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On Thursday, Calumet Photographic closed all of their U.S. stores amid filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I was particularly saddened to hear of yet another specialty photo store (read: non-mass retailer) leaving our industry. It is an incredibly competitive industry with small (and ever shrinking) margins, and the reality is that there are more cameras in the market place than there are...
Last week at pictureline we got a big delivery that came in a rather small package. The Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera arrived at our door. Needless to say, we were pretty thrilled. Along with other recent Fuji news like the X-Series firmware updates and the anticipated arrival date of the Fujifilm 10-24mm f/4 Lens (which will arrive...
The end of any year provides a great opportunity to reflect—time to reflect on goals, dreams, aspirations, progress, setbacks, hopes, and challenges. Keeping goals and a clear vision in your mind of what you want to create can be a powerful tool in bringing them to reality. This visualization has helped me progress in multiple aspects in my life, perhaps...
"Like many successful people, Gage Thompson didn’t wait for work to come to him—he sought it out." Perhaps this is why PDN Magazine recently named Gage an "All-Star Assistant." Gage was recognized not only for his array of photography skills, but also his unwavering work ethic and great sense of humor. Gage has worked with many notable photographers, including widely...
Before we get rolling here, I just want to level with you that adding metadata to your images is obviously not he most enthralling part of a digital workflow. I dread it myself. But, I will say that adding metadata to images is way more enjoyable and faster than putting slide labels on thousands of slides individually like I had...
You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. But just as you’re adding that last bow and tying the final ribbon, you casuallyglance over to the fireplace. Stockings. You forgot about the stockings. Now, this can be you on Christmas Eve, OR you can consider this a cautionary tale and load up on some stocking stuffers right now. Here are...
Typically when we think of spiders and insects, or "bugs," we get a little squeamish, anxious, and even panicked. However, if we were to get up close and personal with these little critters, we may find that they’re not quite as menacing as we think. Just ask macro photographer, Colin Hutton. Colin is photographing these creatures in a whole new light. And...
Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas actually don’t start until Christmas Day? Crazy, right? People are often misguided in thinking that the 12 Days are some sort of countdown before Christmas, and here at pictureline, we like that story, so we’re going with it. We’re in full on Christmas mode and we’ve got 12 products that anyone...
There’s something special about the sound of an old school shutter. With each snap, you hear the shutter open and close. Without even looking at exactly which speed your shutter is set, you can hear the difference between 1/500 s and 1/15 s. Of course you’ll see the difference between the images later, but it’s kind of cool to hear...
Eggnog. Sugar cookies. Holiday ham. Cheese. Wine. Chocolate. Does this sound like your current meal plan? We understand—us too. Between all those holiday parties filled with trays of perfectly placed goodies, savory meats, and seemingly endless beverages, ‘tis the season for food. And when it comes to food, making it look appetizing is half the battle—at least for photographers. So...
In Lightroom (version 4 and 5), there is also the option to shoot with the camera tethered directly to a computer. This feature is very easy to use. First off, you’ll have to have your camera tethered to a computer running Lightroom. Most cameras come with a short USB cable that can be used to tether the camera to a...
In the world of photography, there never seems to be a year when there’s not something on our wish lists. Holidays are often the time we hope to see that new DSLR under the tree, more memory cards stuffed inside our stockings, or perhaps unwrap a gift to discover the latest version of our favorite software. As photographers, we all...
Whenever a Nikon CoolPix is mentioned, our thoughts immediately turn to Ashton Kutcher commercials and point-and-shoot cameras. However, the Nikon CoolPix A—a mirrorless APS-C compact camera with a fixed 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens and CMOS sensor—takes some pretty amazing photos for a camera that can fit inside your pocket. In a recent photo contest this past September, Nikon sent each...
Every time I teach a Lightroom workshop, invariably at the end of the workshop, there are a few participants who have a rat’s nest of images all over their computer and who cannot find any one image easily. Staying organized is one of the key things that all of us need to learn when it comes to organizing our image...
In 1999, my wife and I bought my wife's grandmothers house. Each room was left neatly with the normal accumulation of 'things' after 40-years living in one place. Grandma Bolton was a spunky lady, and luckily we were able to get a glance into her past and learn about her life through her possessions. A few weeks into the move,...
The EOS 5D Mark III is a completely re-engineered DSLR camera that boasts improved photo and video capabilities over its predecessor, the EOS 5D Mark II, and continues to address the demanding needs of professionals in still photography, cinema and television. The new firmware update adds two highly useful features: a clean HDMI output option and cross-type AF at f/8....
The Digital Negative (DNG) file format created by Adobe is an open source "archival" file format for raw digital images. It was created because Adobe noticed that some file formats were starting to disappear, and some raw processing software options were not supporting those older out-of-date file formats anymore. For example, Kodak, who is now in bankruptcy, had raw file...
Four years ago, Swedish lighting manufacturer Profoto challenged themselves to create the most easy to use yet powerful and versatile off-camera flash ever released. Today, the B1 is set for launch, together with a new TTL remote for Canon E-TTL II cameras. "The B1 concept was born from a simple idea," says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. "We wanted...
The new Nikon Df is a modern classic designed for those who have felt a connection to their camera, who revel in the idea of going out to photograph an unfamiliar location, and who know the effort and ultimate satisfaction that is part of getting the shot. Announced today, the Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon...
Light is the most important element in photography. In fact the word photography comes from Greek meaning ‘to draw with light’. The way light interacts with objects is the reason for color, shape and texture. Being able to control and manipulate light so that you can creatively affect these variables in your photographs is like unlocking a new world of...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, party people! We love Halloween here at pictureline, so to celebrate, we're giving the best costume photo a $25 pictureline gift card! Just post your photo to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #pictureween and we'll choose a winner tomorrow at 3pm. We got in the spirit today and set up this shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III,...
Sean Teegarden is a Los Angeles based freelance photographer, specializing in portraiture, still life, and commercial advertising. He's also a spooky photographer mastermind who works with Knott's Scary Farm every year to photograph their annual Halloween Haunt. Sean was kind enough to creep you out this Halloween with some snaps from the shoot and thoughts on the process. You can...
You may remember Darren Pearson and his mad light painting skills from his Light Painting Photography Tips post. Darren uses long exposure photography and his illustration skills to create life-size light sculptures on the California landscapes, and now he's taking that magic to a whole new level with his latest creation: Light Goes On. It's a light painting animation compiled...
If there's one thing we love, it's photographers taking their art and combining it with science to make something magnificent. That's exactly what German photographer Martin Kilmas is doing with his Sound Explosions series. From Martin's site: "This series of photographs should be considered as a continuation of Klimas' previous work, Sonic Sculptures. Klimas is still concerned with finding out...
Ming Thein is a true professional behind the camera, even though he found his vocation rather late. After receiving a master’s degree in physics when he was only 16, and followed by a successful career in business, Ming Thein became a full-time photographer in 2011. Today, 26-year old Ming Thein likes to spend time eating – and taking photographs of...
Local Utah outdoor photographer and pictureline friend Adam Barker has a full feature profile in this month's edition of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and we think that's pretty neat! In the article, Barker gives some solid advice to young photographers: [quote align="center" color="#999999"]"I always tell them three things. Work on your portfolio so you have an established body of work. Then...
A logical and well thought out editing process is the key to finding your best images and bringing them to life. When I get back into the office I normally download and import the images, add metadata, then take a short break before the editing process begins. I would recommend that you edit your images in a series of steps—unless...
FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-E2, a premium interchangeable lens camera featuring the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and the segment’s fastest autofocus of 0.08 seconds for a truly remarkable photographic experience. As the fifth interchangeable lens camera system introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series, the FUJIFILM X-E2 delivers picture quality that...
Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D5300. Offering the benefits of SLR performance with the versatility of wireless connectivity, the D5300 allows users to easily capture and share amazing images and videos. Though compact and lightweight, the Nikon D5300 packs an enhanced 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processing and...
What draws you to street photography? And what do you enjoy the most about it? In retrospect, a documentary about Bruce Gilden was the trigger that got me excited for the genre. Gilden is certainly a photographer who separates street photographers, but his style capturing life on the street is real and gritty. What really impressed me is his loss...
Hasselblad has released a new sensor unit firmware (version 2.4.3R) for all H5D Cameras, and new firmware for all H5D Camera bodies (H5D131008.hbf). H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R: Faster start-up time Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole) Low battery warning on sensor unit display High temperature warning Double click on release button enters menu on sensor...
Fall. Autumn. Harvest. It’s more a state of mind than a season. For yours truly, autumn is far and away my favorite season. Why? It’s the colors. Scenes that are already memorable are truly set off by fiery reds of Maples, or golden hues of Aspens. I would imagine autumn is a great time for most anyone who loves the...
Elsie Larsen and Emma Chapman are an unstoppable sister duo with no end of creative ideas. They each write and create for their wildly successful lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess, where they share inspiration for crafts, recipes, fashion, and decor. Elsie and Emma are also avid photographers who, after years of taking their own photographs for the blog, decided to...
Nikon Inc. today announced the Nikon D610, the latest FX-format HD-SLR to incorporate cutting-edge features and superior operability to help photographers create amazing images and Full HD video. Engineered for those enthusiasts who focus on the color, sharpness and clarity of their images, the D610 provides enhanced performance and image quality improvements, coupled with Nikon core technologies, all in a...
Benjamin Von Wong is an up-and-coming photographer/videographer based out of Montreal. Since quitting his day job as a mining engineer in 2012, Ben has been throwing himself into his passion for photography, growing both personally and professionally. We came across Ben's Game of Thrones fanfiction video, and he was kind enough to sit down with us and tell us a...
The last blog post on Lightroom Preferences is a key topic but, if I am being honest, it is not exactly an exciting topic. Lightroom may not seem like a complex piece of software but there are some subtleties that will help it run smoother and much more efficiently – a few of those were covered in the last blog...
Richard McManus is a freelance wildlife film maker and photographer. He has always had a passionate interest in wildlife, and his photography has developed from a hobby he had as a boy. All forms of wildlife interest him, and he has photographed extensively in the polar regions as well as the tropics. His photos are sold through Getty Images and...
GoPro today announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. These upgrades, combined with an improved lens and convenient new video capture modes, produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro, yet. In addition, GoPro announced several new mounting accessories that further enable immersive...
When it comes to capturing video on an HDSLR, a key concept some photographers tend to have trouble understanding often pertains to shutter speeds. Coming from a world where they can use almost any conceivable shutter speed to create a photograph, photographers tend to take that same mindset into creating their videos and are often disappointed with the results. For...
Calling all photographers! Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources is excited to announce whtir first digital photography contest. Pack up the camera, head outdoors, watch some wildlife and win some prizes. Seasonal themes Because we're lucky enough to live in a state with an array of wildlife active during each of our stunning seasons, the contest will feature four seasonal themes....
We came across Benoit Courti's stunning black and white photography the other day and knew we had to share his work with you. Benoit is based out of Paris and worked as a music composer before becoming a photographer. The stark contrast and masterful use of light in Benoit's photos is quite extraordinary. From Benoit's biography: Perhaps it’s because Benoit...
Adobe released Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12 today, introducing several new and enhanced features to improve America's #1 selling photo editing software. New Guided Edits and enhanced Content Aware tools provide powerful editing abilities to any level of user, and you can now take your Elements photos wherever you go on your smartphone or tablet. Top Features...
Many photographers are trying to set themselves apart by creating new looks. Many go with loud software effects which are many times tired and overused. Software effects can sometimes be helpful, but it is much better to create your looks and effects in-camera. Doing so not only makes for more clean and realistic images, but also saves you a ton...
Before using Lightroom in earnest, I would highly recommend dialing in the Preferences dialog box and set up your preferences so Lightroom can be optimized for speed and your workflow. To open this dialog box, go to Lightroom > Preferences. There are six categories in the preferences panel: General, Presets, Import, External Editing, File Handling and Interface. Also, please note...
Today, Nikon Inc. announced the world’s first waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1. Also designed to be freezeproof, the durable and versatile AW1 thrives in harsh environments while delivering the high-performance features and incredible image quality that thrill-seeking families need to capture every moment and memory. By land or by sea, from the tropics to snowy peaks,...
A local Utah photographer/designer and close friend of pictureline, Dallas Graham, is using the art of photography for a world of good. And we thought you should know about it. Dallas recently launched the Red Fred Project, which is, in Dallas's words, "a magical collaboration through which I co-create original stories in the form of self-published books with 50 children...
My photographs are a window to my experiences in Nature and my own way of connecting to the beautiful outdoors. In my photos, I strive to capture ‘Light’. Having found ‘quality light’, my next step is to search for anything earthbound (landscapes, figures) to match or complement it, and in the process create a moving narrative with visual harmony. As...
So you've got your engagement photos coming up. What in the world do you wear? Here are my 10 tips from a photographer's perspective on what you should wear/do for your engagements to bring out your personality: 1. Coordinate your clothes, but don’t be too matchy. I also love layering and different textures in the outfits. 2. Bring at least...
I got into photography after graduating from film school. I fell for the idea of attempting to create a story within a single frame. In my photos I try to capture that sense of romance and freedom you have in those moments between adolescence and adulthood. I am inspired by dreamy music, films (particularly ‘Days of Heaven’ by Terrence Malick...
Those of us whose photographic passion leads us to specialize in landscape work, especially those who participate in it as a hobby, understand just how precious and rare an explosive sunset or sunrise experience can be. Many of us have 9-5 jobs, and may only get a handful of opportunities to get out and chase light. I’ve been in this...
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