Archive — September 2013

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...
We're excited to announce a new feature here on the pictureline blog—Workflow Friday! Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we'll have the very talented and extremely knowledgeable Michael Clark here to offer some tips on Lightroom and general workflow principles. Enjoy! To start off this new series, entitled "Workflow Fridays," I want to broach the extremely important topic of color management....
FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R, a premium wide-angle lens designed to work seamlessly with the award-wining line of X-Series compact system cameras. The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R has a focal length equivalent of a 35mm lens, and is ideal for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes, as well as everyday...
I'm a self-taught landscape photographer from Germany. I live in a small town near Nürnberg where I work as software engineer in my full-time job. I started with photography in late 2008 and learned a lot through the internet. There are various excellent blogs out there, which gave me a good start. I especially liked The Radiant Vista, which is...
Canon has announced significant enhancements for the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, and the EOS C100 HD Digital Video Camera, through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in November 2013 for the EOS C300 and EOS C100 camera and December 2013 for the EOS C500. In addition, the XF305 and XF300 series camcorders are scheduled to...
Congratulations to our winner, Ryan Albaugh! You heard that right. We're giving away the hottest (and sometimes the most elusive camera) of 2013—the X100s! For free, ya'll. Free 99. We kind of have a big fat crush on the X100S, so we figured we'd share that love with all of you noble photo lovers out there. These are hard to...