SetMyCamera Pro


Bluestone Pond, the developers of iOS app "SetMyCamera" provided me a review copy of SetMyCamera Pro. This is an excellent Universal iOS app compatible with iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini. For a photographer, this application helps remove the guessing game or trial-and-error of what camera settings are needed to get the depth of field you want, the field of view you want, conversion distance calculator, and many other useful tools. The "Pro" version of the application also includes Remote Control Trigger for specific cameras, but requires an IR accessory that plugs into the headset port of your device. The app has an excellent Info section that explains all of the features of the app and how to use them. And all of this is information is embedded inside the application so you don't have to be in a location with a data connection to use it.

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Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More


Through a series of helpful hints and tips - and over 100 representative images and inspirational quotes - award-winning professional travel photographer, instructor and international photo tour guide Ralph Velasco helps you to develop your photographic eye. This eBook is ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers who want to learn to see like a photographer.  Gain from the considerable experience of a professional, working travel photographer and THINK OUTSIDE THE CAMERA!

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Creative B&W Processing


Creative B&W Processing by Guy Tal
Creative B&W Processing by Guy Tal

Fine-art photography is photography that displays the creative vision of the photographer as an artist. While fine-art photography can be either in color or black & white, in today’s digital world, black & white photography is quintessentially art since it comes as a result of an artistic choice on the part of the photographer.

Guy Tal’s latest ebook, Creative B&W Processing Techniques, Using Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, explores Tal’s techniques for creating fine-art black & white photography. However, this book does not provide any formulas or “prescriptions” on how to make black & white images. Indeed Tal does not give such advice, stating that while “it’s very easy to create high impact images by simply following prescriptions or using automated tools … such methods merely produce cookie-cutter works that, despite being visually appealing, tell me [Tal] little about what the photographer was thinking or wanted to express.” If you are looking for quick and easy methods to make black & white images, this ebook is not for you. Instead, if you want to create black & white images that express your inner vision, this book will definitely help you on that path. I highly recommend it for any photographer who enjoys black & white, wants learn to think holistically about their craft, and has the twin goals of improving their artistic vision as well as their photography.

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Book Review: The Passionate Photographer, Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great



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While not written with an eye specifically toward travel photography, following the steps outlined in The Passionate Photographer will help travel photographers improve their craft – both beginners and experienced photographers alike. Steve Simon writes from his many years as a freelance photojournalist, and his book truly brings out his passion for photography. He explains in a step-by-step fashion how to turn photographic passion into unique, strong images.

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Apple Aperture versus Adobe Lightroom


Lightroom 3
Lightroom 3
Aperture 3
Aperture 3

If you are an Apple Mac user, Apple and Adobe offer two powerful all-in-one tools for editing and managing your photographs. Apple Aperture (hereafter “Aperture”) and Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® (hereafter “Lightroom”) have a great deal of functionality in common. All of the basic and most of the most advanced editing features both programs offer are surprisingly comparable. That makes choosing one to use for your post processing and photo management difficult. There are some unique features in each application that differentiate them.

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Nik Software and Me


© Richard P Schoettger
© Richard P Schoettger

Being a novice photographer still, my images need "saving" many times over. Whereas I see the subject and composition in my mind when shooting, I still have some good ole Photography 101 skills to learn to insure the best exposure and sharpness. For a couple of years I worked with Photoshop CS 3 and 4 to try to learn and master the subtle tools to improve my images. Although I had some success, it was frustrating taking the time and energy to get to the outcome I desired. I tried a few other plug-ins over the past couple of years, but not until I ran across Nik Software was I truly "liberated"!  I am not familiar with other contemporary tools in the market today, but I know with Nik Software, I can achieve pretty much what I want and I do it in about 90% of the time needed in other applications. Easy, fast and highly effective.

Below is my review of Nik Software. I encourage everyone to give it a try. You can download the demo at www.niksoftware.com. They also have excellent tutorials and videos to show how easy the products are to use. Although a bit pricey it pays for itself over and over again. It frees me to do more out in the field!! I hope you find this review useful.

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