GoPro Hero4 Black In Depth Review

 

  • GoPro company history
  • Features of the Hero4 Black
  • More reviews about other action cameras

Founded by Nick Woodman, GoPro has gone a long way in manufacturing action cameras. In fact, it has redefined it in more ways than one that is now recognized as the world’s leading action camera manufacturer. GoPro is now synonymous with the gadget itself. Since their days of merely making action cameras, they have gone public and became an IPO last 2014, which has increased their worth to a whopping $2.95 million. Today, they still continue to dominate the market and are still producing quality actions cameras. One of those action cameras is the Hero4 Black which we will be talking about below.

The GoPro Hero4 Black is widely considered the best action camera available in the market today. It is by far the most complete camera in terms of performance and quality. More info on it can be found on Sleeklens.com. With regards to video quality, due to their proprietary codec which allows for easier and faster video editing on 3D and HD videos, the Hero4 Black can capture up to 4K video resolution at 60 fps which works wonderfully if you plan to do slowmo videos as it captures a lot of frames per second. If you see action videos with superb slowmo captures, it is probably done with a Hero4 Black. The good thing about this camera is it also captures superb still images at 12 MP with a 4000×3000 resolution. Amazing right? The Hero4 Black also has a wider field of view due to the lens it is using which is very useful.

As with other GoPro cameras, the Hero4 Black also has excellent audio quality and has different mounting options through the accessories that you can purchase separately. The only downside to this camera is the price. It is expensive, but in my opinion, and so do a lot of other people, this camera is the best camera available today. More info on it can be found here. So, if you are debating whether to get one or not, then don’t! Save up and buy one immediately. It is well worth the money you spend on it.

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Why Should You Get a Wedding Photographer

  • “Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings.”
  • It’s not a surprise that every couple in this world would want to have a unique wedding celebration.
  • How do you know if you’re hiring the right wedding photographer?

First of all, before we talk about the main topic, we will give you a brief introduction about wedding photography. As defined by WikiPedia, “Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for announcements, portrait displays, or thank you cards) as well as coverage of the wedding and reception (sometimes referred to as the wedding breakfast in non-US countries).”

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In today’s modern time, it’s not a surprise that every couple in this world would want to have a perfect and unique wedding celebration. Of course, marriage should be solemn and must be celebrated with the people special to you, but with today’s modern technology, most couples want to incorporate a little excitement and entertainment. But aside from having a unique wedding celebration, wedding photography is also about capturing the best and unforgettable scenes like the couple’s first kiss, dance and etc.

So, the question here is, how do you know if you’re hiring the right wedding photographer? Basically, there are hundreds and even thousands of great wedding photographers scattered around the world right now, and it’s definitely hard to choose which one can provide the best service.

However, as a couple, you have that “gut feels” when choosing for the right guy/girl photographer, it can either be your photographer friend from college or a mutual friend. Always remember that you don’t have to stress yourself out of it. Choose the one that can give you the most unique love storyline, the one that prefers using Lightroom wedding presets to make the images more lively and beautiful and lastly, choose a photographer that can communicate well with you.

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Interesting Features from Lightroom 5 Presets

  • Cool features out of using Lightroom 5 presets
  • Photo editing solutions that create artistic effects with your photos
  • Over 100 presets to use online via Lightroom

Lightroom 5 has the best presets in online. Your photos will have the best possible enhancements via Lightroom 5. One look at its collection will tell you that it improves your photos in ways you can never imagine.

Let us take a cursory look, though, at some of these presets and marvel at the enhancements it can do to your photos. There are over 100 presets you can use with Lightroom, but we will try to highlight some of its cool presets in here.

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  • Film Lightroom Presets – The idea of creating photos as if coming out of your favorite movie is one of the features of Lightroom 5 that continues to generate a lot of following. Mind you, you can become a cinematographer with Lightroom 5.
  • Free HDR Presets – Give your photos a chance to be presented in a clean, clear and crisp way through these free HDR presets. Lightroom is so unique in that you can have pictures that even the texture of one’s skin you can almost feel.
  • Vintage Mono Presets – Imagine your photos with only one color, but with stunning effects, then this is the preset for you. You can use either black and white or sepia to it, depending on the effect you want.
  • Elegant Fade – That fading effect; that worn out feeling, which invokes a lot of emotion to the viewers has enabled Lightroom 5 to have its collection of elegant fade presets just for that effect.
  • Autumn Landscape Preset – Many people love autumn because that’s poetry with those falling leaves, and what a way to enrich that feeling by using these Autumn Landscape Preset on your photos.

There’s so many presets you can choose from with Lightroom 5, and these five features are just a sampling of it. Imagine what it would be like if you can experiment with those other presets and incorporate it on your photos. You’re not only posting quality, stunning photos online, your viewers will also consider you as an artist or a designer in your own right.

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The Magic of Vintage Actions via Photoshop

  • Incorporating “actions” to your photos via Photoshop
  • Recreating classic photos of old through Photoshop actions
  • Free Photoshop actions to choose online for your photos

With the rise of these photo-enhancing solutions around, you can now practically experiment with a variety of effects out of it. The photography world seemed so wide and promising that there’s no reason for you not to have that effect you wanted because there is a corresponding tool for that. Tools that can enhance your photos with the same quality like that of professionals. Tools such as Photoshop (PS) actions.

Photoshop actions enhance your photos apart from the usual flair of improving photo images. It introduces the concept of “action” as a necessary element for the enhancement of your photo. And one of the many effects this app is using over the years is its PS vintage action.

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PS vintage actions perform retro style effects to your photos. It transforms your photos into images that has that historical feel and perspective, the kind of photos that old folks love to reminisce. These photos also heightens the sensibilities of your photo images as if they have been given a new life.

That is the magic of these PS vintage actions can do to your precious pictures. Presenting them like old photos isn’t so bad an effect or style if you are using the right tools. And Photoshop can certainly provide you with a workflow for you to churn out that nostalgic twist on your photo.

This works well if you’re anachronistic, too, because you can recreate those classic photo shots that are now legendary. Those classic photos with Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or even Marlon Brando can now be recreated using the tools these PS vintage actions has.

So try to experiment at times. Try to get out of the box as far as enhancing your photos go. Don’t be afraid to present your pictures with that old feel. Who knows, that might be the effect that is perfect for your photo image.

Scour the web right now and use these PS vintage actions for your photos, make an album of them, so you can exhibit it to your friends online, and, quite possible, display it in a real photo exhibit soon.

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Three Local Adjustment Tools in Lightroom

123As a hobbyist photographer, I am aware about the significance of using post processing tools for my images. The thing here is that whenever you get nice pictures around, no matter how good or bad the subject is, it would be best to modify it using Lightroom’s local adjustment tools to make it livelier and presentable.

Why do you need to modify images?

Essentially, you won’t be able to appreciate the entire details of an image if it weren’t processed or modified. Local adjustment tools in Lightroom play a vital role in every image imported in the interface. Edited and well-enhanced images get more views and appreciation than those raw and hazy images.

If you have been reading series of Adobe Lightroom guides, tips and tutorials, you are aware about the basic techniques used, and how local adjustment tools affect the outcome of an image. Normally, the basic editing tools in Lightroom can be found in the Develop Module. From there, you can start creating your own set of best Lightroom presets and modify images.

Adobe Lightroom contains three powerful local adjustment tools to make your images perfect. These are Advanced adjustment brush, Graduated and Radial Filter.

Advanced Adjustment Brush Tool

This tool is for creating a unique mask. Also, it can cover up stains, blemishes and unwanted spots inside the image.

Graduated Filter Tool

Another useful tool, the graduated filter is named after a filter used by well-known photographers. For some, this tool is only useful when dealing with skies and its background.

Radial Filter Tool

Adobe included this tool in Lightroom 5 version since they want to help users create a fine oval or circle mask shapes. Moreover, this tool has been improved in the latest version of Lightroom; LR 6 and LR CC.

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Lightroom 6: The most awaited Adobe upgrade

Two years after the release of Adobe Lightroom 5 version, Adobe has finally decided to make a huge upgrade to its powerful post-processing tool. Basically, as with the older versions, Lightroom 6 is available under a licensed version with a standalone price ranging from $100-$149. But, with Lightroom’s creative cloud service, users can subscribe to a plan for as low as $9.99 a month with superb inclusions of Photoshop, Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC.

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Is Lightroom 6 worth the money?

As an avid Lightroom user, I can say that Lightroom 6 is definitely worth it. However, it depends on your standards and ambitions. Some people think that Lightroom 5 is more useful than the latest version while others are satisfied with performance and services of Lightroom 6. So, if you’re happy with Lightroom 5, you can keep it and use it as long as you want, but if you decide to upgrade to Lightroom 6 or if you want to know what are Lightroom presets can offer, you’ll be able to use the new editing options such as Panorama and HDR merge, advanced tools and more.

Lightroom 6 Review

At first look, you will not notice the changes made. But when you start exploring the program, you’ll see that Lightroom 6 is such a huge tool with exciting photo editing features. One of the key features of LR 6 is the HDR merge wherein you can combine two HDR images into one. However, the trick here is how you do it without destroying the qualities of the two images.

Other features include advanced brush, gradient and radial tools, improved slideshow and print module, enhanced Lightroom mobile and web application and more.

Gratefully, as we go through our thorough product review, the results were consistent and impressive. Lightroom 6 is really one of the best upgrades Adobe has ever made. In case you missed some tips and tutorials, or what are Lightroom presets is all about, take the time to read more on our blog post about Lightroom here.

 

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Putting Actions into Your Images

Photos are not to be taken lightly these days. They can now compete with the latest video technology out there because they can be presented in a way that resembles like that of a video. Thanks mainly to Photoshop elements; you can now get that interactive feel on your photos.

pic111And speaking of interactive, you can further enhance the development of your photo through these free Photoshop elements actions available online. As the term suggests, it brings in that added “action” to your photo, making it more involved than an ordinary, static picture can give.

There are other photo apps you can get on the web, but these free Photoshop elements actions offer more. You can download an “action” if you want as a start and install it into your Photoshop Elements. It saves you time and effort, to say the least, in dealing with photo enhancements.

After installing the app, you can start tinkering on your photos, adjusting the layers of it, and adding a few pieces for that effect you so wanted to share. This is Photoshop’s way of giving your photos a chance to stand out from the rest, especially on social media.

You don’t have to concern yourself with its tools, however, because it is installed with guidance as its primary take, the reason why its patrons consider Photoshop user-friendly. So get that free Photoshop elements actions now and start enhancing your photo and your image as well.

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Producing Vintage Images Using Lightroom

LR31Have you ever thought of having a vintage look for your images? If yes, you can create your own vintage preset that can be applied on some images you want to use. However, before you make one, you have to be certain about the styles and characteristics that you want to incorporate in the vintage preset. Images with vintage effects are nostalgic as it represents the photos taken in the past.

So, how do you define vintage? It is very important to know the definition of vintage so that you can make a perfect antique and old-fashioned style preset.

Using Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Presets

The most convenient way to create a vintage Look is to use Adobe Lightroom. However, if you don’t have much time to create one, you can always purchase collections of vintage preset online or download it for free. But in this article, we will still show you how to create vintage preset manually.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create a vintage preset using Lightroom. But if you want more Presets for Adobe Lightroom – see list here, check more at Lightroomfanatic.com.

Creating a preset for your action sport camera images can be time-consuming, but the outcome can be overwhelming since you can use it anytime you want.

Fade Out Preset Using the Tone Curve

The first thing you need to do is to go the tone curve panel in Lightroom and move the cursor to the left. By doing this, it will remove the black color in the image making the color tones lighter. Other important adjustment is already up to you, but the best way to have a good image outcome is to use the smart preview to know the difference.

Split Toning in Lightroom

The next step in creating a vintage look is to add color with necessary split toning adjustments. The basic modification is very simple. You just have to apply a warm selection of color to the main colors of vintage look: Red, yellow and orange.

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Why I Love Photoshop Actions

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful post-processing software application in the industry today. It is a product of Adobe, a company that is considered to be the source and developer of the best editing tools in the market. Adobe has been consistent in releasing better versions of Photoshop. They even added the feature called “Photoshop actions” to help photographers with their editing process. More and more photographers are using the program because of this new feature.

LR45Actions are simply a recorded editing process in which users can apply to their images. Personally, I believe that if you are going to use Adobe Photoshop, you should immediately think of Actions as a starting point since the process is very simple, you just have to add the effects, record the process and apply to your images.

I have been using several useful Photoshop Actions over the years and I still enjoy everything about the feature. It helped me save a lot of time and effort in modifying my images plus helped me produce a lot of amazing and high-quality images.

Certainly, not all Photoshop Actions uploaded online are free, some of it are very expensive yet worth it. In my case, I usually purchase actions ranging from $10-20 only. I only purchase ready to use Photoshop Actions when I don’t have time creating my own set of actions.

On the other hand, installing Photoshop actions is very simple. You just have to load the recorded Photoshop actions, select any image from your PC storage and click install. For more information on how to use the program and other helpful tips, check more Sleeklens’s photoshop actions tutorials here.

As your list of actions grow, you need to have other alternatives on how to have a standby collections of Actions. Moreover, by visiting Sleeklens, you can now have the chance to see more useful updates about Adobe Photoshop.

 

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What’s new with Lightroom 6.3?

camera233Last week, November 17, 2015, Adobe has finally released its 3rd update of Lightroom 6. Photographers were expected to clear all their schedules to make way for the Lightroom update. Basically, Lightroom 6.3 has a lot of new features to look up to.  Adobe decided to enhance the new camera support, bug fixes, lens profiles, tethering support and import dialog. The previous version, Lightroom 6.2 which was released last October 5 of the same year, introduced a newly overhauled import process. However, the said feature didn’t work well to some devices since there are performance and features issues. Most professional photographers didn’t like the whole Lightroom 6.2 version. Fortunately, Adobe was very nice to listen to the feedback and immediately issued an apology to their users.

Personal Review

With the latest Lightroom update, I don’t have any major concerns and issues since everything was perfectly developed and modified. The new camera support is now compatible with all devices and Adobe did a lot of bug fixes. As a Lightroom user, I don’t need these new changes in my images so it won’t bother me if there are existing bugs. All that matters to me now is the speed and performance of the program. It’s faster and more consistent than the previous version.

If you did not update your Lightroom program to 6.2, and if you want to automatically update to Lightroom 6.3, make sure to download a reliable 6.3 version source to avoid any major issues. You can check Infoparrot’s complete list of presets for Lightroom and Lightroom version for more details.

Check out the video below and learn on how to install Lightroom presets on Mac and PC:

Once you update your Lightroom program, make sure to check if it works fine by clicking the import button located in the Library module and add photos. By doing this, you’ll know that your Lightroom update process is successful.

 

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