135 Free Photography Education Videos



I’ve blogged before about sources where you can find some free photography education. You may also be familiar with B&H; the huge photography, video and electronics retailer based in New York. But you may not know that the folks at B&H produce educational videos in their “event space”.

Check out this link for a list of 135 videos ranging from Lightroom and Photoshop to off-camera flash and studio lighting. Most videos run from an hour-and-a-half to two hours. So it’s a time commitment, but you can always watch in chunks; and hey, you can’t beat the price!

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Lightroom Deals and Tips


Adobe Lightroom 3Amazon.com’s Gold Box deal of the day is Lightroom 3 for $188.99. That’s 37% off the full price.

Adobe is also offering a 10% discount on either Photoshop CS5 or Lightroom 3 with offer code: FEB10CSW1

Speaking of Lightroom here’s a good post from Tip Squirrel about 10 Things Beginners Should Know in Lightroom.

The Elements of Photography and More in Photo News Round-Up


If you’re still looking for gift ideas for photographers, check out this retro camera-looking Iphone/ITouch case from Etsy artist, Coolbeans 717.

Retro Camera Ipod Case

It’s 20-bucks plus shipping and the site says there’s only one available. But they are handmade (takes 5 days to make!) So I imagine the artist can make more. 

In other news, I wrote about this next item on the PetaPixel blog. It’s a concept design called the Underabove. As the name implies, it’s a camera with two lenses that takes a picture of what’s below the surface of the water and above and then stitches the images together.

The Underabove Camera

The Underabove Camera

The design won a 2010 Red Dot award and works like a submarine, with a water filled ballast on the bottom and an air filled one on the top. It even has a timer for self-portraits and a flash.

And now, proof that photography is elemental.

Photography Periodic Table

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I think they did a good job of grouping things together. I just wish they’d tell me the atomic weight!

Lastly, if you have Lightroom 3 or Photoshop CS5, make sure to download new updates. The updates fix some bugs and include updates to camera profiles for the lens correction feature.

Black Friday Photography News and Deals


I’m on the look-out for great deals.  Amazon, B&H and Adorama all have deals on DSLR and lenses; but it really depends on what you’re looking for and how much you want to spend.

I did find this on Amazon: Photoshop CS5 for $565. My last blog on Wednesday mentioned a deal from Adobe on Lightroom 3 for $199.

If you want to learn about flash photography, Zack Arias is selling his “OneLight” DVD for $100 and the field guide for $15.

If I find more deals throughout the day, I’ll update this post.

Before you buy, you might want to check out these reviews of the best and worst cameras. Be sure to check out the categories on the upper left-hand of the page.

Lastly,  a bit of news: Canon issues a firmware update for the 7D and T2i.

If you find some great deals, please leave a comment. Happy shopping!

Gift Ideas for Photographers


Black Friday is almost upon us and if you have a photographer on your list then you probably won’t get them anything they want. Why? Because the things we want include 16-hundred dollar lenses and 5-thousand dollar camera bodies. But no fear, you don’t have to break the bank.

In October, I blogged about stocking stuffers for photographers. I’m still on the look-out for great deals and gift ideas like these cool lens bracelets:

Lens Bracelets

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Lance Armstrong’s got nuthin’ on these! They’ll set you back about 10-bucks.

I blogged about this one too awhile back:

This next one costs more, but is still a great deal. Pro Studio Supply is selling Adobe Lightroom 3 for $219. That beats Amazon and B&H by about 60-bucks.

[UPDATE: 11:34AM] Just got an email from Adobe. Great prices on Photoshop Elements 9 and Lightroom 3.

That’s if for now. All the big name retailers (Adorama, B&H, Amazon) are advertising deals and promising Black Friday promotions; but I wanted to give you some options that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

If I see any amazing deals, I’ll post them. If you hear of any, let me know. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!