Use Lightroom Collections to Publish Photos

Since I started posting photos online I’ve always created two images: A web sized version to go online. A full size version for my archive. This has served me well as I have from time to time changed the software I use to develop photos. Otherwise, I might have the web version and not be able to recreate a full size version for printing or other uses. Up until very recently after I worked on an image I would add it to an “inphotos” default collection (press B), then right-click and export twice.¬†Once for web, once for full size. I had to do this for each image.¬†Sometimes I could select… Read More

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HOWTO: Add a copyright notice in Aftershot Pro

This is a tutorial that will explain how to add a copyright notice to your photos in Aftershot Pro. It can even be done automatically when you export the image as a Jpeg for publishing online. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a new preset called “My Copyright Text”. This tutorial uses the zText plugin. This is what a simple copyright message will look like but you can change it to suit your own needs. After you install zText find it in the plugins tabs and enable it, type your copyright notice and set the size appropriately. You can adjust where the message will appear on the “Preset”… Read More

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Cobh at sunset

Cobh at sunset The tide is out in Cobh, Co. Cork while the sun sets in the west casting an orange glow over the water and boats in the harbour. Method This required some work to expose properly. The sky is bright while the harbour, houses and landscape are in shadow. Out with the layers, top layer for the sky was darkened and the opposite was done for the ground. Then it’s the simple task of adding a layer mask to the top layer and rubbing out the dark bits to expose the brightened landscape. When using a layer mask, never paint with an opacity of 100%, try 30% or… Read More

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First Draft: Ready to go!

John asked what did he original Ready to go! look like and I’ll oblige now. Showing what the original photo looks like is akin to showing what the first draft of a written essay or post reads like. Sometimes the image comes out perfectly in the camera but that’s rarely the case. At the very least light levels have to be balanced and if resizing for publication online then the resized image has to be sharpened. Hover over the image below to see what the original shot looked like. Hopefully this will work for RSS readers but if it doesn’t, visit the blog and leave your mark here! Notice how… Read More

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Shooting panoramas el cheapo

If you’ve ever tried stitching photos together to create a panoramic photograph you’ll be more than aware of the awful distortion between one frame and the next. That’s one reason why it’s recommended that frames overlap by at least a third. There is so much distortion because the camera is rotated around using a normal tripod or worse still, handheld. The axis around which the camera is rotated is centered on the camera body usually, but a panoramic tripod is different. The center of rotation should be the lens of the camera, specifically the “nodal point” of the lens where light paths cross before hitting the camera’s film or sensor.… Read More

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Faking Depth of Field

First it was lomo, then cross-processing, and now the latest craze among online photographers seems to be making their photos look like miniture models. A common side-effect of macro photography is a shallow depth of field (DOF) which means that only a small portion of the scene is in focus. Luckily this effect is very easy to emulate and here’s a tutorial to show you how. Pay attention to Christopher’s advise about what sort of shots work well! You could also buy a Len Baby which does a similar job and more! Daily Dose of Imagery has a very good example of the “fake model” photo. He blurred the foreground… Read More

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Starting Photography, Digital Workflow, Orphans and Amazing Zooming Images

Starting out in Photography A few weeks back, Tom asked me by email about starting out in photography as he recently bought a Canon 350D and started posting photos online! Some people are born with a talent and an eye for photography, but for the rest of us, practise makes perfect. Bring your camera with you wherever you go and take photos at every opportunity. This method is scoffed at by many but it works, and by examining everything later you’ll find a few gems hidden among the duds. Occasionally you’ll remember the next time you’re out that a particular shot worked well and use that lesson to improve the… Read More

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