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  • 08/17/17--05:59: Dusk on Soledad Mountain
  • August 17, 2007

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    Whether it's the Walkman, Photoshop or the GoPro, every now and again a product comes along that so perfectly epitomizes the form, that its name is taken to represent the entire category of products (whether its maker likes it or not). For a couple of years, the Flip Video pocket camcorder was just such a device. The dead giveaway being that you can probably picture what I mean by 'Flip Video' but not by the phrase 'pocket camcorder.'

    In a manner similar to GoPro, the Flip wasn't necessarily the most technologically innovative product, but it represented a novel arrangement of components in such a way that it heralded a new class of devices. Rather than making you carry around a full-sized camcorder, the Flip squeezed a small sensor, a battery and some memory together in a genuinely pocketable package.

    The first units captured VGA resolution, which wasn't as undesirable as it now sounds, since standard (1950s) definition TV still ruled the world in the mid 2000s. In fact the Flip Video grew out of a device so simple that could only be used once, with the expectation that its output would be transferred to DVD (which, for all their 'digital quality,' are essentially 'widescreen' standard definition discs).

    A video camera, in your pocket!

    In the classic 'it only has to be good enough' fashion that Allison highlighted earlier this week, the Flip was a raging success. The first version, launched in 2007, captured a claimed 13% of the total camcorder market within a year of launch and for a while they seemed like the only video devices anyone was buying.

    By 2009, though, the Flip Ultra HD brought 1280 x 720 video and, with its 8GB of internal memory, could capture 2 hours of footage. A flip-out USB connector allowed this footage to be offloaded and some basic sharing software was accessed in the same manner. Above all, though, it remained simple. There was a tiny screen and a big red button to start recording. Beyond this there were directional buttons to activate the digital zoom, buttons for play and delete and that's pretty much it.

    No need to carry cables or software: you could just connect the flip-out USB socket

    The speed with which the Flip phenomenon emerged meant the whole sector was comparatively mature by the time DPReview conducted a roundup/introduction. By 2010, Flip itself had dropped a little off the pace and rivals such as Panasonic, JVC, Kodak (remember them?) and Sony (whose 'Bloggie' branding just didn't pass into common parlance as smoothly as Walkman had) had not only started to muscle-in, but had already moved to Full HD capture. Imagine that!

    The Flip Mino HD shot 720p video: resolution so high that not everyone had a TV that could show it, yet.

    As is probably very apparent from the footage included in our introductory article, I knew nothing whatsoever about shooting video, but since all you could do is hold the camera up the right way and hit the big red button, that didn't really matter. We were all going to be the next Kubrick. Or, at least, were going to imperil our friend's mobile data limits by taking advantage of Facebook's newly-added video capabilities.

    Flip finally flops

    This talk of mobile data already hints at what would eventually wipe out the entire class, but interestingly, I think, the Flip itself didn't die as a result of the challenge from smartphones. Smartphones with video were still comparatively rare (though clearly visible in the offing) and the Flip was a successful product in a comparatively buoyant market when the plug was pulled.

    The quality wasn't great, but pocket camcorders could be pretty fun

    Instead, its downfall was that the company got bought by the wrong buyer. Network infrastructure company Cisco bought Flip Video in 2009, during a period in which cash-rich companies were diversifying into just about anything that seemed internet-related. But just two years later, under pressure from shareholders, it closed most of its consumer division to refocus on its core business. Interestingly, there doesn't appear to have been any attempt to sell the business, which suggests there was already a significant question mark hanging over it.

    The pocket camcorder class would persist for another couple of years but would soon enough be rendered irrelevant by the camcorder you already have with you (sound familiar?). Perhaps there were lessons the wider camera industry could learn from the brilliant but short-lived impact of the Flip Video. You can bet GoPro has given it plenty of thought.


    The Flip cam: My first time filmmaking

    by Dan Bracaglia

    Still image from 'They Dream,' a short film I shot on the Flip Mino (close to actual resolution) in 2008. While Richard was reviewing cameras for DPReview, I was busy getting my degree and making (bad) artsy short films.

    I remember the Flip fondly, specifically the Flip Video Mino which debuted in the summer of 2008.

    I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University and the editor in chief of our student newspaper, the Daily Targum when MTV reached out to me, along with editors of other college papers with a proposition: we’ll send you a Flip cam to keep if you use it to make and submit a short film back to the network (specifically MTVU). Having shot, but never edited video footage before, I was intrigued and obliged their offer.

    The device, capable off 640 x 480 video seemed way ahead of its time. It could capture up to an hour of footage on 2GB of internal memory, offered a built-in microphone, a postage stamp-sized LCD, digital zoom, and best of all, had a built-in USB for charging and off-loading footage.

    The day it arrived I brought it out to a university-sponsored concert to get some test shots even though there was a strict no-video policy. I figured the Flip was small enough, no one would pay me any mind. I was wrong, as I was instead bombarded by curious classmates, eager to check out the strange new device.

    'The Flip cam removed a major mental barrier for me in terms of making movies.'

    The short film I ended up submitting, titled 'They Dream,' represented my first foray into the world of video editing, and was hacked together over the course of an all-nighter using iMovie. Without giving too much away, I warn you that it is both amateurish and embarrassing. But artsy cliches and bad editing aside, The Flip cam removed a major mental barrier for me in terms of making movies. Suddenly, the labor of getting the shot became as simple as pulling the Flip out of my pocket, turning it on and pressing record.

    I still own the Flip cam and it still works. In fact I recently plugged it in and found a whole cache of questionable college-age footage, shot by both me and by friends. Another reminder of how simple it was to operate (and how wild my college years were). So thank you Flip cam, for introducing me to the wide world of video capture and editing. By today’s standards your footage may be bad, your audio crap and your digital zoom laughable, but at the time, you were the bees knees and and integral part of my visual development.


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    August 18, 2007

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    In part one of this tutorial, you learned how to create a time-lapse in Lightroom, with a setting of 24fps or 29.97fps. But what if you want to use a non-standard frame rate? Lightroom doesn’t allow you to manually adjust how many frames are displayed per second if it’s less than one frame. Perfect for…

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    August 17, 2007

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    The Freefly Pilot system is now shipping. Announced at NAB back in May, Pilot is a new handheld controller with FIZ capabilities and MIMIC integration for gesture control with your MōVI, all up to 600 feet away.

    The Freefly Pilot is a compact and modular remote device for your MōVI setup compromising of three controllers detachable via rosette joints.
    Those familiar with the ARRI WCU-4 will feel right at home with the Pilot – a focus wheel, joystick and slider can control Focus, Iris and Zoom simultaneously.
    Additionally, the Pilot integrates with the MIMIC system, so you can organically control the orientation of the gimbal as well by just rotating the controller.
    The physical controls also double up as primary and secondary actions for each axis, as illustrated in the table below.

    Freefly Pilot offers camera controls across a variety of systems, most comprehensively with RED systems via RCP for complete control, while offering start and stop controls for ARRI, Canon, Sony and Blackmagic systems.
    The aforementioned 3-piece design makes the Pilot pretty modular in design: combine all three for a compact controller or span it over a handle bar with integrated monitor. The choice is yours.
     
    Most importantly for some, the joystick grip is customizable. I’m a fan of the walnut wood grip, but you can switch out to black, yellow, blue… Heck, you can even 3D print your own.
    As well as splitting the system for more flexibility in ergonomics, you can also separate them completely to split the workload over more people. You can control the whole lot on your own, or hand focus off to a puller and iris to DIT, for example.

    “Pilot gives the ability to define and assign specific controls to separate and independent units. You can give Iris control to one person, while retaining focus and zoom on a separate unit. Each unit has its own internal battery and communicates wirelessly to the MōVI from 600+ feet.”

    When combined, the MōVI Pro and Pilot make up a very sleek and concise setup. Direct integration with the gimbal means the only other necessary addition is the motors for FIZ. This saves on cable runs and the added weight of the dedicated brain unit found on third-party systems.
    Will you be adding the Freefly Pilot to your MōVI system? Let us know in the comments below!

    The post Freefly Pilot Is Shipping – Compact All Axis Control Of Your MōVI appeared first on cinema5D.


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    An integral part of exposure, shutter speed is easy to get wrong. While its counterparts – ISO and aperture – can be trickier, you’ll be surprised at how many opportunities there are to screw up shutter speed during a shot. What you have on your side, however, is that there aren’t as many factors in […]

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    I held the curiosity of having a fisheye lens in my camera bag since I first used the Nikon 10.5mm APS-C Fisheye. Though fisheye lenses serve a very niche market, it’s a fun lens to have and most of those lenses are not that big or heavy to bother your shoulders. There are reasonable alternatives […]

    The post A hands on first impression with the $139 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 APS-C Fisheye Lens appeared first on DIY Photography.


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  • 08/17/17--06:07: Nikon Coolpix W300 Review
  • We review the Nikon Coolpix W300 - the underwater camera from Nikon, with 4K video recording and a 5x optical zoom lens.


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    Have you ever been at a restaurant and wanted to take a great photo for social media, but didn’t know how? This video walks you through my process of finding good light, and then making it better using natural reflectors. Get ready to start sharing yummy photos on Instagram and Facebook If you want to […]

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  • 08/17/17--06:20: Anna Jornet – Île
  • Anna Jornet Île Some years ago this family decided to move to a house isolated in the mountains. Île walks along the world they have built for themselves, trying to understand its essence while taking distance from the collective imaginary of this way of living. So throughout their silence and intimacy Île explores the implications […]

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    Thinking About Shooting Anamorphic? Here's What You Need to Know

    If you’re making a film, obviously the focus needs to be on the story. It seems that’s become the popular counter to a lot of debates about the fine-tuning of an image. While Roger Deakin’s mentality of “the type of camera doesn’t matter” can hold true on most levels, if we’re going to take ourselves seriously as creatives we need to be actively making decisions about how and why we create. Why do you choose this over that? And how does it affect story? One of the most important decisions you make as a director of photography or cinematographer is about lenses.

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    In this video I show you how I use a hand-painted overlay and apply it to a photo in Photoshop to give the image an organic and hand-painted feel. Copyright © 2015 - Nicolesy, Inc. (All Rights...

    © Nicole S. Young

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    The images are part of an ongoing photo story. Rodrigo Roa Duterte became president of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. Come election day, 16 million gave him their votes. In return, he gave them his word. The President’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs also prodded the Philippine National Police to cleanse its own ranks […]

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    The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this new revised thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project […]

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    In this 4-minute video by Wex Photographic, street photographer Matt Higgs takes up the challenge of capturing 30 street portraits of complete strangers in just 2 hours. Lots of people find street photography awkward, difficult, and even daunting. But so does Higgs, yet that’s what he spends his days doing. This video addresses the stigma of […]

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    It wasn't that long ago that mirrorless cameras were a new-fangled gadget just hitting the shelves.

    And though DSLR cameras are still more popular and common, mirrorless has certainly made a name for itself.

    The question is, if you're in the market for a new camera, should you go with a DSLR or a mirrorless system?

    Let's pit these two types of cameras against each other in a head-to-head matchup.

    DSLRs vs. Mirrorless: Head-to-Head Specs

    Size & Weight

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    In offering a general overview of what most DSLRs are about, you need to start with size and weight.

    Compared to mirrorless systems, DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark IV (shown above) are bigger, heavier, and bulkier.

    That means that for folks that just want a camera for casual shooting or travel photography that a smaller, more compact mirrorless camera like the Olympus PEN-F (shown below) might be a better bet.

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    Of course, there are photographers that prefer the heft of a DSLR.

    A DSLR just feels good in your hands, with a large grip that fills your palm and gives you the sensation that you've got a really good camera in your hands.

    The Winner: It's a draw. Some photographers like the bigger-bodied DSLR, others prefer the smaller, more compact feel of a mirrorless. What's "best" is simply a matter of personal choice.

    Lens Selection

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    Another thing that photographers like about DSLRs is that they have an incredible range of lenses.

    Since they've been around for awhile, DSLRs are compatible with a myriad of lenses, so no matter what camera system you have, there's a good chance that you'll be able to find any kind of lens you want.

    The same can't necessarily be said for mirrorless systems...

    Though there are many more lenses available for mirrorless cameras like the Sony Alpha a6300 than there were just a couple of years ago, there is still not the vast selection that DSLR owners enjoy.

    The Winner: DSLRs win this one. The lens selection is simply much better.

    Viewfinder Quality

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    DSLRs rely on optical viewfinders that are essentially unchanged since the days of film photography.

    Though there is something to be said for the familiarity of that technology, it's somewhat limited in scope.

    For starters, unless you invest in a top-of-the-line DSLR, the optical viewfinder likely won't have full coverage, meaning you might only see 95% of the scene.

    What's more, mirrorless cameras often have an electronic viewfinder that's not only brighter and crisper but displays much more information.

    For example, some mirrorless cameras like the Sony a7R II have an electronic viewfinder that displays a live histogram.

    See the components of Sony's viewfinder in the video above from Sony Canada Training.

    What's more, electronic viewfinders often look far more natural, that is, they more closely match what you'd actually see with your eyes, than an optical viewfinder.

    The Winner: Mirrorless cameras take the cake here. Their electronic viewfinders simply outperform the older optical viewfinders of DSLRs.

    Image Quality

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    Image Quality is obviously one of the most important factors when considering a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

    Fortunately, no matter which camp you're in, you'll be able to find a high-quality camera that produces gorgeously resolute images.

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    On the DSLR side, it's tough to beat the Canon EOS 5D S with its enormous 50.6-megapixel sensor.

    Granted, not all DSLRs have that many megapixels, but even entry-level rigs like the Nikon D3300 produce pretty darn good images.

    The same can be said for mirrorless setups.

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    On the high end, the Sony a7R sports a 36.2-megapixel full frame sensor, an ISO range to 25600, and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds.

    That means that no matter if you're shooting in bright or dim lighting, have a subject that's stationary or on the move, this camera will be able to accommodate without any trouble at all.

    Entry-level models like the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II have a 16.1-megapixel sensor paired with 5-axis image stabilization to help you get nicely detailed, sharp photos.

    What's more, this particular camera also has one of the best viewfinders out there with 1.037 million dots of resolution, so you'll be able to see your subject in clear, sharp detail to get those high-quality shots you desire.

    The Winner: It's another draw. Either way you go, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras both have the technology to help you take high-quality shots.

    Other Factors

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    There are other things to consider when buying a camera, too.

    Price, for example, is likely the first and foremost on people's mind.

    There are well-priced entry-level models on both sides of the aisle, as well as high-priced professional rigs, too.

    But buying a used camera can stretch your budget whether you're in the market for a DSLR or a mirrorless setup.

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    Autofocus systems should be of interest to you as you look at buying a camera as well.

    Again, there are many DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with phenomenal autofocus systems.

    The Nikon D810, though a couple of years old now, still has one of the best AF systems amongst the DSLR crowd.

    On the mirrorless side, it's tough to beat the Sony Alpha A9 in terms of AF performance, with its eye-tracking capabilities and a whopping 693 AF points.

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    You also want a camera that's fun, and that can certainly be accomplished with a DSLR or a mirrorless camera.

    Sure, you might want to opt for a smaller, lighter mirrorless if you spend a lot of time outdoors hiking around. But if you're in the studio, a bigger DSLR might not be a bad idea.

    Either way, you can have loads of fun with either type of camera, assuming you take the time to learn how to use it!

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    Granted, there are some DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that are better than others. I've mentioned a few above, but here's a quick summary with technical specs for simplicity's sake.

    Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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    • System Type: DSLR
    • Sensor: 30.4-Megapixel Full Frame
    • Autofocus: 61-Point AF with 41 Cross-Type Points
    • LCD: 3-inch Touchscreen with 1.62 Million Dots
    • Burst Rate: 7fps
    • Video: 1080p

    Best feature: Image quality. The combination of the all-new sensor and advanced autofocus system means you can capture tack-sharp, detailed images no matter the subject.

    Learn more: Check the specs and pricing on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

    Nikon D3300

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    • System Type: DSLR
    • Sensor: 24.2-Megapixel APS-C
    • Autofocus: 11-Point AF with 1 Cross-Type Point
    • LCD: 3-inch with 921K Dots
    • Burst Rate: 5fps
    • Video: 1080p

    Best feature: The D3300 is well-priced, well-equipped, and performs well for any photographer, though it is ideally suited for beginners.

    Learn more: Check the specs and pricing on the Nikon D3300

    Fuji X-T2

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    • System Type: Mirrorless
    • Sensor: 24.3-Megapixel APS-C
    • Autofocus: Hybrid AF with 169 Phase-Detect Points 325 Total AF points
    • LCD: 3-inch Tilt-Angle with 1.04 Million Dots
    • Burst Rate: 8fps
    • Video: 4K

    Best feature: The X-T2 has a lightning-quick autofocus system with excellent coverage, meaning you can get sharp photos of still and moving subjects anywhere in the field of view.

    Learn more: Check the specs and pricing on the Fuji X-T2

    Olympus OM-D EM-10 II

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    • System Type: Mirrorless
    • Sensor: 16.1-Megapixel Micro Four-Thirds
    • Autofocus: 81-Point AF
    • LCD: 3-inch Tilt-Angle with 1.37 Million Dots
    • Burst Rate: 8.5fps
    • Video: 1080p

    Best feature: This camera has an excellent viewfinder, and is small enough to carry just about anywhere.

    Learn more: Check the specs and pricing on the Olympus OM-D EM-10 II

    The Final Verdict

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    So, which is better in 2017? DSLRs or mirrorless cameras?

    The answer is...it depends.

    As I've pointed out throughout this article, there are things to like about both sides.

    What it will probably come down to is your personal preference and what you feel most comfortable using.

    Fortunately, there's more selection today than ever before, and you can find incredible deals on used DSLR and mirrorless cameras to stretch your budget as far as possible.

    That's not a bad deal, is it?!


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    In this article I am going to highlight 5 key things that I see portrait photographers doing that I consider to be ‘in need of improvement’ and although there are no hard-and-fast rules to photography, try to think of it as being similar to an instrument being slightly out of tune or a meal that’s […]

    The post 5 classic portrait lighting mistakes and how to avoid them appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    The ceremonial first pitch at a Boston Red Sox baseball game went horribly (and comically) wrong yesterday, and a sports photographer behind the plate found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was captured on broadcast TV in the 50-second clip above. Pediatric cancer survivor and 17-year-old high school pitcher Jordan Leandre […]

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    How to Make DaVinci Resolve Playback Faster In Two Clicks

    DaVinci Resolve is a fantastic tool and has everything most videographers need to create perfect looking videos. However, the playback can be a bit slow and thus make the whole workflow a pain. But there is a one-click solution that will make your life much better. When I found out about it, my editing process became much faster.

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  • 08/17/17--08:29: Music Notes: Single (OT)
  • Two of my very outré opinions: fat people shouldn't be allowed to shop for themselves, and you shouldn't always pick your own music. There are now, incredibly, 164 mixes posted at our C60Crew site on Mixcloud, by far the lion's...

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    When Picktorial 3 debuted back in April, it offered "superior support" for Fujifilm X-Trans RAW files, including compressed and uncompressed RAF. This was a big deal, and it has been so well received that Picktorial Innovations, Ltd. has announced another major addition for Fuji users this week: they've added Fuji film simulation color profiles.

    Released as a $15 "X-Pack" add-on to Picktorial 3, the preset pack is described as, "a package of pitch-perfect film simulation color profiles for Fujifilm RAF files."

    With this unique add-on to Picktorial 3, the simple yet powerful non- destructive RAW photo editing platform for Mac, Fuji photographers can enjoy the renowned look of the Fujifilm Film-Simulation yet retain the capability and latitude of the X-Trans sensor output.

    The X-Pack features 14 color profiles, which accurately reproduce the much-loved Fuji film simulation modes you find in-camera when shooting JPEG. The difference here being, of course, that you can apply these profiles to raw RAF files to achieve the same looks without losing the editing latitude of raw.

    Here are a few before and after images of the X-Pack in action:

    The add-on requires Picktorial version 3.0.4 or newer, which will cost you $40 to buy new as of this writing. The X-Pack itself costs $15, and can be purchased at this link.

    Picktorial’s new X-Pack film simulation color profiles offer further appeal for Fuji RAF users

    Jerusalem, Israel - August 16, 2017 - Picktorial Innovations, Ltd. is excited to announce its latest offering to the Fuji community with X-Pack, a package of pitch-perfect film simulation color profiles for Fujifilm RAF files. With this unique add-on to Picktorial 3, the simple yet powerful non- destructive RAW photo editing platform for Mac, Fuji photographers can enjoy the renowned look of the Fujifilm Film-Simulation yet retain the capability and latitude of the X-Trans sensor output.

    Already a favorite within the Fuji community due to its superior X-Trans RAW support, Picktorial has added the X-Pack with 14 color profiles reproducing the Fuji Film-Simulation modes found in- camera when shooting in JPEG format. These profiles, based on the original films, are considered one of the most beloved features in the Fuji X-series digital cameras.

    Picktorial continues to develop new features in line with its mission: providing intuitive, pro-level tools to every photographer, expanding creative opportunities while saving editing time. Since its launch in April 2017, Picktorial 3 has received rave reviews from both leading publications and users alike.

    Included in the X-Pack are the following profiles:

    1. Camera CLASSIC CHROME
    2. Camera ACROS
    3. Camera ACROS+Ye
    4. Camera ACROS+R
    5. Camera ACROS+G
    6. Camera Velvia/VIVID
    7. Camera PROVIA/STANDARD
    8. Camera PRO Neg. Hi
    9. Camera PRO Neg. Std
    10. Camera ASTIA/SOFT
    11. Camera MONOCHROME
    12. Camera MONOCHROME+Ye
    13. Camera MONOCHROME+R
    14. Camera MONOCHROME+G

    The camera profiles are compatible with Fujifilm X-Trans(TM) RAF files.

    Requirements:

    Picktorial 3.0.4 or later

    Availability and Pricing:

    The X-Pack is now available for download at www.picktorial.com/xpack for $15.

    More tutorials and resources can be found at www.youtube.com/picktorial


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    by Lisa Sharer


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    Many times we find ourselves believing that the industry is to blame for the reduction in printed-product sales. But what is the industry actually made up of? It's made of you and me. As photographers, you set the bar for making PRINT Art a part of your everyday lives and a very important part of your client's lives.

    So it starts with you. Having tangible objects to see and hold has a value that hasn't changed over generations, and that isn't poised to change either. Print Artists understand the timeless contribution of their work and printing their work (and selling it!) is something that can become second nature. Consumers' approach to photographic products is shifting, and this is why Print Artists can thrive. They are offering the effortless quality of timeless pieces that consumers can't get in a couple of clicks through their drugstore. It can be as simple as starting to help redecorate a client's home, and then follow along in their progress through life. Every home in America and around the world is starting to remember why that tangible piece of memory makes such a difference in their minds and in their lives.

    And the Industry is changing.

    Thankfully, the printing options for professional photographers are changing as well. That's why it's more important than ever to learn these options from a Print Artist standpoint. Understand the paper preservation methods; develop the vocabulary to educate consumers on options (that no drugstore can rival with); speak influentially about the intrinsic worth of a print investment; have it become second nature to be a print artist; and the list goes on. But it all starts with you. 

    Become a part of PRINT. The Movement, and see how you can help change your business and the industry. You'll receive updates and stories about the PRINT Movement, but also new sales tools to help you when presenting printed pieces to your clients.



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    Canon products have been awarded three awards in the annual European Imaging and Sound Association, EISA awards.  Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 77D and the EF-16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens. Voted by a panel of editors representing over 50 internationally-respected magazines from across 20 European countries, plus USA and Australia, EISA ...

    The post Canon picks up three EISA awards appeared first on Photography and training by Brian Worley - p4pictures


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    In this article, I am going to highlight 5 key things that I see portrait photographers doing that I consider to be “in need of improvement.” And although there are no hard-and-fast rules to photography, try to think of it as being similar to an instrument being slightly out of tune or a meal that’s […]

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    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
    Expanding My Winter Consciousness
    by Robert Glenn Ketchum

    In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.




    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #3:
    Big Mountain, #3: Besides a glowing fall, Big Mountain, Whitefish Lake, and the Flathead Valley have water, water EVERYWHERE! Streams, lakes, big rivers, AND it comes out of the sky quite a lot, as well. The work I am doing for realtor/developer, Tom Curran, is going well and the terrain is navigable enough to allow me to drag my 4x5 view camera most places. The few times I actually shoot with my 35mm cameras on Big Mountain property, are when I need longer, telephoto views. I stay for two weeks to watch the end of the fall season and the first snows that signal the beginning of winter. I feel I am having a great shoot with most of what will appeal to Tom accomplished with the big camera. As my visit nears an end, I have one more objective while I am in the valley, and that is to visit Glacier National Park. Glacier is part of the Continental Divide and is also on the border with Canada. There is actually a Canadian “side” to the park that you reach by driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road through the center of the park. I want to do this before it closes for winter, so I can get some sense of the park because, besides returning in the winter to continue my work on the Big Mountain ski area, I am hoping I might discover some opportunities for good stories to contribute to the formative POWDER magazine with whom I have just started working. In the winter, the backside of Big Mountain turns into something called the “Fantasy Forest,” and a ski trip into Glacier might also be possible, so that is what I want scout.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #2:
    Big Mountain, #2:  The fall on Big Mountain, and indeed, across the Flathead Valley, is spectacular. I drive my new, tricked-out, photo-van with platform on the roof, up from Sun Valley, fully loaded with film and cameras - two Nikon F’s, and 4x5 Super Cambo. ALL of the 4x5 film that I shoot at this time is Ektachrome, and ALL of those images have faded, so I have none to show you. Those now lost film images were most of what went into print and up onto the walls of the real estate offices and staged townhouses that clients were walked through, but I do have a few 35mm shots to give you some sense of the season. As you saw in the opening post, the fall is unexpectedly colorful with the addition of the larches to the already vibrant forest, and it rains a lot, which are conditions in which I like to work because the moisture saturates the colors, such as you see here. Big Mountain is just that,..BIG! Not just tall, but broad around like Snowmass in Aspen. The ski area is quite a distance up a winding road, near the top of the mountain. Along the way private home lots, and condo groups are being proposed for development. The principle houses of the “community” are more in the “middle” of the mountain as there is less snow to contend with. As usual in my discovery process, I spend a good deal of time driving and hiking around.
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #1:
    Big Mountain, #1:  In the early '70’s, I am busy with MFA graduate work at CalArts, and I am commuting to Sun Valley, Idaho, where I am teaching seasonal photography workshops for the formative Sun Valley Creative Arts Center. I am also making pictures of the area during adventures with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing & Frisbee Club. My pictures are regularly published in Sun Valley Magazine, and several locations exhibit my prints which attracts many local buyers. One, in particular, Tom Curran, is a principle of Sun Valley Realty, and he decorates his offices with my work. My increasing visibility generates a synchronous moment when David Moe approaches me in the Pioneer Saloon to ask if I would like to shoot for a new magazine that he and his brother Jake are starting called, POWDER. I tell David I do NOT want to shoot traditional downhill ski stories, but would rather trek to unexpected places and ski backcountry, to which he agrees. Then, nearly simultaneously, Tom Curran offers me a commission to take pictures of Big Mountain, Montana, a low-profile ski area above Whitefish Lake in the Flathead Valley, adjacent Glacier National Park, that he is helping to further develop. Thus the opportunity to photograph a new environment draws me north in a late fall to “scout” the territory, and to make pictures with my 4x5 camera. It is not likely I will be bringing it when I return for the “winter” shoot, as I expect much of that to be on skis. If you have never seen “pine” trees that turn yellow in the fall, these are larches. They do, and they are quite common to the valley and surrounding ranges. I hope you will follow and enjoy this new blog. WINTER IS COMING!
    photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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    10 Lifehacks For Staying Motivated and Inspired In Your Photography
    We all remember what it was like when we found our wings in photography when you could actually take a picture based on something you saw in your head and have it come out on the back of the camera. It's motivating, but just like the actual adrenaline rush you get when you see it, this motivation and inspiration always fade over time.

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    Today on The Slanted Lens we are taking a brief look at breakaway glass! We’ll be throwing a stuntman through a window and showing you how to safely and effectively use this glass to get some amazing shots. Preparing the Set One of the most important aspects of using breakaway glass is the setup. You […]

    The post How to Jump Through a Window and Not Die Using Breakaway Glass appeared first on The Slanted Lens.


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    Oprema Jena: A Project From the Founder of Meyer Optik, Looks to Bring Back the Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5

    Since the introduction of HDSLR’s, there has been a steadily rising interest in vintage 35mm lenses. Whether it is for the variety in soft bokeh or unique qualities in overall sharpness and color. People are scouring yard sales and auction sites trying to find a hidden gem to add to their camera kit. The Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 is one of those rare gems. Often being sold for over $1000 because of its limited production, is now being brought back into mass production by the people behind Meyer Optik Goerlitz.

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    If you’re flying with camera equipment, bring the gear onto the plane in a carry-on bag with you if at all possible. This $11,000 Leica lens shows what can happen if you entrust your pricey equipment to the hold inside checked baggage. This Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux ASPH lens was recently brought to Leica Store […]

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    Taiwanese manufacturer Asus is a pioneer in the area of smartphone zoom, and so it does not come as a surprise that its latest flagship model, the ZenFone 4 Pro, comes with a quite impressive looking dual-camera setup that offers 2x zoom capability.

    The main sensor in the dual-camera is a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 that comes with large 1.4um pixels and sees the world through a fast F1.7 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization. In terms of autofocus, Asus bundles PDAF with laser-based time-of-flight technology for reliable performance in all light conditions.

    The main camera also comes with a manual mode that allows for up to 32 second shutter speeds, and 120 fps slow-motion video at 1080p resolution in addition to a 4K mode. Finally, a super-resolution mode can create 48MP images out of four 12MP captures.

    The secondary camera uses a smaller Sony IMX351 sensor with 1um pixels and a slower F2.6 aperture. The camera offers both 2x optical zoom and a background-blurring bokeh-effect, but the smaller sensor and a lack of OIS and PDAF in the tele-module probably means those modes are best reserved for bright-light shooting.

    In the front camera you'll find an 8MP Sony chip with 1.4um pixels and an F1.9 aperture, alongside other flagship-worthy specifications: the Android OS is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, images can be viewed on a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED display, and the phone is wrapped up in a glass-metal-glass sandwich design body.

    Prices for the ZenFone 4 Pro start at $600.

    Key Specifications:

    • Dual-cam with 2x zoom
    • Main camera with 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 sensor, F1.7 aperture and 4-axis OIS
    • PDAF and laser AF
    • 4K video, 1080p slow-motion at 120 fps
    • Tele camera with Sony IMX351 sensor with 1um pixels and F2.6 aperture
    • 8MP / F1.9 front camera
    • Snapdragon 835 chipset
    • 5.5" 1080p AMOLED display
    • up to 6GB RAM
    • up to 128GB internal storage
    • microSD support

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    There are two types of kind-of-cliché photography challenges that are actually quite inspirational and informative: (1) A great photographer using a cheap camera, and (2) Several top-notch photographers shooting the same thing. This video by portrait shooter Jessica Kobeissi is a great example of the latter.

    In the latest episode of her new series "4 photographers shoot the same model," Kobeissi goes up against Joey L, Dani Diamond and Brandon Woelfel to see who can capture the most consistently great portraits of the same model—in this case, Charlotte McKee.

    All four photographers get to pick one location and outfit, and the entire group has to shoot each of the scenarios. In practical terms, that means only one of the outfits and locations will be 'familiar' and 'comfortable' for each photographer. Oh, and you only get three minutes to shoot...

    To see the final shots from each of the four photographer, check out the video up top. And then scroll down to reveal who shot each photograph:

    Outfit 1
    J.1 - Brandon
    J.2 - Dani
    J.3 - Jessica
    J.4 - Joey

    Outfit 2
    D.1 - Jessica
    D.2 - Brandon
    D.3 - Joey
    D.4 - Dani

    Outfit 3
    JL.1 - Dani
    JL.2 - Joey
    JL.3 - Brandon
    JL.4 - Jessica

    Outfit 4
    B.1 - Jessica
    B.2 - Joey
    B.3 - Brandon
    B.4 - Dani


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    I’ve said on my blog many times that Autumn is my favourite time of the year for photography. This isn’t just about the wonderful colours of the falling leaves. It’s also abut the Autumn light, and here in Ireland it’a already starting to be noticeable. 

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    Walmart sells Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle : Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colorful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The Nintendo Switch Edition bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $379.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination. Nintendo also announced the topic of its next Splatfest competition, which will run Sept. 1-2. Participants will pick a side to fight alongside in online Turf War battles by choosing which superpower they would prefer: flight or invisibility. Additional details about the Splatfest will be announced in the future.

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    In this episode of cinema5D Essentials, Li-Lian and Johnnie discuss how to monitor audio if you have a camera with no headphone jack. Bear in mind that you still need a microphone input in order to be able to use this tip. 
    Saramonic SmartRig+
    What can you learn in this episode?
    Some of the recent small, video-capable mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6500/a6300 and the FUJIFILM X-T20 are equipped with a microphone input but lack a headphone output. This is a major concern when needing to monitor audio during shooting interviews, or when wanting to control audio in general. One of our solutions is to use the modestly-priced Saramonic SmartRig+ 2-Channel XLR Microphone Audio Mixer. In this episode we take a closer look at this device.
    Saramonic Smart Rig+ Pros:

    2 professional XLR inputs
    Separate gain control knobs for each audio channel
    Can be used with a smartphone or a DSLR/Mirrorless camera
    It provides a standard 48V phantom power
    Better pre-amps then most DSLRs
    Offers a headphone jack to monitor audio

    Saramonic Smart Rig+ Cons:

    No headphone volume adjustment, which can get quiet at times
    No battery level indicator
    You monitor the sound that comes into the Saramonic, which is not necessarily what makes the camera is recording.

    Love this new episode and looking for previous ones? Look no further. Click here to see all our previous episodes.
    Music was kindly provided by Art List.
    What solution do you use when monitoring sound with your camera?  Do you have any special tricks to help combat the absence of a monitor jack ? Let us know in the comments section below.

    The post How to Monitor Audio on Cameras Without Headphone Jack appeared first on cinema5D.


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    Canon Picture Profiles, Get The Most Out of Your Video Features

    Dynamic range tends to be an important feature for any camera and something many photographers either boast or complain about. Canon cameras aren't really known for their dynamic range performance, but in this "two-minute video," Peter McKinnon explains how you can use the built in Canon picture profiles, to improve performance for video.

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  • 08/17/17--10:18: Co dwie głowy…
  • …to nie jedna!Kategoria: fotografia, hobby Tagged: fotografia, humor, kobiety, portret, postaday, znajomi, żart

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    Very happy to report that in the first week since posting we had 165 people sign up as members of my new online Macro Photo Club.  There is not a book, you tube videos, blogs, out there that will give you as much how-to macro information as you will get in this club.  Through the […]

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  • 08/17/17--09:17: Around The Horn
  • In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Michael Johnson, housetrucks, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Neewer Vision Four flash, layer groups, Josh Parker and a lawsuit settlement.

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    One of the most common questions I get is, “What’s the best lens for landscape photography?” From my perspective and experience, that may not be the right question to ask. It assumes that the “landscape” is a distinct thing that…

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    Shooting tethered means that your camera is connected to a computer and the pictures are saved to the computer while you shoot. You can do this by using a long USB cable or sometimes an ethernet cable from the camera to the computer. If you’re using a Lumix camera, though, you’ve got to buy Promote…

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    Phones are great for recording video of yourself. The big advantage is that big LCD letting you see what you’re doing while you’re filming. But they also have that big LCD that you constantly stare at while talking instead of the camera lens. So, when you watch the video back, you always appear to be […]

    The post Use this simple trick to instantly improve your smartphone vlogs and selfie videos appeared first on DIY Photography.


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    Qualcomm presentation "On-device motion tracking for immersive mobile VR" discusses 4-camera setup in the company's VR headset:


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  • 08/17/17--10:24: TrinamiX 3D Sensor Paper
  • BASF spinoff Trimamix publishes an arxiv.org paper "Focus-Induced Photoresponse: a novel optoelectronic distance measurement technique" by Oili Pekkola, Christoph Lungenschmied, Peter Fejes, Anke Handreck, Wilfried Hermes, Stephan Irle, Christian Lennartz, Christian Schildknecht, Peter Schillen, Patrick Schindler, Robert Send, Sebastian Valouch, Erwin Thiel, and Ingmar Bruder.

    "Here we introduce Focus-Induced Photoresponse (FIP), a novel method to measure distances. In a FIP-based system, distance is determined by using the analog photoresponse of a single pixel sensor. This means that the advantages of high-density pixelation and high-speed response are not necessary or even relevant for the FIP technique. High resolution can be achieved without the limitations of pixel size, and detectors selected for a FIP system can be orders of magnitude slower than those required by ToF based ones. A system based on FIP does not require advanced sensor manufacturing processes to function, making adoption of unusual sensors more economically feasible.

    In the FIP technique, a light source is imaged onto the photodetector by a lens. The size of its image depends on the position of the detector with respect to the focused image plane. FIP exploits the nonlinearly irradiance-dependent photoresponse of semiconductor devices. This means that the signal of a photodetector not only depends on the incident radiant power, but also on its density on the sensor area, the irradiance. This phenomenon will cause the output of the detector to change when the same amount of light is focused or defocused on it. This is what we call the FIP effect.
    "


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    Photography is a lot of fun. For the most part, it’s a solo pursuit where you are completely responsible for your own success or failure. But anyone can be a great photographer! Most people in the world are professional photographers now that phones are taking world-class, billboard-worthy images. If you want to stand out in […]

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    An Afternoon With Backdrop Artist Sarah Oliphant

    Sit down, strap in, and buckle up. This video is a long one but for those who can find 47 minutes to spare and watch this video you'll be rewarded with a casual insight and genuine conversation into the work space of premier hand-painted Backdrop Artist Sarah Oliphant alongside world-renowned Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley. If you've ever considered shooting on a painted backdrop, you'll undoubtedly find this video an interesting watch.

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    email writing tips

    You know those emails you’re actually excited to see in your inbox?

    Wouldn’t it be awesome to know how you could write emails like that for your own business?

    Well, good news! We asked five marketing experts to share their best email writing tips for increasing engagement.

    Now, you can boost your email performance with some pointers from the pros. Here are the top tips from top writers:

    Try asking questions in your subject line

    Amy Schmittauer, Savvy Sexy Social, YouTuber and Author

    “I often use my emails to connect my viewers to the latest videos I've shared, but the subject line is the critical space that determines whether or not the email gets opened.

    I've been excited to see high opens and click-throughs on emails that promoted videos based on the customization of the subject line, often with a question that they really wanted to answer about themselves. Question marks in subject lines can be a powerful move.”

    [bctt tweet="“The subject line determines whether or not the email gets opened.” -@Schmittastic" username="aweber"]

    Here’s an example of how Amy used a question in one of her subject lines:

    Key takeaways: Relate with the reader: address the questions they’ve been asking!

    But remember that every audience is different

    Michael Port, Heroic Public Speaking, Author and Marketing Consultant

    “Check patterns to see which emails your audience opens (and which ones get clicks). Currently, the ones with practical advice tend to outweigh any shock value or wit. And so that’s how we connect with our audience (while consistently testing to see if/when the pattern changes).”

    [bctt tweet="“Check patterns to see which emails your audience opens." -@MichaelPort" username="aweber"]

    Your own audience is different from other people's audiences. So test to see what works for your own subscribers!

    Key takeaways: Test, test, test!

    Add a human touch

    John McIntyre, McMethod, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant

    Telling a simple story from your own life about something you struggled with is one of the best ways to connect with your audience. Granted, this won't be appropriate for every type of business, but if you have a personality-focused business like I do, it can work wonders. Tell people about how you almost died once, or your worst fear, or what makes you uncomfortable.

    You'll know if you're doing it right if you're feeling really uncomfortable. The more uncomfortable you feel about revealing something about yourself, the better the email (in most cases).”

    [bctt tweet="“Tell people about how you almost died once, or your worst fear.” - @JohnMcIntyre_" username="aweber"]

    Catch your audience's attention and engage them with an interesting story at the beginning of your email. Once you have them hooked, they'll be more likely to read the rest of your email.

    Below is a portion of an email that John sent to his subscribers to engage and connect:

    Key takeaways: Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and, well, human!

    Build community in your emails

    John Corcoran, Smart Business Revolution, Business Advisor

    “A couple of months ago, I sent an email saying, 'I want to introduce members of my community to one another. I'm going to put together a blog post where I'll share your website and your business. So send me an email with your website, what line of work you're in, the name your business and your contact info and I'll draft up a blog post, and share it. And you can do business together or refer business to one another.'

    I just got the most tremendous response back: incredibly high engagement and open rates and people emailing me back saying they were crying when they read it. They couldn't believe the generosity to it.

    And anyone can do this. You can do this even if you're just building your email list now. Go to your Linkedin connections, email clients or past clients. And just say, 'Hey, I want to help you out by getting more traffic to your website.'"

    How can you replicate this? Let’s say you’re a food blogger. Put a sign up form on your blog, and try sending this community-building email to that list.

    Key takeaways: Be a friend. Offer the help and advice your subscribers have been seeking!

    Use social media to connect

    Amy Schmittauer, Savvy Sexy Social, YouTuber and Author

    “I absolutely love including my Twitter handle or a Click to Tweet link in emails so that people take action in a social environment with me based on the conversation we have through email.

    For instance, on the confirmation page for joining my email list, there is a Click to Tweet that is automatically drafted for them to say hello as a new email member through Twitter.”

    [bctt tweet="“I absolutely love including my Twitter handle or a Click to Tweet link in emails ” -@Schmittastic" username="aweber"]

    To do this, head over to Click to Tweet’s website. Just type in your copy and use the custom generated link as the hyperlink in your email!

    Key takeaways: Don’t just build community within the emails themselves reach to new platforms!

    Don’t be afraid to ask your audience what they’re thinking

    John McIntyre, McMethod, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant

    John’s most important welcome email trick?

    “I ask one simple question (What is your most important questions related to X?). Over time, the hundreds or thousands of responses to that question have become a wealth of knowledge and data about my market. I can go into my email account at any moment and look for that email, and spend hours scrolling through the responses.

    Everyone knows they should do more surveys and ask their market questions more often. But we rarely get around to doing it.

    That's what's great about asking a question like this in your welcome email. You're collecting data on autopilot, assuming you continue getting people to join the email list.”

    [bctt tweet="Ask questions in your welcome email. “You're collecting data on autopilot,” -@JohnMcintyre_" username="aweber"]

    There are two simple ways to ask questions in your emails: ask subscribers to respond directly to your email or direct subscribers to a survey link.

    In the example below, we ask for feedback on our What to Write in Your Emails course using a link to a survey:

    Key takeaways: Ask your subscribers questions early on. This way, you’ll ride the wave of new-subscriber excitement, and can benefit from the higher engagement that welcome emails see.

    Remember the goal of your promotional email

    Michael Port, Heroic Public Speaking, Author and Marketing Consultant

    “An unscientific 80 percent of all of our email promotion stresses the specifics of what our audience will gain out of a program or opportunity – something that will make them want to click.

    Email promotion is the lifeline of our business. Sometimes the entire purpose of an email is to get the reader to click to go to the webpage where the sale can occur. After all, the job of the email is to get potential buyers to click. The job of the web page is to get them to buy. Don’t confuse the two.”

    [bctt tweet="“Email promotion is the lifeline of our business.” -@MichaelPort" username="aweber"]

    Key takeaways: Make your emails work hard for you, but remember that they don’t do all of the work.

    Don’t leave your list hanging

    Addy Saucedo, The Podcast Planner, Podcaster and Speaker

    “A key to growing and keeping an audience is the speed of implementation.”

    Make sure you constantly nurture your list and deliver in a timely manner. In order to keep your current audience happy and reach new people as well, always work to deliver value.

    [bctt tweet="“A key to growing and keeping an audience is the speed of implementation.” -@PodcastPlanner" username="aweber"]

    Key takeaways: Work effectively and efficiently.

    Want more expert writing tips?

    The content experts at AWeber have compiled their best email writing advice and more than 45 email copy templates into our What to Write in Your Emails guide and course. All expert-approved.  Get it for free now.

    Happy writing!

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    Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing sparsely inhabited rural areas in the Backcountry Photo Contest with chances for the winner to choose the prize and more! A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Isaac Johnston for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. “I am a fascinator, excitement addict, map collector, adventure evangelist. I grew up in the mountains of Montana […]

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    On this video Photoshop expert Jesús Ramirez (from the Photoshop training channel) demonstrates advanced methods for using the content aware scale tool. Content aware scale allows you to stretch or compact image dimensions but to keep the important data intact. This can be super important … Continue reading

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