Blockchain and Photography: Proof of Existence Is Not Proof of Ownership

What these services offer is the second largest application of the blockchain after Bitcoin: Proof of Existence.

There is a dangerous movement afoot; the idea that registration of your images on the blockchain is a cheap and simple alternative to registration with the United States Copyright Office. It is not. Those providing copyright registration services based solely on the blockchain will argue that inscribing a hash of your image along with its accompanying metadata creates an immutable record of your copyright ownership. False. What these services offer is the second largest application of the blockchain after Bitcoin: Proof of Existence.

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Tutorial Video: How Custom White Balance Makes Editing Much Better Than Auto

Custom white balance will speed up your workflow so much more.

If you’re a photographer who shoots in auto white balance, stop. Can you fix it in post? Yes. Will it really, truly help you? No, not really. I’ve been very much of the opinion and idea that photographers should go into shooting with a creative vision of some sort to help them create images that are more unique to them, and a customized white balance is only the start of this. It’s bound to help you create images that someone else shooting the exact same thing most likely won’t get. Of course, you’re starting with the content, but why not go further?

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50mm or 35mm Lenses: Which Should You Choose

The obvious answer between choosing a 35mm and a 50mm lens is whatever suits you. But there’s more.

This may sound like a crazy title, but in all honesty, it isn’t. The easy answer is, “Whatever is best for you.” But that’s not deep enough of an answer for whether you need a 35mm or a 50mm lens. Both lenses offer a field of view to photographers that mimic what the human eye sees. Both are good in similar situations, with one having a slight advantage over the other in varying degrees. And in today’s world, both types of lenses are easily able to deliver great image quality. So which do you choose?

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This Quick Tip Will Give You Finer Control Over Slider Adjustments in Lightroom

Sometimes it can be a pain to use the sliders in Lightroom to get a precise value; this tip will make that easier!

I think we have all been there at one point or another in Lightroom; you are working with one of the sliders and you keep moving it to the left and to the right in order try and narrow down to the point you like best. It can often feel like a very hit or miss process, where it can take longer than it should because you are constantly having to spend more time fine-tuning your slide, instead of simply moving the slider and being done with it.

But what if we told you there was a way to get a finer level of control over that slider, which could, in theory, make finding that goldie-lox spot on the slider a faster process? Well, get ready to be told… Continue reading…

How to Achieve Multiple Portrait Lighting Effects With One Flash Unit

Here’s a simple portrait lighting setup you can experiment with for your next shoot.

Having detailed or extensive portrait lighting can be easily achieved in the studio. But, what if you’re shooting on a budget or can’t bring all your equipment when shooting on location? Pennsylvania photographer Michael Henderson comes to the rescue with a portrait lighting hack: how to achieve the look of three lights with just a single flash unit.

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Five Quick Tips for Easier and Better Street Photography

No need to struggle in street photography with these simple tips.

Whether you’re new to street photography or someone who is far along in the craft, there’s always something you can do to make your shooting experience easier. London-based Haris Finazzi has recently shared with us a handful of tips he believes would make for easier and more immersive street photography.

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The Digital Photographer’s Introduction to Kodak Film

Kodak film isn’t necessarily what you think it is. Here’s an intro.

If you’re a photographer who only recently got into film, you’ll need to understand a number of things about Kodak. The once mighty company still makes and manufactures film but their coffers are nowhere as large as they used to be. Their selection of film is still fairly large, but nowhere near as big as it was during their prime. What’s more, many photographers don’t really know a whole lot about film – what it does, and how to work with it. So we’ve got a tutorial video just for you.

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Set It and Forget It: A Case for Shooting in Program Mode

Have you learned to let go of technical perfection? 

If there are two things that are hammered into every photographer who pays attention to the educational circuit these days it is that they need to shoot in RAW and they need to shoot in manual mode. A camera’s controlled ‘auto’ mode is considered amateur or inferior, and while older cameras weren’t the best with metering (which leads to inaccurate auto mode settings), modern cameras are pretty darn good at it and can usually get you right around an ideal exposure – at least close enough that you can adjust to post.

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