July 4, 2016

Camera RAW Filter in Photoshop CC

Everyone knows that Photoshop includes some pretty incredible tools when it comes to fixing color and lighting, but on some images, I personally find it’s actually easier to use the sliders in the Basic panel of the Camera RAW plug-in or Camera RAW filter.  One of the best new features of Photoshop CC is the fact that we can now open our images in Camera RAW anytime we’d like.

If you shot your photograph in RAW format, Camera RAW opens automatically when you double-click the file. But did you know that you can open the plug-in as a filter in Photoshop on any file format? 

If you’re a Cloud member then you might know you have this option just by choosing Filter>Camera RAW filter. Personally I like the option of changing my mind after the fact and prefer to work on Smart Objects so I can do this non-destructively. So I will first duplicate my background layer and then convert that layer to a Smart Object before I choose the Camera RAW filter. This does double our file size and in the old days we tried to save space on our drives, but seriously, drive space is so cheap these days that my file size really isn’t all that important anymore. 

Now I’ll convert that layer by either right clicking next to the layers name in the layers panel and choosing Convert to Smart Object or using the Filter drop-down menu and choosing Convert to Smart Object. Then, when you want to open that layer in Camera RAW you go up to the Filter drop-down menu again and choose Camera RAW Filter. Pretty easy huh?   Try it for yourself, I think you’ll like it. 

And remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

June 8, 2016

20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong

I recently watched an episode of a podcast I follow that I think that anyone who is new photography should watch. It’s called  "20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong" It’s from a weekly podcast of a show called “Tony and Chelsea Live”.  The show is hosted by Tony Northrup and his wife Chelsea. Maybe you’ve seen the show yourself? They cover all sorts of topics on their program. Seriously, even if you’ve been shooting for years I think you could pick up a tip or two. 

You could be new to photography or maybe you’ve been shooting for years, either way, this video will smash some of those age old photography myths that we’ve been told since the days of film. Film? Whats that? Some of the things they cover on this episode will surprise you. Tony will also give you some practical advice on certain photo gear that could possibly save you some money or frustration. Maybe you’ve been thinking about purchasing some new gear yourself? 

Tony is a professional photographer, author and video instructor. He has published 32 how-to books covering Windows systems and software development and photography. He’s often been called a technology expert and I think you’ll agree.

Maybe you already watch his show and have not seen this particular episode?  Each episode is about 45 minutes long and Tony and his wife Chelsea cover a wide range of topics on photography and photo related things.  Tony and Chelsea now have over 400 episodes online, so a lot of other people also like the show.  Here’s another link to the episode called "20 Things Most Photographers Get Wrong"  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

May 5, 2016

Customizing the info I see in Loupe View in Lightroom

When you’ve got an image open in Lightroom and you double-click on it, you enter into Loupe View. Loupe view is nice because you can zoom in and scroll around to check out your image which is really handy before you take it into the Develop module and work on it.  The information you see hovering over your photo is called Info Overlay. If you don’t see any info here just tap the Letter I on your keyboard. If nothing happens you might have to  hold the Shift key and tap the I key.  I always took this for granted but some people do not know they can actually choose what info appears over your image. This info shown here can be very helpful. You actually have three choices here that you can scroll through. 

The first one is usually just your image with no data, then you have two other views that you can change to your own personal preferences. I have one set up with shoot date, time, and camera and I have the other one set up with shutter speed, ƒ- stop, ISO and lens settings. There are a ton of different settings that you can choose from.

To change these settings, press and hold the Control key and tap the letter J on your keyboard. A dialog box pops open and up on the top you’ll see Grid View and Loupe View. Make sure your in Loupe View you see two sections called Loupe Info 1 and Loupe Info 2. Click on the dropdown menus and play around with them, I’m sure you’ll find options that will work great for you. Just find something you like for each and close the dialog box and your all set…..Nice huh?
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