It’s our Birthday! Actually, technically our blog’s birthday was yesterday, but yesterday was also the Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Claus Parade downtown and one should never pass up the chance for free hot chocolate. It’s important to set priorities…
We’re now four years old, and WordPress tells us we have (cue drum roll)… 404 blog posts and 137 pages to read. Wow. But enough about us! Today we want to give thanks for you, our readers. Thank you for your visits, your referrals, your comments, and most of all, thanks for continuing to drop by and visit our little corner of the ‘net! You are much appreciated!!
Marcia and Mike.
P.S. And thanks to our grandsons (and their mom) for the use of their birthday banner. You totally rocked it!!
I’m primarily a landscape photographer, and as such I don’t often shoot images of people. However, I’ve seen this question come up a few times and thought I’d take a minute or two to address it.
In any form of photography the best time to get the exposure correct is at the moment of image capture. However, for varying reasons sometimes that isn’t possible. The image below is a case in point: Continue reading “Correcting Portrait ‘Shine’ in Lightroom“
Friday November 1 was Mindful Writing Day according to the people at Writing Our Way Home and it was also our introduction to a form of writing known as small stones. From the site, “A small stone is a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.” As photographers, our photographs for the most part are momentary vignettes, small slices of time or experience captured in an image and this style of writing attempts the same only with words. Some styles of poetry – micropoetry or haiku for example can use this approach, but they need not do so and small stones need not be written in poetic style. Some excellent examples of small stones can be found on the blogzine a handful of stones. As for us, we’re still learning this style and so it may be that some of our stones need some polishing, but we’re having fun with it so far. Here are a few examples from us:
moon roof opens
plump fingers slide into view
as the son rises
blond haired toddler
the light of their lives.
last breath of scent
in blossom full
as leaves release their lives
to flash their own glory
one last time
Autumn leaves masked her path. Rain pelted down as peacocks preened under cover of the gazebo.
The soft gentle curve
of her body
as it folds into mine…
Sweet scent of her hair
and the quiet even rhythm
of her breath in sleep…
The best place in the whole world.
Under the gazebo a woman in a bright red raincoat chats on the phone while three peacocks stand by, patiently waiting their turns.
The Great Blue Heron on the pier sits and watches the couple who stare past and do not see … while the harbour seal laughs a silent laugh.
If you’ve written some small stones or other prose/poetry we’d love to read them! Leave us a note in the comments below.
I wrote this out the other day in answer to a question on Twitter (thank you, Twitlonger!) and since my answer was over 3000 characters I thought I’d add it in here as well.
Batch processing in Lightroom can be done in a few different ways:
1) In the Library module you can use Quick Develop to make basic adjustments to one or multiple images. It’s important to understand one difference between Quick Develop and the Develop module, which is that Quick Develop makes relative adjustments and Develop makes absolute adjustments. What does that mean? Let’s say you forgot that you had set your camera’s light meter EV reading to -1, and made a series of images that are all one stop underexposed. What you want to do is increase the exposure of each image by one stop – no matter what the exposure was for each image – rather than setting the exposure for all of the images to a value of +1 EV. To make a relative adjustment like this you would use Quick Develop.
In Contrast, if you made multiple exposures of the same scene at different exposures and you want to give them all approximately the same exposure values, you would select the images you want, go to the Develop module and go to Settings/ Match Total Exposures. For more on that, see our Match Total Exposures in Lightroom post.
Continue reading “Batch Processing in Lightroom“
I was out with a group of people on a photo walk the other day and one of those present – relatively new to digital photography – asked me what exposure settings to use for the location where we were standing. I gave a too short and relatively useless reply, so I thought to follow it up with an e-mail. When the e-mail reached 2000 words I thought maybe I should post it here instead:
Continue reading “Making Sharp Images“
Last year we did our Food post on pumpkins (A Plethora of Pumpkins) after Hallowe’en but we thought maybe this year we could be proactive. With Thanksgiving recently behind us, what better time to talk about pumpkins? In last year’s post we offered up some of our favourite pumpkin recipes; we’re going to add some more this year but with Hallowe’en still before us we thought we’d also add in some links to sites that offer free pumpkin carving templates. In the past several years pumpkin carving has evolved into an art form unto itself and none of these templates approach that level of intricacy, but they do give you an opportunity to get creative and messy with your kids (or just you, if you don’t have kids):
Have fun with them! Remember too that if you’re going to be cooking your pumpkin(s) after Hallowe’en, use a beeswax or non-toxic candle inside.
Okay, on with the recipes. I like to give credit for recipes where I can, but I also think it’s fascinating that recipes are like stories, passing from friend to friend, from generation to generation, sometimes getting modified/adapted along the way. I’ve had these recipes for a very long time and I don’t know who the authors are, but our thanks to you, whoever you are! Continue reading “It’s Pumpkin Time!“
It’s been a while since I wrote one of those rambling blog posts where I collected seemingly unrelated threads of information and try to weave them into some loose form of coherence, so I figured it must be time to do so again. As I’ve written before, my mind tends to ping pong from one thought to another, creating connections often out of the thinnest of junctions. The title for this post comes from the movie ‘Avatar‘, of course, where among the Navï the term, “I ‘See’ You” goes beyond mere physical vision and encompasses, “I acknowledge you. I honour your presence.” Continue reading “I ‘See’ You“
I originally wrote this for something else, but thought I’d add it in here as well. As with many of our tutorial posts, this one’s targeted toward beginners but I thought it might be of use to some…
Part of the challenge of Lightroom file management is understanding that Lightroom is working with your operating system folder structure, so basically Lightroom is showing you a subset of the folders you have on your hard drive – those that you have associated with Lightroom. Now, Lightroom serves many purposes but it is essentially a database program, and a database is an ‘organized system of information’. If you have an address book with people’s names, addresses and phone numbers in it on your desk or in your pocket, that’s a database. So is a phone book, a postal code directory or a library coding system for books.
The term ‘folder’ goes back to the days of filing cabinets where we had physical cabinets and each cabinet had drawers and each drawer had file folders, and each file folder held various pieces of paper. You would think of the folder as being within the drawer and the drawer as being within the cabinet, so if you were to write those out with some sort of hierarchy it might look like this: Continue reading “Basic File/Folder Structure in Lightroom“
In a fit of madness a couple of weeks ago, Marcia and I made a last minute decision to run away to Tofino for the weekend. We wrote more about that journey here: Eating Our Way Through… Tofino! We had a lovely, relaxing weekend with a lot of walking and more than a few images. I haven’t yet looked at all of the images I made that weekend, but Marcia and I narrowed the ones I had processed down to six, then three. Of those, I selected this one because it sums up most completely the feeling we had of being there, walking the beaches, rising and ebbing with the tides… This is a 3-image HDR composite, joined together using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and finished off in Lightroom 5.
Chesterman Beach, Bull Kelp
Now go out and make some photographs!
A little while back I was asked to give a talk to our local Photography Meetup Group on Lightroom, and so before the talk I asked people to submit questions. My thought was that I could just stand up there for an hour or so and answer questions from people. However, the only question I was asked (by several people) was, “What is Lightroom and why would I want to use it, anyway?” So much for that idea… Since it seemed I was going to have to create an actual presentation, my next thought was that before I could talk about Lightroom I needed to cover some of the basics of digital photography just so everyone was in the same place. I created the presentation using PowerPoint, and today I created what amounts to a video version of that presentation. Clicking on the image below will take you to the video. It’s about 1/2 hour long, but if you’re a photographer I trust you’ll gain something from it. This post is complementary to but different from our ‘Photography and Colour Management‘ post.
P.S. You can find more of our posts on photography and Lightroom tutorials here, and you can find links to over 200 other sites that have Lightroom tips, tutorials and videos here.
Essentials of Digital Photography