Mostly Free Photography and Photoshop Videos For Your Weekend Viewing


Here’s a few videos and shows I did in the past couple of weeks that are worth checking out if you’ve got some extra time this weekend. Most are free except for the NAPP tutorial mentioned below. Have a great weekend!

1) My NAPP Latest NAPP Tutorial on Photoshop Compositing and Selecting is Up (this is the only not-free video)
I work full time for the NAPP, and do tutorials for the member website there every week. My latest one on creating the composite below (you’ll see the original images and the final composite) is live on the member website. Just click here.

2) The Grid: Episode 65 (Blind Photo Critiques)
Scott Kelby and I did another one of our live blind critiques on The Grid this week. It’s always one of the most popular type of shows we do. This week I think we had a really good variety of photos to look at. We consistently get a ton of great feedback about how much people learn in these shows just by watching critiques of other people’s photography.

 
3) DTown: Episode 124
I co-hosted with RC and did a tip on how to focus if you have a dark neutral density filter on your camera. The tip is around the 10 minute point in the show, but of course you can watch the whole thing :)

 

4) My Lightroom/Photoshop Before and After Tutorial (with Silver Efex Pro).
This was on the site earlier this week but in case you missed it, you’ll see the video below. I basically took one of my photos from start to finish with Lightroom and Photoshop. I even jumped into Nik’s Silver Efex Pro to convert to Black and White.

  • Jay Noe

    Thanks for this post….good videos….One thing you and Scott mentioned is that for landscape you don’t need expensive glass…..I might add…as a Nikon shooter of the semi pro or pro (D300 and up) or high end consumer (D7000) you can buy the old AI prime glass for pennies on eBay and have wonderful landscape pro glass. But I still keep the fast pro glass for anything that moves…..My AI glass is my favorite and probably mechanically the best lenses Nikon had ever made and I get focus confirmation exif information too. Some of my buddies who shoot other brands drool at my lens set. Soon I will have a new full frame and all these old lenses will work…..

    • http://mattk.com Matt Kloskowski

      Interesting Jay. Got any examples of lenses you really like?

      • Jay Noe

        Favorites, not really, they all work about the same with a hiccup here or there like CA with the 35mm f/2. I have 24, 35, 50, 55macro, 85, 105macro, and 200mm macro. Ken Rockwell says the 55mm f/2.8 macro is Nikon’s sharpest lens ever and I really like it. But as you know it is all about the light, fov, dof etc.. I am 70m yrs young and hike the mountains of N Ga all summer. The light weight of all that old glass is compelling. You will never see me lugging around my 70-200mm f/2.8. In Aperture mode essentially all the camera functions work except auto focus…..And for landscape I was manually focusing the AFS lenses anyway. I guess I would have to say the 200mm f/4 macro is my favorite. The colors seem more natural and it is sharper than my 70-200. It focuses to 2:1 and can use the pro tele adapters like the TC-17 which I use. Second would be the 85mm f/2. It is a wonderful lens, good Bokeh. I also use old OM glass from my film days on an Oly E-620..the OM glass is good, but the sensor is lacking. Also on the OM the lens does not open for focusing as it does on the Nikon….but like your tip on focusing with the ND filter in live view it is easy to focus the Oly. I like your books and videos…..

        • http://mattk.com Matt Kloskowski

          Good info Jay. Thanks.

  • http://1107photography.wordpress.com 1107photography

    Hey Matt, I am not sure if you see all these comments come in from your previous blogs, but I am looking for a really good LR organization/catalog management tutorial. I have read you are a big LR proponent (vs Bridge) for the organization side of things, and I have been an LR user since LR1. But my photos are pushing the envelope of my MBP’s 750 GB harddrive, and I am wanting to figure out how I can easily use an external to offload images but still be able to find and access them easily via my LR catalog system. I am also doomed b/c I have keyworded practically nothing, and I fear I am too late to the party…Anyway, was looking for something on the NAPP site tutorials, but didn’t find anything on LR organization. Any tutorials you could point me to? Maybe Kelby’s book is the best source for this?…. would appreciate your input.

    • http://mattk.com Matt Kloskowski

      Scott’s book will help out. I also have some classes over on Kelbytraining.com that go over it. Basically, just store them on an external drive and have LR refer to that instead of your MBP. Good luck!

      • http://1107photography.wordpress.com 1107photography

        I think I just figured that solution out, and spent several hours cleaning out and moving files. Thanks for the get-back, and Happy Thanksgiving!