Posts by Author: John Aldred

John Aldred
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

5 small editing tricks that can make a big difference to your video

Dec 4, 2017
John Aldred

In a video production, it’s often the minor touches that have the most impact. They’re easy to miss, and most viewers probably couldn’t spot or…

How to process and grade drone photos in Lightroom

Dec 4, 2017
John Aldred

With drone cameras improving on an almost weekly basis, shooting photos with drones has become very popular. Possibly even more so than shooting video with drones….

Nikon updates SnapBridge 2.0 with new UI, better battery life and remote control features

Dec 4, 2017
John Aldred

Introduced with the Nikon D500, SnapBridge is Nikon’s proprietary system for communicating with its recent DSLRs using your mobile device. When it was first announced,…

DJI accused of spying on the US for China according to leaked government memo

Dec 1, 2017
John Aldred

It seems that crowdsourcing is not beyond intelligence agencies. At least, according to a leaked memo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In it,…

This Isolite modifier system lets you relight your photo in post

Dec 1, 2017
John Aldred

And we’re not talking iPhone Portrait Lighting mode here. This is light actually recorded on-set, that can be adjusted and changed in post. It’s a…

YouTube is testing “Reels” – its own take on Snapchat/Instagram style “Stories”

Nov 30, 2017
John Aldred

Instagram Stories has been wildly popular since it launched a little over a year ago. It’s developed since then into a fantastic tool for Instagrammers…

Google finally opens up Visual Core chip for HDR+ to third party apps on the Pixel 2

Nov 30, 2017
John Aldred

Google have now announced the availability of the final Developer Preview of Android 8.1. While the finalised version won’t roll out until December, the new…

Use Photoshop’s Lighten blend mode to shoot high end product composites

Nov 30, 2017
John Aldred

Shooting product photography is a whole lot of fun. Often, though, it can require a surprisingly high number of lights and modifiers to get the…

Leica announces 75mm f/1.25 manual focus lens and it’ll only cost you $12.8K

Nov 30, 2017
John Aldred

I know things with Leica written on them are supposed to be expensive, but wow. Leica has been producing Noctilux lenses for over 50 years….

Don’t leave your Mac unattended. High Sierra bug lets anyone log in as root

Nov 29, 2017
John Aldred

This isn’t so much a photography related post, but a PSA for photographers, video professionals, or anybody else who uses a Mac. If you’ve updated…