Category: Training

20 Sep

Reflecting on my ugly mug

Chris Lane / hardware, photography, Training / / 0 Comments

Back in the summer of 2010, I picked myself up a Optek 5-in-1 light reflector on amazon. It was probably the cheapest I could find in the size I wanted with as many modifiers in one piece as possible. It has a diffuser as the innermost circle, with different types of covers for different modifiers. The cover that zips over the diffuser is gold on one side and white on the other side. Then if the cover is flipped it has black on one side and silver on the other. At full size it is 43″ in diameter, but handily it folds down to be 1/3rd that size. Here I have a photo showing all the different modifiers in one. Most of them are self-explanatory as to what they are, but I will say that the diffuser is the one on the floor and the white cover reflector is the one behind my head.

All 5-in-1 reflectors

The great thing about these are they can be used for so many different purposes.
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18 May

New Refine Edge tutorial for Photoshop

Chris Lane / Training, Tutorial, vidcast / / 3 Comments

Refine Edge buttonThe newest tutorial on the Refine Edge function for Photoshop CS3 is now available.

The refine edge function is the best way to get the best selection you want. Use it especially in conjunction with the magic wand and quick selection tools.

If you missed it, don’t forget to watch the other tutorials available here.

I went with a bit wider of a video format this time so that I didn’t have any wasted space when I post it on YouTube. Not sure if this is a great way to go, since the videos are hosted on here, but I didn’t want to make two different versions either. Let me know what you think. Are they too short, or do you prefer the widescreen format? If I happened to miss anything, let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe by clicking the link to the left for any updates, new tutorials, and more.

12 Nov

Podcast Playlist

Chris Lane / Free!, Training / / 4 Comments

In the vein of continuous learning, I subscribe to a number of podcasts. I thought I would share these with you, so that you can learn along with me! I broke these into categories so that you can discern which you would be most interested in. I only put podcasts that are current in this list. Click the name to go to their website or do a search in iTunes to subscribe.


Audio 2U - Shutters Inc Audio 2U – Shutters Inc – Great source of inspiration and technical and business information for photography. The hosts are great fun to listen to with a very laid back manner.

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05 Aug

Aperture on Cameras pt. 2

Chris Lane / Camera parts, Training / / 1 Comment

Used to be…

Minolta X-700 with lens
Older SLR (single lens reflex) cameras, pre-digital info screen, had aperture adjustment on the lens itself. The image shows an example from my Minolta X-700 with a 50mm f/1.7 lens, made in 1983. This camera does, however, have a full auto setting, so that it can adjust the aperture for you. Unfortunately, you cannot tell what it is adjusting to without the digital screen that the somewhat more modern film Canon Rebels had.
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30 Jul

Aperture in Photography pt.1

Chris Lane / Camera parts, Training / / 9 Comments

Aperture, in my opinion, is one of the simplest things to set apart a great photograph. In this first of a two part series I will talk about aperture, what it does and how it works. Part two will cover what you should do with aperture and how to use it effectively with both an SLR and a point-and-click camera.

What aperture is

Aperture in photography is the opening in the lens which lets through light to reach the film or sensor. Inside the lens is a series of metal wings that make up a diaphragm that can be increased or decreased in diameter to let through more or less light. It works like the iris of the eye,
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