All Posts by Marlene Hielema

Beware of Photo Contests

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Entering a photo contest is a great way to see how your skills stack up against other photographers. However there are some important things you need to look out for in the terms and conditions of every contest before submitting your photos. Here’s my photo contest experience A big skateboarding pop-up event rolls into my […]

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How to Test your Camera ISO

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In this video I show you how to test your camera ISO. If you use an ISO that’s too high, you will get a lot of digital NOISE in your photos. Sometimes this looks like pixelation or grain. But it’s noise caused by using a very high ISO. If you shoot sports, action or in low […]

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Panasonic Lumix G9 – First Impressions

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In this video I give an overview and my first impressions of the new Lumix G9. I just purchased this camera and as of the time of this post, have used it on four photo shoots. This is Part 1, in a series of posts about this flagship camera from Panasonic. It’s hard not to put […]

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What to do after un-boxing your new camera

What to do after unboxing your camera

Watch the video below to learn the best practices after unboxing your new camera. I’m probably too late. You’ve already taken photos with your new camera…. but just in case, here’s a checklist to follow for future purchases. Plug in the battery — plug in the battery as soon as you can. Do not use […]

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Should you shoot jpg or raw?

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In this video I’m going to tackle the biggest debate in photography history: jpg vs. raw. The issue of jpg vs. raw files is one that can really divide photographers.  I’ve been through the roller coaster of shooting raw files 100% of the time, then dropped to 0% raw files. I used to call my […]

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Which camera should you buy?

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In this video you’ll get tips for buying a digital camera that’s perfect for you. So, you’re looking for a digital camera! This blog post is for eager beginner and intermediate photographers. People like you, who take pictures for the joy of it. You’re not doing this professionally, but you’ve got a good eye, someone […]

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Photo printing tips for your dramatic edits

I’m a big believer in printing my photos. And I like them BIG. But what about those super dramatic edits I’ve been doing in Luminar? Are they printable? Or are they only good enough for viewing on mobile screens on Instagram? I wondered that too, so I’ve done some tests. And the results were great. In […]

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Masking in Luminar 2018

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In this video I demonstrate masking using Luminar 2018. If you can’t see the video above, check it out here on YouTube. Want to give Luminar 2018 a try. Click the green box above or use this link to download a trial version of Luminar Want a discount? Use the link above with my Coupon […]

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Black Friday Deals on Luminar and Aurora Software

About Luminar: Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform. Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match […]

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Luminar 2018 and RAW Files

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Black Friday Deals on Luminar and Aurora – Click here for info Don’t let Adobe hold your raw files hostage, while you wait for updates to the Camera Raw plugin. Is Adobe holding your raw files hostage? In this video I show you how Luminar 2018 can open raw files from brand new cameras that […]

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