By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.
To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.
By Derrick Story | Friday, September 19, 2014
Most seasoned photographers have an old flash or two stashed in the closet. And they probably work just fine.
It wasn’t because they didn’t work that we put those earlier generation strobes to pasture; it’s just that many of us went through a phase thinking that we needed the latest TTL capability to make good pictures.
We were wrong.
The irony is that the digital age has made manual flash viable again, and in some instances, even preferable. Here’s how I’m putting my old guns back to work.
By Derrick Story | Friday, September 05, 2014
That’s the one thing all digital photographers need. So I’m going to show you a couple “off the beaten track” power sources for your digital devices.
I also have a quick tip for creating an on-the-go LCD magnifier and a handy MacGyver kit that fits in a repurposed filter box.
By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.
But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.
How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?
Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.
By Derrick Story | Friday, August 01, 2014
Lightroom Mobile is an app that lets me bring bits of my Lightroom library with me on the road. But after using it in Hawaii for a week, the tool felt more like a one-way ticket than a roundtrip.
It does a decent job of providing mobile access to an established library on a Windows or Mac computer back home. Using Creative Cloud as the conduit, I can sync Collections within my Lightroom catalog, and view them practically anywhere on an iPad or iPhone. That’s handy.
But I also wanted to upload and manage pictures that I captured in Maui using Lightroom Mobile on my iPad. Going this direction—let’s call it the return trip—was bumpier. The biggest roadblock was that I couldn’t add IPTC metadata, such as copyright, caption, and author name.
Here’s a closer look at how this journey unfolded:
By Derrick Story | Thursday, June 26, 2014
Every time I pack up and move from one house to another, I say, “I’m never doing this again!” Moving is laborious, tedious, and at times, frustrating.
Switching from Aperture to Lightroom can feel the same.
By Derrick Story | Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Aperture or Lightroom?
Some photographers just can’t decide. And to be honest, for image editing, they don’t have to.
That’s because both Aperture and Lightroom can be configured to share the same collection of master images. Keep all of your photos in one directory—on your computer or external hard drive—then “point”each application to them.
By Derrick Story | Friday, May 16, 2014
When will we see Aperture 4?
I get this question all the time.
The implication is that users want new tools for their favorite photo management app. I have no idea when we’ll see Aperture 4. But on my Mac, I’m exploring new image editing techniques all the time thanks to the app’s plugin architecture. Companies like onOne, Google, and Photomatix are supplying me with the ingredients to spice up my existing pictures.
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