Posts Tagged ‘useful’

Canon Patents a Body Cap that Cleans the Contacts on Your Lens Mount

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Here’s a cool patent that gives new purpose to a camera accessory you don’t hear talked about much: the body cap. Chances are you don’t give your camera’s body cap much thought, but the body cap Canon just patented would serve a dual purpose by not just keeping your sensor protected, but also cleaning the contacts on your lens mount in the process. Read more…

WallApp Shows You What Your Photo Would Look As Wall Art in a Room

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Want to see what one of your photos would look like as wall art in a living space? WallApp can show you. It’s a new browser-based tool that lets you see your photos in the context of a room without having to create a mockup yourself in Photoshop.
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Photo Trick: Use Hydrochloric Acid and Ammonia to Create Opaque Steam for Hot Drink Photos

When it comes to food photography, particularly beverages, one of the most difficult things to capture is steam. Not only do the drinks not stay warm for very long, but the steam is often nearly transparent and hard to catch on camera.

Thankfully, photographer Phillip McCordall has a clever trick that’ll solve this problem for you — that is, if you don’t mind working with hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

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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.