I recently switched back to a Dell XPS, in search of a computer with the most RAM and best SSD I could find. However, as a content creator and photographer I quickly realized that photos on my new computer screen looked NOTHING like they did in print, on my phone, or on other computers. The screen was VERY vibrant, over-saturated, and orange.
The problem with this was when I was editing photos, they would look great on my computer, but when I exported them they looked really dull on other devices (skin tone looked grey instead of warm). This was obviously a huge issue for me to resolve, as I would never want to send photos to a client that didn't look great on their own device, or in print.
I have tried monitor calibration tools in the past and did not like the result. Instead, I take the approach of checking my photos on other devices and in print periodically to make sure that they look consistently good in those forms. So basically I was just looking for a way to turn down some of that saturation on my new Dell XPS.
Dell has a solution for this, as I soon found! It is called Dell PremierColor, and you can download it here from their website.
When I first opened up the tool, the Color Gamut was set to "Vibrant (Full)". I switched it over to "Internet (sRGB)" and instantly all the issues I had were gone! There are also settings on here to limit blue light which is great for nighttime browsing.
Hope this is helpful if you were having the same issues I was!
Beginner Video Editing Tutorial
Need: Adobe Creative Cloud membership (or trial) to get Adobe Premiere Pro
Have you ever wondered how to make a video clip that is shaky into one that is smooth?
Sometimes I get into a situation where I don't have a gimbal but ended up filming a small clip of a vacation or a photo shoot that I want to later use in a video. Because I was hand holding my camera, it is often shaky and moving around a lot which is super distracting and not a pleasant viewing experience. I'm going to teach you a super quick way to FIX that in Adobe Premiere Pro!
The next step and tip I would suggest is rendering these clips. Depending on what you have done to other clips in your timeline you may want to render them as well. On your timeline right under the numbers, you should see red, yellow, or green bars for each clip. I recommend rendering any clip that is yellow or red, but especially red. This will allow you to playback the clip (with any effects including the warp stabilizer above) without freezing on your computer screen.
Interested in what my photos look like before I edit them? Check out a few examples.
For these images, I applied one of my lightroom presets I have made (basically a copy of my settings to save time) and then adjusted the exposure and white balance to fit the particular photo. All in all, it takes about 20 seconds. If I choose to edit skin, eyes, or other parts of a portrait, this would take additional time and I usually prefer to do that in Photoshop.
If you are interested in my Lightroom presets, you can find them for sale over in my shop, for $20
Below is a list of the equipment I use. (Updated in July 2017)
All photos are active links to products on Amazon prime (Cheers to free 2 day shipping!)
Becoming an official business is tough work! Just when I had everything down after a year operating in Seattle, I moved to Charleston. Things here are much more intensive. Here are some of the things I had to do, and what I learned along the way forming my LLC.
Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. This is simply what I did to start my business and it may vary and/or change.
In the world of photography, packages are sold for $xxx and this could or could not include sales tax. Being specific with your customers is a must!
For me, I choose to have my sales tax included in my prices so that there are nice round numbers for what has been paid and what is owed. To do this, you may charge your package amount (lets say it's $100) and calculate & pay your sales tax after the fact.
Here's an example of how you would do that:
Lets say you have a total sales tax rate of 8% for a purchase of $100. To figure out what the sales tax would be, complete the following steps:
You can use this method with other rates by replacing the "8". Let's say you have a 9% sales tax rate, then you would divide by 1.09.
*Update* Apologies for a previous typo indicating 95.59 instead of 92.59
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