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Week #6 – High Key Photography – Photo Challenge

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It’s supposed to rain all week where I live, but it’s going to be a bright week in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. This week we are challenging ourselves to take a high key photo. High Key Photography is a term associated with an image that has a very bright main light. Often that bright background light is wrapping around the subject. The “key light” in a photo is often the strongest source of light. If outdoors, your key light would often be the sun unless you used strobe lights to over power the sun. In a studio, the key light is normally the main light used to light your subject, while the other lights are there to create depth and control shadows. I have found that many of my high key photos were taken in situations where the light was way too intense to control. Sometimes the only thing you can do with a photo like that is to desaturate it into a black and white photo. I had a hard time finding a high key photo from my archives that was not a black and white photo. High key doesn’t mean blown out. If you search online, you will often find high key photos that have so much light pouring into them that it appears the apocalypse has just happened behind them. Having your main light source be high key simply means that your main source of light is very bright. From there it is up to you as the photographer to decide what …

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Week #5 – Negative Space – Photography Challenge

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We are now over a month into the 2017 Ditch Auto Weekly Photography Challenge. A few of you have told me that you have used your camera more so far this year than you have in the years you have owned your camera. That is awesome to hear. The purpose of the challenge is to get out and use your camera more. This week’s challenge is Negative Space. Negative Space in the context of photography composition is using the space surrounding your point-of-interest to draw the eye of the viewer. It is often that we fill the frame with our subject matter to bring them close and allow us to see the details. This week I want you to use the space around your subject to draw your viewer in. This means pulling back from your subject or even placing your subject strategically to include them in the negative space around them. In this challenge you can use anything as your point-of-interest and your negative space can be anything that can surround your subject. Upload your Week #5 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1421107224579808&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are a few examples of negative space from photos I have taken in the past. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel …

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

022 – Adding Copyright Metadata to an Image in Lightroom

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Copyrighting your photo can be useful in the event that someone uses your photo without your knowledge they’ll know who to credit the photo to. There are a couple of different ways to add copyright information to a photo, in this episode I’ll show you how. 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