Author: Marc

Tips for Buying Used Cameras and Lenses

Regardless of whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, photography gear is expensive. Between camera bodies, lenses, filters, tripods, bags and backpacks, flashes and other accessories, there is no shortage of things to buy. Not only is there a lot to buy, but cameras and lenses can easily cost a significant amount even without all the other stuff. One of the best ways to save money on photography gear is to buy used equipment. There are several different ways to go about buying used gear, but the process can be intimidating and might even seem risky if you haven’t tried it before.

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5 Free Presets for ON1 Photo RAW 2018

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is powerful photo editing software that combines some of the functionalities of Lightroom and Photoshop. If don’t already own a license to ON1 Photo RAW 2018 you can download a free 30-day trial here. 

Today we have a set of 5 free presets that you can use with your own photos. The presets are a sample from our much larger set of 140+ landscape presets for ON1 Photo RAW 2018. This free pack includes 3 color effects and two presets for black & white conversions (installation instructions are included). If you like these presets, be sure to check out the full set.

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How I Got a $600 Lens for $164

Last summer I was interested in buying the Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, but I didn’t really want to spend $600 for it. I kept an eye on several different sites for a while to see if I could catch it on sale, but didn’t have any luck with that. Eventually, I decided to look into buying a used lens to save some money.

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How to Use Profiles in Lightroom and Camera Raw

In April of 2018 Adobe released a major update to Lightroom and Camera Raw, and one of the most noteworthy changes/additions involved Profiles. With this update Adobe made profiles much easier to access, and they also added to the functionality and usefulness of profiles. If you’re using Lightroom CC, Classic CC, or Camera Raw and you haven’t taken the time to get familiar with the new Profiles, this article is for you. Profiles have the potential to be quite useful if you understand how they work.

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7 Simple Ways to Improve Landscape Photos with Lightroom’s Graduated Filter

Lightroom’s graduated filter is an incredibly powerful tool for landscape and nature photographers. With the help of the graduated filter you can make selective adjustments that impact only the parts of the photo that you want to impact, without impacting the other parts to you want to leave untouched. There are a lot of different ways that you can use the graduated filter. The more you use it, the more comfortable you will get with the tool. You’ll find that it becomes a very important part of your workflow for processing landscape photos.

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Interview with Landscape Photographer Darren White

Darren White is a landscape photographer based in Colorado. He grew up on the Oregon Coast, so between Oregon and Colorado he’s been surrounded by amazing landscapes his whole life. Darren has been published in several magazines and also leads night photography workshops in addition to selling prints of his photos.

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7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

One of the great things about landscape and nature photography is that each season presents unique opportunities. Although I do love the beautiful colors of autumn, spring may actually be my favorite time of the year for photography. After a long, cold winter it’s great to have more hours of sunlight and warmer weather. Trees and plants are coming to life with vibrant greens, and water levels tend to be high the snow melts off, which is great for photographing waterfalls!

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Interview with John-Paul Bell

John-Paul Bell is a landscape photographer from the county of Angus, Scotland. John-Paul’s portfolio is filled with many beautiful photos showcase Scotland’s landscape, including mountain photos, seascapes, waterfalls and more. I recently had the opportunity to interview Jon-Paul about his work, and you’ll find his responses below. Throughout the interview you’ll also see some samples of his work.

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Interview with Landscape Photographer Destin Sparks

Destin Sparks is an award-winning landscape photographer based in Queensland, Australia. Destin first got started with photography in 2009, and now he’s leading photography tours in Australia and New Zealand. In Destin’s portfolio you’ll find many amazing panoramic images. I recently had the opportunity to interview Destin about his work, and you’ll find his responses to my questions below. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy the sampling of his photography that is featured in the interview.

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Panama is More Than a Canal: Beautiful Wildlife and Landscape Photos from Panama

Walking along this trail one thing becomes clear, we’ve been away from the tropics for way too long. Heliconias, red and yellow glow in a sea of green. Sweat runs in rivulets down my face, heat and humidity, the necessary ingredients for this untamed mass of life, hard to handle after years spent in Colorado. Howler Monkeys roar and howl from mid‑level in the trees overhead, a misty rain drifts through the canopy, makes my shirt even wetter but doesn’t cool. Surrounded by an almost unbelievable diversity of life, plant, animal and insect make a dreamscape for a photographer.

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