normal," the idea of video conferencing and livestreaming will remain just as strong. Now, you might be wondering how to use a current camera (or future one) for streaming or even just how to upgrade from your device's built-...
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