Wednesday, May 31

Flickr Help Forum

The Flickr Help Forum is a resource for related questions and solutions offered by its members. The site has suggestions to get started and with the extensive FAQ there is a good chance you will find answers to many questions.

One Approach: Post-Processing WorkFlow

This article provides specifics on important steps to include into your post-processing workflow. It isn't the only process that you'll want to implement, but provides a good starting point. See Cambridge in Colour.

Things You Can Do in Google Photos

Google Photos may seem like a simple image hosting service, but it's actually quite powerful. Google Photos bridges the gap between cloud storage, image hosting, and image sharing services, giving stiff competition to Flickr, iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive. See 18 Things Google Photos Can Do

Tuesday, May 30

Tutorial: Using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2

This tutorial will take you through the workflow and the process of creating an HDR image through the use of HDR Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software. See (error?)

Good Guide for HDR using Nik Efex Pro 2 HDR

Video: Using the Nik Collection - Start to Finish

The Nik Collection by Google has been available 'free' for a while. If you haven't explored it features as a plug-in to Lightroom or Photoshop (note: several of it components can be used as stand alone editing apps) see the videos below.

The Nik Collection video:
Using Nik HDR Pro as a stand alone:
Using other components as stand alone:
Peta-Pixel Google Abandons Nik - but Use It

Friday, May 26

How to Blur the Background

Believe it or not, it is actually quite simple. Follow these steps.
  1. Extend the zoom (if your lens has it) out as long as it will go.
  2. Get as close to your subject as possible while still maintaining focus.
  3.Keep the background a long way away.
  4. Open the aperture (f/1.4 to f/5.6)

Yep, it really is that simple and it is perfectly possible to get those blurry (bokeh) backgrounds with a simple kit lens that came with your camera. And practically any camera is capable of it.