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Zoom, Zoom, and Check: Manually Focussing a DSLR Camera for Lowlight and Video Shooting

When you are shooting in lowlight conditions, it can be very difficult to get your camera to focus.  Similarly, when shooting video, focus often becomes a manual process as well. If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps.  Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won’t cut it.  The …

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Retrographer = Great Presets + Versatile Engine

One of my favorite plug-in discoveries of 2011 is Retrographer from Mr. Retro.  The plug-in designed to create authentic vintage photography effects. I’m already a big fan of Mr. Retro’s Machine Wash plug-in which ages text and images, and this versatile package really delivers. The manufacturer claims that users can perfectly re-create any vintage camera look including Lomo, Dianne, …

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Ghost Busting Your HDR

If you’ve shot an HDR, you know that minimizing movement is essential. Tripod… check. Steady hands… check. Wind… DAMN! One problem that plagues HDR is subtle movement in the scene.  That could be clouds, walking people, or branches blowing in the wind.  In this quick tip, Rich Harrington shows you how one checkbox can solve …

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Kessler Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly™ Kit – Mini Review

I’ve used most of the sliders and other products aimed at helping video shooters, particularly DSLR video shooters, introduce fluid motion into their shots. Some are better than others. Not surprisingly, you get what you pay for. The cheap, inexpensive sliders are usually not stable or smooth enough for my taste. They are also quite …

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