Friday, October 26, 2018

Lightroom Editing

I like Photoshop. I use it for all of my editing that requires photo compositing. Photo compositing is taking two or more photographs and combining them into a new single photograph. Otherwise I use Lightroom. My editing is pretty basic most of the time.

In the Develop module I work with 5 sliders and occasionally 7 sliders.

For most of my photographs I set
Clarity to +20
Dehaze to +15
Vibrance to +20
Highlights to push to the left to darken the sky when needed
Shadows I push to the right to lightened excessively dark shadows
Whites I only use when I have pushed Highlights to -100 and the sky is still too light
Blacks I only use when I have pushed Shadows to +100 and the shadows are still too dark

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Backing Up Photographs

“I’ve seen it all,” says the award-winning National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, about backing up her photos. “I’ve had hard drives fail throughout my career. For example, back when I first started as a photographer, I had a very nice hard drive system in my home, and the whole thing failed.” In retrospect, Ms. Vitale says, she would have definitely set the system up differently.
“I lost some historic moments from the first part of my career,” she says, “and they’re gone forever.”
Everyone who uses a computer needs a dependable way to back up its data. After carefully comparing 19 services and testing six, we believe that Backblaze (currently $50 per year per computer) is the best online backup service for most people, as it offers a great combination of useful features, unlimited storage, and excellent performance at an attractive price—the proverbial cost of a latte per month. Backblaze offers fast, reliable backups, as well as the simplest setup process I’ve seen and a number of nice touches.

Monday, September 28, 2015

How to convert a group of raw photos to jpeg

insert your device with your pictures 
copy your pictures to a folder on the desktop 

Open Photoshop 

Go To File > Scripts > Image Processor 

in section 1: 
        Select Folder... > select the folder that contains the raw images 
            if you have sub-folders, tick the Include All sub-folders box

in section 2: select where to save the converted photos 
        Either in the same folder as the originals 
        Or in a different folder 

in section 3: 
       select the file format to convert the images to: 
       and set the file format specific options 

in section 4: 
     make sure the "Run Actions" box is not ticked 

click "Run" up to the left of section 1

copy the folder containing the jpegs back to your device or upload straight to flickr

this information courtesy of Samuel Toups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sony Cameras

Sony has been challenging Canon and Nikon as a major manufacturer of high quality cameras beginning with the NEX series of mirrorless cameras. With the A7R II they are challenging Canon and Nikon’s best cameras.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Getting GPS Coordinates

Have you ever taken a photograph and then later been annoyed by not knowing where you took it. If you have an Android or iPhone there is an easy solution to this. Take a second photograph with your phone and embedded within that file are the GPS coordinates. GPS is not dependent on the Location setting so this can be used even while traveling without being charged for data. Some cameras are GPS enabled, but this is not always reliable. One of my cameras is a Nikon AW110 which takes good photographs, but the GPS doesn’t always work. With my iPhone I never have this problem. I rely on it for all of my photographs.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shopping for a camera

No one reviews cameras with the depth and clarity of independent camera tester Gordon Laing. His reviews can be seen at

Smartphone Camera Survey

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving and clever software processing helps rival, and in some cases even surpass, image quality of dedicated cameras. Add large high-resolution screens for image framing and viewing along with the ability to add special features and new shooting modes by installing apps to the mix, and it's no surprise that for many the smartphone camera has become an important piece of photographic equipment. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

From Diana Cameras to Smartphones

When Nancy Rexroth’s photographs made with a Diana camera appeared in the magazine Aperture I immediately went out and bought one. My Diana photographs I wasn’t terribly impressed by and stopped making them. Before seeing her work, I was shooting black and white film with an 8x10 view camera, using the Zone System and mixing darkroom chemicals from scratch. I was a hardcore technical photographer dreaming of getting to that Ansel Adams level of technical photography. I never got there.

I am now a restrained technical photographer who very much admires the work of Thomas Struth and under the wrong set of conditions, I would go out and try to emulate the type of work he does and even attempt to do better work than his. But I have been taken by what you can do with a smartphone and sorta see it as the new Diana camera.

What I liked so much about Rexroth’s Diana photographs is that she was making amazing photographs and not using a view camera, the Zone System or mixing her own chemicals. There are a lot of photographers today who talk about technical photography being over. To me Jeff Wall and Thomas Struth are the proof that this is not true. But a whole lot of unnamed smartphones photographers are proof that being a good technical photograph is not terribly important anymore. Almost anyone with a smartphone can be a good enough technical photographer instantly and then it becomes all about vision.

Hurray for contemporary technology! I still use both digital cameras and phones and have no plans to stop using a digital camera. And some days I even think about getting some film and using my view camera again, which hopefully I won’t do. Look at all the options - make your own exhibit on Flickr or Instagram, make a monograph for free with iBooks Author, shoot and distribute stock photographs right from where you take the photograph. Doing an exhibit online does not reach buyers with anything close to the impact of what a physical gallery or museum can do for a photographer. And a book done without major publishers and distributors very few people will ever see. But this a good start from just storing photographs on computer drives that no one ever sees.  Wow! what an exciting new world of photography. I can’t wait to see what comes next.