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25 Aug 2018

SD Cards Are Not Created Equal

We are not Created Equal

“The SD Card”

There are a few type of digital cards that cameras use today but we are only going to talk about the most popular. The SD card is made by many manufactures and comes in a variety of Read/Write Speeds. Box stores and small camera places will sell you the card that makes them the most money. Sandisk is one of the more popular brands that is reliable. However, they sell the same size cards in multiple speeds.

Sandisk SD Cards

The main Sandisk card you do not want to buy is the blue one. It is not fast enough to shoot video. Cards come in Read/Write speeds. Read/Write refers to how fast they will write to the card and how fast it can be read by another source. You need to look at the Fine Detail. Most cards only show one speed but that does not mean the read/write speeds are the same. The speed on the card refers to the read speed, the write speed is usually much slower. You don’t want to be taking photos and have to wait for your camera to write to the card for 10 seconds and miss important images. Buy the fastest you can afford.

Cards come with different classes stamped on them. Like Class 1, Class 10, U3. You will need Class 10 to shoot and save HD video and U3 to shoot and save 4K video. Note, the blue card is Class 4 and it does not support shooting video.
Where things can become confusing is when you see ‘SDHC’ and ‘SDXC’. The first stands for ‘Secure Digital High Capacity’. This was initially introduced to cover SD cards with a capacity above 2GB and below 32GB. The latter stands for ‘Secure Digital eXtra Capacity’, which go far beyond 32GB in size. Lastly, the Extreme Pro cards come with free downloadable recovery software. If you ever accidentally delete your files the software will most likely recover them.
Lexar was another brand of SD card I really liked and is still for sale, but he company stopped making the cards. They former employees formed a new company called, ProGrade which makes professional cards. Sony has come out with some SD Cards but they have not been out long enough to get a sense of their failure rate.

21 Aug 2018

Why? Rear Focus and Moving Your Focus Points

This video is why I use the Rear Focus Button and why you need to learn to move your focus points. If you have never heard of or used rear or back focus you are missing out.   Not only is independent focus important but understanding how and when to move your focus points with really help with your focus accuracy.

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

15 Aug 2018
Video Accessories-For DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Video Accessories-For DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

What you will need to shoot quality video on a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera. I cover audio, monitors and camera stabilization. Note: I am not sponsored by any of these companies.
Zoom: https://www.zoom-na.com/
Sennheiser: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/
Manfrotto: https://www.manfrotto.us/
Ikan: http://ikancorp.com/

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

14 Aug 2018
Never Use Autotone in Adobe Photoshop

Never Use AutoTone in Adobe Photoshop CC

Why I suggest you never use AutoTone in Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Lightroom to correct images. Also why I almost never set or use white point.

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

02 Aug 2018

2018 Fall Portrait Season

It is that time of the year.  Fall portrait season is almost here.  Book early to ensure you have a spot.  It rains so make sure you have time to make up any outdoor session.

Fall is by far the most popular portrait season.  Here is a link to help you with picking the perfect location, time of day and clothes to wear.  If you have any question please feel free to contact myself.

I don’t charge for designing holiday cards with any portrait session.  All you pay for is the printing cost.

Custom designed front of a holiday card.

31 Jul 2018
dslr video settings

Video Settings a DSLR

Video Settings a DSLR

What settings to you need to set to shoot video on a DSLR? I will go over the basic settings and optional Picture Style Settings on my Canon DSLR. Note I shoot most video with low contrast but not always with desaturated color!  There is a lot more to shooting video than just the settings but hopefully this will get you pointed in the right direction.
Technicolor Picture Profile Download Link: https://www.technicolor.com/cinestyle

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

20 Jul 2018

How to Batch Process using Scripts-Image Processor in Adobe Photoshop

How to Batch Process using Scripts-Image Processor in Adobe Photoshop

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

14 Jul 2018
NEVER use Dust and Scratches in Adobe Photoshop

NEVER use Dust and Scratches in Adobe Photoshop

Why you should never use dust and scratches in product photography and what you should do to fix it properly.

How to create dynamic contrast in photographs using frequency separation in Adobe Photoshop CC.

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

05 Jul 2018
Dynamic Contrast in Adobe Photoshop CC

Dynamic Contrast in Adobe Photoshop CC

How to create dynamic contrast in photographs using frequency separation in Adobe Photoshop CC.

To see more Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials check out my Tutorial Pages.

03 Jul 2018

Day at the Beach

I spent a day at Assateague Island and Ocean City, Maryland taking candid family photographs.   Here are a few from the trip.  Candid photography is a great way to remember a trip or moment.  They capture raw emotion verses a posed look.  Hope you enjoy these images.  It was a great time and I even got a chance to fish in the ocean.  Thanks to all who were involved.

Kids Portraits:

Senior Portraits:

General Portraits: