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.

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.

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

Adobe Lightroom 4 Adds More "Flow" to your Workflow

The folks at Adobe seldom disappoint us when it comes to product updates, and Adobe’s Lightroom 4 is no exception. Already considered part and parcel of the digital workflow process of serious shooters at all levels of the photographic hierarchy, Lightroom 4 brings a number of noteworthy features to the party.

The Brenizer Method: Panoramic Portrait Shooting

Not long ago, we spent some time with famed wedding photographer and guest blogger Ryan Brenizer. One of the reasons why Ryan is famous is because of his unique style of shooting portraits known across the net as the Brenizer Method. Ryan talked with us about the gear he uses to do it, how he came up with the idea, the post-production phase, and also gave us some tips for beginners. Take a look at the video after clicking Read and Discuss.

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.


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