Your On Camera Flash Sucks Less With Lightscoop Deluxe

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Shot taken with the pop up flash on my Nikon D600 complete with a harsh shadow off the lens hood.

Usually the only time I pop up the flash on my DSLR is to use it as a Commander to control and fire my off camera Nikon Speedlight. If you ever see me using it to light a subject you can almost bet that it was an emergency, there was no other choice and I’m hating life in that moment. There are two ways to combat the horrific effects of on camera flash. Either bounce it or diffuse it. When it comes to my speedlights I’m a “diffuse it” kinda guy. However, for the tiny popup flash built-in to most cameras, the options to diffuse them are less. This is probably why you never (or hardly ever) see pros using the pop-up flashes on their cameras. Heck, my Nikon D4 doesn’t even have one. They probably figured if you’re a D4 customer, you know better.

Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop Products Aim to Make your On Camera Flash Suck Less

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Nikon D600 Body with the Lightscoop Deluxe Attached

I reviewed their original Lightscoop way back in 2007. While it’s a great product, I rarely carried it because although it was small, it was still an odd shape that took up space in my bag and there just weren’t gonna be too many times that I’d be using it. Now they offer a Lightscoop Deluxe.

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Review: The Lens by NK Guy

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I’ve seen and read many books on digital photography. I’ve learned a lot about lighting, posing, setups, etc., but the one thing that I hadn’t seen before was a book that was all about lenses. “The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer” goes into great detail to answer the question “which lens should I buy?” Although I’m pretty set on the lenses I want/use on a day to day basis, that doesn’t mean that I always know which lens is the best to use for every situation. I go through trial and error sometimes. This book rocks when it comes to giving examples on not only which lenses to use in certain situations that may be obvious to some of the pros out there, but it gives examples of uses for lenses that you may not have thought about. I’m also guilty of using the same lenses for the same stuff that worked last time. This book gives me a refreshing look at what’s possible with the glass that I’ve invested in.

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Whether you’re a pro photographer or you’re about to buy your first good lens, I recommend you take a look at “The Lens” by NK Guy. It’s available in print as well as Kindle format, which means that even though I enjoy the printed version I’ll be adding the Kindle version to my iPad to always have with me.

You can get it here.

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Join me Tomorrow in San Francisco for the Adobe Create Now Event!

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Hey guys! You can catch me LIVE at the Adobe Create Now World Tour Event in San Francisco tomorrow evening (Thursday, 2/7/13) at 4:00 PM PST til 8:30 PM PST. I’ll be covering the latest and greatest Adobe innovations and updates for our design products.

Register here and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Can’t make it to San Fran? Then join me Friday for my LIVE online event: Ask a Pro – Creative Cloud for Photographers

I’ll be showing photographers how they can take advantage of advances in Photoshop and Lightroom as well as new workflows brought to us by the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Learn about the new features in Adobe Photoshop for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Terry will demo Creative Cloud workflows showing how you can take projects created in Photoshop or other CS apps and publish websites using Adobe Muse or iPad apps using DPS SE.

Join me Friday at 12 noon PST for this hour long online session. Register here.

Where is the Create Now World Tour Coming to a City Near You?

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PlugBug World Can Charge your MacBook Pro and Your Mobile Devices Too

 

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As a frequent traveler I’m always looking for ways to charge my multiple devices with fewer chargers or taking up less outlets in a hotel room. I saw an ad for PlugBug and decided to order one and see if I liked it or not. The idea behind PlugBug is that it replaces the standard plug of your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Adapter with one that has a USB (2.1 Amp) port built-in. This way you can charge both your laptop AND any USB power device at the same time. The concept is simple and it takes all of 2 seconds to install. I opted for the PlugBug World, which comes with all the necessary adapters to plug into various outlets around the globe. It works as advertised and although it’s “short” on the 85w MacBook Pro adapter, it doesn’t hender its use.

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How could it be better?

The 1st thing that I wasn’t crazy about was that it replaces the “extended cord” on the MacBook Pro adapter. I know that you can simply plug the adapter into the wall with or without a PlugBug, but I prefer using the optional extended cord that comes with the MacBooks so that I don’t take up so much space on a power strip and I get a longer cord.

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That’s a personal thing with me, but the product works as advertised. Although I CAN use the extended cord, it’s clear by the way it sticks up over the PlugBug that they didn’t design it to be used this way. While we’re at it, I’d also like to see TWO USB ports instead of just one. It would make it much more useful to me if I could use one plug to charge my MacBook, iPhone and iPad at the same time. So make it a little taller to accomodate the extended cord AND a second USB port and I’d “love” it.

You can get a PlugBug here or PlugBug World here.

How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

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In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows you how to Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.

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Join me on the Adobe Create NOW Tour in February!

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Last year I toured many countries around the world showing Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud. However, many of my brothers and sisters here in the U.S. asked “When are you going to do some local events?” Well your wish has come true. I’m about to kick off the Adobe Create Now Tour with my colleagues Jason Levine, Rufus Deuchler and Paul Trani. While we won’t always be together on these stops we will be hitting several U.S. cities in the next couple of months. Here’s where I will be and when:

  • 02/07/13 San Francisco, California at Adobe – San Francisco Office REGISTER HERE
  • 02/12/13 Washington DC, DC at U.S. Navy Memorial Auditorium REGISTER HERE
  • 02/25/13 Hollywood, California at Barnsdall Gallery Theater REGISTER HERE
  • 02/27/13 New York, NY at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway REGISTER HERE

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How To Get Started with Adobe Muse – 10 Things Beginners want To Know How To Do

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In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows how to Get Started Designing Websites with Adobe Muse – The 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do. See a complete workflow from start to finish.

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Two New Wacom Bamboo Styluses for Touch Screens

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In 2007 when the iPhone was introduced, I remember many of my colleagues and pundits saying things like “I just wish it had a stylus”. Of course Steve Jobs back then made fun of phones that required a stylus. Fast forward six years later and you definitely see people using most cellphones with their finger and NOT with styluses. Although I do use my finger with my iPhone and iPad there are times where a stylus is just better. The ones that come to mind are signing my signature and drawing/handwriting notes. My signature and handwriting are bad enough. I don’t need them to look any worse because I’m using my finger. I’ve been a fan of Wacom products for many years and felt that their Bamboo Stylus Solo was definitely one of the best! They’ve now added a couple more choices to the product line up.

The Bamboo Duo Stylus + Pen and the Bamboo Pocket Expandable Stylus

My favorite now is the New Bamboo Duo Stylus. Here you get two devices in one. You get a great stylus for your touch screens on one end and on the other end you get a regular ballpoint pen. GREAT! Fantastic and certainly the one that’s now always in my pocket. It also comes in different colors.

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The next one is cool, just not my 1st choice. The Bamboo Pocket Stylus is actually retractable. Push it together or pull it to expand and you get a full sized stylus. It also has a cap that’d designed to plug-in to the headphone jack on your port as a way to carry it. I definitely couldn’t see doing this on my iPhone, but I could potentially see doing this with an iPad. I’d actually rather see a case that has a slot for a stylus. While it doesn’t come in different colors it does ship with silver, blue and red rings that you use to add a spice of color.

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The Bottom Line

There is no requirement to use a stylus with your smartphone or tablet. However, if you frustrated at times with the performance of your finger then you should probably invest in one. The Wacom Bamboo Styluses have a great feel to them both in hand on on screen.

You can get the Bamboo Duo Stylus + Pen here and the Bamboo Pocket Expandable Stylus here.

How To Maintain Your Formatting When You Export Your ePUB from InDesign CS6

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In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows you how to maintain more of your formatting when exporting your InDesign CS6 book to ePUB format.

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Over 25 Million Downloads and Thousands of Subscribers

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I think it was this past Friday that I noticed my YouTube channel surpassed the 40 thousand subscriber mark and over 11 million views. Woohoo!

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However, that’s when I decided to take a look at my Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast stats and I was both thrilled and blown away to see that it has surpassed the 25 million download mark! I’m happy to know that so many of you find my content of value and continue to watch/download my videos. Thanks for your continued support!

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Still in the top 10 of the Software How-To podcasts on iTunes.

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