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How to Use Textures To Enhance Your Photos in Photoshop

Textures are literally everywhere. Our entire world is based on textures. So it’s perfectly natural that textures appeal to us because we see and feel them every day. And it’s no surprise why textures have become such an important element in graphic design.

With textures, you can take a ordinary snapshot and turn it into a work or art. Let's get started.

Step 1. Load your image into Photoshop.

Photo By:  Vox Efx

Photo By: Vox Efx

Sigma 105mm F1.4 "BOKEH MASTER" Art Series Lens Price Announced

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Sigma's "BOKEH MASTER" 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens first announced a few months back is finally revealing the price. If you're in the market for a behemoth of a lens—seriously,. this lens is huge! —it will be available for either Nikon, Canon, or Sigma mounts, you'll have to pony up $1,600 USD and wait until "late June" to get it.

Outstanding wide-aperture, mid-telephoto performance with F1.4 brightness at maximum aperture, this lens incorporates 17 optical elements in 12 groups, an uncommonly large number of elements for a prime lens.  By including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and one aspherical lens element, the optical system minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver extremely high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume.

Like SIGMA’s Sports line lenses, the 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art features a highly effective dust- and splash-proof structure with special sealing at the mount connection (with exeption of the Sigma mount), manual focus ring, cover connection, and other areas, allowing photographers to work in alltypes of weather. In addition, the front of the lens is protected by a water- and oil-repellent coating that makes cleaning easy.

Instead of conventional ABS plastic, the exclusive lens hood features CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), a light but strong material used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications. The removable Arca-Swiss tripod socket is compatible with Arca-Swiss platform and clamps, and its exclusive protective cover makes the lens easier to carry and use when shooting hand-held.

To learn more about this lens, visit the Sigma website for full details.

The Time Has Come For Change - Photographers Need To Leave Facebook

"It's suicidal to market your business on a platform that is not under your control. Here's why."

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Back in the day when Facebook was new. the premiss was simple. Friends and family made a conscious decision to connect with each other. Each users news-line saw posts from friends and family. If a user had a special interest, they could subscribe to groups and pages they wished to see. Simple and people loved it. 

Fast forward to today, Facebook controls what you see, who you see, and even filters a users news-line to one of purely profit making, and data mining. Now you can't complain to Facebook, after all they are offering a totally free product and have the right to run it the way they wish.

But us as photographers, we are running a business, and if a Facebook users likes and subscribes to our page, then they should see our posts. Over the past 6 months my page traffic has dipped drastically. I'm even conducted informal polls and find people no longer are seeing my posts. 

Customers are becoming increasingly aware on just how much Facebook knows about us and while many photographers would like to remove themselves off the platform, Facebook remains a essential marketing platform. This is a mistake.

As marketers and business owners, relying on any one platform, including Facebook, to market your business is suicidal. As business owners, it's almost impossible not to use social media platforms to market your business.

According to Facebook, there are 2.20 billion monthly active users as of 2018. So Photographers today really can't afford not to be on Facebook. It has become the default website of choice for many of our customers.

It's a hard sell to any business owner or marketer to entirely leave Facebook as a marketing tool. What we can do is build up our other marketing tools, like building our email list or consider other ways to market to our customers that don't rely solely on the success of social media.

Now I'm not saying close all your social media accounts. I'm saying make any posts on social media drive traffic directly to you personal web site. It's time to start-up individual websites that are under your control. 

Use Facebook to drive traffic to your business funnel. One that you control, and Facebook or any other social media product can't control your success or failure. If your consistent, over time, your traffic will shift from Facebook to customers going directly to your website. 

Relieing on Facebook for your business is a recipe for failure.

Nikon Releases D5 firmware update version 1.30

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Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.21 to 1.30

  • • Added Recall shooting functions to the functions that can be assigned to camera controls. Holding the selected control recalls previously-saved exposure settings (including shutter speed and aperture), a feature that can for example be used to switch rapidly between scenes that require different exposures.

    • Recall shooting functions can be assigned to the following controls using Custom Setting f1 (Custom control assignment): Preview button, Fn1 button, Fn2 button, AF-ON button, Sub-selector center, AF-ON button for vertical shooting, and Lens focus function buttons. It can also be assigned to the Fn button on a WR-1 or WR-T10 remote control using the Assign remote (WR) Fn button option in the SETUP MENU.

    • For more information, see the addenda to the User’s Manual available from the Nikon Download Center (Nikon Download Center > D5 > Manuals > Supplementary Firmware Update Manual).

  • • Fixed the following issues:

    • - If Backup or RAW Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2 was selected for PHOTO SHOOTING MENU > Role played by card in Slot 2 in http server mode, the shutter would sometimes not be released during burst shooting.

    • - Reactivating the standby timer would sometimes fail to re-establish the link between the camera and some makes of mobile router connected via Ethernet cable (Prioritize power saving selected for SETUP MENU > Network > Options > Power saving).

    • • The focal lengths displayed when teleconverters for AF-S or AF-I lenses are attached have been updated as follows:

      Lens focal lengthTeleconverterBefore updateAfter update

      400 mm  1.4× .   550 mm .     560 mm

      400 mm . 1.7× .   650 mm .     680 mm

      800 mm . 1.4× .    1150 mm .    1120 mm

      800 mm .  1.7× .   1350 mm .    1360 mm

      • The focal length displays for some combinations of lenses and teleconverters may differ from those given above.

  • • The SETUP MENU > Time zone and date > Time zone display now shows only the names of major cities in the currently selected zone.

Download directly from Nikon here: 

Hundreds of Bald Eagles Dead - Cause? Mirrorless Cameras!

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Bald Eagles are being found dead in all 52 states. In a shocking development, over a hundred of bald eagles have been found dead in Scwatchwen Or.

The cause? The exact cause of death? Photon exposure. Yes you heard here first. Seems that the new mirrorless style cameras sold today emit a toxic level of photon reflection. This is due to the removal of the anti-aliasing filter and of course the elimination of the DSLR mirror system.

Without the mirror to reflect harmful photons away from a subject. they are concentrated back at the subject, causing almost immediate death. The mirrorless camera manufacturers knew about this danger, yet did nothing.

Why bald eagles? American Bald Eagles have extremely good eyesight and their corneas are extremely sensitive to photon reflection.

The Professional Group Of Photowalkers have asked for a immediate ban . of all mirrorless cameras before its too late..

Current testing also shows young child under the age of 2 are having their eye sight permanently damaged as well.

Please take the necessary precautions and do not shoot young children.

If you are reading this article this far.. then I should tell you.. the above article is absolutely REAL. the facts of the article are completely false..

This article was meant to poke fun at mirrorless crowd. All meant in fun.. as photographers we sometimes take ourselves too seriously.  :-) Happy Shooting!