February 3, 2016

How Do I Do That In Lightroom - Book Review

Adobe Lightroom actually started out in Beta in January of 2006 and was officially released in February of 2007. 

These days every pro or semi-pro photographer knows the power of Lightroom and it has become their # 1 go-to tool because it is capable of doing so many things. That’s probably true, but just because it has so much power and depth, sometimes the things I need are not really that obvious. I’ll be honest, in the past I didn't use Lightroom as much as I could just because it was pretty confusing to me.

I don’t know if this happens to you, but a lot of times I’ll need to do something to an image in Lightroom but I don’t have a clue where Adobe hid that feature.  If I don’t do something all the time, sometimes I have a tendency to forget how I did that the last time. Does this sound familiar? This book was written just for that purpose. The book is called "How do I do that in Lightroom" and was written by Scott Kelby. Scott has  has written over 50 books on photography and has an easy to understand style that cuts through all the mumbo-jumbo and gets straight to the point.

If this sounds like you, then this book was designed for us. I think just about every question you may have about Lightroom and the “how to's” are answered in this book. When you're stuck and need to know just one particular thing to do to an image, all you do turn to the chapter on that topic and see how it's done. Simple huh?  

Maybe you just want to add a Watermark, or build a Slide Show or you’re working on an image that is an irregular size and you want to get a Custom Paper Size, then this book is for you.  Jump over to that page and it will tell you which buttons to click, which settings you should use and exactly how and when to use them. 

The chapters are basically self-explanatory (Print, Slideshow, Organizing, Importing, etc.)  so you can quickly find the technique you’re looking for. I keep my book close to my computer always. Maybe this book would help you out too?  Click on this link, How do I do that in Lightroom, and choose the one from Book Depository, for the guaranteed lowest price on the Internet today. I’ve been using them for years and love their low prices.

I hope this post helps you out. Remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

January 11, 2016

Planning Outdoor Photo Shoots

Simply put, the Photographers Ephemeris is a device that predicts where the sun is going to fall on a particular location. It’s primarily aimed at landscape photographers (which I love shooting) but it’s also very handy for shooting night photography.   It’s also very useful for architectural photographers as well. The Photographers Ephemeris is free for anyone to load on a PC or Mac and is also available as an App version for your portable devices such as a tablet or cell phone for only $4.99. 
This is a great tool for anyone that shoots landscapes and is also nice for photographers who like to shoot the Heavens (night photography).  Think about it, wouldn’t it be better to see how the light will fall on the landscape visually before you go all the way out to the location? The Photographers Ephemeris helps you plan your shooting times and locations by tracking where the sun will rise and set, day or night. This App is pretty wild. The creator of this program even figured in the time and directions of the moonrise and moonset. It will even let you know the phase of the moon is currently in. (¼, ½ or ¾).

You can search for your locations by typing a specific address or if you know the coordinates, you can type those in. The App will then find your locations and make it with a pin. Sometimes that might not be the best position to shoot that location and the program will even allow you to move your pin. Another nice feature is that you can view it from way out in space in the Satellite mode and zoom right down to street level or keep it in Map mode (Google Maps) and see the streets and directions you might need to use to get there. Nice huh?

With this program on your phone or tablet, it allows you to view your screen in the Standard mode, a Satellite mode, Hybrid mode or even view the Terrain view.  What is Hybrid mode? Another nice feature is that the App will let you save your locations in case you’d like to come back another time. You can even plan your dates in the future with the date dialog box. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and when we get to a location right? This feature really comes in handy.  Once the App is loaded on your device, a network connection is not required. 

I know there are other programs out there that do the same thing but I’ve found this one pretty simple to use. Personally I enjoy shooting landscapes and the Photographers Ephemeris App comes in handy for sure, but I also shoot professional Real Estate Photography, and I need to know when I can get the best angles for my exterior shots, especially my twilight shots. By letting me know when is the best time of the day to shoot the front view of the home is, I can plan all my interior shots accordingly. Check out this video by Simon Maxwell to get more info on using it for architectural shoots.  Pretty nice huh?

As always, I hope you enjoy this post. Remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!
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