Top stories this week on The Digital Story: LED light panels for product shots anywhere, take the SizzlPix Challenge and get a free 5x7, 7 steps to edit 90 percent of your images.
Story #1 - LED Light Panels - I have an LED on-camera light panel that's about 5.5" wide and mounts in the hot shoe of my camera or on a stand. I've been using it often for product shots.
I have my light panel attached to one of the larger Joby Gorillapodsm the Focus. It's easy to position that way. It's been handy for putting a splash of light here and there, or serving as a small fill light. I often use natural light through the window as my main light with the light panel filling in from there.
Prices range from about $100 to $250. There are bargain units out there too. If you are considering a LED panel, I discuss four points to keep in mind. The model I'm currently using is the Litepanels Micro LED On-Camera Light that sells for $190.
Story #2 - The SizzlPix Challenge - Here's your chance to see your favorite image Sizzled for free. Here's how it works.
For a limited time, fill out an order on the SizzlPix website and put "TDS" or "The Digital Story" in the comments field to take the Challenge. Follow the directions to upload your image.
You'll soon receive a free mini-seven inch section of your own SizzlPix. After examining the free mini-sample, if you don't agree that SizzlPix is the finest output for your photography, you haven't paid a penny. If you love it, then order the full size image. But there's no obligation what-so-ever.
Story #3 - 7-Step Workflow for Aperture - If you're new to Aperture, or you just want a concise workflow that will improve 90 percent of your images, take a look at my latest editing article. The workflow applies to iPhoto, Lightroom, and even iPhoto for iOS.
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