Ditch Auto Hits 41,000 Students!

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What an amazing milestone. When I first launched the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual course on Udemy.com, I figured that friends and perhaps past clients of mine who wanted to learn more about photography would take the course. I could not have imagined that over 41,000 people from all over the world would end up taking the course. What is next for Ditch Auto? In the coming weeks we will be launching a podcast and start posting tutorials …

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Adobe Lightroom Error – There Was An Error Working With The Photo

In Photographyby Jerad Hill7 Comments

Today I received an error in Lightroom that read, “There Was An Error Working With The Photo.” That was all it told me. Upon inspection, it seemed to only affect that group of photos. A quick search in Google offered me a couple of fixes that I tried with no luck. I knew that the photos were ok because I was able to open them in Adobe Photoshop without a problem. The solutions online, which did not work, suggested that …

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Ditch Auto: Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop Workflow

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I am happy to announce my next workflow course which will help you regain the life your photo was destined to have. We don’t always have perfect lighting conditions. Sometimes we have to stretch our cameras to the limit to get the shot. That can leave the photo feeling a bit flat. That was the case with this photo. The photo you see is right out of my camera. I didn’t have a flash on my camera at the time …

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How to Make an Animated GIF in Lightroom and Photoshop CS6

In Photographyby Jerad Hill6 Comments

The other day, I had the need to generate my own Animated GIF. It had been years since I had made one and my workflow has changed a lot since then. Though there are applications out there you can buy that make it easy to create animated GIFs, I did not want to go purchase software to do something I could already do in applications I already had. Since the process for creating animated GIFs had changed since the last …

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Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

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Why Take This Course? You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to it’s full potential. You know that the scary “manual mode” holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don’t know where to start. If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of my FREE course you …

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How To Nail Focus On Your DSLR Every Time

In Photographyby Jerad Hill35 Comments

Focus is an issue no matter how good your camera is. There is no perfect camera that will nail focus each time in every situation. Even the top dollar DSLR cameras have issues with sudden movement and low light situations. The more movement and the lower the light, the harder time it will have. Occasionally it is even hard to pull focus in perfect lighting situations. Over the years there are a few things I have learned to do that …

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How I Deal With Low Light Wedding Reception Situations

In Photographyby Jerad Hill11 Comments

Years ago when I first started in wedding photography I quickly realized that nobody was looking out for my best interest during wedding receptions. The lighting was always dimly lit, most likely to set the mood, though I’m sure the mood would be the same with a bit more light. I got tired of chasing down coordinators, if there was even one to ask, to have the lights turned up just a pinch. I have always tried to be prepared …

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How to Create a Photo Slideshow in Final Cut Pro X

In Photographyby Jerad Hill8 Comments

Final Cut Pro X may seem a little intimidating, especially if you have little or no video editing experience. Final Cut Pro X has an iMovie feel, which once you spend some time in it, you will find it is quite easy to pick up. I decided to put together a tutorial on how to create a photo slideshow or montage in Final Cut Pro X after many people asked how I created the photo montage for Ty & Ashleigh’s …