A gift for photographers comes from DxO Labs. In cooperation with Digital Camera UK, they are giving away a free license for DxO OpticsPro 9, for a limited time. All you need to do is submit your email address and do it by the 28th of February – and it’s all yours.
Every week I get many messages asking where I get my stock images from. But before I answer that question, I am going to throw my two pence (an English saying for any international readers) in to the stock image debate.
Fuji’s line of X cameras are well known for their great colour. They’re ability to simulate classic films like Velvia and Provia gives photographers what they want straight out of the camera. As such, there’s little to really do to them in post. Some photographers, though, still want to have a little more flexibility.
Fujfilm X-Photographer Samuel Zeller is one such photographer. He’s shot X-mount cameras for several years and developed a number of Lightroom presets along the way. These help him complete his look to give him exactly what he needs. Now, he’s released 10 of them to the public, completely free.
Late last year, drone manufacturer DJI stepped out of their comfort zone and introduced to the world the DJI Osmo, a handheld, gyro-stabilized 4K camera.
While it wowed testers everywhere and seemed to perform great in bumpy situations, there was one area where it did not impress. Audio. So much so that we actually shared a tip on how to improve the audio of your Osmo.
I’m feeling very Christmasy today – shopping is done, gifts are wrapped, projects are mostly complete for the year and I’m looking forward to a little time off before re-booting in the New Year.
I thought that it would be fun to kill two birds with one stone – I have a nice Christmas present for our loyal DIYP readers, and you have the chance to learn something new for the New Year – so here are a bunch of FREE enrollment links to all of my seven Skillshare photography classes.
Ever get curious about what your most-used camera settings actually are? Ever wonder what focal length you rely on the most?
Lightroom Dashboard is a free online tool developed by Cheyne Wallace to provide an answer to all your burning Lightroom statistics questions by helping you “visualize your catalog data.” Well, THAT rocks. As Cheyne says, “I built this tool so I could better understand my photography habits and possibly justify to my self purchasing that new f/2.8 lens (as it turns out, I can’t).” Well, maybe next time, brother…
UPDATE: We’ve been approached by Igus and, as always, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news – please don’t send additional requests for free samples. As you may imagine, these are meant for potential buyers in industrial markets and shipping samples out for us to build sliders is simply not a sustainable business for them. The good news – the kind people at Igus are working on a plan to fulfill the requests that have already been made.
For more info dedicated Igus gear, check out this review of the Igus slider.
Many sliders on the market are made of the Igus DryLin system and thanks to the free samples available from the company, you can build a 10-inch slider for free (or dirt cheap).
The slider might be small, but it’s long enough to add a short sliding motion to your videos. Plus, you will have a hard time finding anything remotely close to the quality of this slider at the same price point.
Hurry, this option might be time-limited!
If you’ve been looking for an alternative to Bridge, On1 is offering up their Perfect Browse software free of charge. Just head over to their website, plug in your name and email, and the download should begin automatically. You’ll then be directed to another page where you can copy your license number (they’ll send it in an email, too). [Read more…]
Avid announced yesterday that it will release a free version of the non-linear film and video editing software that was used to edit Avatar, Iron Man, Die Another Day, The Avengers, The Hunger Games and plenty of other blockbusters.
Media Composer is Avid’s flagship product and the company says it was used to edit every 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Picture and best Film Editing, as well as produce 99% of all network broadcast prime time television in North America.
This move is intended to offer aspiring video professionals, video enthusiasts and students an introduction to the paid version, and as such it will include several limitations.
The limited version, called Media Composer | First, will still allow you to work on a project from start to finish and will be released “later this year”.