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Tripods for under $500

A good tripod is one of the most critical photographic accessories. A solid tripod enables you to shoot long exposures, use lower ISOs, and get sharp images. However, I think the first time any of us went tripod shopping, we had a bit of sticker shock. Good tripods, like my recommended Gitzo Series 3 Systematic, can cost nearly $1000. For most of us, that’s just a ton of money to spend on a tripod, even if it will last for years.

Fortunately, there are some good tripods out there for under $500. Many of these are aluminum models, but you can also find some carbon fiber ones at this price point. I had the opportunity to try out three tripods courtesy of B&H Photo, and all of these would be excellent options for outdoor photographers. Continue reading Tripods for under $500

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Free Luminosity Masking Actions for Photoshop

A powerful way to
adjust images in Adobe Photoshop

What are luminosity masks?

Luminosity masks are grayscale pixel images based on the brightness values in your image. Because they are created from your individual photographs, each mask blends in perfectly and allows for precise tone-based selections. Luminosity masks allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, and color on specific tone ranges in your image without the need for brushes or other selection tools.

Luminosity masks let you target adjustments to tone ranges and are based on the pixels in your photographs.
Luminosity masks let you target adjustments to tone ranges and are based on the pixels in your photographs.

Why should you use luminosity masks?

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Just Released! Cooking With Color Efex Pro Video Workshop

Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.
Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my latest video workshop, Cooking with Color Efex Pro.

If you missed the live class, here’s your chance to sit down and learn the fundamentals of one of the best photo filter packages out there. I’ll walk you through how to run the plug-in from both Lightroom and Photoshop, and give insights on the best workflows for using this tool from Googles Nik Collection.

Download Cooking with Color Efex Pro here

See all my complete  guides to Nik Collection plug-ins

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Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.
Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.

Dynamic range is a way of describing the range of brightness values your digital camera (or film) can faithfully record. Newer cameras, especially the ones from Nikon and Sony, have sensors that deliver as many as 14 stops of dynamic range. The trick, however, is how to extract that information when processing your shots.

If you use Adobe Lightroom, the Camera Profile (under the Camera Calibration Panel) will dictate the starting point for dynamic range. If you use the manufacturer’s RAW converter, then the as-shot settings (e.g., Nikon Picture Control) is applied by default. The in-camera settings set the contrast (tone curve) and color for how your images are processed. By using a low-contrast setting, you’ll be able to expand the dynamic range of your shot. Continue reading Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

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Cloud Stacking Video Tutorial Released!

Learn to create creative time-lapse still photographs with The Art of Cloud-Stacking, a video tutorial by Jason P. Odell.
Learn to create creative time-lapse still photographs with The Art of Cloud-Stacking, a video tutorial by Jason P. Odell.

I’ve just released a video tutorial that will teach you the creative art of “cloud-stacking.” Cloud-stacks are composite still images created from time-lapse (interval timer) captures. By using Photoshop to blend your images, you aren’t limited to the 2-10 shot maximum limit of an in-camera multiple exposure. My new video workshop includes a printable PDF companion notes set, too. For a complete guide to cloud-stacking and other creative long exposure techniques, be sure to check out Stretching Time: Mastering the Art of Long Exposure Photography. 

Download The Art of Cloud Stacking 

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