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Printing with Lightroom – Part I, by Seth Resnick of D65

Lightroom really makes printing a breeze, with many features for all your printing needs. You can place multiple-size images on a single page, and have multiple pages of multiple-picture layouts. You can even use draft-mode printing, which renders from the Previews. This is even more amazing, because you can select a group of images, print them as a PDF, and accomplish the task in seconds. 




Introducing the B&H HDSLR Hub

If you loved the B&H HDSLR guide, then you'll appreciate the new B&H HDSLR Hub. The new platform will feature news, interviews, tips and loads more. Beyond this, cinematographer Shane Hurlbut will give a six-part educational series where he teaches you how to get the most out of your HDSLR. More in the Press Release, after the jump.


Clash of the HDR Titans: Photomatix Pro versus Nik's HDR Efex Pro

High-dynamic range imaging (HDR) is the fastest growing and perhaps the trendiest new technique in photography. By combining several images with different exposures the photographer can capture scenes which are beyond the dynamic range of their camera. The trick is that HDR scenes not only can't be captured in a single image, they also can't be fully displayed or printed in their native form. That means additional processing is required to turn the photo into one which can be used.

Minor Retouching in Photoshop Elements

You don't need extremely high-end editing software to make minor retouches and edits to your photos. In fact, you can still achieve wonderfully pleasing results with something like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here's a quick run-through that is simple and thorough.


How to Capture Better Candid Photos

When shooting street photography or a fun event like a party or wedding, candid photos can be the icing on the cake. Not only do those photos provide extra life to the story you're telling, but they also depict people in their most natural and comfortable state. It takes some practice to nail the better candids. Here are a couple of tips on how to do just that.

Photo by Gservo (be sure to join our Flickr group and your photos may be featured in future blog postings.)


How Do You Inspire Yourself?

Finding inspiration can be very tough at times. Also, we all inevitably hit a slump once in a while. How do we stay inspired? Here are some tips from many famous professional photographers on how they keep that inspiration going. For even more ideas, you can take a look at how some famous photographers became interested in photography, pre-shooting rituals, and a couple of fun projects.

Knowledge is Power

Now that you've got those great new photography accessories from the holidays, what's next? It's time to learn how to use them to their fullest potential. There are some great specialists that can help you learn how to do just that. Here's a list of a few schools that offer classes to help you become a better photographer.

Mastering the HDR Landscape

Landscape photographers often find themselves in challenging light. If you're at all experienced with shooting landscapes, then you know that the best light happens in the hour or so right around sunrise and sunset. The so-called "golden hour" is when we get nice, warm light and excellent opportunities for side-lighting to bring out the texture in terrain. If you shoot right around sunrise and sunset, though, you'll also get the problem of too much dynamic range.



Monolights 101

We love monolights. They imitate natural illumination beautifully. If you have yet to read our previous features on the Bare Tube Flash Head and Flash Power Packs, now is a good time to do so. Those stories complete the foundational learning about AC flash that you’ll appreciate.

David Brommer on Composition

David Brommer, manager of the B&H Event Space, has contributed to a recently published book entitled, "Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots." I recently had the opportunity to talk with David about the chapter he wrote, and he provided me with some interesting and thought-provoking insights.




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