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Finding Inspiration

2015-01-06 23:02:00 GMT

The beginning of the new year is always a great time to motivate yourself towards your photography goals. But even with motivation, it can be difficult to find inspiration after some time off. Here are some suggestions to help get that creative ball rolling:

1. Loose Ends
Everyone has a few images they set aside for a rainy day. Take a look through previous folders and see if you have any projects you can finish off. Experiment with some new editing tools and methods you’ve been meaning to try.

2. Out with the Old, In with the New
If browsing last year’s photos doesn’t inspire you, then maybe it is time to start fresh. Organize your files to make room for some new images. Now it is time to get out there with your camera!

3. Do What You Love
Everyone is most successful when doing what makes them happy. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of action photography? Grab your skis and head for the hills! Prefer to cosy up in an indoor studio for some portrait shots? Seek out some new clients and get snapping. Starting the year off creating images you enjoy will help energize and motivate you for future projects.

4. From Start to Finish
Follow your photography projects all the way through. Snap, edit, and print — it can be very satisfying seeing the final product from all your hard work, rather than abandoning it in a folder on your desktop.

5. Mimic Your Idols
Browse the web and online galleries and find some new photographers to follow. Is there a certain individual whose work you already adore? See if they have any tutorials on how to create like images of your own.

6. Old Dog, New Tricks
Find out what new tools and techniques can bring to your work. Experiment and play with new software and give your work a fresh look. Try layer editing with ACDSee Ultimate 8 for ultimate creative freedom.

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Capturing a Winter Wonderland

2014-12-30 00:26:05 GMT



It’s a crisp day in the middle of winter and there is not a cloud in sight. As a photographer, what do you want to do most?

Get out there!
Dress for the weather; wear waterproof boots, a hat, and fingerless gloves that turn into mittens — they’re brilliant for photographers! To capture the best light, head out early in the morning (sunrise) or just after dusk (sunset).

Skills/Gear required:
To maintain your battery life, keep your batteries warm. Put them in your pockets as you make the trek to your final destination. Be sure to keep your other gear close, either around your neck or in an easily accessible camera bag — it would be terrible to drop your gear in the snow!


If possible, shoot in RAW and in manual mode. A good tip is to use your light meter and slightly overexpose your images, this keeps the snow looking bright white. Also use the histogram — never rely on the LCD screen. And if you are feeling adventurous, don’t be afraid to try HDR.

Watch your step (composition):
Be sure to take note if your landscape is mostly land or mostly snow, and try not to walk in front of where you are set up too much, you probably don’t want too many footprints in your frame!

Check out this infographic created by digitalcameraworld.com for more tips and tricks on how to compose and expose any winter scene!
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New RAW Support Updates

2014-12-23 21:44:00 GMT

Just in time for Christmas, ACDSee has an update available with RAW support for the following camera models:

Sony A5100
Sony ILCE-QX1
Sony ILCE-7M2
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Alpha A6000
Sony RX100M3
Sony SLT-A77 II
Leica D-LUX 6
Nikon D750
Nikon 1 V3
Nikon CoolPix P340
Nikon D810
Nikon D4S
Nikon 1 J4
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-GH4
Panasonic DMC GM5
Nikon D750: FX (M and S), 1.2x(L, M, S), and DX (L, M, S) not supported


ACD Systems is committed to releasing regular updates to support RAW files from new camera models as they become available. View the complete list of supported RAW formats.

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Capturing the New Year!

2014-12-17 17:39:35 GMT

For many people a large part of ringing in the New Year includes checking out the community fireworks.

Here are 5 things to try while you’re out celebrating the start of a New Year:

Keep your camera still. This is the number 1 rule to capturing a great firework display! The best practice would be to use a tripod and a remote release. Touching your camera adds shake and will blur your image. If you don’t have a remote release the self timer will work as well.

Aperture. A common misconception with photographing fireworks is that you need a fast lens to get them! But this is not true, fireworks emite a lot of bright light. Apertures in the mid to small range tend to work best, around f/8 and f/16.

Shutter Speed. This is equally as important as aperture, if not more! To get the full effect you’ll want to use a slow shutter speed. Often photographers choose to use the Bulb mode, allowing them to control the shutter manually (best to use with a remote release). Press the shutter as the firework is launching and hold it down until the blast has faded away, typically a few seconds.

No Flash! The flash works best to light the few feet in front of you. This isn’t the most beneficial when trying to capture fireworks! So, turn off your flash and set your camera to Manual mode. Adjust the aperture and ISO and shoot away. If you notice your images are looking a little dim, vary your shutter speed without changing the aperture.

Focal Length. It’s hard to focus your camera at the right part of the sky and at the right time, especially when there is so much going on around you. Try using a wider focal length and zoom in for a few shots. There is always the opportunity to crop your images during post production to create the tight bright impact you are hoping for.

Vertical or Horizontal? Portrait or landscape? Both work for firework photography, just depends what style you are going for. If you want to have the horizon in the image or a cityscape etc. you’re best to be horizontal. Vertical is always fun too because fireworks naturally have the upward motion and you can really focus on the firework itself.


Photo courtesy of Rallygallery.com


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