I was recently given the new LG G4 smartphone to try out by my friends at ThreeUK. Theres a lot I could write about the software, shape etcetera, but Im a phoneographer so lets get straight to the camera. Go Manual The camera is good on this phone but really comes into its own when you opt to switch to Manual mode. Here you can opt to change; White Balance Focal depth Exposure compensation ISO Shutter speed All pretty cool and opens up some great photographic opportunities, but what really got me excited was the option to shoot jpg or DNG … [Read more...] about Shooting Raw on a Smartphone with the LG G4
Lightroom CC, the 2015 release, adds Photo Merge to its tool set. Photo Merge comes in two flavors: HDR (Control + H) and Panorama (Control + M.) The same shortcuts work for Mac and Windows so Mac users, don't substitute the Command key for the Control key on this one. HDR or High Dynamic Range extends the limits in detail between shadows through the midtones to the highlights that a single exposure can show. Unlike Photoshop, which uses pixel based files to create HDR, Lightroom CC works entirely with pure RAW goodness. The merged photograph … [Read more...] about Lightroom Photo Merge Gives Enhanced Dynamic Range
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create a headless man, and how to add realistic looking clothes to look like the head was never there! … [Read more...] about Create a Headless Man in Photoshop
Getting the perfect pose for a child, especially a young child can be quite tough. Often they aren't able to hold themselves still (or even upright). Let me share with you how I made a recent portrait for a family friend. The Backstory I offered to photograph Robert and Bryanna's beautiful little baby girl River. They and their family have been friends of mine for over 20 years. Robert's parents are my son Alec's Godparents. In fact, his father was one of the first photographers to teach me about photography. I felt the pressure to step up my … [Read more...] about Perfect Pose for an Infant with Photoshop’s Quick and Easy Masking Tools
In case you haven't heard, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 is now available! As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can upgrade to Lightroom CC 2015 right away using the Creative Cloud application manager. With this new release comes features like HDR processing, Panorama stitching, advanced video slideshows, facial recognition, and easy photo sharing. How do I buy Lightroom CC? As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can download Lightroom CC 2015 today using the Creative Cloud application manager. Not only do you always get the most recent versions of … [Read more...] about Upgrading to Lightroom CC 2015
For a very long time I have operated by a simple motto: A checked bag is a lost bag. While that is clearly hyperbole, its still a good guideline for anyone who flies. Because when I say lost bag I mean your cameras may get lost. Even if your bag isn't misplaced, theres a real chance your camera gear will be. Documents filed with the TSA from 2010 to 2014 show 30,621 claims of missing valuables, mostly packed in checked luggage. The rest occurred at security checkpoints. Total property loss claimed: $2.5 million. Some experts believe that only … [Read more...] about Why You Should Think Carefully Before You Check Bags Containing Cameras When Flying
When theres a shiny new program on the market, its often easy to install it right away and start using it. The Adobe team did a lot of work reengineering how Lightroom works to improve its speed and efficiency, so when you upgrade from Lightroom 5 to Lightroom CC you'll need to update your catalog. Don't just click upgrade. Your Lightroom catalog is a vast database that contains all the metadata, organization and edits youve done to your photo library. Should something happen when upgrading, you don't want to take the chance that you might … [Read more...] about Back Up your Lightroom Catalog before Upgrading to Lightroom CC
Slightly less controversial than HDR, panoramas are also possible in Lightroom CC. Panoramic images are a series of shots that are stitched together to appear as one large image, that couldn't be captured with a single shot. Typically, a photographer will take one image, turn slightly, take another, and so on. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wV1Yav6wQ … [Read more...] about Panoramas in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
Whether you love it or hate it, HDR is here to stay, and now built directly into Lightroom CC. For those unfamiliar, HDR, which stands for "High Dynamic Range", is the process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene to produce an image that is more 'true' to what the human eye sees. At least, that's the idea. Too often do we see HDR images that are way overdone. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgApMJR8kZk … [Read more...] about HDR in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
Vignettes are a two edged sword, and many of us fall to their siren song. Vignettes can really make your photographs look masterfully finished, but they can easily be applied too heavily and overshadow the real subject of the image. Right now Ill show you my favorite way to control Post-Crop Vignettes in the Effects tab. This article is adapted from our book, Develop Great Images Adobe Photoshop Lightroom available on iTunes and PDF for all devices. Post-Crop Vignette for the Finished Crop The name Post-Crop Vignettes used to confuse me, but … [Read more...] about Finessing a Post-Crop Vignette in Lightroom
Have any old photos lying around? Whether you want to repair some family heirlooms or add a new service to your photo business, we've got you covered. Learn how to repair old photos in Photoshop using the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and the Clone Stamp Tools. Tools used in this tutorial: Spot Healing Brush: This tool works just like a brush. When you dab or create a brush stroke, Photoshop will analyze the surrounding area, and attempt to replace your blemish with that information. For best results, the Spot Healing Brush should be … [Read more...] about Repairing Old Photos in Photoshop
As a long-time Aperture user, and one of the original proponents of Aperture, I was very disappointed when Apple pulled the plug. But I saw this coming a couple of years ago and already switched to Lightroom. That doesn't take the sting away. And when Apple announced that it had a new app to replace both iPhoto and Aperture, I had the slightest hope there might be something there for me and other serious photographers. My First Impressions I had beta access and frankly, my initial impressions were not good, but I held out hope that the final … [Read more...] about Why Apple’s New Photos App Is Not For Me
In the beginning of the year I wrote, "Have You Created Your 2015 Metadata Copyright Preset?" reminding us to update our copyright information for the New Year. This quick tip made sure we added our copyright information to every photo we imported into Lightroom. Our next step to protect our images is to register them with the Library of Congress. Lightroom makes this final process just as fast and easy. I thought my images were already protected? The moment you capture an image, you automatically own the copyright of the image. If someone … [Read more...] about First Quarter is over: Have you registered your photos?
Lets set up the scene. You have a 55 member family shoot. You loose count the ratio of kids to adults but all you know is that the kids out number the adults by a long margin. The ONLY time the family can all be together is 2 pm in the afternoon which adds to the stress by shooting in crappy light. You try to not let the fact this is the 1st time ever all the kids, parents and grandkids have ever been together. The Shoot You have an action plan and you go down you shot list like the pro you are. In spite of the less then ideal light, the day … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Head Swap in Under 2 Minutes
It Started with a Shimmer... Actually, a shimmer and an idea. I don't know why the folks at Nikon and the Photo Plus Expo administration listened to me when I came to them with Halloween ideas. For someone such as myself, raised up on comic books and the dark fantasies of Mordor, the notion of distressed trick or treaters, of small children poised on the verge of fantastical disaster and mayhem was completely normal. I was somewhat nonplussed then, when most people I tried to explain my ideas to would listen politely, tilt their head, look at … [Read more...] about It Started with a Shimmer…..
As photographers, naturally we probably take more pictures then the general public with our smart phone for even everyday events. I doubt there's been a day I have not taken some picture about a life event whether minor or major in ...well I have no idea how long. I've been itching to figure out a good way to back up my memories. In way, it's a modern day journal of life. My phone keeps tracks of my kids, my home life, my relationships, and the world around me. How can I store, save, organize my life of photos and videos? After asking this … [Read more...] about My New Favorite Photo App: PhotoSync
Apple just announced the availability of its new photo application, Apple Photos. While its not shipping yet, there is a public beta program available. Apple also released more details about the application. Migration from Aperture Aperture libraries can be moved to Photos for OS X. This includes photographs, their adjustments, keywords and albums. The Aperture library will remain intact after migration. Aperture and Photos do not share a library. Any changes made to the same photo in Photos will not appear in Aperture. Remember, Aperture … [Read more...] about Apple Photos Beta for OS X Available Now
I received a call from a friend of mine about a month after we attended Photoshop World in Las Vegas. He was excited an agency want to use an image he took at the popular Westcott Shooting booth. He asked me to hunt down the model and get a release form from him. I paused, took a deep breath and searched for the right words to tell him why he can't use the image. He snapped, "But why can't I use the image, I took the photo!". It's true, he pressed the shutter that snapped the shot that took the photo. So why can't he in good faith use the … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Sell the Photo, I Took It!
Grain is a word used in film photography to describe the fineness of detail a film or paper is capable of capturing. Landscape photographers typically want the finest detail possible, which comes from fine grained films. Documentary photographers and journalists may need faster speeds (higher ISOs) and will compromise detail for speedier films that have more grain. In digital, noise is the compromise we make for shooting faster ISOs, and the latest cameras biggest improvement is usually related to the detail maintained even at very high speed … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons to Add Grain in Lightroom
Today was rainy, and then it was rainy and windy, but what else can I expect in the winter in the Pacific Northwest? Trouble is, I still have to make a living even when it's raining. Fortunately, I had a willing client and two tools that helped me make the most of the situation. Twist to Enrich My client was going to meet me at my office where I had a decent background of greenery available and a covered porch to shoot under. However, things changed, and we ended up going to a different spot. Changing locations can be really terrifying. As you … [Read more...] about Beat a Rainy Day With a Polarizer and One Tool That’s Practically Free
You might have heard that Canon just announced two new cameras. The Canon EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R, which will feature a 50.6 MP sensor. Really? 50 MP? Do you really need a 50 megapixel camera? What is a Megapixel? Megapixel means that a camera can capture 1 million pixels per image. That means a 12 megapixel camera can capture 12 million pixels per image. Does that mean a 50 megapixel camera is amazing? Im sure the camera is amazing but why would you need 50 megapixels? Ask your self how and where you utilize your images? Are you and your … [Read more...] about Do You Really Need a 50 Megapixel Camera?
Editing photos on the native iOS platform has always been lacking in refinement, that is until iOS 8. Apple introduced a photo editor that was a one touch simple editor with a second layer of editing control that allows for far more refinement. No Pixels Were Harmed. When viewing an image you can access the editor by tapping on Edit in the top right corner. If youre image was taken with your iOS device then the editor will open, however if you added an image from another source as I have here, then youre given the option to duplicate the image … [Read more...] about Great Black and White Images with iOS 8
I have just tried Exposure.co as a new way to tell stories with my images. While I can see some people using it as a portfolio, for me, the strength is in treating it almost like a slide show or an online booklet. You can import photos (which look great on their site) and then add text and even video to tell a story. You can index your story by subject. Exposure.co calls these finished compilation of images, video and text photo narratives. Photographers can craft and publish three posts (or photo narratives) for free. After that, you can … [Read more...] about Exposure.co A Cool Way To Tell Stories With Your Camera
There are millions of photographers in the world. A good number of those are hobbyist or amateur photographers trying to break into the business. Others are full-time photographers. In an oversaturated market, how are you different? Why should you get hired? Its not about the gear, or the settings, but your creative vision. After all, youre the artist. . . Here are some ways that you can be different: Establish a Brand The first step to a successful photography business is establishing a brand. Your brand is made up of your personality, your … [Read more...] about Stand out from the Crowd | How are you Different?
Today we are confronted with reality on the vastest scale mankind has known [and this puts] a greater responsibility on the photographer. - Berenice Abbott … [Read more...] about Today we are confronted with reality on the vastest scale mankind has known [and this puts] a greater responsibility on the photographer. – Berenice Abbott
I'd like to explain how I keep my photos safe and get the best performance out of my computer. For my internal drive I use a fast 256GB solid state hard drive (SSD). This stores only my operating system, program files and my Lightroom Catalog. I then use an external drive (or in my case a RAID) to store my data files and photos I also use a 3-2-1 Backup for Photographers plan to keep my photos safe (check out that article for some more tips). Why this Configuration People often ask me why I have two drives when one is cheaper and easier to … [Read more...] about Why Store Photos on a Separate Hard Drive?
Back in 2009 I purchased a (second generation) 4 bay Drobo to use as a local backup solution in my office. At the time I put four 1 TB drives in the unit, turned it on, and it has worked reliably ever since. During that five year span one of the original hard drives in the unit did fail (all hard drives will die), but replacing that one bad drive was as easy as ejecting the old drive and popping in a brand new one. After the Drive Swap... No data was lost. No downtime. It has pretty much been a set-it-and-forget-it type of system. I have this … [Read more...] about Upgrading from a Second Generation Drobo to Gen 3
If you plan to print your photos, its essential to know that ratio to crop to. Otherwise you may end up with unexpected results. What is aspect ratio? Aspect Ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height. The most common aspect ratios are 4:3, 3:2 Other aspect ratios, such as 5:3, 5:4, and 1:1 (square format), are used in medium and large format cameras. During one of my first professional photography jobs I was taught to always leave room for crop. When I first started taking pictures of families … [Read more...] about A Clear Understanding of Aspect Ratio for Your Prints
Yes... that's a pretty bold headline... but I am confident in my strategies to keep my images safe. The solution covered in this article is a part of my backup strategy. Be sure to see my article about my 3-2-1 backup plan that ensures my photos are kept on multiple types of media in multiple locations. While I talk about specific products in this story, I also talk about best practices like RAID and drive verification. No matter which storage you use, be sure to read the whole article. I Tested a Lot of Options I'm fortunate to have this … [Read more...] about I Will Never Lose my Photos Again