B&H Gear News Roundup: January 17, 2014

This week in the news: Adobe released a major update for Photoshop CC, which added a new perspective manipulation tool and the ability to use 3D printers; Sakar revealed the Vivitar IU680 smartphone-friendly camera system; Roland is producing a new drum machine that aims to be a follow-up to the classic TR-808; and Fujifilm is offering new handgrip accessories for the X-Pro1 and the X-E2 cameras.

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for January 17, 2014. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

Visual Storytelling with Red Giant

Colorist and Adobe Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker explores how color-grading techniques are used in film, and he provides practical demonstrations on how to create moods, suggest genres, and inform the audience of the motivations of on-screen protagonists, using Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite of plug-ins.

We Now Present: Jeff Cable's Greatest Hits

Is Jeff Cable a smooth, Vegas-style crooner? A flügelhorn virtuoso? A singing cowboy? Nope. Jeff is a talented photographer and an excellent public speaker, and B&H has been fortunate to have him host a number of lectures at our Event Space. Recently, it came to our attention that the YouTube videos of his presentations have racked up nearly half a million views, which is impressive, considering that most of them are well over an hour in length. We decided to mark the occasion by sharing this collection of Jeff Cable’s Greatest Hits.

The Top 15 Features of Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

Sure, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of tools and commands in Adobe Photoshop. In this B&H Event Space video, Jeff Cable teaches you the top 15 to get you retouching faster and more effectively.

How I Got the Shot: Mike Finn on His "She Took the Midnight Train" Composite Photo

The photo above is quite a striking one, and we recently featured it on our Facebook wall. It was shot by Mike Finn, a photo enthusiast who loves to create awesome scenes. After closely inspecting the photo, we thought it would be great to ask him how it was created.

Can you take a guess? We talked to Mike about how he created it. Here's how.

Creative Compositing with Masks in Photoshop

Photoshop is arguably the most feature-rich program when it comes to editing digital images. Three reasons for this is layer and mask functionality as well as the ability to select a single area in an image for processing.

PhotoShop CS6: In Depth Workflow and Layer Adjustments for Expanded Creativity

The photographer who wants to go beyond the editing functions of Aperture or Lightroom will find in Tim Grey’s presentation of Photoshop CS6 a wealth of knowledge, workflow ideas and hopefully inspiration for greater creative expression. 

Colin Smith of on Non-Destructive Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

Dodging and burning is a technique where portions of a photograph are selectively darkened (burning) or lightened (dodging). This is where you can add emphasis to certain portions of a photograph, or just bring back detail in certain areas. It’s a powerful technique for composition and creativity. The terminology comes from the traditional darkroom where an enlarger—combined with cupping of hands and cutouts on wire—were used to control the amount of light on different portions of a photograph.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost from Colin Smith of If you find this useful, we encourage you to check out the RouteCS6 tour that he is currently doing.

How I Got the Shot: Matt Kloskowski's Fall Sunrise

Kelby Training's Education Director Matt Kloskowski photographed the stunning sunrise in his photo above. Capturing all of the details in one image like this can be a bit tough to do, but it is totally possible through various methods. How do you think Matt shot it? After being captivated by it, we talked to Matt about how he photographed it.

Take a guess, then read on, to see if you got it right.

From Start to Finish: How to Get More Accurate Color From Your Images

A camera's LCD screen can be quite misleading when viewing your images. Often, when you import your images onto your computer they don't look anything like what you originally shot (that is, if you were working with RAW files). In order to get better color out of your images, you'll need to follow a couple of steps. And once you've reached the end, it will be like night and day.

We talked to four of the leading industry professionals to talk about how they get better color. Here are their tips from start to finish:

Lead image is Beached by JCNixonPhoto via the B&H Photo Flickr Group


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