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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 Jeff Carlson | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editing Old Photo Files? Update to Latest Raw Process

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You captured some photos in raw format, maybe edited a few on your computer, and moved onto the next photo adventure.

But then, years later, you run across one you’d like to edit a bit more and are faced with something new—a badge or alert in your software like this one:

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

Did something corrupt the image? No, that badge indicates the photo can be updated to a newer raw process. Here’s how:

By Derrick Story | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Moving from Aperture to Lightroom

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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 | Friday, May 16, 2014

Spicing Up Aperture with Plugins and Presets

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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.

By Derrick Story | Monday, May 12, 2014

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

The Unlimited Laptop and Aperture

If only our laptops held more photos. Life would be so much easier if we could combine the speed of today’s solid state drives and the vast storage of spinning platters. So how do you cope with the thousands of photos captured on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation abroad?

I face this situation all the time—not because I’m constantly on vacation to exotic lands, but because I’m an event photographer who spends a lot of time on the road. I travel with a MacBook Pro 15-inchRetina display laptop with a 256 GB SSD drive. I wouldn’t give up the speed of solid state storage for anything. And thanks to Aperture’s versatile library management, I don’t have to.

Here’s how I manage gigabytes of photos annually with just my laptop on the road and external storage at home.

By Derrick Story | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 tips for organizing your photos in Aperture

Manage your photos in Aperture

Your photo library is getting bigger every day—it’s a fact that photographers can’t escape in this age of digital and mobile photography. As your collection grows, it becomes more and more important to have an organization plan so you can find your images when you need them.

By adopting just a few simple practices, you can take advantage of one of Aperture’s strongest features: getting your image library in order.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 11, 2013

Mastering Shutter Speed

Master your shutter speed

Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly. The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor.

This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 04, 2013

Mastering Aperture: DSLR Video Tips

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How much light does your camera see? The aperture of your camera is its portal to the light in your scene (and without light, there are no pictures or video). Controlling the aperture is essential to getting the right amount of light on to your camera’s sensor to capture the best shots.

There’s another side to aperture as well. As you open the aperture wider, you can narrow the depth of field in your shot, blurring more of the frame outside of your immediate focus area. This is often a hallmark of the “DSLR video” look. Mastering aperture is critical to high-quality video and photos.

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