Victop 7″ High Resolution Digital Photo Frame

Victop 7″ High Resolution Digital Photo Frame


Hey, it’s Bauer. We’ve got a couple of cool seven inch picture frames for you here. Both look very, very similar, but they’re actually quite a bit different and we’ll walk you through both of them. They are both very, very capable. What’s cool about these is they’re not really super expensive. They’re quite basic, they’re not going to do all kinds of extra stuff that you wouldn’t find in most pictures frames, but they’re a great value and they look really nice. You know, they don’t have these cheap wood frames, they have a nice metal-looking frame, they look really, really cool. Seven inches, this one here runs at 800 by 480, while this one over here is going to be running at 480 by 234. So that’s a big resolution difference, so depending on how clear you want your pictures to be, if you don’t mind your pictures looking a little more grainy on the screen, they still look really good, they still look really colorful, but if you don’t mind a little less resolution you can go with this one. If you’re looking for a higher resolution, a few more features, this is the one to check out. So let me go ahead and show you around the more high end one first, since there’s a lot more to show here. It does run at 800 by 480, it does music, it does photo and it does videos; and you can actually get to all those functions with this remote control right here. All you have to do is simply push your setup button. That’s going to give you all your various slide show effects that are available inside of this frame. It actually does very cool looking presentations. As you can see, there are lots of different effects that you can use in here when you are designing your slideshows and running them on your frame. As well, as you can see, we also have the option to do music and video. If we load up, we actually don’t have any videos on this card, but you can set up music and video playlists on this frame, so that you can play your music and watch your videos right on this thing. In fact it will to MP4 and it will do AVIs for your videos, the ones that you want to load on there, so make sure the format is the right one when you are trying to do that. You can also control your volume, because you can play music behind your slideshows as well; and you can get to your various functions with this remote control, which makes it really, really handy. On the top here, look at this, this is where you are going to find all your buttons, this is what makes all the magic happen here. You got a play button over here, a combo button, which is going to let you combine your various elements, your going to be able to combine your music, and your videos, and your slideshow into a presentation, you have video, you have photo and you have music, right over here. So they’re all right here along the top of this frame. You’re going to be able to get to all of that stuff. Now, on this side here, this is where you’re actually going to find your SD card slot right here and your compact flash card slot right here. So it will take compact flash as a storage medium, and USB is always handy and it’s right there, so you can use your flash drives right there, as well, and a headphone port, so you can plug in your headphones, and jam out to your picture frame, in your living room, if you want to. So that is this one, that is a 400 or 800 by 480 resolution on that one. Now this one over here, is 480 by 234. It does have a slightly lower resolution, but you can see, it still looks really, really nice, and it’s a really, really, really inexpensive picture frame actually, as you can. But it does just have basic functions. It will only do pictures, your not going to get any music or any video on this frame, but it is very easy to navigate, it is very easy to use, it does a very simple menu system to allow you to get through, load up, choose your different pictures, choose your various slideshows, they’re all available right there. It will do SD and it will do USB memory, as well, so those are both built into the card. And on the top, you can see the buttons, for navigating all those menus, are located right across the top. Makes it really, really easy to use the frame actually. So, just four or five simple buttons, this one does not take compact flash, this one’s going to be SD only, but it will also take a memory stick as well. So your going to be able to use that in addition to the SD card. So, if you’re in the market for a nice picture frame, maybe for the holidays, or for a birthday or something like that. You can never go wrong with these right, because everyone has digital pictures, everybody wants to show them off and these make it very convenient, you can put them anywhere in the house. So this one right here, of course, the seven inch frame, this one’s going to do 800 by 480 with videos and music and all that stuff as well. And this one over here, a little more simple, going to do just pictures, but it’s going to do them well and play very simple slideshows for you. So, either one of these is a great choice, just depending on what you want in features. So go check them out, they’re the Victop seven inch pictures frames, and they’re available right now. To get more information on these Victop seven inch photo frames, go to any of the retailers listed here, for the 800 by 480 version, type in V119-1002, and for the lower resolution 480 by 234 version, type in V119-1000. For ComputerTV, I’m Bauer. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Hanspree  8″ Memorable Series Digital Photo Ceramic Frame

Hanspree 8″ Memorable Series Digital Photo Ceramic Frame


Why hello there, it’s Bauer, and we’ve got a very interesting digital picture frame for you here. This one is extremely customizable, a really great gift for the mom, or the aunt, or the grandma, because you know how they always like to dress up and decorate the house, now they can dress up and decorate their digital photo frame, and this is actually a really nice digital photo frame with a really nice, high resolution and a lot of really nice features on it, it’s also really easy to use, but one of the things that sets this one apart of course are these extra surrounds that go on this. As you can see right now, we’ve got our Hannspree frame decked-out for a birthday here, as you can see all those very delightful birthday graphics….now these are cool, these are actually made of ceramic, so these aren’t little plasticky things, these are serious here. So anytime you feel like you want to change up for an occasion, you don’t have to put a frame on at all, it will work like this, you can have a nice, black, simple bezel on this thing, but you know, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, look at this. Now it’s a Valentine’s Day frame– it’s like having three frames in one. Actually, I guess it would be more like four frames in one, because you can also just go with the simple black frame, but you can do that– they do have another– look, there’s a holiday one here too! Look at that– holiday– it’s very exciting. Good for the holidays, i’d say. Besides the fact that you can put these little surrounds on them, it is actually a really nice frame. It does 800 x 480 resolution, it goes up to a 16:9 aspect ratio, it’ll take JPEG photo files, it will also play MP3 audio and will do slideshows with your MP3 audio, it’ll do AVI, it’ll do XVID, and it’ll do MPEG 1, 2, and 4 movie files so you can listen and watch all your movies on this frame as well, it also has a clock and calendar function built in, it’s going to handle extremely high resolution photos, it’ll actually take up to 16-megapixel JPEG photos on this frame, so let me show you how it works. Right now we’re running a little slideshow, ran around– there’s one of our producers right there. One of our angry producers– look how angry he looks in that picture, I don’t really understand why he looks like that. But we have a remote with this, this is used for navigating the frame, there’s also buttons along the top of the frame as well that will make it really easy to use if you happen to lose the remote or whatever. But there are just a few simple functions on this, when you push the menu button it’s going to take you to the main menu, and this is where you can configure the frame, you can load up the files, as you can see you’ve got photos, you’ve got videos, you’ve got your music… the calendar is actually really nice because the calendar will actually display your photos within the calendar itself and also give you the time, and it’s a nice picture in a digital picture frame because it actually makes it more useful, I know I never know what time it is or what day it is, and if I got one of these, I’d know, all the time. As you can see, also, we’ve got all your settings right in here, and your file manager– this will actually allow you to copy files from your cards onto the internal memory on this frame, so that’s handy as well. But it is very easy to use– there aren’t a whole heck of a lot of options in this thing to confuse you, these are your settings for your slideshows, there are a number of different transition effects that you can put in to all of your different slideshows, of course you can also just use the randomize feature, you can change your interval times, you can figure out if you want your clock displayed or not, and of course you can also choose if you want music playing from the device while your showing your slideshows. You also have your calendar set-up, and your basic set-up that lets you set up all your basic stuff like contrast and such. I don’t have any videos loaded on here right now, but it will play videos if they are loaded in there, the buttons along the top are also used to navigate this frame, as you can see right there there are a bunch of buttons that allow you to navigate through it, and really those buttons all have the same functionality as what you’re going to find on the remote control. On the side, right here you’re going to find all of your cards and slots and such, right here is where your USB cable can go so that you can copy files from your computer directly to the frame, or you can use your small format SD and MMC cards or CompactFlash cards will also fit into the device right there. There’s also a headphone port on the side so you can plug in headphones when you’re jamming out to your slideshows. On the back, you’re also going to find mounting holes as well, so this frame can be hung on a wall if you would like, and the stand actually rotates to portrait or landscape, so you can rotate the frame as well. And as you can see, it automatically senses the orientation, so you don’t have to worry about setting it up you can just turn it around and it will automatically rotate to fit your pictures. Look at those cute lions. Those are adorable. So this is a really nice frame, and this is a really good gift because these are always a good gift. Mom, and Aunt Suzy, and Grandma Jones, they all really like digital picture frames all the time, and this is a great one because it can handle all of your different formats, it can do all of your videos, you can play some music along with it, and of course you can dress it up and make it look all pretty for Valentine’s Day– I think that’s upside down… yeah, Valentine’s Day. I don’t have any good- listen, let’s see how cute those little elephants will look on Valentine’s Day…. look how much cuter those elephants are on Valentine’s Day. And those giraffes- what are those things? Why are those there? I guess those are Hannspree animals? Think so. But go check this one out, it’s eight-inches, a very, very nice size, really nice resolution at 800 x 480, it can handle a lot more video formats than most of the digital picture frames that you’ll find out there, I mean it will actually play XVID files on this frame. So it’s sharp, you should go check it out, it’s very nice, very customizable, the Hannspree eight-inch digital photo frame. To grab some more info on the Hannspree eight-inch digital photo frame that goes up to an 800 x 480 resolution, go to any of the retailers listed here and type in H94-2004. For ComputerTV, I’m Bauer. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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How We First Saw the Earth From Space

How We First Saw the Earth From Space


It is perhaps the most famous photograph ever
taken. It came into being almost by accident, when on the morning of Christmas Eve 1968
one of the astronauts aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft, Bill Anders, turned the camera
from the supposed object of their mission – the moon – towards a spherical, brightly
glowing, blue object rising above the lunar horizon. This was Earth, our irreplaceable
planetary home. Suddenly humankind was able to view its habitat with a gaze hitherto reserved
for the entity we have termed God. It was a moment that invited and continues to offer
us a fundamental change in perspective. Although the theory that the earth was a sphere had
been proposed by ancient Greek thinkers from Pythagoras onwards, such thinking remained
theoretical for hundreds more years, and still remains today, as we make our way laboriously
around our streets, mountains and seas, largely implausible. Though the Earth typically appears
inexhaustibly vast to us, suddenly it emerged as what it truly is: just another medium-sized
planet in one solar system, in one galaxy, in a mind-defyingly infinite universe. Though
it might seem far for an earth-dweller to journey from NY to Sydney, or from one pole
to another, these are, in the greater scheme, the trails of an ant. Earthrise allowed us
to feel a kind of care, even love, for the planet. Viewed from space, we see it protected
from terrific bombardments of meteorites and solar and cosmic rays, and made habitable,
only by an infinitesimally thin membrane – which it is now wholly in our remit to destroy.
Our oxygen rich atmosphere – the difference between a barren desert planet like Mars,
and our lush, abundant, breathable home – appears in the photo as the vaguest of halos. From
up here, it is possible to feel so much more generous towards the human project than we
normally do. We can smile gently at humanity and perhaps admire it a little too. Everyone’s
faults drop away against such majesty. We are tugged towards being more patient and
warm around our fellow ants spinning with us in endless darkness. We might like to tell
one or two of these ants in franker, more direct terms how fond we are of them. On the
planet, right now, babies are being born, adults are crying themselves to sleep, people
are on their knees hoping for redemption. There is struggle, error, folly and hope.
The photograph urges us towards a higher form of kindness and forgiveness. There is – probably
– no divine being to look down on us and help us: it’s only us responsible for ourselves
and our fragile home. We may have to adopt in and for ourselves some of the attitudes
we once projected onto divinities. If there were to be a new religion, one without a god,
a secular religion set up to remind us of our need to love, to be kind and to forgive,
then Earthrise might fittingly be its logo and its central image. But even without such
a fanciful though perhaps necessary creation, Earthrise deserves a place on the kitchen
wall, on our screen savers and in our minds, a constant reminder of our power, our vulnerability
and our deep responsibility to one another. The School of Life isn’t just a YouTube channel. It’s an actual school were you can go and take classes. We have branches in ten locations around the world. To find out more, click on the link on the screen now.

Arzopa 10 inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame Review

Arzopa 10 inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame Review


Hello and today we’re going to take a
quick look at the Arzopa 10 inch digital display, this is available in white or
black trim, quite a nice thin frame. Around the back you’ve got some controls
in case you lose the little remote that’s included and you can use this
with an SD card USB or it also has an HDMI in. Frame can be wall mounted or it
can be stood up and I must admit I was a little bit confused because in the
provided manual it says there’s a screw in stand, but this wasn’t included
in fact you just get this little round stand and that just has these little
bits that you attach and that allows you to then stand this upright it stays nice
and firmly in place and looks really nice when it stood up. It is branded at
the bottom and there’s a little IR receiver you’ll need a memory card, I’m
going to be using an SD card, that just slots in the back and it’s hidden out of
sight unless you turn the frame around. The
included remotes quite chunky but it does the job it comes with the battery
pre-installed and it allows you to navigate around the frames menu from
afar, it’s got a little IR receiver on the front. You can choose to select
photos music video or calendar, there’s also the option of going through the
settings. Once you’re selecting your photos you can see it’s actually showing
folder views so if you wanted to just have everything in one folder that’s
probably for the best or if you want a particular selection of
photos you can do that as well by splitting them into folders. Once it’s
playing you’ll see that the photos themselves look really good I think from
any angle these look great and you have the option of zooming in if you want to,
so you can zoom right in, you can also rotate the picture around and you can
zoom out a little bit as well so if it’s a wider shot than is shown on the screen
you can zoom right out and you’ll have the black bar on the top bottom or
around size depending on the picture size. You’ve got a lot of options in the
settings menu so you can change the time that’s pictures are shown you can have
different modes repeat modes if you set the time correctly that also allows you
to have an auto power on and off which I’ll show you in a second. I think out of
the box the brightness, contrast, etc are fine but if you’re not quite happy
with them you can just those as well. This doesn’t have any kind of proximity
sensor so if you want it to turn off by itself you’ll need to go in and set the
auto power setting so you set the hour on and then the hour a minute off and
once that’s done it will automatically turn itself on or off. As you can see the
pitch quality is very good on this this were photos shot using a one plus five
and they’re coming out really nicely on this ten inch frame the colors in
particular great it was a beautiful day as you can see sandy beach, nice blue sea,
blue and red’s coming out there for the parachute the sand color is all good. One
thing I wasn’t so keen on was if you are using the video mode if you don’t
want to hear it you have to put it right down but if you put it to mute, mute
stays on in the top left corner and that’s a little bit annoying. So there you go overall a very good little photo frame for the price I think pictures look very good, video also very good as you can hear the speakers are a little bit tinny But it’s nice to be able to review old footage if you want to. I hope you’ve found this short review useful, if you have please consider hitting the subscribe button. I’ll see you next time!

VuPoint Digital Photo Converter

VuPoint Digital Photo Converter


Hey, what’s going on? It’s Bauer and you’re
watching Computer TV. Of course you can get all the forums and all the
blog posts and all the information that you want including more videos on great products like this
one from VuPoint at Com.puter.tv. But lets go and jump into this because the
VuPoint folks have come up with a very simple solution to a problem that a lot of people have,
and that’s getting their old printed photographs into their computer, and being able to do it
really really easily. And the VuPoint Digital Photo Convertor does just
that. It does one job, does it pretty well. It’s very simple, very simple operation.
Basically, you have one USB port, or one USB plug, attached to your device plugged in into your
computer. Your Vista or Windows XP machine. It comes with a few trays, for various photo
sizes. A 3×5, 4×6 and 5×7, so depending on which size photograph you’re trying to scan,
you just take your photo and slide it in there. This right here, I believe, is the, what was it,
4×6, I believe. If you want to scan your 4×6 image you simply
slide it into the tray, just like that, you can see it just slides right down in there.
And once you have the image slide in a tray, open this up back here. See there is a slot in the
back for it. You drop your tray into the slot, and you push the copy button which will launch
the software, take a snapshot of your image and put it into whatever photo editing software
that you like to use. In fact, it does it very very quickly, pretty much
instantaneously, it will convert it to a 5 Megapixel Image and it will scan it at 1800 dpi,
so you’ve got a nice high resolution image that comes from your original printed photograph.
So it will also automatically adjust exposure and will automatically adjust color balance to
make sure that all of your photos look as good or maybe even better than they do on the printed
paper. So if you have a whole bunch of photographs laying around, and you really really want to get
them all onto your computer, and you want to do it really really simply, all you need is the VuPoint
Digital Photo Convertor. It’s literally as simple as sliding your picture
into one of these trays and droping the tray into the back of the device right here. That’s all you
have to do to get all of your photos scanned into your computer.
So to get more information on this device, and more, as I said earlier go to com.puter.tv to
participate in our forums and read all the blogs. Otherwise, happy picture scan! To get more info on the VuPoint Digital Photo
Convertor go to any of the retailers you see listed here and type in V223-1002.
For Computer Tv, I’m Bauer. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Cinematic Retouching Deep Dive: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace

Cinematic Retouching Deep Dive: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace


Hi everybody welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography right here on AdoramaTV, I’m Mark Wallace and in this episode we’re going to revisit some post-production I did in an episode a few weeks ago, because I sort of got into a little bit of trouble because I didn’t show what I did. So I made this, ah really interesting video about emotional portraiture but because we didn’t have enough time, I didn’t show all of the post-production and instead I just smashed it all together and showed this really quick video clip and a lot of people have written and said “hey what the heck? Can you slow that down and show us what you did step-by-step?” And so first let me just show you this clip that got me into all the trouble. These images look great, straight out of the camera but they look even better with a few Lightroom adjustments, I took them to the next level by jumping over to Photoshop and doing some skin retouching and then I took them over to the Nik software collection specifically Analog Efex Pro 2, to add some texture. Now while I was in Analog Efex Pro 2, I discovered that the images, because of the color contrast, well they just lend themselves to all kinds of fun and so once you shoot your images like this, try some post-production to see the different effects you can get by just using the presets in Analog Efex Pro 2, you can get some startling results and it’s free software so why not play. I created my own Custom Preset and here are my results. Alright well I sort of liked the clip because it was fast based and it had some groovy music but so many people have written to me and asked me to slow it down and show the steps. Now the steps involve Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik software, specifically Nik software’s where a lot of people wanted to know a little bit more because one of the issues with Nik software is its destructive. Once you make changes to an image it sticks and then you can’t go back and change it, except there is a way to make it non-destructive, where you can make changes to see if you like them or not and if not, to go back, reverse it and make small minor changes, but that requires a jump through Photoshop and so that’s what I’m going to show you. I’m going to go back and revisit all the retouching that I did on those images but I’m going to show you the step by step process, so you can apply this to your post-production. So let’s hop in, right now we’re going to be using a technique called round-tripping and this is going to allow us to repeat our process, so if we have future photo shoots who want to do this all over again. We can repeat everything we did in the past. It’s also going to allow us to do non-destructive editing, so if we change our mind about how we’ve done something, we can always go back and change things to the original file without doing any damage. This is a four step process. We will begin in Lightroom, we’ll do our color and tonality changes, then we’ll hop over into Photoshop. In Photoshop we’ll do some basic skin retouching and then take our image into Analog Efex Pro 2. In Analog Efex Pro we’ll use a preset that we can use over and over. We’ll do some custom tweaking, then we’ll go back into Photoshop to save our image, which will then take us back into Lightroom where we can do our final Tonal Corrections, Color Corrections, Cropping and adding advent yet. So let me show you how all of these steps work together, you’ll notice in our final edited images they start out as .DNG files, this is what comes out of my camera, but they end up as Photoshop files. That’s one of the by-products of the round-tripping that we’re going to go from Lightroom over to Photoshop, to Nik back to Photoshop and then back into Lightroom. So they start out as one file form, at the end as a different file format, but because of the way we’re doing this, that’s okay, it’s still non-destructive. We can go back in the future and fix everything up or change things if we want without damaging anything, so what I’m going to do here is; I’ve selected two images and these haven’t been retouched at all, so we’re going to take this first image, we’re going to do all of our processes, all of our four steps and we’re going to do that a little bit slowly, so you can see exactly what’s going on and then really, really rapidly, what we’re going to do is, we’re going to apply all that stuff to the second image, so you can see how we can repeat our process and once we have it set up once, we can do it over and over again very, very quickly. So let’s start with step one. We’re going to go into Lightroom’s develop module. Remember we need to do our Color and Tonality changes and so I’ve already spent a lot of time figuring out all the values that I’m going to be plugging in here, so I’m going to be going through this to save time pretty rapidly, but normally you would take some time to adjust things. The first thing we want to do is we want to change our Color Temperature and our Tonality. Remember we want this blue background to really play with the warm colors, the oranges and the yellows and the reds in Nikki’s hair and clothes. So what I’m going to do here is just to take this Color Temperature down to 3000 Kelvin and then I also know that there is a shift here in our tint and so I’m going to make that 24. Again this took me a little while to figure this out but there we have that blue, really starting to pop. Now what we need to do is, we need to fix our Tonality, so the exposure here, I’m going to take that down by a just over 1/3 stop so -0.35 then I’m going to adjust the blacks down to about 44. I usually start with the exposure and the blacks just to start getting contrast, to know where I need to fix things. Now that the blacks are down this far, we’re going to start to see our shadows becoming blocked up so I’m going to open up those shadows to about 34 which is just about opposite of what we did with the blacks, then our highlights need to be fixed just a little bit so we’re going to take those highlights up to about 31. Remember I’ve played with this over time, so normally I would take some time, to sort of, fiddle with this and see exactly what I want to do. The other thing I want to do is take the Clarity Slider, I’m going to bump that up to about 16, just a little bit more clarity something I wouldn’t normally do with the portrait, but these will you want them to be gritty and really sort of clear, so we’re going to do that here. My default Vibrance is set to plus 15 for this camera so normally you might have to increase that, but that’s nice and vibrant. The other thing we want to do, remember there’s a background here, this blue background, we really want to play with that. The nice thing is in our Saturation Slider here on the HSL we can take that and we can just take this blue slider, take it left or right and you can see, we’re just affecting that blue background, so I’m going to take that up to +38 to really make this blue background punchy. Okay we have done all we need to do in Lightroom. We have done our Color and Tonality fixes. Now we want to do some effects. We want to add some grain and some grit and even more clarity to this, so to do this, what we want to do is do it in a way that we can recreate it and make it non-destructive, so instead of going straight over into Analog Efex Pro 2, we’re going to go into Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, so I’m going to click on that and then this is going to open up in Photoshop. We’re going to give that a second to do that, okay now we’re in Photoshop here, what we can do here, so I’m going to fill this frame, I’m going to duplicate this background layer, so we can do our skin retouching, so I’m going to do command or control J. I’m going to rename this layer to Skin Retouch, okay, now I’m going to go in here, go into full size, normally I would take, you know, as much time as I needed to do all the skin retouching but we’re just going to do a few quick fixes here. I’m using my Healing Brush tool, maybe I’ll get rid of Nikki’s little nose ringy, thingy here just to show you some things. We’re not going to spend any time doing some real skin retouching but this is where you would do that. Okay let’s say that our skin retouching is finished. We’ve got that done, if we need to go back and change anything we’ve got a layer just for our skin retouching. What we need to do next is duplicate this Skin Retouch Layer, so I’m going to do again command or control J, rename this layer to Analog Efex. You can name this whatever you want but this is where Analog Efex Pro effects are going to be applied. So what we’re going to do now, make sure you have this layer selected, we’re going to go to step 3. We’re going to click on filter. We’re going to go to Nik collection Analog Efex Pro, so we’ll click on that. That is now going to open Analog Efex Pro and apply your last used effects or camera or whatever you have, so it’s not going to be exactly what we want, right off the bat. We’re going to have to do some changes and good for us because this doesn’t look great. I need to give you a warning really quickly. If you’re using Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 there is a glitch with Analog Efex Pro and the Nik collection and Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 where things don’t work the way they used to, so go down to your settings in Analog Efex Pro and you need to go here and change one thing and that is, after clicking okay, make sure you have this set to; “apply the flter effect to the current layer. That’s not the default but if you don’t do that, you might have a crash in your editing. You don’t want that, so make sure you go to settings after clicking okay, apply the filtered effect to the current layer, that’s why we duplicated the layer. That should fix that little glitch. Okay after you do that once, you’re all set, forever hopefully. Okay now, what we need to do now is we need to create a Preset that we can use over and over, and over again for all of the photos we want to look the same way, so what we’re going to do here is, we’re to go to cameras. We’re going to go click this little right arrow here and we’re going to go to camera kit. Now we’re going to get rid of all the stuff that’s over here already, so I’m going to get rid of Dirt and Scratches in Lens Vignette and Film Type, whatever you have selected just get rid of it, so all you have are the Basic Adjustments. Now for the look that I want to use for Nikki and this stuff what we’re using is Basic Adjustments and we’re going to be using some light leaks, so I’ll add that and we’re going to be using a Photo Plate okay, that is, those are the three things that we’re going to be using to make the effect that I want. so what we’re going to do here is, I’m going to turn off light leaks and Photo Plate. I’m going to go into our Basic Adjustments and I’m just going to set these to what I’ve already figured out here so detail extraction we’re going to have that at 16. Again you’re going to spend some time doing this to make it look exactly like you want it, so this might take you in reality an hour or more. So I’ve already done that, I’m just going to type in the values that I already have and so our saturation is at 9, you can see exactly what I’ve done here so that’s the Basic Adjustments that we’re going to use on this. Now I’m going to go into my Light Leaks and I am going to use this really dynamic Light Leak, this guy right here and we don’t want it to be so powerful, so we’re going to take that strength down to about 15% and then the other thing I’m going to do with this Light Leak is, I’m going to move it up over here, so it’s just very very subtle that looks good and then the last thing I’ve done here is, I’ve added a Photo Plate and the Photo Plate that I’m going to be using is a corroded Photo Plate, this guy right here and we’re going to set that string to about 53, that’s what gives us that really grungy look. Alright so now we can go, zoom this in 200%, you can see we’ve started getting that really grunge cool effect that we like, now that the basics are set up, I need to save this as a Preset and so over here on the right hand side you’ll see this little button that says Save. I’m going to click that and then I need to name this something so I’m going to name this Nikki Grungy, Nikki Grungy. You can name it whatever you want, then I’m going to click okay. Now all of these settings are set you can use them over and over, and over in the future and they’ll show up in our Custom Area over here and so you see now we have all these different things that I’ve named in the past. The one that is selected is this guy right here; Nikki Grungy and that’s all good, okay. We’re going to use Nikki Grungy on our, all of our future edits of this but one of the things I don’t like about this, is if we go into 100% you can see that this Photo Plate is on her face and so we’ve got texture on her face, I don’t want that and so what I can do here is go into the Photo Plate or whatever different effect that you’ve added and you can click this, this little Disclosure Triangle here to open up the control points, now I can add a control point so I’m going to click on that and go over here right on her face, click and so what I can do is the top slider, I can set the size of this so about that size and then I can say the texture strength so I want that to be zero so I want this to have none of that Photo Plate so I don’t want that texture on her face. If we zoom in you can see that it’s removed it from here. We still have a lot of it over on the edges, so what I need to do is add a bunch of different control points. That’s very, very simple to do. Once you have your first control point set let me go back out here. You can click alt or option right on the control point, drag it over and it copies it so you can just do this really very quickly. Maybe you can make one down here, that’s a little bit larger so I’ll increase the size of that, however take some time to put these all over and we’re not going to save these as part of the preset because your subject is not going to be in the same place or size in the frame and so you want to do this later on. Okay. we’re going to call that good, if we zoom in you can see that now the texture is not on her face but it is blending in on the side. That is great now all we need to do is click on OK and we have just successfully finished step 3. So we’ve gone from Lightroom to Photoshop, into the Nik collection now we’re round-tripping back into Photoshop. Now you see we have this Analog Efex Pro layer right here that we created. All we need to do now is save this, so command S, ctrl S to save. What that’s going to do is save our new Photoshop file into Lightroom and now we can do our 4th step. We can do our final color, and color and cropping, and all of that stuf, so once this is saved we’ll get right on that. Okay this is saved, I’m going to close this out of Photoshop, hop back over here into Lightroom and now you can see here is that file, so here’s the edit PSD. It creates that automatically, we want to do some final tonality changes, you can see here we’ve got all of our grungy effects and everything, I’m going to go into the develop module hit D, to get into the develop module and we’re going to do just our final fixes here, so the things that I want to do here is I want to first fix our, our tonality here, so the blacks we lost a little bit of that juiciness that I like, so I’m going to take that down to about -37, I’m going to take the Exposure up by about a third stop, just to make this a little bit punchier so that’s starting to be exactly where we want to go. I’m going to go back down here to our Hue Saturation and Luminance panel, I’m going to take the orange down just a little bit because we got a little bit orangie, when we did that processing and we’re going to take the yellow, we’re going to take that up, way up, we want that atomic blond kind of look which I really like, so you can play with this. That’s the fun of this kind of imagery, you can make it anything you want. The other thing we need to do, this was a Photoshop file and so it needs to have a little bit of sharpening, so what I’m going to do here is, I’m going to zoom in to 100% just so we can see exactly what we’re doing and then I’m going to sharpen this up to about 39. Again this is stuff that, I’ve already played with, so when you’re doing yours, you might take you a little bit longer to do it, and that looks pretty good, I think when we zoom out that looks pretty good. The other thing that we’re going to do here is we want to add a vignette, so I’m just going to go down here to my Effects panel. I’m going to take this vignette down to about -23, something like that, just burn in the edges a little bit. I’m going to leave everything else, all the defaults set to normal and there you go, we just went from start to finish and now what we want to do, is we want to repeat this process. Well the good thing is we’ve set everything up to be repeatable, so how do we do that? So here is our first file that we started with, this is our DNG file, so I’ll make these a little bit larger so you can see this. What we wanted to do is we want to take the Lightroom step 1, Tonality and Color changes and if, and copy and paste those over to this other .DNG file, so I just click on this, then command click that, then go down to the right hand side, sync settings, I’m going to check everything click synchronize, boom now that’s done, now I can right click, go over here to say edit in Photoshop CC 2018, that’s going to take us to our second step and jump us over now that we’re in Photoshop here, we’ll go and make this really nice. We’ll duplicate this, we will rename the skin “retouch”. Then we would normally go in and do all of our skin retouching. I don’t want to take too much time here, so I’ll just do one little skin retouch right there, okay, let’s call that done. Then what we’ll do is we will copy this layer, we’re going to call it Analog Efex Pro, great now what we’re going to do here is we’re going to go filter Nik collection Analog Efex Pro 2, we don’t have to do all the stuff that we did before because remember, we saved this as a Custom Preset, it’s a little recipe that we can use over and over, so what we’ll do is as soon as this loads in on our custom cameras over here, we’re going to go find Niki, Niki Grungy, there we go, BAM there’s our Niki Grungy Preset, so all that stuff we did before, it’s already there, all we need to do is we need to go into this Photo Plate, now she’s not in the same place that she was before and add our control point, we’re going to add this control point, take this down, make this a little bit larger, there it is and then we can go through very quickly and spend the time to get this right, so we take all that stuff off. I’m not going to spend all the time to do that but you can see where we’re going with this. Once we have that done you can click OK. That’s going to take us back into Photoshop. Now that we’re in Photoshop, I’ll double click this so it fits, all I do is click Save. That’s going to take us back over into Lightroom, that’s all saved, so when it closed that out, zip over here to Lightroom, here’s our Photoshop file from this, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to take this Photoshop file click on that command or ctrl click, then second, sync our settings. We’re going to say check all synchronize blam! Everything we did with that is done, so you can see that this is very, very quick. The other thing that I would normally do here is add a crop, so in the video I think I crop these to 16X9 to make them cinematic, so I might do that as well. There you go I want to apply that to this guy over here, command click, sync settings, synchronize BAM. Now they are synced. There you go. Those are two final processed images. Well I hope you’ve learned a few things in this episode, I think you’ll agree that it’s beneficial to have Lightroom and Photoshop because you can do some things that you can’t do when you have Lightroom all by itself. Thanks so much for joining me, I want to remind you to subscribe to AdoramaTV it’s absolutely free, that way you won’t miss a single episode, also check out the Adorama Learning Center and follow me on Instagram. Here’s my Instagram for you right here. Thanks so much and I will see you again next time.

Synaps 15″ Portrait Style Digital Photo Frame

Synaps 15″ Portrait Style Digital Photo Frame


Alright, so if it hadn’t been for the fact that I
know I’ve actually seen a 42 inch picture frame, this would be the second largest picture frame,
I have ever seen. This is the Synaps, Portrait Style 15 inch
Digital Photo Frame. Now, I don’t usually do photo frame reviews, but
Bauer was completely done, and he just couldn’t do another one, he’s over it.
And his enthusiasm level was dropping so I was like “You know what, let me do one,
’cause I haven’t done one in a while.” And this is an incredible photo frame.
It’s absolutely.. It’s just amazing. First of all, this stuff right here, man, I’m
tapping on it and it feels like it’s wood. It’s not, it’s plastic, but it feels like wood.
See that right there? That is the IR Receiver for your remote control.
You know all those silly buttons these things have and you have to like figure them out, like how to
program them? Forget that. Onscreen with this remote control makes it so
much easier. Now this is a 1024 by 768 pixel display. It’s got 2 speakers, which they’re
actually kind of hidden, over here on the back side. On each side there’s
stereo speakers. They have Multi-Card slots, you’ll see over here. Boom, right up in there,
you got your USB, you got a bigger USB, and then you have all these card slots. Those are
going to do your CF cards, your SD cards, your MS cards and your MMC cards. So pretty
much all the really popular ones, except for XD which nobody really uses anyway.
Coming over here you have a power LED, you have an audio out, in case you want to take
that 2 channel audio to bigger speakers so you can make more of like a slideshow kind
of deal, in a bigger place. That’s the other thing about this, is it does
do music, it does have an MP3 player, it also does videos which is quite impressive,
it does JPEG, BMPs, MP3s, DATs, MPEG 1s, MPEG 4s. Got a little power switch
and you plug it right there, and in case you didn’t see it earlier right
there is where the speakers are. Right there, there’s one there.
And there’s another one right there. Soy they’re stereo speakers which is kind of cool.
You got all your buttons up here in the back, but I highly recommend you use the remote
control. It’s much easier. To see the menu’s on the screen rather than
try to figure out what these buttons do. Another really cool thing is… Check this out.
See these right here? These are VESA Mounting points. Actually they’re
not really VESA, I would say. I don’t know if they’re actually certified from
VESA, but you know what these do? You can mount this on the wall, and
that looks really cool, when you have a digital photo frame on the wall. So that’s very
cool, that’s another thing I liked about it very much, and more than anything
it’s got to be the great look. Look at that screen. Very sharp. It will play
any video you want, it will play the pictures, it will play music,
you can do a slideshow with music over it, it’s beautiful and it’s very very large. This is
as big as some people computer monitors. That’s just crazy talk. That’s absurd,
15 inch! Ok, so it’s huge, you heard all the… Now,
I’m pretty much done, and I kind of ran out of things to talk about,
so if you have any question on it, should I let them email me for this one? Don’t email me, just buy it.
It’s beautiful and you’re going to love it. It’s got a great picture. If you have any
questions on it email me, I’m just kidding, see you later. For more information on the Synaps 15 inch
Portrait Style Digital Photo Frame, type in F93-1010 into the search engine of any
of these major retailers. For Computer TV, I’m Albert. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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FUN AND EASY INSTAGRAM TRICKS || Genius Photo Hacks by 123 GO! GOLD

FUN AND EASY INSTAGRAM TRICKS || Genius Photo Hacks by 123 GO! GOLD


So then I told the guy: “No you can’t take
my car!” You guys! We need to capture this moment right now! Cheese! So cute!
You better tag everyone in these pics Amy’s can never make my arms long enough
to eat everyone in the frame let me try if you don’t have a tripod
handy put your phone at the base of your sandal so you can capture the whole crew
just don’t forget to put it on timer mode unless you have super flexible toes
yes no one says cut off or anything how call
that a win for sure okay do I have post approval yet tag away Sophia tag away
selfies are great so and then but sometimes things can get a little well
boring see what I mean this watermelon is so juicy
oh I just thought of a great way to spice these selfies up Helle can I
borrow your eyes and that slice of watermelon real quick
I trust your artistic eye uh-huh I gotcha in just a flash you can create
the perfect summertime photo using just a piece of fruit this tasty trick works
just about anywhere snag a friend and sport these super-cute
watermelon dresses perfect for your latest it’s the story you can also do
this trick with pretty flowers from the garden wow I guess donuts cave in this
side hard to believe these aren’t edited photos right oh so cute if it’s a perfect day for the pool it’s
the perfect day for a photo shoot the next time you’re sitting poolside try
holding a big mirror like Vicky here whoa that looks really dreamy doesn’t it you can also take a pretty mirror like
this one into a garden for some super sultry pics the reflection in the mirror
makes these pics look perfectly photoshopped you can even use them to
look like you’re just a floating head see but what really stands out is using
the mirror to reflect something that’s beautifully contrast with your
backgrounds so pretty oh my gosh Oh get this to Vicky
don’t worry girl we’ll find the monster that did this to you but in the meantime
let’s take some pics for a silly photo shoot like this one simply hop into the
pool and stay by the edge make sure you’re wearing a ponytail have your
friend hold onto your hair while they sit facing the opposite way with their
head facing down okay Vicky this thing is awesome but it won’t make you famous
let’s not get a head of ourselves time to post it to the gram Oh Sofia you really know how to move oh
yeah I see you whoa are you sitting on something I
don’t see anything under her do you oh I get it
amy is controlling Sofia with string talk about a puppet master that was a
pretty smooth ride if I do say so myself Vicki you look fabulous and all but you
do know there’s no phone in that case right Oh God
well that makeup finally got to her hey wait a minute it seems like her hand
motions are controlling my camera whoa did you see that how are you doing this
Vicki ouch hey be careful that’s better you really do look nice but tell us how
are you doing this ah it’s the classic mirror game see Kelly is following
Vicki’s head motions a millisecond after she does them so that it seems like
Vicki’s controlling the phones camera look how in sync they are behind the
scenes BFF magic at its best whoa this is super creepy is that
actually a mirror in the picture um Mia are there two of you here or am I seeing
double again okay clearly you’re a genius of Photoshop otherwise you have a
lot of explaining to do you can make cool shots like this to write on your
phone using the panoramic mode slowly pan right as you record your video once
the camera hits the desired spot move your reflection and stop the camera that
admit this is some pretty impressive stuff damn vicky ever heard the saying get a
room geez take a breath you’re gonna eat a
space off girl Vicky we knew you liked fruit but this is going a little
overboard well an apple a day keeps the doctor away right Wow Olivia you sure
know how to do your stretches I guess there’s no time better than the present
and just stretch want to know the secret to the perfect stretch camera angles huh
camera tricks am i right it can be our little secret okay give it all give you my life I give you
my soul and I know that you keep it safe forever for all of you today whoa who knew Olivia had some serious
pipes on her and with a friend just underneath you Fanning your hair you’ll
look just like Celine Dion in her famous music videos refreshing wait a second am i floating
what’s going on um bye Becky okay what the heck was in that water anyway Oh watch your head
Hey how’s the weather up there okay Nikki wasn’t really levitating want
to know how this trick works behind the scenes first you want to show you
initially lifting up and floating push up onto your tippy toes a spot the
camera isn’t catching yet and don’t forget to rock a surprised look on your
face for the feet isolate them on the screen so you can’t see they’re sitting
on a table now stand on a chair while your upper body is being filmed see it
looks like you’re actually floating whoo-hoo
hang on tag girls well nothing beats spending the afternoon outdoors Wow
girls check out those mountain mutts let’s ride over to those in time for the
sunset okay look what things actually look like behind the scenes as long as
you don’t show their legs you can totally make people think you’re
spending the day horseback riding in your very own western film it’s amazing
how you can trick your friends with nothing but a blanket huit how is she lifting both feet like
that without falling Oh both your shoes are on one foot simply glue or tape both
the right and left shoe on one of your feet see easy oh nothing like a chill
Sunday with nothing to do just hang in with your buds dare to make things more
interesting who needs regular old chairs when you
can hang upside down hey girl you gonna join me or what why succumb to
everyday gravity turn things upside down post a clip of you and a pal to flying
the laws of gravity by confusing all of your friends simply make your backdrop
look like a floor by hanging a rug and putting some tables on their sides these
days when you’re feeling yourself stopping to take a selfie is crucial but
what if you’re in public place without anyone noticing you can quickly sneak in
a little pic and move on with your day but having a selfie session in the
privacy of your own home is a whole other story before you know it one quick
snap turns into a full-fledged photo shoot no funny face or angle is
off-limits quick take it before that guy turns
around oh man this bathroom lighting is great
oh hello gorgeous whoops okay I think the coast is clear
super smooth

Colourful Pine Cone Photography | Macro Photography Tutorial

Colourful Pine Cone Photography | Macro Photography Tutorial


Hi guys i’m Ben from adaptalux and
today I’m bringing you another macro photography tutorial today we’re going
to be shooting pinecones we’re gonna do these with some really interesting cool
effects, so let’s get started Okay so today’s subject really easy one
that you can do at home on your sofa, on the coffee table, pine cones. So I’ve got
a couple here to try I’ve got a nice long one there which will be really
interesting and a smaller one as well. I’ve had these around for quite a
while now so they’re nice and dry and they’re opened up but if you’ve just
gone out and found yours and it’s a bit damp and closed all you need to do is
leave it out for 24 hours or so to dry and they’ll open up like these ones. If
your the other way around and yours are dry and you wanted to experiment with
them being closed, pop them in a glass of water or a bowl of water for a couple of
hours and they will all close up again which is really really interesting so let’s
have a look at the equipment that we’re going to be using today so we’ve got the
d5600 with a 90 mm Tamron macro lens the novoflex tripod and the adaptalux studio is going to be sat on a mini tripod
we’ve got a few colored arms a couple of white arms and bunch of colour filters and
diffusers to give us some different effects which we’ll talk about in a
little while let’s take a look at the setup I’ve got the camera on the
novoflex tripod down at the same level as the coffee table so that we can shoot
across and you can sit on the sofa and shoot in comfort as well which is really
good we’ve got the lighting the adaptalux studio is sat on the miniature tripod so that you can move it around change how
the lights falling on the subject and it also means that you can get those
lighting arms up and over the top around and gives you a lot of flexibility about
how your lighting is going to be affecting the subject for camera
settings I’m shooting at between f11 and f/8 this is a manual lens so I’m just in
that by the ring here I’ve also got an ISO of
around 800 and a shutterspeed of 1/60 but this is going to change quite a lot as I
manipulate the lighting as I change the environment we’re gonna be playing with
these settings so speaking of the lighting what we’ve got here is the
adaptalux studio set up with an Amber and a blue lighting arm there are coming
down and seemingly facing each other pointing across the subject so that
you’ve got two different colors one coming from each side and for a subject
like the pine cone it’s really interesting to pick up on the edges of
all of these little spines and manipulating the subjects as you can see
that I’m doing here changes pretty dramatically the look of the image based
on where the light is falling on those spines so you can see this way around
it’s mostly blue because it’s reflecting straight off but this way round it’s
mostly orange or amber because those spines have changed direction I’m gonna
get started now and change all of these lights around change the settings a
little bit move the subject around and see what interesting shots we can get
out this pine cone just by changing a few things here and there so I’m getting some really good shots
here that I’m happy with but I just wanted to pause and show you something
that might not be obvious from the the sped up footage what I did there was
changed one of the colored lighting arms so I changed the blue lighting arm out
for a white lighting arm that you can see there and then I used a color filter
on the white lighting arm too to provide that blue color again and what that does
is it means that the the color intensity is quite a lot softer it’s not that
harsh deep blue color it’s a it’s a more diffused color and you can do this in
two ways with the adaptalux studio so you can grab the blue arm and pop a
white color a white diffuser on there sorry or the white arm with the blue
color filter and changing things around like that really changes the look of the
image combining that with one of the colored lighting arms so a diffused
light and then a harsh light can create some really cool looks so I’ve got some shots that I’m pretty
happy with using this this longer pinecone i’m sorry I don’t know the
different names of the pine cones if you do just let me know who I’m gonna call
this one the long one and this one the small one I suppose
it’s the more conventional one when I think of a pinecone I think of these
small ones but anyway I’m going to change over to this one you can see that
it’s got some cobwebs and things all stuck inside there this one I give it a
little bit of a clean before we started shooting but I’ve left this on the way
is because I think those spider webs I’m going to create some really
interesting highlights when we put the colored light on there so I’m gonna find
out here’s a tip for when you’re focusing
manually like I am if you use the zoom function on your camera you can move in
and out of your image so if we select where we’d like to be in focus we can
zoom in a little bit just the focus move in even more to get it as precise as
possible and when you zoom out all the way again it’s going to be in focus I’m pretty happy with some of the
results that I’ve got this shoot the long pine cone in particular is really
interesting when you shoot down the length of it you can have it almost look
like fire coming from the back when it’s out of focus with the amber lighting arm
and then obviously you can, well, changing the amber lighting arm for the blue one
for instance makes it look underwatery really cool effects you can get just by
changing filters changing the arms and putting different colours into the scene the smaller smaller pine cone was interesting I particularly liked the the
fact that all of these sort of scales are really close together it looks like
a dragon or something like that so it’s very fun playing with the red and blue
on there very sci-fi so that’s it for our pinecone macro photography tutorial
it’s a really easy subject you can shoot at home on your sofa on the coffee table
you just need to go out and get yourself some lovely pinecones make sure you let
us know what you think in the comments give us a like while you are down there and we’ll
see you next time