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Whether you're just starting out in photography or have been shooting for years, finding a beautiful composition can be a struggle. In a presentation entitled "Crush the Composition", world-famous photographer Scott Kelby shares his advice for capturing images that speak to you. There's a little something for everyone here, from a brief, 4 minute introduction to the traditional basics of composition at the 6 minute mark, to a humorous and unforgettable lesson in the importance of having a great subject at 56 minutes. The video is posted on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FpHMuK7Htic. I'd love to hear what you think. What did you find most helpful? Would you recommend this for others in the WyzAnt community? Happy shooting!  

The annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will be held in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. The speaker list is packed with some of the biggest names in photography, including some of my favorite instructors.    Some of the speakers have prior presentations available on YouTube, including the highly recommended videos below. (Click on the title of this post to open it and reveal the embedded links.)   Jerry Ghionis: Posing Everyone Roberto Valenzuela: 21 Point Posing System   Peter Hurley: It's all about the Jaw!   Lindsay Adler:  Shooting at Noon   For more information on the convention, visit ImagingUSA.org. If anyone from the WyzAnt community will be there, please let me know.  It would be great to meet you in person.

There are a lot of different opinions about how to set up a Lightroom catalog. Some teachers suggest creating a new catalog for each shoot, some say one new catalog for each year. After 7 years of working with students privately, I have to say - one catalog - is all you need, especially if you keep your Library photos and folders in order. And your Library should be on a dedicated external hard drive. And, if you're using a laptop, then Smart Previews are the way to go, as they allow you to edit and develop your photos without actually having the hard drive with you.    What's a Catalog and what's a Library?    The Lightroom catalog is how Lightroom knows where your photos are on your hard drive. It is also where it keeps all the information on what you've done - flags, rejects, developing, books, etc. Consider the Catalog a big filing system, but it's not a file cabinet. This is a unique aspect of how Lightroom works and can trip up many beginning... read more

Some well known pros are claiming that the move from Aperture to Lightroom is "Fast, Fun and Easy." The tutorial takes TWO HOURS. And that's a tutorial. The uninitiated may find that it takes far more than that and if you make a mistake, well, that's not covered. Look it up if you feel adventurous, but I wouldn't recommend it except the most experienced of users.   There is also an automated application that I have not yet tried, called Aperture Exporter ($14.99, CHEAP if it works) - http://apertureexporter.com/ - according to their website, "Aperture Exporter was designed specifically for Aperture users who have decided to move to Lightroom. With only a few options and a click of a button, Aperture Exporter re-generates your Aperture Library as a set of folders and subfolders containing your images." I have not yet had the chance to try it. I will report back on it once I've had an opportunity to use it. Or, if you try it, please let me know... read more

You've purchased the latest and greatest of new digital cameras and have just come back from spending the day enjoying all those new features and taking great photos using Camera Raw. But when you insert the memory card and go to Import Dialog in Lightroom, all your thumbnails say, "Preview Unavailable For This File."   What's wrong?    Don't worry, it's not you. It's the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In (ACR). Adobe updates the ACR plug-in on a regular basis, but never quite fast enough to keep up with every camera manufacturer's changes to their version of camera raw. So what happens is, Lightroom cannot yet read or see these new camera raw files.    What to do?   It's tricky, but not rocket science. Until Lightroom gets an updated version out that includes your new camera, you can download the Adobe DNG converter from the Adobe website that (hopefully!) includes your camera. The link is here - http://helpx.adobe... read more

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