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Pesky sensor dust

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

We all have it at some time or another. Sensor dust! Depending on your genre of photography, you may have more than some, but it still occurs. It really does not have a preference either of DSLR or Mirrorless. Most post-processing programs have some sort of spot removal option. Photoshop has many ways to deal with this. The spot healing …

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5 Essential Lightroom keyboard shortcuts

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Keyboard shortcuts make the workflow go faster for sure. Here are 5 of my favorites that I use all the time. Be sure to check this video and others out on my YouTube channel. I have posted the complete set of shortcuts for Mac and Windows in a PDF.

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Lightroom Tutorial Series – Hiding Modules

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Lightroom modules are great for getting things done in your workflow. What if you don’t use them all? There is a way to hide them, in fact there are two ways to hide them. In this video installment I show you how to do just that. More videos like this with hidden gems can be found on my YouTube page.

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Lightroom Series

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Adobe Lightroom is a such a versatile digital asset management tool. It is the program that I rely on for my organization and post-processing. One great thing about this program is, there are so many hidden gems built in that are not commonly known or used everyday. I wanted to share them with you in video tutorials. You can also …

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Tip on speeding up Lightroom

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Ok, so you are shooting pictures like crazy to support telling your stories. The number of photographs in Lightroom is adding up and you start to notice that the previews are rendering a bit slower than they used to, or the edits in the develop module are taking longer to show. What’s going on? It may be that you just …

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One background, three looks

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

If you are creative, on a budget and want to maximize your money, purchasing a white backdrop will allow you some flexibility with a bit of lighting and settings in the camera. First, if you bought a white background, and you light it, usually a stop to 2 stops brighter than the lighting on your subject, you will get a …

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Focus Stacking – What is it?

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Let me preface this article by saying that that there is no magic formula for this. Often you may take a d few as three shots or as many as 20 to achieve the desired affect. It can be a lot of trail and error. Lets start by answering what focus stacking is. This technique is used to extend the …

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Fine art B&W

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One of the things that I enjoy doing with my family is visiting zoos. This lends itself to photography as the subjects, some of which you may only get to see in a zoo setting, are ready to be photographed. I have blogged about our love of zoos before and talked about things like shooting through the glass and the …

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Battery Saving Tips

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Probably without a doubt the most important piece of equipment you take with you on a shoot. Our relay on the power in all types of weather and want it last as long as possible. Here are few tips that will hopefully keep your battery running strong.   Don’t Overcharge Don’t leave your lithium ion batteries after the light shows …

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Exposing for snow

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

This is question that I get asked or emailed quite a bit during this time of year. Here in the Midwest, we are just beginning our 5 months of winter which usually runs from mid November to mid March. Winter photography can be absolutely spectacular, but how does the camera see winter white. Honestly, like any other bright white. Anyone …