Hey! It’s Graffi’s Giveaway for April!

WilmingtonWith Tax Day looming here in the U.S., folks need a little something to help ease the pain.  How about a freebie?

This time, I’m giving away my Hipster [Vintage I] set of Lightoom Presets. There are 23 presets included in the download, and they can easily be installed to Lightroom using your Add-O-Matic (or you can add them the old fashioned, clunky, bothersome, time-consuming way you might usually install Lightroom Presets!) Click the link to see what’s included, and check out the gallery of samples below. They usually go for $9 (You: “wow, is that all? Why do so many other sites sell presets for so much more than that?” Me: “I don’t know”) but they can be yours free if you’re the lucky one the computer chooses.

So click over to the Graffishop & enter, and stay tuned for the drawing on April 15  (it’s a completely random drawing; the computer does the work and selects someone from the pool of entries).

Psst: just can’t wait?

How about 15% off everything, right now?  Use the code  taxday14  and it will automatically take 15% off your entire cart at checkout.

Adobe Lightroom 5 vs Photoshop CC: which software should you choose?

Choosing the best photo editing software for your needs is difficult – and potentially intimidating. There are plenty of good options out there, but many programs are very good at one particular thing, and lack in other areas. Two the most popular options are Adobe’s Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

In this head to head test we’ll compare Lightroom 5 vs Photoshop CC to see how well they meet the needs of photographers.

Lightroom 5
Adobe Lightroom 5 is aimed specifically at photographers and it offers a complete ‘workflow’ package for importing, managing, editing and sharing images.

How to use the Adobe Lightroom shadow and highlight controls: step 6

It doesn’t offer all the functionality of Photoshop, but it is very capable. It is available as a download or as a boxed disk ($149/£103), or as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite.

A New Photographer’s Guide to Camera Settings

Folegandros, Greece.

Folegandros, Greece – 24mm focal length at f/11

Without experience, looking at the endless functions and dials on a camera can seem daunting, and it is at first, especially with many of the newer digital cameras that have about 5,000 functions (I’m looking at you Nikon).

Luckily, you only have to learn the major functions at first to significantly improve your photography. It might take a few reads through the content below, but it does not take long to learn the most important abilities of your camera to significantly improve your photography.

Infrared Photography: 2 Ways To Modify Your DSLR

Infrared photography is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of photographic art, and there are many ways in which you can shoot IR frames. However, if you have a DSLR camera and you are not willing to invest in state of the art equipment designed especially for infrared photography, then you should know that you can easily convert your camera.

color infrared photography

“IR Landscape 2? captured by Bryan (Click image to see more from Bryan.)

Here are two ways to modify your camera for infrared photography:

Get An Opaque Infrared Filter