Posts Tagged ‘useful’

Dark Sky Finder Helps Nighttime Photographers Find the Least Light Polluted Spots

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For those of you who partake in any sort of nighttime photography, it’s no secret that light pollution can be the bane of your existence. Thankfully, there’s a neat, simple online resource that can help you better prepare to avoid this enemy of great Milky Way photography.

It’s called Dark Sky Finder, and it’s an easy-to-use website that gives you an up-to-date, radar-style view of what light pollution across the United States looks like.

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This Handy Little Web App Helps You Visualize DOF Across Various Formats and Focal Lengths

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When it comes to understanding how depth of field, focal length and other variables are affected by different film/sensor formats, it can get confusing. Fortunately, Reddit user redblue has created an incredibly useful interactive resource that will help you better visualize the factors at play by letting you change variables while swapping sensors sizes and seeing the effect in real time. Read more…

Light Meter Google Glass App Allows You to Measure Light Simply by Looking Around

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Here’s a new reason you might want to consider picking up a Google Glass if you’re a photographer: it can be used as a light meter.

A new app called Google Glass Light Meter is trying to pioneer a new way of metering light — with a device strapped to your face instead of held in your hand.
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Useful Free Lightroom Plugin Shows You What Focus Points Your Camera Used for Each Photo

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There are some Lightroom plugins that make you truly question why the feature isn’t built directly into Lightroom itself, and Show Focus Points is one of those. Just as the name implies, it’s a plugin that lets you see which focus point was used when your camera captured the photograph. Read more…

Filmmaker Shares Excellent Tips, Techniques and Concepts for All Visual Storytellers

Filmmaker Richard Michalak has spent over 30 years behind the camera, and in the video above by Hugh Fenton he condenses all of that knowledge into a set of tips, techniques and concepts that will prove to be incredibly useful whether or not your interests involve moving pictures. Read more…

Hotel WiFi Speed Test Can Keep You Well Connected When Traveling with Your Camera

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Want to make sure you can upload your travel photos quickly from your hotel room? Hotel WiFi Speed Test is a service that can help you plan ahead when you’re roaming the world with your camera.
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5 Photoshop CC ‘Hidden Gems’ You Didn’t Hear About in Yesterday’s Announcement

Adobe’s major Creative Cloud update yesterday gave photographers several updated features, new features and even an all-new mobile app to play around with. But with all of those major announcements to make, some interesting and useful Photoshop CC updates and enhancements fell through the press release cracks.

In the video above, Adobe’s Principle Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost reveals 5 of these so-called ‘hidden gems’ that didn’t get much air-time during yesterday’s CC frenzy, but still bear mentioning for all the photo types out there.

Interactive Web App Makes Sure You Never Forget a Photoshop or Lightroom Shortcut

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When it comes to getting the most out your post-processing applications, you really want to know your shortcuts. The problem is, there’s so many within each program that it’s impossible to remember them all.

Of course, you can purchase keyboard overlays to give you a visual queue, but many shortcuts change from version to version, making the $10–40 piece of silicon useless in a year, not to mention the fact that many shortcuts change when combined with the “shift” or “ctrl” keys.

Well forget all that, because a gentleman by the name of Waldo Bronchart is here to save the day with a brilliant web application called the ‘Application Shortcut Mapper.’ Meant to be “a visual shortcuts explorer for popular applications,” this resource is a goldmine for photographers, as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are two of the first three apps implemented into the resource. Read more…

HACKxTACK: A Magnetic Lens Cap Holder that Ensures You Never Lose Yours Again

If there’s one thing I lose more than anything else while shooting, it’s lens caps. I’ve never permanently lost one (knock on wood), but I’ve certainly misplaced them for days at a time. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one who’s guilty of this.

Here to help us through our absentmindedness is a new Kickstarter for a product called HACKxTACK. Read more…

Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder App Simulates Lens and Camera Setups on Your iPhone

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DIRE Studio has released an application for photographers and cinematographers alike that they’ve aptly named Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder.

Aptly named because, while capable of being used as a camera app, the app’s main attraction is its ability to simulate, preview and capture the viewfinders of hundreds of camera and lens combinations, all from the screen of your iPhone. Read more…