Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M ASPH
24mm, 1/60 Sec at f/16, ISO160
Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom V4.4
On a Mac MacBook Pro, OS-X 10.8.3
A few people have mentioned to me that they could not find the new Horizontal and Vertical adjustment tool in Lightroom V5.
When I first heard of this tool I immediately went into the crop tool menu (short cut just press the ‘r’ key) and looked for the new tool there. As you can see above no new tool there, though you can see the new circular gradient tool, to the left of the adjustment brush.
It was a fairly small low key event, it seems the motorcycle industry has been heavily hit by the down turn in the economy.
It used to be motorcycles were a cheap form of transport for those who could not afford a car but today its the more expensive option. Motorcycles are now considered a luxury item and as such one can see why the show is much smaller then in the boom years.
Instead of the main manufactures being present, they were represented by their main dealers. What was interesting was that the smaller Chinese, Indian and Koran manufactures were there in force bring a cheaper range of bikes and scooters to the UK.
We just went for the excuse to have a ride out and to pick up some more silk glove liners and hopefully to see the new BMW F800GT, it could be a possible replacement bike for our Honda.
We managed to get the glove liners but BMW were not present so we will have to arrange a trip to the local dealer and borrow one for the day.
After Landscapes, I shoot people the most.
- Weddings with my SLR’s.
- Model Portfolio’s also with my SLR’s.
- Portraits with my SLR’s.
I would guess that 90% of other photographers would also reach for an SLR for these subjects. I suspect the other 10% are professional studio photographs shooting with their Hasselblad’s, Leica S’s and other digital medium format cameras.
Well with the interest of mirror less cameras expanding, I have shot a recent studio portfolio with my small Leica M, and taken a risk and done some commercial portraits with my Nikon One and the other day with the Leica M.
I have been surprised at how well they can perform, most of the issues have been down to the picture taker and not the equipment. Its certainly given me food for thought.
The Beta for Lightroom has been out for a few weeks now, and there are some nice touches. For those wondering yes you can buy it as usual and not have to subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
The last couple of days I have been playing with the new Lens correction tool. In the new Beta its actually a lot more then that. You can as well as correcting for lens issues you can correct for verticals as seen above but also do level correction as seen below.
Full corrections are also available and finally Auto, which you can see below. It can prove quite useful for correcting architectural shots. It can prove more challenging when there are people in the shot or if the correction needed is extreme, but it is a useful additional tool to the photographers tool box.
Now when the corrections are subtle things look fine as in the above example which has full corrections, but the software can attempt to go too far.
This photography has some extreme angles. This is what happens when you apply full corrections.
Originally this content was in a simple website written in a simple text editor. A few years ago I decided to try the WordPress application. I was very impressed and built this new site using WordPress.
I also have a website which I use to promote my Photography services, if you want a portrait, portfolio or for me to photography your wedding then www.rbphotographic.co.uk is where you can find out a little about these services.
It was also a simple website, with fairly static content. Well today I have also moved it over to WordPress. It’s proved to be a interesting learning curve, as for the main content I imported the contents of this site. I’ll post a things about the steps and issued in moving data between sites as I am sure there are others who will hit the same issues as I had.
Last Tuesday I dropped my GS motorcycle off at the dealers for a service , MOT and new tires. I was hoping to borrow a F800 while mine was being serviced but the day before someone went and crashed it (oops). So I had a little naked G650GS, a single cylinder 650cc bike.
The weather was great last week and when the weather is sunny and warm a small naked bike is a lot of fun on the twisty Lincolnshire roads. I have borrowed one before but the weather was wet and cold and that makes a big difference on a naked bike.
My big R1200GS is pretty comfy whether its hot, cold, dry or wet. A naked bike is great fun when warm and dry but I don’t think I could own one, to uncomfortable when the weather is less then idea.
For those of us running OS X Mountain Lion the Spotlight function and the All My Files Folder can be very useful for finding documents.
It can also be irritating and difficult for the new comers to customise, how do you stop it from finding stuff you don’t need.
Well a quick and easy way is to just dive into System Preferences, and under the Personal Section, Click on Spotlight.
Click on the Privacy button and just add in the folders your not interested in.
I don’t usually blog on Wednesdays but the garbage being written on the forums about Adobe’s creative cloud has driven me to my keyboard.
So the big announcement at Monday’s MAX Conference was that Adobe will not be releasing a CS7. Instead you will have to subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud and their subscription based model. Basically instead of purchasing CS7 Photoshop or the the Suite you rent it, either by the month or year.
The internet forums, twitter and googleplus are full of outraged users. CS6 will still be available for many its a great choice but for the latest version you will have to subscribe.
Most users are complaining about a) The Price, & b) The Cloud aspect.
The headline figure is £50.00 a month, well actually its £46.88 if your not already a photoshop user. Thats pretty steep I would agree, but then again Photoshop costs £800 full retail and gets upgraded every twenty four months. Thats over £33 a month for just one package.
The problem with the rumours, half truths and rage about Adobe is just that, half truths. Yes the full plan is £46.88 but that gets you every single Adobe Suite Product. That is very good value. If you just want Photoshop then you go for the single app subscription, which is just £17.58.
There are also offers available for people who are already registered users. I contacted Adobe and they offered me a single app subscription for just £8.73 and for all apps £14.29. If you use two or more apps from the suite that is great value.
There is a problem for Photographers who just user Photoshop and Lightroom, the suite offering for those two is far to expensive, you are better off subscribing to just Photoshop and purchasing Lightroom as normal, and Adobe have confirmed it will still be sold retail.
The Adobe Photoshop Manager did recently admit in an interview that they are looking again at the offerings for Photographers so hopefully they can come up with something a little better.
Lets now address the second complaint, the cloud aspect. People are saying that the applications now run in a web browser and will only work on a fast internet connection. Well that is wrong. You download it from the cloud and install and use as normal so no change. The license checking is a little different. If you subscribe for a year then the software needs to check back to Adobe to see if your subscription is current every 99 days. If you subscribe by the month then I believe its 37 days.
With some of the tablet demos and syncing between Lightroom and iPad’s that Adobe have demonstrated then I think its not going to be long before people think the subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud is essential. Lets hope then can do a good deal for people who just want Lightroom and Photoshop.
Of course if Adobe ramps up the price too much next year my view on the price will be very different.
More details on the Cloud at ‘The Grid” of the Cloud syncing and iPad editing for Lightroom.
Traditionally the one uses dedicated HDR like PhotomatrixPro, but recently I found a method of producing a more realistic method of producing a HDR image by doing the editing in Lightroom.
One can use HDR carefully and produce natural looking results like in the photograph at the top of this page. Often now you see HDR used to produce over the top cartoony images like in my shot of the University of Lincoln.
My workflow is generally as follows:
- Image Capture
- Initial import to Lightroom
- Initial Edit
- Export to HDR Program
- Process in HDR Program
- Export Back to Lightroom
I generally shoot a five stop bracket, using auto bracketing. These photographs are then imported into Lightroom and I do basic key wording, copyright information and correcting for lens issues and basic import sharpening.
The five shots are then selected and exported to TIFF into my HDR Program. I use PhotomatrixPro. The HDR processing is now done and the resulting single file exported back to Lightroom. I can then do my usual processing and cropping back in a program I am more familiar with.
Well I did not spot it until recently (thanks to Matt Kloskowski) but you can now export the shots to Photoshop combine them and then re-import and do the processing back in Lightroom. Now Photoshop can do HDR but until CS6 third party programs have been better. This technique though just uses Photoshop to combine the images, which are then exported back to Lightroom and you can do the processing back in the program I am mist familiar with.
So how do you do this? Well for a start you need Lightroom V4.1 at least, V4.0 and before could not do it.
Select all the photographs in the bracketing set in the Library module.
Once all the images how loaded you need to change a setting in the right hand menu panel within Photoshop CS6. I recommend you click on the button Remove Ghosts and then change the Mode from the default of 16 Bit to 32 Bit. Then click OK.
It will now process the selected files into a single TIFF file (it must be saved as a TIFF). If you shoot with a 24 megapixel camera or more and have a older computer this could take some time!
Then close Photoshop and when prompted to save click Yes. Photoshop will save the file and Lightroom will import it. You can then edit the resulting file with a number of advantages.
With the five set bracket I took I have plus/minus 10 stops available in the exposure control. This gives you the advantages of HDR but not the cartoony look.
Now that I have learn’t this technique I’ll be re-visiting some of my older brackets and seeing if I can do a better job of post production. Here is a quick re-edit I did of a interior shot of the lovely and majestic Lincoln Cathedral.
It seems like spring has finally arrived. While it may be tempting fate to mention the ‘S’ word, the weather is definitely warmer. The electric heated vest has been left at home for the last few weeks and for this last week I even left the thermals at home.
Its been a pleasure riding in these warm spring evenings. The number of other bikers on the road has exploded in the last week. Instead of just two or three bikes in the company car park, we have had nearly a dozen.
This sudden increase does cause problems, I have already seen my first crashed biker being picked up from the side of the road. I have also been helping other bikers start their bikes as they have dead batteries and have been unable to start their bikes in the car park.
This is rather a rambling post but I think the points are: If you have not ridden over the winter then you are very rusty. Take it slow and take it steady. Also get your bike booked in for at least a check over if not a service to take your through the biking season. We dropped the Honda off at the dealer just before our photography trip and collected it when we got back all, the GS which we have used all through winter is going to get a good clean this weekend then get a full service and new ‘boots’ (tires) next week.