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.

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.

B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: June 1st, 2012

This week in the news: Nikon issues a firmware update to their higher-end DSLRs; a new 27-inch Dell computer aims itself right at the iMac; a new Lightroom update, and more.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for June 1st, 2012.

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

B&H Pulse Weekly News Round-Up: March 9th, 2012

This week in the news: Apple announces their new iPad; SLRMagic outed some new lenses; Adobe finally released Lightroom 4; and Google decided to make all of their web content accessible in one place for Android users.

This is your B&H Pulse news feed for March 9th, 2012.

How to Use Grandpa's Gray Hair for White Balancing

One way to white balance an image in Lightroom 3 is to find what is called Middle Gray, using the white balancing dropper tool. When you hover over certain parts of the image, the RGB levels appear, and one of the best methods is to make sure that all of them are around 50%. Typically, this happens in the middle gray area. The following white balancing procedure transpired when I was searching through my archive for photos to use for another BHInsights blog post.

How to Optimize Your Images for Web Search and Blogging

Besides Moshe Zusman's tips for online marketing, you should consider other ways to ensure that you—and others—will be able to track your photos online. At the same time, you must pay heed to copyrighting your photos. It's not all about watermarking either. Here are some tips on how I do it in Lightroom 3.

How to Rescue an Underexposed Image in Lightroom 3

The other day, while on a coffee break with two co-workers, I decided to bring along my Canon 5D Mk II and snap photos along the way. The photo on the left was snapped after I rushed in front of the two women seen in the image. However, it was actually terribly underexposed. Here's how I fixed it in Lightroom 3 to look more balanced, and give it a gorgeous look with muted tones.

Three Reasons to Upgrade to Lightroom 3

After a months-long public beta, which featured two releases, Adobe has released the final version of their Lightroom 3 software application. Thanks to the long beta, developers were able to make refinements to the application based on user feedback, resulting in an extremely functional, polished, and stable software application. Lightroom 3 boasts numerous compelling reasons for users to upgrade; here are three.

NAB 2010 Roundup

Every April, those involved in professional audio/video recording from broadcasters to event videographers converge onto Las Vegas to check out what hot new product will best improve their productions. A candy store for film and video professionals, NAB is the first place for the industry to decide what to purchase and what new technology is on the cutting edge. This year NAB seemed to focus on 3D television and improved support for DSLR camera's with HD video capabilities.


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