FujiFilm X-T1 Review and Adobe Creative Cloud

RC demonstrates the durability of a FujiFilm X-T1 weatherproof camera and the quality pictures it creates. RC also compares using a soft box with a beauty dish as a light modifier, and he details the features on the new Adobe Creative Cloud Resource Center.


How to Create a Stunning Magazine Cover in Photoshop

Creating a Magazine Cover in Photoshop

Many modern magazines use their logo or name as an integrated piece of art combined with photos on their covers. It is not uncommon to see a subject peering out from a logo, or the magazine name obscured by a face. Some magazines like "V Magazine" take this a step further and place their logo over the entire cover, forcing interaction with the subject.

In this episode we show you how to turn a photo into a magazine cover by integrating the "V" logo with the subject.

Use the Pen Tool to Make Selections

The Pen Tool is one of the best ways to make accurate selections in Photoshop. When used efficiently, the Pen Tool can be used to cut out just about anything in a photo. You can also use the Pen Tool to make selections, and turn those selections into objects.

In this tutorial we create the "V" logo by tracing an example from a real magazine cover. After creating the "V" we use the Pen Tool to cut out our subject and allow more ways for her to interact with the "V".

We also use different blending modes to combine the logo with the subject, leading to a more interesting image.

Working with Type

Magazine covers almost always include type. You will often see complimentary colors used to create type so they stand off the background. In this image we create complimentary colors using the Difference Blend Mode.

For the title of the issue "Pink is the New Pink", we make both of the words "pink" into the color pink. Then to help the type stand out from the background we show you how to add a white outline or Stroke. Then on the right side of the image we play with the background a bit, inserting type over black stripes.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art Hands-on Review


A standard prime lens to a lens manufacture is like the 911 to Porsche. It's the benchmark and getting it right is crucially important. That's why Sigma has been so ambitious when it comes to designing their new 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The question is, have they set a new standard for standard prime?

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera



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Compact and comfortable to hold, the PowerShot SX510 HS camera creates images hard to match with a smartphone, with wireless sharing from virtually anywhere. Newly expanded built-in Wi-Fi® offers quick and easy setup, and lets you post to Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™ and Flickr®, send to email, plus share with your tablet, smartphone, networked PC and wireless PictBridge certified printer. 

With the ultra-powerful 30x Optical Zoom, you can capture an athlete's facial expressions from up in the bleachers, achieving crisp clarity with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer. The 24mm Wide-Angle lens captures family groups and landscapes with ease. Experience low-light shooting like never before with the Canon HS SYSTEM: a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor. 

And preserve memories you'll want to relive in spectacular 1080p Full HD Video. Smart AUTO senses and chooses the perfect camera settings for 32 pre-defined scenes, making every shot (and video) a winner. Shooting is fun and spontaneous with High Speed AF, and Zoom Framing Assist makes it easy to keep subjects in sight at the long end of the zoom. The camera is equipped with Intelligent IS that diminishes blur caused by camera shake, and a big, bright 3.0-inch LCD screen makes it easy to shoot and review your stills and video.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1. A nifty little camera

I'm just a point-and-shoot guy, and all I wanted was a good point-and-shoot camera with a powerful zoom lens, and good picture quality for an admittedly undiscerning eye. I got all that and more with this camera. Since there are plenty of "expert" reviews, I'm not going to say anything about the ins-and-outs of the camera. So, for what it's worth, here are my random comments.

1. Besides the 30x optical zoom on the SX510, the other cool feature is the wifi capability. Setting up the wifi was not particularly intuitive, but I eventually got everything working. I read one review from a mac owner that the wifi would not transfer pictures wirelessly from the camera to the the Apple computer. That's not true. All you need to do is download some Canon software (available here: [...] Once you download and install the software, you need to connect your computer to the camera via your home wifi network. Again, this isn't very intuitive, but it's not too difficult either. After the connection is made, you'll be able to transfer photos from the camera to your Apple computer via the "Image Sync" command.

2. One reason I decided to get a new camera (I upgraded from an older Canon Powershot, the S3) was because my old camera took terrible pictures indoors and in low light. I read that the SX510 did much better. To my untrained eye, this certainly seems to be the case. I took a couple of indoor pictures that turned out very poorly on my S3; using the SX510, the same shots were significantly better. On close inspection, I could see some "noise," but relatively speaking, the differences were huge.

3. The SX510 is very compact and light. One big reason, of course, is that it uses a proprietary battery, rather than 4 AAs. A lot of people prefer AAs for obvious reasons, but as long as you are prepared, the proprietary battery should not be a problem. You can buy extra batteries online (on Amazon) for a very low price. Having extra batteries will help you avoid those sad situations of not having batteries when you need them.

Well, that's all I can think of for now.

2. Great Camera

I have the professional Canon 5D Mark 2 camera with all the lenses, flash filters and everything else, but I needed a small camera for riding my motorcycle to events. After researching I settled on the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS, which I am glad I did. The first weekend I took over 300 photographs and I am extremely happy with this camera. I was really surprised at how small it is but it does take a nice 12 meg picture. For the price, I can't imagine using anything else.

3. 5 Stars so far, truly impressed

Wow. This is a truly amazing little camera. I bought this to replace my Nikon Coolpix. I had my coolpix for just over 12 months when it broke, due to no fault of my own, and it was going to cost $150 to repair. Rather than repair a camera that I liked but didn't love, I decided to make a new purchase.

My initial intention was to purchase a Canon Rebel, I have used my mom's in the past and really love that camera. I loved using the interchangeable lenses and the ability to manually focus. Seeing the cost though ($500+,) plus the cost of additional lenses, it just wasn't in my price range at the moment and I needed a new camera urgently. If you're looking for a DSLR, do not expect this to function the same. It's a powerful little camera, but it is NOT a DSLR. If you're an amateur photographer and have no intention of taking a class to learn how to use the functions of a DSLR, this is a perfect camera for you.

So began my research. It became a toss up between the Canon SX510 and the Nikon L820. Reviewers were split between the two, some preferring the Nikon, some preferring the Canon. They seemed to come out about even except in a few minor categories, and having been very pleased with the Canon Rebel, I decided to go with the Canon despite it costing about $30 more than the Nikon.


*30x Optical zoom - awesome, no more grainy pictures of kids on stage during performances

*Built in wifi - go ahead and upload your pics to facebook, send them to your phone, or directly to your wireless printer.

*Manual setting - can do your own iso settings, white balance, shutter speed etc. The auto setting works fabulously in most cases, far better than any camera I've ever owned, but the option is there for those times it's just not adjusting quite how you want it.

*CMOS sensor provides for a clearer image, especially on the macro setting, than my own eyes give me.

*Zoom assist - for when you use your 30x zoom but lose your subject

*Size - for anyone that has gone hiking with a DSLR and multiple lenses, you know what a pain that can be. This lighter camera is perfect for running around and still has a lot of the qualities that you'd look for in a DSLR. So unless you're out taking professional shots, this comes in really handy

*Discreet mode - This is a setting on the dial, great for those events when there is no flash allowed. In this mode, the camera doesn't make noise when turning it on, nor does the flash go off. Even if the camera goes off and you turn it back on, because it is set on the dial, it doesn't reset itself. I've accidentally had my flash turned back on so many times that way on previous cameras.

Cons -

*Very poor manual - A lot of skipping around to get one thing done. IE Looking through the start up manual, it says "for instructions on attaching (the lens cap cord and neck strap) please see the user manual on the canon website" Granted, it wasn't difficult to figure out, but there was no clear spot for the lens cap cord, and it is something that should have been included in a "start-up" manual. Another example of a poor manual, referring to the downloadable pdf manual...say you want to learn how to use the miniature setting...so it says "miniature setting, pg 48" You go to pg 48 and it says to follow steps 1 and 2 on page 46....okay back to page 46, got that down, back to page 48. It seems to be this way when trying to learn how to access any of the features. I can't fault the actual camera for this, but definitely Canon. I actually made up my own cheat sheet for accessing my favorite features until I have it down.

*No ability to manually focus - Being that this camera is not a DSLR, I didn't expect or really even hope for this feature. I would have liked it, but for the $$, I definitely can't complain and will upgrade in the future.

*Mirrorless - I would definitely prefer to use a viewfinder, I am used to going without though, so it's easy to work around.

*No Raw Shooting - this feature doesn't apply to most people, but sometimes I prefer to use it

*No Touch Screen - This is taking time for me to get used to, I find myself constantly tapping the screen. My last 2 cameras, going back to 2010, have been touch screen, so I'm surprised to find this camera doesn't have one.

Some reviewers have complained about the difficulty of accessing the wifi, this was fairly easy for me and took about 15 minutes max. It's a little more work than it typically takes to connect a device to wifi,and you have to use the computer to do it, but it's still not overly difficult.

Despite the cons, I'm still incredibly impressed with this camera and it has definitely earned 5 stars when taking into account the type of camera, the construction, and the value. I'm very happy with this purchase despite the fact that I was hoping for my next camera to be the Rebel. I never imagined I'd get a camera of this level of quality for under $400. (I paid $229, could have bought a slightly cheaper one, but wanted one that was Amazon fulfilled and prime)


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Pinhole photography, Photographic Genres – Photography Course, Lesson 43

Pinhole camera by Viacheslav Slavinsky Flickr.com/photos/svofski/

This article is part of the online digital photography course.

The stenoscopia is a photographic technique that takes advantage of the process of the darkroom to reproduce images. Everything is based on pinhole (from the greek "stenos opaios" = narrow hole), most often practiced with a pin, from which the English word "pinhole" to describe this type of photography.

With this process we can obtain blurry images, because the light rays coming from the subject create small circles. The sharpness increases by decreasing the radius of the hole, the exposure time and the probability of diffraction problems increase as well.

The element of particular interest in this type of photography is to have sharpness extended to all framed objects, with a consequent unlimited depth of field.

Photo by Matt Callow with pinhole camera Flickr.com/photos/blackcustard/

This is a slow type of photography, with long exposure times, which may vary from seconds to hours, depending on the subject you want to shoot.

It therefore creates an awaited, desired and sought picture, which contains elements impalpable due to/thanks to this missing clarity. 

Article written by Claudia Prontera

How To Make a Pinhole Camera

How to Make a Room-Sized Pinhole Camera

Quote about Photography

Taking pictures is fun. 
 If you get bored or you’re tense or angry, you’re doing it wrong
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Man and the Sea (L’Homme et la mer) - Photographic Project

Video and Photo by Marco Crupi

Photo Gallery: Man and the Sea

Tumblr: L’Homme et la mer

Man and the Sea

Free man, you will always cherish the sea!
The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul
In the infinite unrolling of its billows;
Your mind is an abyss that is no less bitter.

You like to plunge into the bosom of your image;
You embrace it with eyes and arms, and your heart
Is distracted at times from its own clamoring
By the sound of this plaint, wild and untamable.

Both of you are gloomy and reticent:
Man, no one has sounded the depths of your being;
O Sea, no person knows your most hidden riches,
So zealously do you keep your secrets!

Yet for countless ages you have fought each other
Without pity, without remorse,
So fiercely do you love carnage and death,
O eternal fighters, implacable brothers!

— Charles Baudelaire

Landscape photography, photographic genres – Photography Course – Lesson 42

This article is part of the online digital photography course.

Landscape photography is a photographic genre that depicts portions of the world, no matter if the immortalized spaces are natural or urban. It's probably the more practiced photographic genre by professionals and amateurs. Instead of just talking about it, I’d find more interesting and instructive introducing you to some of its main exponents.

One of the pioneers of landscape photography and whom you can’t not know about is Ansel Adams, I suggest you to google him, while below you can find one of his most famous photos.

In addition to Ansel Adams there are so many of them to be named, so I’d suggest you to look at the pictures of Galen Rowell and Edward Weston.

What you need to know about Tumblr

What you need to understand is that I don't take myself very seriously. I made this video almost as a joke, not expecting it to blow up and go viral in such a short amount of time. Tumblr DOESN'T have rules. And even more so, it IS open to everyone. The tips I explain in this video is more so to poke fun and indulge in the typical mindset of those of us that are Tumblr addicts. People are viewing it in a way I wasn't intending. They seem to think that I believe that anyone that steps outside of these points is not deserving of a Tumblr. Again, that is not the case.
Like anything in life, be it the internet, friends, music, ect... there are trends that seem to develop. The 12 points I mention, are the trends that have developed for this particular website.

To those of you that think I am breaking the 1st "rule" by making this video:
It's okay if new people join Tumblr. At one point or another, we were all newbs. What I'm saying is that when you share Tumblr with people you know, it often leads to regret. Tumblr is often used as a diary of sorts. Often people vent because no one knows them personally, which means they can be open about their thoughts & feelings without a fear of being judged. When someone you know starts following you, this defeats the whole purpose of being able to blog freely.
Not to mention the only reason I uploaded this to YouTube was because the file was too large to upload to Tumblr.