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.

 Reading:
.. 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.


Resources:

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