Author: Dan Carr

New Macphun Discount Code for Readers

I’m always trying to find new deals for our lovely readers, and this week I’m bringing you a 10% discount code for all software from Macphun. This of course means that it included the phenomenal Luminar software, and also Aurora HDR which is the only HDR software I use. Macphun often have deals running on their site, but you can actually apply this discount code on top of their deals so that you save even more money! Just use the discount code ShutterMuse10 in discount code box at the checkout.  ...

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How to Install Lightroom Presets in Under 30 Seconds

Today I’m bringing you an Adobe Lightroom tutorial in two different ways. Lightroom presets are a key component in speeding up the photo editing workflow. You can make them yourself (time consuming) or you can buy them for next to nothing from a number of different online stores. Once you’ve purchased them, you’ll need to install them, and that’s what I’m going to show you how to today – in less than 30 seconds! Actually I’m going to give you two videos. The first video shows you the best way to install Lightroom presets with the sub 30 second...

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21 Essential Adobe Lightroom Shortcuts – Free Download

I recently published a free downloadable PDF guide to all the Adobe Lightroom CC keyboard shortcuts, but it occurred to me that it might also be useful to have a second simpler download that was just a single printable page. The full guide is really useful, and well worth a read because it’ll probably teach you a few things about Lightroom that you didn’t even know it could do, but a condensed one-pager of the most useful shortcuts also sounds like a great idea, so that’s what I’m bringing you here! It’s not possible to memorize the hundreds of...

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How to Add a Quick Release Strap to a Camera with Arca Swiss Type Plates

Hopefully nobody out there is still manually screwing their camera onto a bare 1/4″ 20 thread on top of their tripod? Using a quick release plate is a much better option because it’ll save you valuable time, prevent wear on the camera and also offer a way to protect the bottom of the camera from scrapes and scratched when you put it on the ground. This final reason alone has always had the plates paying for themselves when it comes time to sell old gear on the second-hand market. The problem with these plates is that it can make it...

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Best Third Party Camera Lens Caps?

Last week I wrote about the great little universal Arca-type plate from Breakthrough Photography, and it reminded me to mention their lens caps too. I like to keep a stash of spare lens caps in my gear closet because I’ve wasted far too much time over the years looking for ones that have been lost. Life is too short for that! I’ve come to peace with lens cap loss! If I can’t find a lens cap within 30 seconds, I just move on. More often than not, they simply turn up again anyway and if they don’t, Breakthrough Photography...

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VIDEO: Paul Nicklen – Sea Legacy

RED Digital Cinema just posted this great feature with National Geographic wildlife photographer, Paul Nicklen. Well worth a few minutes of your time! Paul is one of the best wildlife photographers on the planet and his conservation efforts with Sea Legacy are to be...

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How to Revive a Camera That Got Wet

Did You Drown Your Camera? It can happen. A careless moment by a lake, or overly prolonged shooting in the rain without a rain cover and then… ERROR. I recently got a message from a photographer friend of mine in Australia, Colin Levitch. Colin is and outdoor and adventure photographer from the East Coast and he was out shooting a cyclocross race in some truly torrential condition. After shooting a portion of the race, his camera (Canon 5D Mark II) gave him the dreaded error message and shut itself down. Colin did the smart thing and immediately powered the camera...

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Creating the Ultimate Camera Tether for Climbing and Aerial Photography

I recently began to learn how to climb with the intention of using those new skills to capture some interesting imagery for my portfolio. Learning how to climb isn’t something that can be done overnight, but I’m gradually finding the time to get out into the mountains to practice. My climbing skills and my rope skills are improving every month, and I’m beginning to figure out the necessary systems to rappel into previously inaccessible places, and ascend and descend ropes to put me into positions for capturing the images I’m after. While I was trying to figure out how...

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