Sunday, December 29

Lightroom Tips I Forgot

Here are some Lightroom tips I came across that are worthwhile using:
1. Use Caps Lock to advance images after Rating (1-5) 
1a. Rating is one way to quickly vet images for post-process
2. Use Lightroom Mobile and Collections to share photos
2a. Filter images in Film Strip > Create Collection > Move Images > Right Click > View on Web > Share > Comment (private)
3. Virtual Copy - edit photo twice and create a copy with same edits
4. Solo Mode - reduce all open windows
5. Target Adjustment Tool for color adjust (up/down icon) for HSL
6. Compare Tonality Adjustment (Lr versus You) by holding Shift and select Color
7. Brush with Grad Filter: Use brush and erase 'layer'
8. Color Profile Selection (FIRST!) - select grid profiles and choose your Camera Profile
9. Alt Preview: Alt + Sharpness or Exposure or ...
10. Match Total Exposures: Adjust best image > Sync (bottom right) > Settings and Match Total Exposure

Video: 10 Hidden Features in Lightroom

Sunday, December 22

The Most Important Setting in Lightroom

Protect yourself from a corrupted Catalog by saving XMP file containing all your edits. Here's how:
You will find the setting in the Catalog Settings of Lightroom.
MAC > Lightroom > Catalog Settings > Metadata
PC > Edit > Catalog Settings > Metadata

Source: Fstoppers

Tuesday, December 17

Post-Process Mod ... a slight enhancement turn

Photography, and more specifically post-processing, is a continuous self-examination and learning endeavor. Using that and peer feedback (both positive and negative), I reviewed my editing style, along with tools available in Lightroom and Luminar to see how my photos have changed/improved. Here are several areas where more attention is being applied in post-processing:
  1. color saturation (mostly orange) is being reduced when I perform HDR merge using easyHDR
  2. subject placement in the cross-areas in Rule-of-Thirds is being emphasized
  3. vertical and horizontal lines orientation are being corrected using Transform in Lr
  4. distractions (visual objects) in the image are being removed (Lr and Luminar)
  5. ghosting is being checked and corrected (option: use single image from a 3-bracket merge)
  6. image brightness confirmed outside of editing software and readjusted 

Saturday, December 7

Lesson Learned (LL): Photo Title/Captions

Last night, Ginger and I with friends went on a tour and photoshoot in Mt. Dora to capture their town lighting displays celebrating Christmas. The event named Light Up Mt. Dora was beautiful and I used that event name as my photo caption. Today, I shared a photo on Facebook and my good friend Jennifer provided a pointed and positive comment: "Wow that’s a lot of lights, great composition to show it". This was followed by "the lights in the foreground look like curtains drawn back to show the view below...that’s what I see." Hmmm, very appropriate for anyone posting photos. Lesson: if captioning a photo, be sure the photo absolutely supports the caption and the caption supports photo so the viewer does not have to pause and consider both.

Saturday, November 16

Post-Processing Tips

This week's tips form online tutorials:
.. Use Erase to remove distractions from simple or non-complex areas of the image
.. Use Clone and Stamp to remove distractions from patterned or complex areas exist (remember 'click and brush' when you want to match the nearby patterns)
.. Video
.. Dodge and Burn is simply darken and lighten to add structure and 3-dimension Video

Friday, November 15

Luminar 4 with AI Sky Replacement

I just installed Skylum's Luminar 4 with it's new AI Sky Replacement algorithms. The software installed fine but did not properly install as a plug-in to Lightroom (since I prefer Lightroom's Library Database for managing photos). Here are instructions from Skylum to setup as a Plugin.
  1. Make sure Lightroom is closed.
  2. Open Finder, click Go > Go to Folder and paste the following path: /Library/Application Support/MacPhun Software/Luminar4/Plug-Ins/. There will be a bunch of files in there, the ones you're interested in have the following extensions: .lrplugin and .lrtemplate.
  3. Open a new Finder tab or window and click Go > Go to Folder one more time and navigate to the following path: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/
  4. Copy the .lrplugin into the folder that you opened in Step 3.
  5. Click Go > Go to Folder one more time and navigate to the following path: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/External Editor Presets/
  6. Copy the .lrtemplate file into the folder that you opened in Step 5.
You may be asked whether you'd like to overwrite the existing file in the folder or keep both, choose to overwrite in all cases.

Tuesday, November 12

A6500 Zoom Options - Clear Image Zoom

The A6500 has a native feature called 'Clear Image Zoom'. Essentially, it provides patented zoom capability using Sony's digital algorithms to zoom a lens beyond Optical and standard Digital zoom with no perceivable deterioration of quality.

Key Operation Steps:
1. Set Clear Image Zoom (Menu > M2 > Zoom > Zoom Settings > Clear Image Zoom > On
2. Set Quality/Image to JPEG not RAW (Menu M1 > Quality > Extra Fine/Fine/Standard

Clear Image Zoom: The Most Amazing Shooting Mode
Zoom Settings (missed tip: be sure to set a custom button)
How to Zoom with Clear Image Zoom

Wednesday, October 23

So You Want to Share Photos - Here's How

Just filling my free retirement time to reflect on how I share photos and wanted to summarize what I know is available, what I have used and how those I use work for me. Links to sites or my own site links are offered. Remember: this is my Notebook (haha).

Easy Peasy Decent Free Photo Editor

I always enjoy reviewing photo applications to see what the industry is putting effort into and what different developers view as important for their customers. Today I reviewed Fotor Photo Editor. It is available free for Windows, Mac, iOS, and the Web. Overall conclusion: decent editor, many features and fairly straight forward to use and great for those that want a simple editor that does a good job. 

Information and Download links:
User Guide 
Fotor for Windows 
Fotor for Mac 
Fotor for iOS 

Tuesday, October 1

Software Reflection; Lightroom and Luminar

Here are my 'reflections' or thoughts of Lightroom and Luminar. It is NOT a 'versus' review, just how I currently use and IMO what is most useful. The bottom line - I use (and will continue to use) both. If I had to choose one - it would be Lightroom since my familiarity and time is with Lightroom. If Luminar duplicates Adobe's Library data management features, I could leave Lightroom. (Note: my recent correspondence with a web Lightroom and Luminar instructor hinted - "use both - features of Luminar and the Library of Lightroom").

Lightroom: (my go-to software)
... My only tool to import and initiate post-processing, keyword, vet, and level
... Library and data management features are the best - easy to find anything
... Crop and Straighten tools much easier and visually better
... Adobe is expanding Color, Creative, B&W Presets - and they are pretty good
... Does not have layers - but not a deal-breaker for me
... 6-month learning curve BUT 'tons' of videos and groups etc for learning
... Can't beat their free websites/blogs - My Portfolio, Adobe Spark, Albums
... Lightroom Mobile 

Luminar: (my extra enhancement software)
... Can be a stand-alone or used as a Plug-in
... Reasonably priced 
... Data management - okay (but Lightroom is the best)
... Maintains file location when file moved in Finder/Explorer or application
... Presets are good - use as a 1st start or final 'what if I used this'
... Erase tool does a cleaner erase than Lightroom
... Has Layers features like Photoshop
... B&W features and other tools great
... If it had the same search features/options as Lr, I could go either way
... (update) With the AI Sky Replacement feature in Luminar 4, I am excited

Monday, September 16

Day to Night Enhance in Lightroom

Before I adopted my current low-light passion, most photos shot were daylight photos, capturing scenes like a travel log. As I began to explore photography more, I gained an interest in capturing a mood, telling a story and attempting to put 'emotion' or trigger a memory in my viewers. Low-light photography does it for me. The challenge now is how to post-process mood or emotion in photos I already captured. Below is an attempt. Perry Farm House or Out-Building photographed taken in daylight and modified to Golden hour. 

My general process includes: 
1. Import image file into Lightroom 
2. Test Edit in Nix Color Efex Pro Polarizer (found it too green) 
3. Back to Lr used Develop > HSL and softened or lowered green saturation muted all colors except for the roof rust color(red) 
4. Experimented with Lr Texture and Clarity 
5. Added Warmth 
6. Considered Luminar Sun Rays but elected to use Lr Radial Filter to add 'spot' sun lighting 
7. Applied Exposure, Highlights, Shadows to achieve a darkened scene -  and adjusted the lighting to give a setting sun

Sunday, September 1

7 Reasons to Use Lr Collections vs. Folders

Lightroom emphasizes the use of Collections to optimize photo organization. I have been a Folder guy, but viewing this tutorial, I plan to explore Collections once again. (Note: one feature I was not aware of is using Collections to share albums similar to Google Photos). More to explore.

Collections - 7 Reasons Why
1. Collections allow different photos from different folders to be consolidated into one collection
2. Placing the same photo in multiple Collections (i.e Sunset, Travel, etc.) do not use HD space  
3. Collections allow syncing to all mobile devices 
4. Collections offer a more streamlined editing process Lr-PS-Lr 
5. Collections appear in all Lr Modules (emphasizing Adobe's model of Collections 'rule')
6. Collections allow you to share an album (a created collection) via a link (like Google Photos) 
7. Smart Collections allow ‘automatic’ Collection selections

See the full 30-minute video 7 Reasons for Collections.

Tuesday, August 27

FINALLY ... I have a Photo Organization Plan

I finally devised a photo organization model that works for me. I am not a date-centric but location-centric so organizing strictly by date does not work. Maybe others will find this approach workable for them.

My model:
... establish 5 main folders
... label the folders by letter (folder 1) A-B-C-D-E and (folder 2) F-G-H-I-J etc.
... sub-folders by destination name (i.e. Key West) added for all shoots
... all photos taken at that location - any time is stored in the folder
... follow the sub-folder title with the date of the latest shoot 
... (example hierarchy) Pictures/Raw/K-L-M-N-O/Key West/2019-0601

Now any Key West photos that were shot are saved in the Key West sub-folder. To get date order, sort the file names using your editor/organization tool. Of course, extensive use of keywords is important. Now, for non-location collections like Family, I start with keywords and then under the Family main folder I establish sub-folders by event or celebration followed by date. Lightroom does offer folder search.

Thursday, July 11

Matt K Tests Sony's New 35 mm F/1.8 Lens (and ideas)

Matt Kloscowsky tests our the new 35 mm F/1.8 lens (full-frame) in this Video. Considering I have a Sigma 16 mm f/1.4 crop sensor lens I love, Matt introduces the 'Why' we use a wide-open lens and how to take advantage of its features specifically Depth of Field control. The first 7 min 30 sec Matt shares using the lens great DOF for landscape photos but very interesting at 7 min 30 secs in, he shares post-processing ideas that are something to explore for my Gulf of Mexico pier photos and other water/sky - sunrise/sunset post-processing.

Wednesday, June 19

Dotto Webinar - Google Photos

Posted on Photographic Destinations ... captured in low-light was a link to a weekly tech webinar. This week's webinar had a guest couple from Geeks on Tour. They shared how just about anyone can use Google Photos and how it can be one piece of your photo backup plan. This link Dotto Google Photos is available for 48 hours (typically for non-members) for anyone to view. Below, are notes I gathered during the 1 1/2 hour session. Full disclosure - I love Google Photos for that behind the scenes 'backup' for all my Lightroom exported Jpeg and for the ease of sharing photos. 

Dotto Tech - Google Photos ... My Webinar Notes 

Tuesday, June 4

Colors Matter and What They Communicate

Colors affect how we think and feel subconsciously. If warm we lean towards cool colors, if cool we lean towards warm colors. The first color we distinguish after birth is Red yet Blue is the favorite among all people. Challenge: to integrate colors into my photography better in composition and post-process.

.. Understanding Color in Photography
.. Create Powerful Photos with Color
.. Tips on Using Color in Photography
.. Blog Post "Use Color Red in Photos"

Monday, June 3

Post-Process, Style & Mood Review Eddie vs. Bob

Low-light Master Eddie and I spent a few hours today, validating each other's post-process workflow and noting differences. Editing software and use were validated. Basic 'conclusions' were reached.

Software or Application (Eddie / Bob) and notes:
1. Core editing software (Photoshop vs. Lightroom)
2. Lens Correction (easyHDR vs. Lightroom)
3. Photo Merge for HDR (Photomatix vs. easyHDR)

Post-Process Key Tools: Eddie - Nik Color Efex and Bob - Lightroom)
4. Brilliance and Warmth vs. White Balance Temp and Tint
5. Darken & Lighten Center vs. Vignette, Feather, Dehaze, Exposure
6. Reflector Efex vs. WB and HSL Saturation and Luminance
7. Polaroid Transfer vs. Tint
8. Detail Enhancer vs. Clarity and Texture
9. Object Removal ... Limited in CS4 vs. Content Aware PS, Luminar and Lr 

Takeaways: a) Ed leans towards warmth and added mood and I lean towards cool; b) Ed leans towards softness and I lean towards sharpness and detail; c) Ed is very proficient in multi-applications using he found as working best within each where I tend towards using tools within Lr.

See photos below for before and after ... 

Actions and followup: 
.. check for emotion and mood in low-light photos
.. create a mood user preset and explore Adobe's existing develop presets
.. explore further features in Nik   

Update 6/5) Survey of Photo Destinations Members 70% prefer Cool (first photo)

Sunday, June 2

(prelim) Focus Stacking ... a maybe shooting mode

Focus stacking is similar in principle to HDR. However, with focus stacking, images are captured with different focus points and later combined to create an image with more DOF than would be possible with a single exposure. Landscape and macro photography are two genres of photography that benefit most. -and-

Sometimes you are trying to capture a scene that is in focus from immediately in front of you to infinity.


A Beginners Guide
A Quick Guide Using Lightroom and Photoshop
A Focus Bracket App for Sony Cameras
How to Focus Stack Images
Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography
The Ultimate Focus Stacking Guide

Astrophotography - Shoot the Milky Way

My first attempt at shooting the Milky Way via researcher Jennifer Clemons was attempted this weekend (at 4:00 am on Honeymoon Island). Basic requirements are: 
.. location must be away from all (any) external lighting
.. camera in manual mode (to be confirmed)
.. wide open F/2.8 or lower
.. ISO (to start) at 1200
.. shutter speed less than 30 seconds (to avoid star movement 'blur')
.. this is a trial and error process: shoot, check, adjust, shoot
.. remember, manual mode means YOU - not the camera controls all

Wednesday, May 8

Lightroom Mobile - Setup & Use Refresher

A question came up recently about syncing and editing photos on mobile devices using Lightroom Mobile. Here is quick refresher:
.. Setup Lr Mobile on all devices
.. Sync Lr Classic CC and Mobile
.. How to Sync (another view other than Adobe)

Monday, April 22

Photo Editing Software - free and low cost

A friend recently asked if I was aware of editing software that a) was low cost, b) wasn't subscription based like Lightroom) and c) may be good for moderate (not extensive post-processing). Immediately Fast Stone Image Viewer was what came to mind for a Windows-based application. It was reasonably powerful and it's learning curve was not too long. If you personally are looking for a different application or need to suggest ideas to a friend ... see below in 'my' order of learning ease. 

FastStone Image Viewer -

Best Free Editors -
(learning curve GIMP is extensive)

Luminar 3 -
Luminar Flex -

Lightzone -

Darktable -
(never explored it but looks promising)

Saturday, April 13

Photo Organization - Lightroom (or for any application)

Star rating is the tool within Lightroom to rate photos. The rating method is TOTALLY user-defined. I have a rating method that works for me and may work for you. If you have a rating option - use it. If not, consider adding a rating (numbers or letters) to your image file names as a suffix. See my Rating legend below. My rating scores of 3, 4 and 5 are dedicated to any photo that I would post socially or on any of my websites/blogs

1= may have potential later (also used for images supporting an HDR merge)
2= all personal photos - memories, vacations, events and day trips (keepers)
3= has further potential; initial Post Processing (level, auto, crop, and vignette)
4= share or post quality, Post Processing done; has further PP potential
5= a winner and ready for 'sale' - add to sites, 500px

Personally, I am not a 'date-centric' person. I can't remember my birth date, our anniversary, when we moved to Florida, BUT ... I can recall locations - where I was born by city, state, street, etc. so I guess I am location-centric.

Friday, April 12

So What's a Bokeh? ... a sharp and not sharp photo

Journeyed to Lake Wales yesterday with Eddie to Bok Tower Gardens - one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. I had the opportunity and time to experiment with a depth of field control mechanism called 'Bokeh'. Now confusion does exist in general (and more in mind) whether Bokeh is simply the blurring of the background/foreground or whether it has more to do with how the camera lens creates 'bursts' of blurred lights or reflections. I am learning and leaning to the latter and need to understand more. 
Resources: What is Bokeh? and Wikipedia - Bokeh

Update: Recommendations for Max Bokeh (key points below)
1) Use large/wide Aperture via Aperture Priority (wide-wide)
2) Minimize the distance between yourself and the subject
3) Increase the distance between your subject and the background
4) Use longer focal lengths
5) Use a long lens
6) Use a fast lens (see #1)

Monday, April 8

Captain Kimo - Lightroom/EasyHDR/Luminar Workflow

Captain Kimo (Kim Seng) is a Florida photographer who specializes in HDR Photography. His website Captain Kimo provides education, training, prints and services. I found Kim when I was reviewing HDR software in 2018 and selected easyHDR based on his and other reviews. 
I recently asked Kim if he would share a basic workflow of how he integrates Lightroom and easyHDR into his creations. He was more than happy to share. Here is his suggested workflow:

1. Start in LR. Use Auto-Adjustment for all exposures
2. Merge HDR in EasyHDR
3. I like to keep my settings low. Frequently I default to the natural setting.
4. Next, save the merged image and bring back to LR (I might adjust the colors and clarity because I notice the image at times is less saturated and detailed when I bring it back to LR)
5. I will use Topaz AI Clean for some photos at 75%
6. I then use Luminar 2018 for a little shadow and color pop!

Monday, April 1

Color, B&W and InfraRed ... hmmm what is it?

There is something about B&W photography that grabs a viewer's attention (as I previously posted). Recently my photography buddy, Eddie started experimenting with IR photography, and while I feel it offers a rather unique theme of B&W photography, as a 'realism' photographer I lean more towards actual scenes and subjects and less towards art when I post-process. So while I was attempting to create faux IR using Lightroom and Luminar I happen across the B&W present in Lightroom and the B&W Conversion filter in Luminar. And, after trial and error and found a terrific (IMO) option between B&W and Color - I call it 'Color B&W'.

Basically, 'Color B&W' is a marriage of color image, desaturated and then visually add back colors to the (usually HDR) image. I am finding it does not work with every image, it works best when there are strong darks and lights and where there is multiple colors in a scene. I will explore this further and update. The above image is my first attempt.

Saturday, March 16

Laura Shoe "Changes to Lightroom 6"

Podcast by Laura Shoe today that included feature 'refresher'. Notes, tips and personal follow-up items on Lr 6 CC Classic are listed below.

Followup, learn and use:
1. Panoramic HDR with boundary wrap 
2. Embed Previous Workflow (??)
3. Adobe Stock Photos allows through Publish Services  
4. Basic Module - Profiles (as a starting point)
5. Guided Upright Toll
6. Reference View
7. Lightroom Presets - review and check/restore old presets

1. Use Folder search
2. Folders now have color labels
3. Collections can be created directly from Folders
4. Photos to Lr Mobile must be within Collections 
5. Customize Develop Module Order
6. Check Range and Auto Mask for local adjustment
7. Explore more in Smart Collections
8. Meta Data allows Titles and more
9. Laura's website
10. Import Images by File Type (see Import and lower right Sort By)

Friday, March 15

5 Tips for Better B&W

Here are a few tips to capture some amazing black and white images. Keep in mind, always shoot RAW.

1. Look for Contrast: Make sure you have contrast in your image
2. Look out for Shadows and Textures: Choose to photograph images with them 
3. Look for Tonal Range: Look for scenes having areas of varying tones of grey
4. Look for Patterns: Patterns can look very interesting in a black and white image
5. Try HDR: it can create brilliant images because of the higher dynamic range.
Source: Light Stalking B&W Tips

Tuesday, March 12

15 Tips for Stunning B&W Photos

B&W Photography 15 tips:
.. Tip #1: Shoot in RAW
.. Tip #2: Give your photo Silver Effex
.. Tip #3: To visualize in B&W, only pay attention to lines, shadows, and shapes
.. Tip #4: Pay special attention to noise
.. Tip #5: Look for contrast
.. Tip #6: Find a wide range of grays
.. more 15 B&W Tips and Chris Sale
Photo source:

Saturday, March 2

Honeymoon Island Photo Shoot and Lessons

The sunset yesterday at the State Park near Dunedin offered a rare opportunity for multiple and varied cloud displays. Every 15 minutes the sunlight changed, clouds reformed and colors exploded. Another chance to use my D5100 with (this time) a newly purchased shutter release. Weather and time allowed us (Eddie, Jennifer and Jack) to pause and wait for cloud cover and stars in the night sky to clear. Eddie and Jennifer captured great shots. Lessons and takeaways from the experience and post-processing feedback:

The Shoot

1. arrive early (30 mins minimum) to scout the area
2. find natural and man-made objects for subjects, framing, backdrops
3. look for reflections opportunities
4. adjust the exposure triangle to obtain smooth water/reflections 
4. carry a spare battery, SD card, extra lens, and remote 
5. confirm settings are ready for the active shoot (not from the previous shoot)
6. clean the lens, check the snag-free operation of the tripod
7. if using a less than familiar camera ... pre-shoot to get familiar with settings 
8. sunsets do not require shooting into the sun itself - colors abound elsewhere

1. challenge the direction of light sources for shadows and highlighting scene elements (5 Star Tip)
2. even silhouette images can show some detail
3. do not ignore saturation

Sunday, February 10

The Past Week's Photo Lessons Learned

The last week has been another week of exploration. Looking back, as I always do, I try to capture my thoughts and ideas to learn more about photography. My reflections...
.. the camera can never capture what the eye truly sees
.. post-processing can help get closer to what the eye and mood remember
.. a photo jacket should be worn when more than one device is carried
.. you can't manually focus the camera unless you understand full 'Manual'
.. B&W photography is a future journey (see Nik Collection next)
.. the Nik Collection Efex Color Pro, Dfine and Silver Efex Pro have ++ features
.. take the extra shots, why not, it's free
.. there is always a position, an angle or location you haven't taken from
.. with patience, concentration and focus on the scene ... all else disappears
.. infrared photography may be a future venue, today it's low-light and (?) B&W

Tuesday, February 5

Keywords are Better than Collections - Lightroom

One of the sites I follow is William Beem who's mission is to provide other photographers with his experience and insight to help them change the way they think about photography. His recent discussion is Keywords vs. Collections and How to Use Keywords in Lightroom

When you're taking photos, you're taking photos of someone, a place, or a thing or event - period.

He uses a system he says that's been around for thousands of years.
.. Who – If my subject is a person, the name is added 
.. What – If my subject is a thing, the related keywords go here
.. When – Nope, Lightroom reads the data information from your camera
.. Where – If my subject has a location, I add a keyword here
.. How – Details for lighting, cameras, post-processing, whatever (for yourself)
.. Other – Use it for whatever! 

Friday, February 1

Infra-Red Photography ... a slight turn

I was introduced to a new and different photography venue - Infra-Red Photography. It's not low-light photography (well maybe) ... it's not Black and White photography (well maybe), it's photography looking at light differently that offers the opportunity to explore a new world – the world of the unseen. My low-light buddy began exploring this area of photography one week ago and found it to be an exciting and artistic added journey into the world of photography. More to come.

.. Introduction to Infrared Photography 
.. Getting Started with IR Photography 
.. InfraRed Mono in Lightroom (almost but not IR)

Tuesday, January 22

What's in Your Camera Bag - Polarizing Filter (CPL)

(Background) ... just found a B+W circular polarizing filter (originally purchased for a 67 mm Tamron 18-270 zoom lens that was stored away in my old Nikon camera bag. The filter was purchased for a Tamron zoom and put away after I upgraded to a Sony 18-200 mm. 

A polarizing filter is one of the most essential tools in a landscape photographer’s bag. It is typically the first filter landscape photographers buy to instantly improve their pictures by adding vividness and contrast to them. Now another learning adventure ... how and where to use it.

How to use a Polarizing Filter and 
Using the Filter
How, When and Where to Use CPL

Monday, January 21

(repost) Include the Color Red in Your Photos

Red is considered the heaviest color ... warm colors advance into the foreground and tend to weigh more than cool colors, which recede into the background. Use it in your photos/post-processing.

To give some perspective of visual weight - here are some to consider …
.. Size of an element - in comparison to other elements within the photograph
.. Contrast– light tends to attract … however dark can be heavier dependent on the balance of the image
.. Position – an element positioned higher tends to carry more weight and center-positioned element can be extremely dominant
.. Texture – a textured element tends to carry more weight than a smooth element
.. Shape – an irregular shape is generally heavier than a regular shape
.. Focus – an element that is in-focus carries more weight than an element that is out-of-focus
.. Direction – an element that depicts movement will often create flow through an image- thus carrying strong visual weight

Source: Why the color Red made me a Better Photographer

Programs to Delete Duplicate Photos on a Mac

Came across this on my Ugly Hedgehog Forum ...

.. Photo Duplicate Cleaner (Mac Store Rated 4.5)
.. Lightroom Fanatic Duplicate Finder (old review, fee-based?)
.. Teekesselchen ( the one I use with success) Instructions
.. Tineye (untested, looks interesting)

Saturday, January 19

A Refresher: Exposure (or the Exposure Triangle)

One of my much-viewed Forums is the UGG - Uglyhedge Hog. Thousands of members sharing photography interests. Some nonsense and chest pounding, but mostly solid information by experienced members. A member is offering a 'refresher' on exposure on the Forum and I wanted to capture it for review and future reference.

"... assume we have a beam from which is suspended two platforms, one from either end. The idea is that the ideal exposure will occur when the balance is perfectly level across three 'weights' - ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. The platform on the left side will represent the camera body (where the ISO stuff happens). The platform on the right side will represent the lens aperture and shutter speed stuff. . The platform on the left side will represent the camera body (where the ISO stuff happens). The platform on the right side will represent the lens aperture and shutter speed stuff."

Part One 'Exposure and How It Works' - a Beginner's Guide

Thursday, January 17

My Lessons Learned Diary - Safety Harbor

My first of many 2019 Photography Lessons Learned from Safety Harbor Pier Shoot 

1. confirm camera focus setting to validate impact to the DOF
2. bring LX camera with a mini tripod for low angle composition  
3. to prevent sensor damage, do not leave the camera faced into the sun 
4. enable grid view to allow flexibility in post-process for 'thirds' crop
5. check camera settings (ISO, f stop, aperture, EV before each shot 'series' 
6. view capture on LCD for deciding: 'retake, reposition or keep' decisions

Friday, January 11

My Lessons Learned Diary - John's Pass

Night walk with Jennifer and Eddie

1. carry spare SD cards 
2. look for camera positions that are not a typical angle, view or height
3. seek additional shot series to add interesting foreground composition 
4. include people for a 'story' (see Jennifer's photo left) 
5. view shot from all angles not just head on 
6. (research) managing to reduce or eliminate lights atmospheric glow 
7. introduce noise correction before HDR merge