It’s hard to ignore the number of photos being produced on camera phones using apps like Instagram. Who would have thought that adding filters to photos to create a retro or vintage look would be so popular? Not only that, but it’s often surprisingly effective.
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In my last article I wrote about using Lightroom presets to simplify the task of processing portraits (you can catch up here). One of the benefits of using presets is that you can buy, or download for free, presets created by other photographers. It’s reasonable to ask yourself, before making a purchase, whether buying presets can really make a difference to your images.
Old Polar Lightroom preset
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about processing portraits (you can read that article here). I touched on using Lightroom Presets, and today I want to explore that topic a little more deeply.
One of the biggest advantages of Lightroom 4, for me, over other software such as Photoshop CS or Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is the ability to save the settings that I used to process an image as a preset.
You may be aware that I write articles for other websites as well as this blog and my magazine and ebook commitments. I thought it would be fun to create a page with links to articles that I have written. I’ve tried out a few different options and finally settled on Pinterest. It looks beautiful and is easy to use. You can see my Pinterest page here (you don’t have to be a Pinterest member to access it).
I’ve spent the last six months taking and processing a lot of portraits. I tried out lots of software to see which works well for me. My conclusion? Lightroom 4 is by far the best option out there. Other software has its place for specific features, but for versatility and ease of use, not to mention quality of results, Lightroom comes out on top (the portrait above is processed with Lightroom 4).
A treat for you today – Craft & Vision have released their second free ebook. It’s called Craft & Vision 2: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs and you have to do to obtain your copy is click on the link and go and download it.
Canon EOS cameras use three types of autofocus (AF) system:
- Phase detection AF. Used in the majority of EOS cameras (this is the system I’m going to write about in this article).
- Contrast detection AF. Used in EOS cameras where autofocus is available in Live View and movie mode.
- Hybrid AF. Phase detection AF and contrast detection AF are combined to obtain accurate autofocus and tracking in Live View and movie mode. A relatively new feature only available on the EOS 650D, 700D and EOS M (I’ll cover the latter two in a future article).
Up until the release of the EOS 1D-X the EOS 1D Mark IV was Canon’s most advanced professional camera. Photographers who bought one will use it happily for many years to come. Some readers may also be tempted to buy one on the second hand market, as a relatively economical way of purchasing a 1 Series camera.
If you look around online about the EOS 5D Mark II* you will inevitably come across negative comments about its autofocus performance. Is that justified? Well, partially (in my opinion). I see no good reason why the EOS 5D Mark II has only one cross-type AF point when the EOS 40D (released earlier) and EOS 50D (released at the same time) have nine cross-type AF points.