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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

from raw snapshot to holiday portrait

Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? Know Your Rights

 Photos stolen? Your options

The digital world has given photographers many advantages and disadvantages.

The pros: We don’t have to change film after 36 exposures or use harmful chemicals to process prints, and we can show our photos more easily via the Internet.

The cons: It’s much easier for others to copy our images—and they do. In droves. It’s not just the amateur blogger who’s using our photos without permission. Even renowned companies copy photographs to enhance their web pages or to make money directly.

So what can you do about it? You could never share your photos with anyone—but that defeats many photographers’ goals.

Here’s advice on what to do if you have photos stolen and reused without your permission.

By Bonnie Biafore | Monday, December 15, 2014

Project Management: Develop a Project Communication Plan

project management communication plan

Good communication plays a big part in successfully achieving your project goals and keeping things running smoothly from project start to finish.

Don’t let poor communication derail your project. Develop a project communication plan so you can get the right information to the right people at the right time.

A communication plan helps your project succeed by:

  • Ensuring that everyone affected by your project realizes the project exists, and understands its purpose and impact
  • Facilitating effective communication with everyone who needs to know something about the project
  • Delivering information in a timely manner to the people who need to know about project status, ongoing efforts, and issues
  • Maintaining enthusiasm and support for the project

Here’s the makeup of a communication plan:

By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, December 14, 2014

iPhone Video Beyond Basic: Shooting with FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro

The cameras in Apple’s latest iPhone models are impressive enough, but it’s the software and behind-the-lens processors that make them shine (see my report from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: the Cameras). That combination is directed at one goal: to make it incredibly easy for anyone to capture good photos and videos.

But there’s a tradeoff. In exchange for on-the-fly automatic processing to create the best image the iPhone can make, you lose many manual controls that are essential for shooting deliberate video. Automatic exposure and focus are wonderful when capturing spontaneous events, but if you’re creating something longer that you expect to edit, having more control over these and other aspects of shooting are key.

Naturally, app developers are all too happy to jump into the frame. FiLMiC Pro is a $7.99 mobile videographer’s dream. Perhaps you saw the recent ad for Bentley Motors, highlighting built-in iPads that rise for the discerning chauffeured passenger (see below)? It was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s using FiLMiC Pro (and assembled in iMovie on an iPad Air; stick around to the last few minutes to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it was shot).

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Video Footage Vanished? Here's How to Recover Deleted Files

Recover deleted files from your memory card

You sit down to edit your video and realize your footage wasn’t transferred and your card has been reformatted. Aack! How do you recover your files?

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I show you how to recover the data from a hard drive or memory card.

By Derrick Story | Friday, December 12, 2014

Rediscover Analog Photography with DxO FilmPack 5 Elite

Rediscover analog photography with DxO FilmPack 5

For years, Kodak Tri-X film was my favorite. I bought 100’rolls, then loaded my own 35mm cartridges. Each roll was hand-processed in Kodak D-76 developer, then printed using an Omega B22 enlarger. I still have many of those prints in my collection.

Since those days, I’ve moved from analog to digital, and without complaint. Photography is as exciting today as ever. But I do miss Tri-X film the same way that I miss my 64 blue VW bug and Yashica SLR (which, ironically, was stolen out of my VW, but that’s another story).

Like skinny ties, though, the good things in life have a way of coming back. I’m printing Tri-X again. This time the “darkroom” is DxO FilmPack 5 running my Mac laptop, and the “enlarger” is an Epson 13” printer.

By Simon Allardice | Friday, December 12, 2014

Developing Apple Watch Apps

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Apple recently released a beta version of Xcode 6.2 to developers worldwide. It includes the much-anticipated iOS 8.2 SDK featuring WatchKit, allowing us to develop for the much-anticipated Apple Watch.

Although the Apple Watch itself won’t be released until Spring 2015, with WatchKit now available we can start building apps for this exciting new wearable device right away.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

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