Sunday, August 28

Teekesselchen: Duplicate Finder for Adobe Lightroom

Teekesselchen is a fast duplicate finder plug-in for Adobe Lightroom using EXIF meta-data. It is open source (hosted on GitHub) and free of charge. It requires Lightroom 3.x, 4.x, 5.x or CC 2015 and runs on Windows as well as on Mac OS X. The Teekesselchen website has FAQ and documentation. Also a great instructional tutorial is Helen Bradley's Tutorial.

Wednesday, August 17

FCCP 2016 Best Tips

The Florida Center for Creative Photography provides anyone with a passion for photography the opportunity to join an active group of folks with a passion for photographer. Photo walks, tutorials on photography techniques, as well as weekly classroom instruction on using Lightroom is available for anyone whether in-person or online.  This link provides you access to the 2016 FCCP 100 Tips (this will updated weekly until we meet our 100th Tip). 

FCCP Filter Recommendations: Only Two Needed!

Love landscape photos? The first filter to purchase is a circular polarizer filterThe second filter to buy is a neutral density filter.  A circular Polarizer allows you to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare, while the Neutral Density Filter allows you to reduce the amount of light entering the camera, enabling a longer exposure time than otherwise possible. 

Friday, August 12

Not Using Google Photos ... why not?

If you have a smartphone and you take pictures with it, you should be using Google Photos. Using Google Photos means your photos will all be safely uploaded to your Google account in the "cloud" and you can delete them from the phone to free up space. Using the Google Photos app, you will be able to view all of the photos from the cloud.
Not only do I use Google Photos Backup (to save iPhone photos to the cloud), I use it on my computer to auto-save a 2048 pixel (longest side) exported Lightroom image to the cloud (so I have all my exported photos saved in the cloud and not on my computer). Check out Google Photos

Thursday, August 11

Seven Camera Settings for WOW Factor

Here are seven recommended familiar and not-so familiar settings to get the most out of your camera. All worth a try!
1. Back-Button Focus - i.e. dedicate a back button on the camera to set focus ... and free uo shutter release button to only releasing the shutter
2. Auto Exposure Bracketing - getting the right exposure and color when you are not sure what the camera will see
3. Depth of Field Preview Button - to see (and correct) what photo will look like with settings 
4. Use Multiple Exposures - to create movement, ghosts and unique 'layer' effects
5. Use Mirror Lock-up - to get razor sharp images
6. Custom White Balance - get the colors right the first time and reduce post-process steps
7. Intervalometer - a built-in timer for multiple shots
Read more at Seven Secret Camera Settings for a WOW factor