Author Archive: Marlene Hielema

With over 20 years as a pro shooting editorial, sports, corporate and industrial photography, Marlene Hielema has become comfortable with the craft of digital output. As a photo and video tinkerer and troubleshooter, Marlene enjoys relaying the practical uses of photo and video hardware and software that you might not find on the manufacturer's or software publisher's websites.

Thousands have seen her work on YouTube and her popular site where Marlene teaches photography and photo editing online, in the classroom, and one-to-one.

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Pre-Processing is the New Raw!

Pre-Processing is the New Raw!

I’m a raw evangelist. Yup. My camera raw tutorial is the most visited page on my website. Every day it outnumbers all the other ImageMaven blog posts and pages.   But even evangelists have to admit when it’s time to step back from the dogma. Why? Because things change. Technology improves and our way of working with our photography tools evolves. If […]

How to create a better eProduct using storytelling

Many of the Hybrid Heroes here talk about a lot of the technical details of Hybrid Photography, but I wanted to give you information on how storytelling makes you a better Hybrid Photographer.     Things like storytelling. A story will help keep the viewer’s interest longer than random bits and pieces thrown together, because […]

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Change the Speed of Your Video Clips

In this vlog post I’m going to demonstrate how when you change the frame rate of your video clips, you can add emotion to your hybrid eProducts. When you change your frame rate or clip speed you can do it in camera or in editing. In this video I changed the frame rate in the […]

Q: What are Marlene’s 3 Essential Ingredients for Successful eProducts?

For great looking, easy to make and edit eProducts, you need to get everything right “in camera”. To shoot video you need to let go of the attitude that many inexperienced raw shooters take – the shoot-loose, auto-everything, fix-it-in-Lightroom mentality. What is an eProduct? To quote my colleague Will Crockett, “An eProduct is a blend […]

Hybrid Production Tips – Using a Neutral Density Filter

The Scenario: You are shooting outdoor video clips for your hybrid project: It’s a bright sunny day. Your ISO is the lowest it can go. You want shallow depth of field, so you want to shoot wide open (f 2.8 in my case). And, you want to keep your shutter speed around 1/60 or 1/125 […]

Check your Exposure Using the Blinkies

In a recent blog post Marlene talked about using the histogram to check exposure, and how to use exposure compensation to correct bad exposure. In this post you’ll learn another technique to check exposure using the highlight clipping Blinkies. How’s that for a technical term? First off, make sure you have highlight clipping warnings enabled […]

Shooting Fireworks – The Hybrid Way!

Watching fireworks has got to be one of the most fun things for kids and kids at heart. I’m definitely one of those (I’ll let you decide which one!) This year I had the opportunity to watch the Canada Day fireworks from a friend’s balcony. What a treat! Even though it was a party atmosphere, […]

Keys to Good Hybrid Photography – Part 1 Exposure

If you shoot hybrid eProducts there are some camera settings you need to get right in order to get good, useable video and stills. The added benefit is that you don’t need to spend time editing. In this video series I’m going to be covering these key things starting with exposure. The key to good […]

Shooting Hybrid on Holidays

Right now I’m on a cycling trip in southern France. I traveled really light and took only carry on luggage for the flights to Paris, and the train ride to Gourdon. Camera gear includes my GH3 with the 12-35mm lens and my iPad. My traveling companion has a Lumix  FZ200 point and shoot with the […]

Event Photos: Use LED or Flash?

Us hybrid photographers are all gung ho about LED lights so that we can shoot stills and video at the same time. But what I’ve found is that the LED mounted on the camera doesn’t provide the best experience for the person being photographed. People squint and children run and hide when they see me […]

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