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How to Create Your Own Preset in Lightroom

Presets are kind of awesome. They're one of the best ways to drastically increase your efficiency in Lightroom and create more consistency between your images. Here's how to create your own.

Learn the Best Ways to Make Selections in Photoshop

The better you are at selecting things, the better you are at Photoshop. It's one of the most fundamental skills. This great tutorial will teach you a multitude of ways to effectively and efficiently make selections in the venerable app.

Here's Why Focusing and Recomposing Photographs Fails

Focus and recompose is an extremely common method for getting around AF sensors with limited AF point spread, but it's an imperfect technique that could be causing you more issues than it's worth.

How to Choose the Correct Lens to Purchase

There are literally thousands of lenses out there, and knowing which one to choose for your work can be a daunting task. By answering a few questions for yourself, though, you can narrow down the selections to the right choice.

Learn About the Genius of Hitchcock's Filmmaking

If you're at all interested in cinema or filmmaking, you undoubtedly have watched Alfred Hitchcock's work. Its influence continues to this day. This great video breaks down just what it is about his films that makes them so enduring and compelling.

All Photographers Will Fail

It's a fact of life for us. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, you're going to fail at some point. It's not the end.

How to Get Creative When the Weather Is Terrible

I'm writing this from Ohio, where the weather is currently terrible. It was terrible yesterday, and it's forecast to be terrible tomorrow. If you've ever been foiled by bad weather, this video is for you.

Check Out These Photo and Video Deals of the Week

If you're in the market for some new gear, be sure to check out these deals of the week for some great savings, including huge instant savings on the Sony a7 series along with up to $480 in trade-in credit!

Get a Crazy Deal on the Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 is still an ultra-popular choice for Nikon shooters and for good reason. It's an awesomely versatile, high-resolution options that many portrait, wedding, and landscape photographers carry in their bags. Right now, you can pick up your own for 33 percent off!

DJI Calls FAA Data 'Poorly Chosen' and 'Deeply Flawed'

DJI recently issued a white paper expounding upon the relationship between the weight of drones and the risk posed by them, asserting that current FAA regulations are based on "poorly chosen data and deeply flawed assumptions."

Six Tips to Make the Transition From Photography to Videography

Moving from photography to video can be like trying to learn Spanish when you speak French: the similarities are undeniable, but each is its own distinct language. These six quick tips will ease the transition and give you a good basis to begin shooting.

How to Create Text Message Bubbles in After Effects

Texting is more ubiquitous than ever, having become a central part of our culture. This useful tutorial shows how to create convincing text chat boxes to overlay on your video work.

Five Filmmaking Tricks for More Efficient and Effective Videos

Whether you're working on limited time, limited budget, or you just want to expand your arsenal of filmmaking tricks, these five quick tips will give you some great workarounds and techniques for achieving better results more efficiently.

Build Your Own Motorized Camera Slider

Motorized camera sliders can really improve the quality of your videos and time-lapses, but they're also rather expensive. With a little bit of savvy, however, you can build your own relatively cheaply and in just a few hours by following this great tutorial.