Focus Control Before, During, and After the Shot Co-sponsored by onOne Software
Jul 2013 10

Creating extraordinary images may seem daunting. It’s important to choose the right combination of tools to bring your work to the next level. Combining Spyder products with onOne Software solutions will enable you to work confidently throughout your workflow. You’ll have everything you need to solve the most common problems in digital photography, correct your color, maximize your creativity and realize your photographic vision.

Watch as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie explore the tools and techniques necessary for having controlled focus and enhancing or limiting depth of field along with focus related issues related to color management.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 2
Jul 2013 02

Part 1 of this article covered some of the ways that using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 can help improve your workflow, particularly if you’re traveling and using a laptop. In this follow-up piece, I’ll delve a little deeper to explain just how Smart Previews affect the file size of your Lightroom catalog, as well make suggestions concerning how and when you should take advantage of them.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 1
Jun 2013 27

One of the new features in Lightroom 5 that is sure to be welcomed by many people, especially those who work with laptops, is the addition of Smart Previews. This new way of managing preview images will go a long way towards ending the frustration of the dreaded question mark icons that used to appear on image thumbnails if Lightroom couldn’t locate the actual source files.

A Smart Preview is a lossy Digital Negative File (DNG) that is saved at a smaller pixel dimension than the original. For images where Smart Previews are present, most of Lightroom’s features and functionality are available to you, even if the hard drive containing the actual image files is not connected to your computer. For the photographer who travels a lot, this is a huge improvement.

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David Cardinal: Bronx Zoo Photo Walk
Jun 2013 25

Zoos are a great place to have fun photographing wildlife, without all the hassle of travel to remote locations. Of course, they don’t offer a truly “wild” experience, but even for those headed for a wildlife safari zoos offer great practice. So I’ve had a lot of fun leading photo walks to the Bronx Zoo for B&H Photo the last two years.

With over 200 participants on the walk, we got a large number of all sorts of questions from participants about the right way to photograph in the tricky lighting found in the Zoo. In particular, the question of white balance came up frequently, so we’ll provide some tips on it in this article.

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C. David Tobie: Observations About the New Mac Pro
Jun 2013 20

A week before the announcement of the new MacPro I had dinner with a videographer who was quite passionate about his need for a new MacPro, and what he needed it to contain. I warned him that the next generation would most likely not have a standard tower size or configuration, would likely offer Thunderbolt 2 as the expansion solution, instead of internal options, and would have excellent native graphics capabilities, though it might be some time before third party graphics options would be available. This was all clear from the general direction Apple has been moving in, and from the areas they have been showing interest in. That forms a fairly good description of the new MacPro in advance. And having that sense of the device in advance has allowed me to think less about the tech specs, and more about the concepts and applications of the machine, now that it has been announced.

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