View Post

How to Make an Animated GIF in Lightroom and Photoshop CS6

In Photography by 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 time I made one, I had to relearn how to do it so I thought, why not make a video. Lightroom is where I spend most of my time on images, but it does not have the capability to output animations like Photoshop does. Photoshop used to have an Animations window that you would use to create your GIFs but since introducing video functionality the Animations window has been replaced with the Timeline editor. This actually gives us more control over our animated GIF, which I outline in the video below. Have fun creating animated gifs in Lightroom and Photoshop. Think of the fun you could have with your clients creating a fun animated GIF of them.

View Post

Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

In Photography by Jerad HillLeave a Comment

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 will understand what those settings do and be on your way to controlling your camera rather than your camera controlling you. You made an investment in a decent camera and it’s time to start using it’s features. In this course you will learn the basics of DSLR Photography and how to shoot in manual mode. My goal is to give you the tools so you can train your brain to think like a Photographer. You will also know how to control your camera instead of leaving it up to Auto Mode to try and to it’s best. Take the course for free on Udemy: How Long Is This Course? So far, the course is just over 4 hours in length. You can watch it in chunks or all at once. It is best to watch it with camera in hand so you can pause and follow along with your camera. All DSLR Cameras are different so your settings may look different than mine. What Should I Expect? You should expect to be able to shoot …

View Post

How To Nail Focus On Your DSLR Every Time

In Photography by 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 assure I get perfect focus “almost” every time. I may attempt to record a video explaining this process. The more I write, the harder I realize this is to explain without being to physically show you everything I am talking about. Before I dive into my setup on my Canon 5D Mark III I want to mention that I have had this setup on my previous camera which was the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 60D, Canon 40D and my very first DSLR camera, the Canon 20D. For those of you who use Nikon, I know there is a setup to achieve this as well. There are a few tools you can use to make it easier to keep focus. The main tool is a tripod. If your subjects are not moving targets, a tripod is a good idea. If your camera is more of an entry level camera or a bit older of a model, I would suggest a tripod. Newer cameras are pretty amazing at detecting movement. Using a remote trigger can also help …

View Post

How I Deal With Low Light Wedding Reception Situations

In Photography by 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 for situations so I can react accordingly rather than be stressed when a situation does not work out my way. Though I have been using the technique I explain below for years now, only recently has it became much easier for me to manage. I will start the setup I have been using for the last 4 years. This setup, from a recent wedding, is fired by Pocketwizards. On my camera, I have a Pocketwizard MiniTT1. This trigger allows me to still mount a flash on top of my camera so I can have direct light from any angle. In the photo above you can see that I mounted my flash using a Manfrotto 175F-1 Spring Clamp. A Pocketwizard PlusII is mounted to the clamp as well which fires the Canon 580EXII Speedlight. The Speedlight Flash is pointing up into the white tent. The light will hit the tent and reflect back down toward the ground. Because the tent is shaped as it is, the light is spread out making a nice fill light. If I …

View Post

How to Create a Photo Slideshow in Final Cut Pro X

In Photography by 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 Wedding. I created the slideshow on the same day that Final Cut Pro X was released. Final Cut Pro X Photo Slideshow Tutorial Here is the Photo Montage for Ty & Ashleigh’s Wedding