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Getting Up Close and Personal

2015-01-11 11:00:41 GMT

It is easy to be awestruck by a stunning landscape, towering mountains, or wide open spaces. Often, however, we tend to overlook the incredible beauty hidden in the details.

Macro Photography can produce some remarkable images, and provides a portal into the microscopic world all around us. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Keep Your Distance
Though you may be tempted to bring your lens as close as possible to your subject, it is important to maintain a bit of space, and let your camera do the work for you.Too close of a proximity could block your lighting and disturb your subject.

Manual Focus
Using auto focus can be tricky when shooting macro — you may notice that this setting will have a hard time adjusting when you shoot. Try using manual focus instead to improve the process and keep your images looking sharp.

Simplicity is Key
Composing an image with a single subject can be very effective with macro photography. With a narrow depth of field, your background will be out of focus, bringing more attention to your subject. Be sure to avoid any distracting lighting or objects in the background.

Switch It Up
Get creative and try shooting from alternate angles and experiment with lighting to create artistic effects in your images.

Now grab your camera and start exploring these miniature photographic opportunities!

ACD Systems Video

Pixel Targeting Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 8 and Pro 8
Selectively adjust pixels with a variety of Edit mode tools by targeting specific colors and tones within the image. Even target skin tones! Combine Pixel Targeting with the Edit Brush for the ultimate in precision editing.

Learn more about ACDSee Ultimate 8 and ACDSee Pro 8.


Finding Inspiration

2015-01-06 23:02:00 GMT

The beginning of the new year is always a great time to motivate yourself towards your photography goals. But even with motivation, it can be difficult to find inspiration after some time off. Here are some suggestions to help get that creative ball rolling:

1. Loose Ends
Everyone has a few images they set aside for a rainy day. Take a look through previous folders and see if you have any projects you can finish off. Experiment with some new editing tools and methods you’ve been meaning to try.

2. Out with the Old, In with the New
If browsing last year’s photos doesn’t inspire you, then maybe it is time to start fresh. Organize your files to make room for some new images. Now it is time to get out there with your camera!

3. Do What You Love
Everyone is most successful when doing what makes them happy. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of action photography? Grab your skis and head for the hills! Prefer to cosy up in an indoor studio for some portrait shots? Seek out some new clients and get snapping. Starting the year off creating images you enjoy will help energize and motivate you for future projects.

4. From Start to Finish
Follow your photography projects all the way through. Snap, edit, and print — it can be very satisfying seeing the final product from all your hard work, rather than abandoning it in a folder on your desktop.

5. Mimic Your Idols
Browse the web and online galleries and find some new photographers to follow. Is there a certain individual whose work you already adore? See if they have any tutorials on how to create like images of your own.

6. Old Dog, New Tricks
Find out what new tools and techniques can bring to your work. Experiment and play with new software and give your work a fresh look. Try layer editing with ACDSee Ultimate 8 for ultimate creative freedom.


Capturing a Winter Wonderland

2014-12-30 00:26:05 GMT

It’s a crisp day in the middle of winter and there is not a cloud in sight. As a photographer, what do you want to do most?

Get out there!
Dress for the weather; wear waterproof boots, a hat, and fingerless gloves that turn into mittens — they’re brilliant for photographers! To capture the best light, head out early in the morning (sunrise) or just after dusk (sunset).

Skills/Gear required:
To maintain your battery life, keep your batteries warm. Put them in your pockets as you make the trek to your final destination. Be sure to keep your other gear close, either around your neck or in an easily accessible camera bag — it would be terrible to drop your gear in the snow!

If possible, shoot in RAW and in manual mode. A good tip is to use your light meter and slightly overexpose your images, this keeps the snow looking bright white. Also use the histogram — never rely on the LCD screen. And if you are feeling adventurous, don’t be afraid to try HDR.

Watch your step (composition):
Be sure to take note if your landscape is mostly land or mostly snow, and try not to walk in front of where you are set up too much, you probably don’t want too many footprints in your frame!

Check out this infographic created by for more tips and tricks on how to compose and expose any winter scene!

New RAW Support Updates

2014-12-23 21:44:00 GMT

Just in time for Christmas, ACDSee has an update available with RAW support for the following camera models:

Sony A5100
Sony ILCE-7M2
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Alpha A6000
Sony RX100M3
Sony SLT-A77 II
Leica D-LUX 6
Nikon D750
Nikon 1 V3
Nikon CoolPix P340
Nikon D810
Nikon D4S
Nikon 1 J4
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-GH4
Panasonic DMC GM5
Nikon D750: FX (M and S), 1.2x(L, M, S), and DX (L, M, S) not supported

ACD Systems is committed to releasing regular updates to support RAW files from new camera models as they become available. View the complete list of supported RAW formats.