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10.19.14     featured photographers  

Photographer Nicholas Nixon & The Brown Sisters

Photographer Nicholas Nixon tells the story of how he ended up photographing 4 sisters every year since 1975.

Nicholas Nixon--The Brown Sisters from Fraenkel Gallery on Vimeo.


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10.18.14     tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D750 Focusing Systems Tutorial Training Video

Just wrapped up my Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Video Crash Course - This first lesson is an introduction to the improved optical focusing systems. My main goals as an instructor is to get the most critical information across to my students and get them shooting in no time. If you are a new Nikon D750 I hope you find this helpful!


CLICK HERE for Michael's Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Video Crash Course

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10.18.14     photography  

Nikon D750 Training Tutorial Video Now Available!

Great News Everyone! Tonight we finished and posted our UPDATE - Our Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Video Download is now available for sale. You can order it by Clicking Here --> Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Video Crash Course - Download Only on our store, it is available now for immediate purchase and download anywhere in the world.

I've been shooting with the Nikon D750 for many weeks now and I have to say, I am very, very impressed with it.

This is a special camera, by far the best full frame Nikon camera for a number of reasons:

- Improved focusing systems
- Improved low light focusing
- Improved ISO performance
- Nikon Fixed the Live View / Aperture control bug we saw in previous models, you can now both change your aperture as well as see it in live view at the same time. Yay!!
- Improved HDR performance (it is very fast)
- New Processor which seems to solve some of the major moire issues I saw in earlier models with an anti-aliasing filter (which it does have)
- Tilty screen (very nice for a full frame)
- Wifi
- Built in Flash

All that said, it is as complex and difficult to learn as ever. The menu systems are completely loaded and some of the controls are a little counter intuitive. Once you know how to use it, it will be a complete pleasure to shoot. This is my favorite Nikon camera to date.

Ill have some little tests coming soon, but suffice it to say it compares extremely well to the Canon 5Diii , which while is an older camera (over 3 years) it has been considered by many to be the best all round Full Frame DLSR for that time. The D750 really gives it a run for its money, and at a cost of $1100 less, it is without question in my mind a better value camera.

If you have a Nikon D750 and are frustrated in learning it, there is no better way than my Crash Course Training Tutorial video which you can purchase here: Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Video Crash Course

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10.17.14     video  

Awesome Commercial for Glock G41 Tactical Pistol

The team from the Georgia-based production company Modest created a beautiful commercial for Glock and their G41 tactical .45 caliber pistol. The commercial plays like a gorgeous short film. Check it out below. Then check out how they did it below that in a behind the scenes look.


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10.16.14     photography  

Quick Photoshop Tutorial on the Convenience of the Patch Tool

Here's a quick 8 minute video that shows the ease and convenience of using the patch tool in Photoshop.


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10.15.14     photography  

Interactive Maps Help You Make the Most of Fall Photography

This super cool interactive map details peak leaf changes within the United States. This is a great resource if photographing the beauty of fall is something you love to do. It details foliage change by month. Make sure to check it out here.


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10.14.14     photography  

Paintballer Pro UPDATED for Creative Cloud & All Lightroom Users

My Paintballer Pro RAW / Lightroom Presets have been updated to for Adobe Creative Cloud and ALL Lightroom users.

If you'd like to achieve the same grungy-painted look that's featured in many of my most popular images Paintballer Pro is for you. With just a few clicks you can give your images a professional and interesting edge. Learn more and purchase HERE.

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10.13.14     photography  

Nikon Asia Releases Video Showing Complex Technology Behind Lenses


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10.12.14     photography  

Paintballer Pro 2.0 Beta Coming In One Week!

Way back in 2009 I released my first set of presets called Michael Andrew Paintballer Pro Presets .

The aim of Paintballer was to make one or two clicks and turn an image into what looked more like a painting. It isn't the type of preset that you would use on everything or even most normal work, but if you needed to get "that kind of look", there simply is not faster, easier way to do it. We are talking a couple seconds. I used it extensively with my 365 project and we had many happy customers.

In 2012, Photoshop updated how Adobe RAW works (which is what the presets are based in) and it fundamentally changed how the actions looked because there was a new RAW profile, referred to as 2012 Calibrations. The actions still worked, but we had to go back and change the calibrations each time there was an image we wanted to change. Furthermore, I quickly learned that the new settings would not allow us to "recreate" the looks using the new calibrations. It was like trying to get a very specific flavor of cake with completely different ingredients.

I've been working on getting Paintballer Updated for the last 2 years or so and have some very good news:

- We are going to update v1.0 tomorrow, so they "play nice" with Adobe CC. Recent updates allow us to create the presets in such a way that you don't have to "recalibrate" your settings every time in camera raw. Very useful. If you already own PBPRo, you should be able to login to your account and download Paintballer and there will be a Creative Cloud folder that will allow you to update them. If you do not own PBP1, we will be having a special discount offer for them that you can only get in the newsletter (probably tomorrow night), and BTW they work GREAT now in the latest update of Camera RAW.

- Paintballer 1 and Paintballer 2 are going to be 2 completely different sets of actions, the looks from v1 are more aggressive. V2 has a few aggressive looks, but most are more subtle and ride the edge between realism and painting. Im very happy with the results now and believe PB2 is a very worthy new set of actions.

- Paintballer Pro v2.0 Beta is coming in about 1 week also only for VIP Newsletter Subscribers, and there is going to be a significant discount for those members. If this is something you want, I would recommend getting on the newsletter because not only will you save money, you will get the last set of presets before we chop it down further. (There are over 30 now in v2.0, and we are going to trim it down to less than 20).

From the feedback of the initial users, we will make a few tweaks and post the final version of Paintballer 2 by the end of the month, just in time for the holiday season.

Here is a sneak peek at Paintballer 2:

Panasonic GH4 f2.8, 1/50, ISO 3200, + Michael Andrew Paintballer Pro 2 Presets

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10.12.14     photography  

Light Painting Brushes by Jason D. Page

Came across this cool post by PetaPixel. Light painting artist Jason D. Page has created a cool system of tools meant to be used with the photography technique of light painting. These tools can give your light painting photography a creative edge. Jason created these systems to be affordable, light-weight, and durable.

Check out the promo video below.

Light Painting Brushes Introduction from Light Painting Photography on Vimeo.

If you've always wanted to try light painting with your photography make sure to check out Jason's site here. There's tons of valuable information and free tutorials. It's a great place to start learning what light painting photography is all about.

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