[Video] 5D Mark III Video Color Correction Using Adobe Lightroom

Cool little video by user RooiMus on Vimeo showing how to colour correct video footage (made with an EOS 5D Mark III) using Adobe Lightroom 4:

An experiment in using the power of Adobe Lightroom in colour correcting Canon 5D Mark III video: Exported original footage from Adobe After Effects as a .tiff sequence, which enables all Lightroom development tools. After colour correction, exported .tiff files as a slideshow video from Lightroom, with a user defined preset for 25 fps full HD.

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[Tip] How Concepts Taken From Cognitive Science Can Make Your Photography Better

“Whisper”, image credit: Eric Kim

Interesting article by street photographer Eric Kim about how concepts and ideas taken from the domain of cognitive sciences can help you shot better (read: more interesting) pictures. The article is well made, has a comprehensive introduction and still manages to be not too long. The article tries to tackle the following issues:

What makes a photograph memorable? What makes a photograph so powerful and so magical that it burns itself into our memories? Why do certain photographs withstand the history of time? Why do certain shots that are perfectly composed and framed are easily forgotten or dismissed? What makes a great photograph? How much of it is subjective vs objective? Is there a “science” behind making a memorable photograph?

These are important questions every photographer thought about at least once during his or her (photographic) life. The article is well-researched (though the author says it is not enough) and I think it is easily understandable also for those who don’t have a background in psychology or cognitive science. I won’t anticipate too much since I think this article is absolutely worth to be read. Let me just say that it goes over three main concepts that may be precious aids for your (street-) photography:

  1. We communicate with stories
  2. We seek patterns
  3. We look into the future

Each concept is analyzed and discussed with regard to photography. Sample images are provided. If you are into street photography (I am) then this article is a real must.

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Ten Suggestions To Take Better Photos (without spending a cent)

Image Credit: The Phoblographer

Our friends at The Phoblographer have a good article about ten points you should take in account to shot better pics. Not a new camera, nor other expensive equipment. The listed suggestions

can be applied whether you’ve had professional training or not, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a $100 point-and-shoot or an expensive DSLR. Geared primarily towards amateur hobbyists, perhaps those of you with more experience can get some ideas as well. Here are some suggestions that are independent of gear.

Here comes the list of ten tips & hints, all easy to achieve. I think the list works. It discusses the following points:

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[Video&Humor] 50 Photography Tips In Few Minutes


Kai at digitalrev produced a little and funny video with 50 photography tips presented in a speedy way. The video lasts less than 15 minutes. However, if you’re too lazy to watch the entire video, or if you are in hurry, the tips are listed below (thanks to user blufox4900 on Reddit).


  1. UV filters are a waste of time
  2. Lens hoods aren’t a necessity
  3. If you’re not using the hood, put it away
  4. Don’t treat your DSLR like it’s your baby
  5. Stop hating on others
  6. Get cheap lens caps
  7. Pack light
  8. Use a zoom for convenience
  9. Prime will make you think more
  10. The 35mm is the most practical one lens setup (on the 1.5 crop)
  11. The 50mm looks better
  12. Better cameras don’t make better photos
  13. Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot
  14. Always be ready for the shot
  15. P-mode isn’t just for beginners
  16. Bump the ISO if needed
  17. Auto ISO is your best friend
  18. Rely on the Rule of Thirds
  19. Take lots of shots
  20. Don’t take photos of any old sh*t
  21. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” — Robert Capa
  22. Contemplate your shot
  23. The best equipment doesn’t help if you’re not standing in the right spot
  24. Sharpness is overrated
  25. Concept is king
  26. Don’t look like a wrongun (i.e. a creep)
  27. Don’t drink and shoot
  28. Shoot when you’re full of energy
  29. Sometimes it feels great to wake up really early and shoot
  30. Think about what light you want
  31. Emulate the style of the greats to get started
  32. …but don’t keep doing it
  33. Photography is as much a reflection of the person taking the photo
  34. Shoot to please no one apart from yourself
  35. Discreet or direct — it isn’t all that important
  36. Setting themes keeps you focused
  37. Change things every once in a while to keep things fresh
  38. Everyone has creative blocks
  39. Be critical of yourself
  40. “Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph” — Andre Kertesz
  41. You need to be there with the camera
  42. The relationship is about you and the subject, not you and the camera
  43. Stop chimping
  44. Be brutal when it comes to deleting awful photos
  45. Show only your best work
  46. Changing photos to B&W doesn’t make an uninteresting shot interesting
  47. Look at other people’s work
  48. Post your work online, let others critique your work
  49. There is no easy way
  50. ???
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Photography and Travel – A personal experience and some tips

Sunset over the Mekong - Don Det, Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), Laos
This is a post I wanted to write since long. Traveling and photography: perfectly complementary. Let me start with some personal experience. Last year I was abroad for three months, traveling South-East Asia on my own. You know, the backpacker thing? My journey went mainly through Laos and Cambodia. I was alone, on a budget (i.e. I wanted the trip to last as long as possible), and I was traveling light. That’s to say that I had a light backpack, just 9 kg (~19.8 lbs). So, the biggest question to solve while organizing the whole thing was if I should carry a DSRL (and lenses) with me, or if I should not. Not as trivial as I thought it was.


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