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