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

032 – How to Combat Image Noise in Adobe Lightroom

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Image noise can be a major issue, especially in lower light situations. In this weeks post production video I will teach you how I handle noise reduction initially in Adobe Lightroom.   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

031 – Turn Your DSLR Viewfinder into an EVF

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In this episode I discuss the benefits of using a tool such as the Zacuto Z-Finder to turn your cameras viewfinder into a powerful electronic viewfinder (EVF). Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Zacuto Z-Finder Pro Viewfinder   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

030 – Adobe Lightroom Mobile

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I used to think that Adobe Lightroom Mobile wasn’t a powerful editing solution. I recently decided to try it again as was surprised at how much I enjoyed using it. In this episode I show you how to use Adobe Lightroom Mobile to edit your photos on the go.   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

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

027 – What are Variable Aperture Lenses?

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In this episode I discuss what variable aperture lenses are and the potential advantages and disadvantages to shooting with them. Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Canon EF 18-135mm Zoom 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

026 – Processing Photos in Adobe Camera RAW

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Camera RAW is a powerful tool in Adobe Photoshop which allows you to make global chances to your image before importing it into a Photoshop project. 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

BTL: Street Performer in Las Vegas

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There are many things to see in Las Vegas. Some of the more interesting are the street performers. Some of these characters have some interesting talent. While I was in Las Vegas for a conference I was hired to film, I spent a couple of evenings walking around. One night, I photographed a series of long exposure photographs on the strip of Las Vegas. In front of the Belagio Hotel and Casino, there was this street performer who seemed to be sitting in mid air. He had a crowd of people around him trying to figure out how he was doing it. There didn’t seem to be anything that would hold him up or keep him balanced. My thoughts are that his staff went into a hole in the ground. I did not return during the day to see if in fact I was correct, but upon inspection of some of my photos, it was all that made sense to me. The one thing that stuck out to me was how still he was being. He didn’t move at all. I have never seen someone sit so still before. This led me to wanting to include him in a long exposure photograph. I felt that the image would look cool with the lines the lights of cars would produce behind him. Las Vegas is a bright place. With just about everything being lit somehow, long exposure photography would become hard because when you take a long exposure photo, a lot of light is able to hit …