Lenscraft in Focus April 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to the Lenscraft in Focus April 2020 newsletter.
It’s been a difficult month for many people, and I hope this reaches you in good health. In all honesty, this isn’t the newsletter I planned to write but then the world has changed overnight. Given a lot of people now have to spend time indoors I thought I would adopt a theme.
This month I’m focusing on free courses and tutorials that I managed to find or develop. This includes giving away access to one of my courses for free; I’ll explain more about this later in the newsletter.
I’m hoping this will help everyone to stay busy with something photo related over the coming month. As for me, I’m reprocessing old photos like this one.
Urgent and Important Emails
Unfortunately for me, keeping busy isn’t a problem but being busy is. In the past few weeks, emails and queries have flooded in. I’m now receiving many times the usual number of questions. I’ve always made a point of replying personally to all emails but now I can’t keep up. For a little while at least I must prioritise the urgent problems. I will then catch up with the remaining emails as time permits.
I hope you understand, and I’ll try to get back to normal as soon as possible.
YouTube, Instagram & SlideShare
I suspect you may already know but I also publish a weekly “How to” video on YouTube. If you didn’t know, you can find my channel here.
As well as YouTube, I like to share my photos regularly on Instagram. I may not post every day, but I like to share my photos regularly. Here’s the link to my portfolio
Have you heard of SlideShare? It’s a way of sharing presentation slides. A lot of business use it but I’ve realised it’s a great way to summarise tutorials. If you want to see an example, look in the summary section of the following tutorials on Lenscraft:
- How to Add an Image Border in Lightroom
- How to Level the Horizon in Lightroom
- How to Crop an Image in Affinity Photo
So far, I’ve only produced a few SlideShare presentations, but I will do more. I’m hoping you’ll find them helpful.
Camera Club Presentations
Unfortunately, with the spread of the virus in the UK and government restrictions I’ve suspended all camera club presentations. Once life gets back to normal, I’ll publish a list of presentations here.
From Around the Web
This month, rather than only sharing snippets of interesting news I’ve included a few other things you might find useful.
DxO are hosting free webinars throughout the month of April. There are a few different ones for both DxO PhotoLab and the Nik Collection. I’ve been told the webinars are perfect for beginners as well as seasoned photographers. They offer step-by-step workflows and tips on a wide subject range including Landscape and Nature Photography.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming webinars:
TAKE YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE ORDINARY WITH COLOR EFEX PRO
Hosted by Dan Hughes
Tuesday, April 7 – 6:00 PM GMT
HOW TO REVEAL DETAILS IN SHADOWS AND HIGHLIGHTS USING DXO PHOTOLAB 3’S SMART LIGHTING
Hosted by PhotoJoseph
Thursday, April 9 – 6:00 PM GMT
DISCOVER THE NIK COLLECTION 2.5 BY DxO IN ACTION WITH AFFINITY PHOTO 1.8
Hosted by PhotoJoseph
Tuesday, April 14 – 6:00 PM GMT
CREATIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE COLOR AND DRAMA USING VIVEZA IN THE NIK COLLECTION BY DxO
Hosted by Dan Hughes
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 PM GMT
LEARN ABOUT HYPER-REAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NIK COLLECTION BY DxO
Starring DxO Ambassador Fabio Antenore
Hosted by Laurie Rubin
Thursday, April 23 – 7:00 PM GMT
Adobe Creative Cloud Users Get 2 months Free
Another reader shared this article PetaPixel website explaining how to take advantage of the offer. I understand everyone, even existing users can use this.
11 Things You Can Do During the Coronavirus
An interesting article with a few suggestions from ePhotoZine
Nucly Free Masterclasses
Nucly sell video courses for photographers and digital artists but they also run a few masterclasses you can join for free. It’s worth a look at their website. I even managed to get one of their paid courses for free, although this offer appears to have ended.
Canson Infinity Seminars
Canson are offering a series of FREE educational videos that will help you hone your skills from capture through to print. Use the following form to register and you will be sent a link to access the videos https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxA6WJw3o8yqXfwo3tG2EjKrXvW734elg2dbZpvQhPHYMKSw/viewform
Thinking of a New Camera
If you find yourself thinking about getting a new camera, I found this interesting article by National Geographic. It’s their top 10 compact travel cameras. But watch out, I wasn’t thinking of a new camera before I read this and now I want two.
Creative Applications of Colour Theory in Landscape Photography
Photographers You May Not Know – Adrian Klein
Adrian is based in Portland, Oregon (fantastic city – I’ve only been one and would love to go back) and other than that, I don’t know much. When you have a spare moment, it’s worth exploring the galleries on his website https://www.adrianklein.com/. He has some impressive landscape and nature images, but I particularly liked the “Mountains & Lakes” and “Forest & Flower” galleries. The images have a very natural quality to them which I really like.
Books & Course News – Free Course
Until the end of April Lenscraft subscribers can get my course “Get the Image from Start to Finish – Mount Sefton” for free. To watch the course, which includes a downloadable book and a practice image, visit my Lenscraft Training website using this link (https://lenscraft.teachable.com/courses).
Enrol in the Mount Sefton course using the discount code STAYINDOORS. This code discounts the course to be free and is valid until the end of April 2020.
Please don’t share this discount with others. It’s a gift for Lenscraft subscribers only. If nonsubscribers start to use the course, I’m afraid that I’ll have to withdraw it as the course is still on sale elsewhere. If you know someone who wants to use the code, just ask them to subscribe to my website first.
Amazon Print Books
I’ve recevied quite a few emails recently about the long delivery times for my print books. Amazon shows the books are usually dispatched within 4 days but may take over a month to arrive. I understand this is because Amazon is prioritising deliveries.
I’m sorry but, I don’t have any control over this and I don’t hold personal stocks that I can send out.
Alongside a couple of book projects, I’ve started developing a Lightroom video course. I hope to share more about this in next month’s newsletter.
Until next month, stay indoors and stay safe.
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