Tuesday, 23 July 2013

New: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle

New: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle

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New: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 04:19 PM PDT

Professional photographer James Brandon spent the last few years developing 80 presets included in this wide-ranging bundle designed for various photography genres and post-processing needs. We were able to arrange a 30% discount for our readers which expires in the next few days. Simply use the discount code picturecorrect at checkout. Found here: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle

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Example results using the new presets

All these presets are fully customizable after being applied to a photo with one click and often serve as a good starting-off point to more extensive post-processing. Keep in mind they only work in Lightroom 4 & 5, not previous versions.

Breakdown of the 80 Presets in this Bundle:

  • Travel presets – designed with travel and landscape images in mind
  • Black & White resets – to give your images a color toned, monochromatic look
  • Portrait presets – designed for families, children, brides and any other portrait style images
  • Nostalgia film collection presets – to give your images that retro, film look
  • Lifestyle presets – for those incredible family moments
  • The choice collection – a versatile favorites set

Watch how they work here:

How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:

The presets are easy to install and all brief instructions are included with the download. For our reader discount we were able to negotiate 30% off until Friday July 26, simply remember to use the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. The deal also includes a bonus eBook called 10 Tips For Improving Your Photography Today.

Found here: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle Deal

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Skateboard Photographer’s Goal to Take Photos All Over the World

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 02:12 PM PDT

Bringing your other interests to your photography can create a niche that makes your work stand out from the masses. Jonathan Mehring of Skateboarder Magazine has combined his love of photography with his passion for skateboarding and travel to sculpt out a unique career for himself. One of his goals is to bring skateboarding to cultures that may have never seen a skateboard before, and he talks about carrying out this mission in the following video (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):

Mehring travels all over the world with his skateboard and his Nikon D3 looking for new places to skate, paying close attention to finding interesting texture and scenery that is different from anything he has seen elsewhere. Going out and experiencing the world is personally fulfilling, but it also brings awe-inspiring imagery to Skateboarder Magazine.



Of course, not everyone has the lifestyle or financial means to travel abroad frequently, but that doesn’t need to be a barrier to exploring new places. Mehring says that one of the best trips he’s ever taken was within the United States, where he and his crew found natural landscapes to skate in Utah. Even domestic trips can become adventures. The important thing is to keep looking for new experiences.


This type of satisfying work requires a photographer to be self-motivated. Mehring emphasizes the need for photographers to create their own projects. No editor has asked him to pack up his board and go to a remote locale. He makes his own plans and takes great images that work for his publication. With a mix of creativity and hard work, that personal project of yours could become your dream career.

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How to Make an Infrared Camera

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 12:14 PM PDT

We’ve published a few pieces on infrared photography before, and we’ve mentioned how it’s possible to modify a cheap or junk camera to be sensitive to infrared light. But you might be wondering, “Just HOW am I supposed to do that?” This video can walk you through the process:

The camera he converts is a Canon Powershot A490, and he describes every step, down to where the screws are and how to access the lens. Even if you have a different camera, though – maybe your old point-and-shoot (I did it with a decade-old 3MP CyberShot) – the same basic steps apply to almost any compact camera.

Before you start, you should have:

  • Tiny screwdrivers – both a Philips head and a flat head.
  • Tape – to hold the loose screws, and to fasten the filter on the lens.
  • The end piece from a roll of colour film.
  • A camera you don’t mind destroying.
  • Patience and a steady hand.
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Pointing out the camera’s IR filter, in front of the sensor.

The Steps:

  1. Remove the batteries and memory card.
  2. Remove all screws on the exterior casing, and keep them in a safe place (stuck to the tape, or in a small container). Detach the casing, prying it apart with the small flat screwdriver if necessary.
  3. Inside, there will be a circuit board; remove the screws holding it in place. Don’t poke around at anything you don’t understand, and like he says in the video, be VERY CAREFUL of the flash capacitor. Don’t underestimate its power – camera flashes are used in home-made tasers and stun-guns (this is not recommended).
  4. Remove any necessary ribbons as he describes at 6:30 min. Be gentle, and don’t damage any wires.
  5. Remove layers of machinery in this fashion until you come to the image sensor.
  6. There are a few ways that IR filters are configured. In the video, it was simply a removable piece of plastic. On my CyberShot, it was a small piece of glass with a coating that I had to scrape off. You’ll be able to identify your filter because of its position in front of the sensor, and its shiny orange-red hue. The sensor is the most delicate part of the whole camera, and the utmost care should be taken when dealing with it. However you can, remove the IR filter without damaging or dislodging the sensor (tweezers might be useful for this).
  7. Reassemble the camera the same way you took it apart (taking notes is never a bad idea). Before reattaching the casing, insert the batteries and test the camera to make sure that you’ve reconnected everything properly.
  8. If it works, put the casing back together and tape a piece of exposed colour film over the lens to block out the visible light, allowing only the infrared to pass through to the now unobstructed sensor.

Some cameras will be accessed by the back, like the video’s Canon A490, but some will come apart from the front, which usually makes it easier to locate the sensor. Be very ginger with your movements, and never force anything that doesn’t want to budge – instead, examine it closely and try to identify where the obstruction is. Take it slowly and use common sense when dealing with delicate electronics!

Tip: If you have trouble putting in the screws, run a strong magnet along the length of your screwdriver a few times. This will align the molecules and magnetize the metal, causing the steel screws to cling to it.

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