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 | 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.
By Derrick Story | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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 Derrick Story | Wednesday, May 22, 2013
We’ve been busy updating our Flickr Essential Training course, including three chapters on the Flickr mobile app alone. However, after this week’s announcement that Yahoo has released a better, brighter Flickr, it appears there’s more work to be done.
The old Flickr user interface.
By Jim Heid | Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In Chapter 1, Getting the Most Out of the Lens, Derrick shows us how to use sunglasses as a polarized filter.
Compact, point-and-shoot cameras are getting better and better. They’re also getting more complex, sporting features that give you the kind of creative options that were once the exclusive domain of bulky, expensive cameras.
With our latest course, Getting Professional Results from a Compact Camera, photographer Derrick Story shows you how to master your camera’s exposure settings, control its flash, and squeeze every bit of performance out of its optics. Go on-location as Derrick shoots everything from panoramas to macros to nighttime shots, then return to the computer and see how to make them look their best.
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