Month: October 2017

REVIEW: 3 Legged Thing QR11-LC Universal L Bracket

British tripod company 3 Legged Thing recently launched the QR11-LC universal L bracket and the bright orange colour immediately caught my eye, as well as the staggering low price of just $49. In recent years I have always equipped my cameras with L brackets from Really Right Stuff, but these can cost anywhere from $150 to $250, and they are camera specific which isn’t ideal for the long term. Much as I like the RRS brackets, lately they have made them heavier, bulkier, more complex and more expensive. I was about ready to look at other solutions so the...

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Really Right Stuff TA-3 Series 3 Levelling Head Review

Really Right Stuff make levelling heads for their Series 3, Series 2 and Series 4 tripods and in this review we’ll be taking a look at the Series 3 TA-3 levelling head which sells for between $195 and $310 depending on the handle options and clamp that you specify. The head weighs 12.2 ounces and with the twist of the locking handle you can tilt it up to 15 degrees in any direction. When you set up your tripod, all you have to do is roughly level it with the leg locks, and then use the levelling head, with...

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Photographing Morant’s Curve in Banff National Park

  Morant’s Curve is a bend in the railway that runs between Banff and Lake Louise, right through Banff National Park. The curve happens to have a spectacular mountain backdrop, and it’s easy to photograph it from a pullout on the side of the Bow Valley Parkway. Highway 1A (Bow Valley Parkway section) runs parallel to Highway 1 between Banff and Lake Louise and if I’m headed in either direction I usually take the slower and more scenic parkway because you can often see wildlife such as grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk and moose. The curve is a...

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Macphun Changes Its Name to Skylum Software

In the last couple of years, Macphun have emerged as a huge player in the photography software industry, and they seem to be gaining momentum every month. The company started life by creating iOS apps, but then quickly moved into image editing with a number of task-specific plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. In the last couple of years however, the company has switched gears and produced two incredibly powerful programs called Aurora HDR and Luminar which operate as standalone programs, or plugins for other pieces of software. In my opinion, Aurora HDR is the best HDR program out...

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How to Add a Signature Watermark to Your Photos in Lightroom Classic

Adding a watermark of some sort to you images should be considered a necessity if you’re going to share them online or with potential clients. Over the years there have been many instances where new clients have come to me, having found a photo of mine on the internet somewhere. It’s not always possible to determine the copyright holder of an image from the metadata, because much of the metadata is stripped from photos when they are uploaded to social sharing websites. Having a clear watermark somewhere on your image will give you a fighting chance at being found...

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REVIEW: Cecilia Leather Camera Straps

It’s pretty hard to stand out from the crowd in the camera strap market and it seems that every couple of months I get another press release from someone that claims to have the “next big innovation” in this sector. I also get my fair share of requests from people to test their latest straps, and usually it’s pretty hard to get excited about that prospect. Recently I got an email from the folks at Cecilia though, and what struck me right away was the fact that they weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel with some form of clever...

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CanvasPop Print Service Review

Printing images on canvas has become very popular over the last few years and CanvasPop has emerged as one of the more prominent online companies to offer this service. They recently reached out to me and asked if I’d like to test their services, and given that I’d never reviewed a print service before, I thought it would be fun. Up to now I’ve always had my own prints created locally in Vancouver, BC, so I haven’t had a good answer for people when readers have asked for an online printer recommendation. Armed with a credit for about $100...

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3 Ways to Watermark your Photos Using Photoshop CC

In this video I’ll show you three different ways to watermark your photos in Photoshop CC so that you can choose the one that fits best with your workflow. We’ll cover placing embedded smart objects, as well as utilizing Adobe CC Libraries to store commonly used graphic assets. The logo that I’m using for my watermark was created by Photologo, a great service that makes hand-drawn logos for photographers. I’ve written a lot more about this service, and my experience as a customer, in a previous Photologo review. Watermark Photoshop Tutorial...

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How to Recover Deleted Photos From Your Camera’s Memory Card

Accidents do happen, and if you take photos for long enough, at some point you’re probably going to find yourself in a situation where you’ve accidentally deleted images from a memory card. This sounds like a total disaster, but actually you might be surprised to find out how easy it is to get those photos back. Whether you delete a single image, or format an entire card, most of the data actually remains in place and all you need is a piece of software that’s smart enough to dig it out. You can’t do this forever, eventually the data...

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How to Auto Import Multiple Edits into Lightroom From Photoshop Round Trip

Video Tutorial Get it on YouTube here, or scroll down for the full text description.   Auto Importing Photoshop Edits into Lightroom At some point in the development of Adobe Lightroom CC an important change has been made that is sure to please a lot of photographers. So far this doesn’t seem to have been reported on, and Adobe’s own online resources still teach a now outdated methodology for this particular important piece of workflow. What we’re talking about today is the process for round tripping a photo from Lightroom into Photoshop and then back into Lightroom again. Most...

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