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Editors Note: Why Shoot RAW? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Why Shoot RAW? When you shoot your image, your digital camera needs to store it in a format that a computer program can then read later.  The two main formats are RAW and Jpeg, but the choice has never been an issue for pro photographers unless data storage was a problem. A RAW file is a non-compression format and will give a better quality image once it has been processed through a RAW file converter like Photoshop’s Adobe…

Editors Note: What is Low Key? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. What is Low Key (Lighting)? If you want an image with impact and with a minimal amount of equipment low key photography is right for you as one light controlled well can result in amazing images and very dramatic results. Key – As grey is referred to as a mid-tone, black is in the lower level of brightness in tone and hence referred to as ‘Low Key’.  Any image that is dark or black, with the…

Editors Note: Using a Grey Card | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Using a Grey Card Calibration and control are now synonymous words linked to digital photography; colour balance and exposure are both a part of this combination. Key Points Correct colour Set colour Measure Exposure EzyBalance Firstly an EzyBalance Grey Card is perfect if you are looking to have a consistent 18% tone in an image to take an accurate exposure meter reading using the cameras own built in metering system. Secondly the EzyBalance Grey Card is…

Editors Note: What is High Key? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. What is High Key? The term high key has been hi-jacked by the portrait photographer and often refers to white or light setting, often a roll of white background paper where the overall portrait is white or in a pastel tone, which is complimented with the subjects in similar light clothing. Key – As grey is referred to as a mid-tone, white is in the higher level of brightness and hence referred to as ‘high key’.  Any…

The folks over at Redrock Micro have a continuing piece titled Learn the Difference – an educational & informative piece that highlights the Redrock M2 Cinema Lens Adapter in a creative and artistic light. Veteran television, film and video shooter Larry McKee’s ongoing series provided the inspiration for this piece on Follow Focus. YOU LEAD, I’LL FOLLOW: The art of focus We’ve discussed how selective focus and reduced depth of field can help you tell a story cinematically. By isolating your subject against a background of blur, you guide your viewer to what you want to emphasize. What if your…

The folks at Colorama have launched their newly-renovated website (complete with a spankin’ new URL — colorama-photo.com). This means their previous home of coloramaphotodisplay.co.uk is no longer operational… and it currently has no redirect, so don’t go there as you won’t be instantly transported to their new digs. The new site is sleek and clean and offers a more comprehensive view of Colorama’s products and services. They’ve even included an instructions section. In addition to their renowned selection of background paper, you can easily check out new product and browse for paper based on their intended use. Have a look…

The folks at Colorama have launched their newly-renovated website (complete with a spankin’ new URL — colorama-photo.com). This means their previous home of coloramaphotodisplay.co.uk is no longer operational… and it currently has no redirect, so don’t go there as you won’t be instantly transported to their new digs. The new site is sleek and clean and offers a more comprehensive view of Colorama’s products and services. They’ve even included an instructions section. In addition to their renowned selection of background paper, you can easily check out new product and browse for paper based on their intended use. Have a look…

… and we’re not kidding! Vistek has announced its latest lineup of seminars & workshops and there’s something on the go for EVERYONE. And we don’t just mean for those folks who live in Toronto (although there are 32 in that particular lineup). It seems Mississauga is the new hot spot for improving your photography chops, with 33 scheduled seminars. And for those of you closer to the West Coast of our great nation, there are currently 10 seminars scheduled for Calgary and 8 in Edmonton. Back by popular demand, this season, is Gary Ray Rush’s exciting Creative Series. Initially…

What’s that, you say? A party shot that actually helps you focus the camera? The premise may sound like a late-night comedy TV commercial spoof, but the Sony Party-Shot is, in fact, the real deal. You know how it goes: you throw a party, everyone has a great time, you take a ton of photos… but it looks like you weren’t there since you don’t show up in any of your shots (tough to do when you’re the one taking them, right?) The good folks at Sony have made it THAT much easier to capture great party photos (or incriminating…

Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve posted a submission to our Photo Critique section. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great shots for all of you critics out there to offer up your opinions. Today’s photo is the first HDR entry to land in our inbox. It comes to us from Al Dixon who says: “This picture was taken in June of 2008 and is my first attempt at an HDR image.  It was shot at approx 6am just south of Stony Plain, AB with my Nikon D40 and Nikon 18-200 Nikkor lens.  The image consists of…

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