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What Happened to Ditch Auto?

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If you are reading this, you may be wondering what happened to Ditch Auto and what Gear & Light is. I recently uploaded my first video in months to the new Gear & Light YouTube channel outlining why I made the change and what it means moving forward. You can either watch that video or read on for a short explanation. Ditch Auto was originally the name of a video course I created to help people get out of auto mode on their camera by learning to use manual mode. Manual Mode gives you much more creative control over your camera, and it is how you unlock your camera’s true potential. The Ditch Auto name works perfectly for the course. After launching the course, I created the Ditch Auto website and YouTube channel, where I started posting tutorials, gear reviews, and occasionally discussed some photography news. The Ditch Auto name always required explaining when someone came along that had not heard of the course. The Ditch Auto name also didn’t make much sense when I was reviewing and comparing camera gear. What I talk about is Gear & Light, hence the name. My more popular videos discuss cameras, lenses, and other equipment. Some of those videos are reviews, some are comparisons, and others are tutorials. These videos discuss some aspects of light, whether it be how well a camera performs in low light or how to light a subject. After years of not coming up with anything worth changing Ditch Auto’s name, Gear & Light popped …

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Using Manual Camera Mode on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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Have you ever wondered why your photos and video from your DJI Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro does not look as good as the photos or video you see others posting? It’s probably because you are using the auto mode setting for the camera on your drone. To unlock the cameras true potential, you need to put your camera into manual mode. In this video, I walk through the basics of using manual camera mode on the Phantom 4 drone. Using manual mode really does take a decent understanding of photography fundamentals. This is where Ditch Auto comes in. We produced a course that helps you understand how to shoot in manual mode on your camera. Many of the settings and options in most popular DSLR cameras are similar to what your Phantom 4 drone allows you to control. You can take our Ditch Auto course for free. Check out the link below. We are also working on producing a Ditch Auto course specifically for drone pilots. Make sure to check back as we will be releasing that course spring of 2017. Get the DJI Phantom 4 Pro on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jrUJiP Learn how to Ditch Auto and take better photos with our free Ditch Auto course: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/

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Your Comfort Zone Is Hurting Your Photography

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It is really easy to get comfortable with your photography style. Our natural desire as human beings is to find comfort. Once we feel that we are capturing decent photos, we start to learn less. One of the most common statements made through the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual survey is that the course helped the student get out of their comfort zone. I am going to be the first to admit to this cardinal sin of getting too comfortable. It happens after you start to get photography work as a professional. You start to get busy and there just isn’t time left to learn new techniques when you know what’s “tried and true” works for you. On top of that, you are busy editing photos and doing other work that has become part of your process of being a photographer. My problem was that I jumped in too fast. My first year as a professional photographer was only my second year with a DSLR camera. I shot my first wedding within one year of owning my first DSLR. I was either that confident or that dumb. I was probably somewhere in between. At that time, I did the work to learn. I read books, went to workshops, watched Youtube videos, and I read blogs. This was 2005 so there was much less content than there is today. Photographing professionally for others will make you learn really fast. You can’t make mistakes, especially at weddings. You have to get it right the first time. …

034 – Using the Sharpness and Clarity Tools in Adobe Lightroom

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Sometimes our images aren’t as crisp or sharp as we believed. The sharpness and clarity tools in Adobe Lightroom can help us bring back some of the sharpness that we’re missing. Learn how to properly use those tools in this episode. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

033 – Camera Care – Cleaning Your Viewfinder Screen

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Not all fabrics are created equal. If you are like me, your viewfinder is always dirty and in need of a cleaning. In this episode I discuss the type of cloth fabric I use to clean my viewfinder screens to prevent scratching. Products seen in this video: Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (48-Pack) Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Sony a7 II Sony FE 70-200mm F4 lens Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

029 – Back Button Focus

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In this episode I discuss turning off pre-focus and enabling back button focus. This will help you miss less shots due to your camera searching for focus right before the capture as well as combat shutter lag. Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

028 – Removing an Object in Photoshop Using Content-Aware Fill

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Sometimes you want to remove items from a photo that may be a distraction. Photoshop provides a variety of tools to do this but one of the most powerful of these tools is Content-Aware Fill. In this episode we look at removing an object using Content-Aware Fill and I compare that to using two of the other available tools for object removal. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

025 – Protecting Your Glass with UV Protection Filters

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Protecting your investment is important. Lenses are expensive and easily broken. Protection filters help protect the exposed glass of your lens against the elements of the world and accidental impact. In this episode I discuss using uv protection filters to protect your lens against damage and show you a broken filter that saved my $2,000 lens from impending doom. Products mentioned in this video: B+W UV Haze filters (various sizes) Tiffen UV filters (various sizes) B+W 77mm Graduated filter Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Tiffen Lens Filter Case Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

024 – Automatically Open JPG Images in Photoshop Camera RAW

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Camera RAW is a powerful tool for editing photos. It is a much faster process for making overall adjustments to images than using adjustment layers. Before getting into selective layer adjustments, I process images in Camera RAW. To streamline this process, I have Photoshop automatically open JPG images in Camera RAW. Here is how to set that as a default in Photoshop. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

023 – Best Practices for Changing Camera Lenses

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Its easy to change your camera lens but its even easier to get dust on your sensor. This best practice will help you prevent getting dust and debris on your camera sensor as well as prevent potential damage to the mirror or sensor. Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Sony a7 II Sony FE 70-200mm F4 lens