Taking the standard panel and slimming it down, Dracast has developed the LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light to be a powerful and portable fixture ideal for run-and-gun shooting. This model specifically takes things up a notch with a folding design, making it more compact for storage and travel. In terms of light output, the LED1000 Silver is quite capable with 1000 LEDs rated with a CRI of >95. It also sports a 45° beam angle and has a physical dial on the back permitting dimming from 0-100%.
For maximum durability the panel has an aluminum chassis and it comes with a center mount yoke for control over light placement. The light itself also measures just 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.4" when folded and opens up to 9.1 x 15.7 x 0.7" for a broad, soft light source. It can run on either 100-240 VAC power via the included adapter or a 14.8 VDC battery pack on the V-mount plate. It draws just 58W and comes with a carrying case.
Apple Photos is an easy-to-use Mac photo editor that syncs to iCloud storage. It's included free as a part of OS X (soon to be known as macOS) and can help you organize, correct and adjust your images. With plenty of easy to use tools, it's a great choice for basic corrections.
With the help of a few helper apps, however, we can supercharge Photos and turn it into a
full-featured post-production suite. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use extensions to addmore powerful tools and be more productive with Apple Photos.
What's An Extension?
Extensions help Apple Photos do more without leaving the app. An extension lets you use other photo editors inside of Apple Photos. Think of an extension as a plugin that gives you a new tool to work with without having to leave the program.
We'll look at using extensions to add extra options to Photos. First, let's find out how to install them.
How to Install Extensions
First, we'll need to install an app that adds an extension to Photos. A free app you can test this with is Macphun'sFilters for Photos. You can grab this app from the Mac App Store and install it quickly to test out the installation process.
Once we've installed the app, let's jump back to Apple Photos. Start editing a photo by clicking on Edit with an image selected in Apple Photos. Once you install an external app, you might notice that an Extensions option appear in the tools panel. Click on Extensions and choose More to enable the extension.
a window will open up to enable the extension. You should see your new app
available in the extensions window. Just tick the box of the extension
you're going to enable, and it will become available in Photos.
Now, when you return to the Photos editing window and click More again, the extension you enabled is ready to use! Click on the extension name, and it will launch in its own window.
upon the extension you're using, you'll see new options available for
working with your image.
Five Powerful Extensions
Now that you know how to install an extension, let's look at a few of the most powerful ones available:
Noiseless is all about removing noise from your images. It's a part of MacPhun's Creative Kit bundle of apps, all of which can be used as an extension with Apple Photos. It's also available as a single app in the Mac App Store.
Noise is frequently an issue with mobile photos due to the minuscule sensor size of mobile cameras. When you launch Noiseless from the extensions list, your image will open in before and after view, and a show list of noise reduction presets to the right of the preview. When using Noiseless, try out some of the presets as a starting point.
Make sure to check your noise reduction at all sizes using the zoom buttons that are above the image viewer. The noise reduction presets are a simple and easy way to apply smoothing to an image, but Noiseless also has a more advanced method for reducing noise.
Press the Adjust button in the upper right area of the application to switch from Preset mode, to a much more advanced set of sliders. Whether you're using the preset or advanced approach, click Save Changes to lock in your settings.
Affinity Photo: Retouch
Affinity Photo is a full-featured image processor and competitor to Adobe Photoshop. When you install Affinity Photo it actually adds up to six extensions for Apple Photos. The Affinity Photo Retouch extension adds a very useful retouching brush. Let's take a look at it.
There are a litany of tools added in this extension. Try out the Dodge and Burn tools for refined adjustments to lighting in specific parts of the image. Just select the tool and click and drag to start applying it to parts of an image.
Also try out the Blur and Sharpen tools, which can add area-specific details. These are tools that aren't included in Apple Photos. Affinity's Retouch adds local editing power and really takes Photos to the next level.
Like Affinity Photo, Pixelmator is a Photoshop alternative. It adds up to two extensions for Apple Photos: Distort and Retouch. Let's focus on the Distort extension.
This is a fun extension for adding some creative twists to your photos. There are six tools inside of Distort:
Warp: warp is used to fluidly move parts of an image around; similar to Photoshop's liquify tool, for example
Bump: bump expands a part of an image, such as the globe in the building above
Pinch: pinch helps reduce part of an image; effectively the opposite of a bump
Twirl Left/Twirl Right: the twirl tools can be used to "push" parts of an image in a respective direction. I used twirl to have fun with the supports of the building above
Restore: undo any of the tweaks applied
Select any of these tools, choose a size for the brush, and finally the strength of the effect using the tool's sliders. Then, go to work reshaping the image!
Snapheal is another app from MacPhun that can be purchased through the Creative Kit bundle or individually in the Mac App Store. It adds a more powerful spot removal tool called Erase, as well as a Retouch and Adjust option. Let's focus on the Erase tool to remove any unwanted objects.
When you launch Snapheal, you're placed on the Erase tab. Set the size of your eraser using the Diameter tool, and begin painting over the spots to remove. You'll also want to set an Erasing mode, as well as a Precision level. I typically change the Erasing mode to Local, and set the Precision to the Highest option. The erasing algorithm takes longer, but yields the best results.
When you're finished painting over the objects to remove, press the large Erase! button to let Snapheal go to work. You'll see a finished image within a few seconds, hopefully free of spots. If the removal doesn't go well, you can always undo the changes and try it again with different erasing modes and brushed areas.
Affinity Photo: Haze Removal
Haze seems to be pretty common in my mobile photos. It's evident when images are low in contrast, and can be caused by environmental conditions or even a smudgy camera lens!
The Haze Removal extension added by Affinity Photo is great for reducing haze and bringing back some life to an image. To use it, simply launch the Affinity Haze Removal tool from your extensions.
Once you're inside of the Haze Removal extension, start playing with the Strength slider. Pulling it up increases the amount of haze removal. I like to use the Distance slider for fine tuning the reduction after applying the initial strength. One thing I've noticed is that haze removal can darken the image, so Affinity has included an Exposure Correction slider to offset the darkening effect. When you're finished, just press Save Changes in the upper right corner.
Recap and Keep Learning
I like easy-to-use software; it's why Apple Photos has a permanent place
in my workflow for my mobile images. When I need more from the
app, it's great to know that there are extensions available for advanced edits. And for many post-processing workflows, even professional ones, these extensions add all the power you'll ever need.
If you're interested in learning more about Apple Photos, I recently published a tutorial for corrections with Apple Photos. There is also an Apple Photos course right here on Tuts+ that is a complete walkthrough of the app, including how to sync your images instantly between Mac and iOS.
Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can
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Layer Blend Mode
In Adobe Photoshop, you can control the way two layers blend together by incorporating Layer Blend Modes into your workflow. Located in the Layers panel, cycle through each option to open up a variety of design possibilities with a few simple clicks.
From creating cool photo effects to non-destructive photo editing, learn the essentials when working with Layer Blend Modes in this quick video below.
This is part of a new series
of quick video tutorials on Tuts+. We're aiming to introduce a range of
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In this video i'm building out my Pelican 1650 with the 'new' TrekPak Insert System. Unlike Pluck-Foam that can't be re-organized, or Velcro dividers that can be limiting on the arrangement, these 'new' TrekPak Inserts are very modular and can be fully customized by cutting your own dividers.
I emphasize that these are the 'new' TrekPak inserts as previous kits used to come with pre-cut dividers. This was somewhat limiting and not flexible to those who have different types of equipment. The new system also offers optional inserts you can purchase and cut if you need more dividers.
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TrekPak offers insert kits for many popular cases including Pelican, SKB, Nanuk, etc. For more information, visit the Trekpak website (here).
For those using CFL Lighting kits, Alzo is now offering new LED Bulbs that offer longer life, better color, and more durability. A standard 22W LED Bulb starts at just $20 dollars and 32W LED Bulbs at $34 dollars. For more information about these products, check out the links below.
I reduced the price of the Panasonic GH4 Shooter’s Guide last week to just $9.99 and it has sold well, therefore I am extending the half-price sale to the entire range of EOSHD Shooter’s Guides for the next 7 days only. If you’re looking to dive deeper into your camera knowledge or are even just curious [...]
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Fotodiox introduces a few LED Video lights and demos the new CamDolly Cinema System at NAB2016. The CamDolly offers 5 main Modes from Ride-on Track Dolly, Ride-On Doorway Dolly, Heavy Duty Slider, Tabletop Dolly, and 360 Orbit Dolly.
Whether you need a Ride-On Track Dolly, Ride-On Doorway Dolly, Heavy Duty Slider, Tabeltop Dolly, or 360 Degree Orbit Dolly, the CamDolly has you covered. All you need is 15 minutes to assemble your CamDolly into its five different protocols to capture five completely different types of dolly shots.
• Unlimited configurations with 3 sets of wheels
• Minimal maintenance
• No extra tools needed
Overview of CamDolly:
Now you can bring a comprehensive dolly system to the shoot in your hatchback.
Once built, the CamDolly can support more than 550 pounds: more than enough capacity for a ride-on operator, your tripod, and any camera - DSLR or large cinema camera, whether you're shooting digital or film. Capable of riding a metal track, we designed the CamDolly with our SnakeTrack Flexible Rail in mind as a super-portable way to get complicated curves that would otherwise be impossible. Simply double the rail up, and you have a dual track that will give you a shot that's more than 20 feet long, or use 2 lengths of parallel rail for a 50 ft run. Every 50 ft. length of SnakeTrack Flexible Rail comes with a bucket bag for easy transportation.
Shoot with your own tripod and tripod head. Since there are so many different kinds of tripod feet, we've created universal "leg cups". Place the feet of your tripod into the cups, then lash them in with the included zip ties. We also recommend securing the tripod with some bungees or a cargo strap.
Instead of shooting with a tripod, you can also use a bazooka. We provide a bazooka mount with every CamDolly Cinema System kit. When you're shooting in tabletop or slider mode, you can directly attach your bowl tripod head to the main core piece of the CamDolly. The kit includes bowl adapters for 75mm, 100mm, and 150mm bowl mounts.
Building each of the different modes takes only a few minutes, and you can even fold down the partially-built dolly to make it easy to carry to and from your location. Perfect for cold weather: build the dolly indoors, remove four screws, fold down the CamDolly, walk out to your location, unfold CamDolly, and reinstall the four screws. Ready to go in under 60 seconds.
Find out more information about FotoDiox products at FotoDioxPro.com or information about the CamDolly Cinema System following the direct product link (here)
Just for 4 days, the Panasonic GH4 Shooter’s Guide will be half-price. Get it here! The Panasonic team in Osaka have been very good to us over the last few years. Now the GH5 is imminent, EOSHD takes a look at what makes the series so great and what to expect for the new model. [...]
Applying makeup for video is going to be different than how you apply makeup for going to a party. In this short video tutorial from my course on Makeup Basics for Photo & Video, you will learn about how to approach makeup for video.
You'll learn the basics of makeup for video from hair and makeup pro Eva Jewel. We'll cover different skin types, color theory, what products to use, and more! You'll also see plenty of practical demonstrations to help you learn.