Why You Should Set Photoshop To Open JPEGs in Camera RAW

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In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows you How and Why you should set Photoshop’s Preference to open JPEGs in Adobe Camera RAW

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Lightning to Micro USB Adapter

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One of the downsides of upgrading to a new iPhone 5, iPod touch, iPad mini or iPad 4th generation device is that the traditional 30 pin connector that we’ve known for years has been replaced with a smaller “Lightning” plug. Initially Apple introduced a 30 pin to Lightning adapter and cable adapter. However, shortly thereafter they also released this very small Lightning to Micro USB adapter. What I like about this one in particular is that Micro USB cables and chargers are everywhere! Every other smartphone being sold today charges via Micro USB. So does my bluetooth headset, Jambox speaker and a variety of other gear I carry. With this small fingernail sized adapter I can use any of my existing cables/chargers to charge my iPhone 5 or iPad mini.

In my opinion all of these adapters and cables are overpriced, but it appears that the knockoffs either don’t work or are very poorly made. Until I find a good knockoff, I’ll keep buying the Apple branded adapters. You can get the Lightning to Micro USB adapter here.


My New “The iPhone Book” 6th Edition is Now in Stock!

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Hot off the press! My new “The iPhone Book” 6th Edition, co-authored with my good friend Scott Kelby is now instock and available at Amazon.com right here.

The book covers iPhone 5, 4s and 4 as well as iOS 6.

Sound off in the comments as to why you want or need this book and I’ll pick at least one lucky winner on Monday and ship you a free one!

WINNER UPDATE

The two winners of my iPhone book are Jo Ann Johnson and Derek.


Best of 2012: My Top 10 Gadgets

At the beginning of each new year I pause and look back at the gadgets that made the biggest difference in my tech life in the past year. There’s no question about it! These are my Top 10 Gadgets of 2012.

Cintiq 24 HD by Wacom

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The 1st one that came to mind is the one that sits on my desk that I couldn’t imagine being without and that’s my New Wacom Cintiq 24 HD display/tablet by Wacom. Retouching in Photoshop on this thing is a dream.

See my video review here.

Get one here.

 

The iPhone 5

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The iPhone makes the list every year if for no other reason it’s probably the gadget that I use the most. However, with the iPhone 5 (while not a radical change from previous models) has the right balance between display size, weight, speed and battery life. My over 400 Apps on the thing get along just fine and it’s definitely a tool that I rely on throughout the day. It’s also my goto point and shoot camera.

See my review here.

 

Nikon D600

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While I did get my Nikon D4 at the beginning of 2012 and I use it in studio the most. I’m most excited about my D600 as my travel/backup body. It was the lowest priced full frame body for most of 2012 (until Canon matched the price with the 6D) and it’s just the right mix of features, size and weight to replace my D7000.

See my 1st impressions here

Get one here or here.

 

MacBook Pro Retina Display

My main work computer is and has been a MacBook Pro for a long time. When I got upgraded to the MacBook Pro Retina display it was as if Apple finally listened to my wishes and ditched the optical drive to make a MacBook Pro that is thinner and lighter. The addition of USB 3, 2 Thunderbolt ports, HDMI out and a beautiful Retina Display were all bonuses! Now that Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and Premiere Pro CS6 have been updated to support it, I’m even happier!

See my 1st impressions here.

Get the configuration that I got here.

The Big Jambox

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I travel with the original “small” Jambox. I take it to on location shoots as well. However, over the holidays I got to play with someone’s new Big Jambox that they got for Christmas and I’m really impressed. All the same features as the small one with a LOT more sound! Since it’s a Bluetooth speaker it can work with a variety of devices and unlike Airplay speakers there is no network required and that’s what makes it ideal for travel or taking to the park, beach, etc.

Get one here (I plan to!)

 

iStabilizer for Smartphones

It just goes to show you that not all gagets have to be big and expensive. I use this little gadget way more often than I thought I would because I’m actually shooting more video with my iPhone 5 than I ever thought I would.

See my review here.

Get one here.

 

Actiontech Wireless HD Streaming Thingy

Sometimes it’s the gadgets that blend in so well and that I don’t see, that become my favorites. I got the Actiontech MyWireless boxes to stream the HD signal from a TiVo in one room to an HDTV in another room that doesn’t have a cable connection. The Boxes work flawlessly!

See my review here.

Get one here.

 

USpeed 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub

Granted it’s not as exciting as an iPad mini or power strip or anything cool like that, but hey it works and I use it everyday. The Uspeed USB 3.0 Hub works great and has been problem free since I plugged it in.

See my review here.

Get one here.

 

iPad mini

The iPad mini has become a part of my daily tech routine. I find that I’m willing to carry it more than my full sized iPad Retina Display 3rd generation. While I not quite ready to give up the full-sized one yet, I certainly could get by with just an iPad mini.

See my 1st impressions here.

Get the one that I got here.

 

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad 2, 3, 4.

One of the reasons I’m hesitant to give up my full-sized iPad is that I absolutely love this Ultrathin (very light) Keyboard “Smart” Cover that Logitech has built. I use it ALL THE TIME and for those that argue you shouldn’t need/use a keyboard with an iPad have either never used this one or don’t type more than a few words at a time. The beauty of it is that like any other smart cover you can just rip it off when you don’t need it. (By the way only Sith deal in absolutes ;-) )

See my review here.

Get one here.


 

 

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Also be sure to check out The Top 100 Apps of 2012 here


Happy New Year To All My Followers

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May your 2013 exceed your expectations!

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Guest Review by Jason Lykins: Sunbounce

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Photographers are an interesting bunch… We chase dreams, covet light, and are always in search of the next amazing piece of gear that we just can’t live without. A couple of months ago I was introduced to the Sunbounce line of light modifiers, specifically the Sunbounce Micro-Mini and the Bounce-Wall; both of which are now staples of my ever growing list of lighting tools. While I’m constantly looking for ways to make shaping light easier, faster, and better, I don’t know that it gets much better than the Sunbounce approach to reflectors. The Micro-Mini, Mini, Pro, and Big are some of the sturdiest, easiest to use that I’ve found; and when it comes to on camera flash modification, there is no better system or option than the bounce wall. If you’re an event photographer that is “running and gunning” at events (where there aren’t always walls or ceilings to bounce off of) the bounce wall is a godsend. If you’re a wedding photographer shooting reception photos, often times in dark halls with little to no bounce options you can’t go wrong with this system either. It gives you a constant, reliable source of bounce light no matter what your surroundings or what your subject. No matter what style of photography you do, if you need to reflect, bounce, or diffuse, Sunbounce has you covered.

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When I got my Sunbounce Micromini in the mail the first thing I noticed was the relative lightweight of it. For a reflector that is 2X3 feet wide and can withstand even the strongest of wind gusts, it’s very lightweight and not bothersome to carry all day long. It’s made of a lightweight aluminum frame that stretches the reflective material taught from side to side, end to end. It’s not quite as light as a traditional reflector but it is BY FAR the strongest, most robust reflector that I’ve ever used. Being made from a rigid aluminum frame, the Sunbounce Micromini will hold up in windy situations that would collapse traditional reflectors. As a professional, the piece of mind knowing that this won’t fail at the worst possible moment is huge to me! The reflective material comes in all of the traditional reflector colors; black, white, silver, gold, silver “zebra”, gold “zebra” etc. Just about anything that you could want. The cross bar is sturdy and easy to hold with one hand or two and can be easily positioned vertically or horizontally. Setup takes about a minute but the first time that assembled it, it took a little longer. They ship directions with it and you’ll want to use them the first time you assemble it. After that, you should be able to set the reflector up in a minute or less. I know what you’re thinking “a whole minute?! My other reflectors just spring to shape in 5 seconds”. This is true, it does take slightly longer to setup the Sunbounce than a traditional reflector, but that extra time is a good trade off for the extra rigity.

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Another area that these reflectors shine is versatility. From hand held, to lightstand mounted (as shown above) the Sunbounce can be positioned in many, many different locations and angles. I used a “Justin clamp” to position it in the above setup but a super clamp would work just as well if not better. Add in a super arm, or friction arm and the mounting possibilities are endless! Whether hand held, or lightstand mounted this reflector rocks! In an attempt to help users of small flash, or speed lights out they also added an optional flash bracket to allow photographers to use he Micromini as a source of bounce light. Attaching to the frame via a clamp the arm is extendable to 45cm to get proper distance between the light source and the reflective material. The flash bracket is the perfect accessory to the reflector kit.

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When it comes to event photography “run and gun” is the name of the game. Don’t confuse this with “spray and pray”. Run and gun means that you have to be light on your feet and very mobile. You usually don’t have the luxury of setting up lights, using big modifiers, or controlling the environment. As such, many event photographers rely on ceilings, walls, or some other source to bounce their light off of. They try to position themselves with the largest amount of bounce area around them that they can and go with it. Unfortunately there isn’t always a bounce source available. The other plaguing issue for event photographers is color. Sometimes you find a white wall or ceiling, but most of the time they have some sort of color to them. This is terrible for photographers because this means that our bounce light will take on the color of that wall or ceiling and give the subject a tint. Seeing a need Sunbounce decided “wouldn’t it be nice if you could create your own bounce surface, with the color temperature that you want”, and the Sunbounce Bounce-Wall was born. The bounce reflector itself is made of a plastic material coated in color corrected reflective material. Just like the Micromini the colors range from silver, white, gold, “zebra” and more! The frame of the Bounce-Wall is made of a hard composite material that is adjustable for the correct angle and light direction. The traditional angle of 45degrees and above is easily achieved almost every time with this reflector. The light source for the Bounce-Wall is any on camera TTL flash with a head that can be angled and turned. The bracket is not model specific so it is compatible with almost any brand of DSLR. While I’m not a huge event photographer (maybe 2-3 a year) I do a TON of weddings (34+ a year) and the Bounce-Wall is perfect for receptions because for all intents and purposes receptions are exactly the same thing shooting wise as events. So if you’re a wedding photographer, event photographer, or if you just plain like having every available option in your lighting arsenal, you should add a bounce wall to your lighting bag!

When it comes to my photo shoots, I usually have a time constraint whether it’s the client’s schedule, the wedding timeline, or some other unforeseen issue. I can’t afford to be wasting time with sub-par quality products and I certainly can’t spend my time worrying whether or not my products are going to fail on me. Sunbounce has, with the Bounce-Wall and the Sunbounce line of reflectors taken away the stresses of product quality, and made it easy for me to find a bounce source when there isn’t one already. The reflectors are top quality and the build is second to none. If you haven’t already done so, check out the Sunbounce line of products. I’m certain that they have something that fits your lighting style and needs.


Photographing Women: 1,000 Poses Book Review

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I do a lot of fashion and beauty photography and more often than not the subjects I photograph are women. I was intrigued by the title of this book: “Photographing Women: 1,000 Poses”. I figured it would be a good book to have around to get inspiration and to show a model various poses that I would like them to do. However, the book turned out to be much more than that. What I didn’t expect to find was a couple of very good chapters proceeding the poses that talked about shooting angles and lighting. I was immediately sucked in by not only the concepts but also the great job in providing the visuals. Eliot Siegel did a great job in not only talking about angles, but also showing an example of each one and how it impacts the way your subject looks. Once I got past the great info in the beginning of the book I was quite pleased with the 1,000 poses too. Great color photos showing and explaining the poses.

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I initially bought this book as a Kindle book to read on my iPad, but I liked it so much that I bought a hard cover copy to have in green room of my studio. If you photograph women, you definitely want this book!

You can order your copy here.



How To Get Started with Lightroom 4 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know

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In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White How To Get Started With Lightroom 4 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.

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So What Did You Get or Give?

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It’s that time of year again. My annual “So what’d you get?” I’ve been reviewing my favorite gadgets, services and photo gear all year long. Now it’s your turn! Tell us what you got this holiday season (tech wise) that you’re excited about or even tell us what you gave if you were acting as Santa? Use the comments section below. Tell us what it is, why you like it and provide links if you can? Did you get or give anything from my holiday gadget gift guide?

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