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Recovering from Stupidity

So, yesterday we went off to our family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – it’s just about getting together, sharing, and enjoying our company. No obligations, no gifts, just us.

Anyway, with my right (camera!) arm still in a sling, I headed off without my trusty Canon 5D Mark II and glass. No way was I ever going to be able to shoot any pictures of Thanksgiving with the big DSLR!

Anticipating this, last week I picked up a new Canon PowerShot S90 – and headed off to Thanksgiving dinner with this delightful new (think left hand!) point and shoot camera! We had a wonderful dinner with family – and I took lots of shots along the way.

Some 150 shots later, I came home and began uploading the photos from the S90 to Lightroom. Somewhere along the way I decided the upload had completed (it hadn’t) and I pulled out the USB cable to the camera and – then – proceeded to format the SD card in the S90. Oh my goodness – why did I do that? Beats me – but I did.

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Aperture vs. Lightroom – Redux

Just looked back at my archives and noticed that last year in late March I attended Apple’s Aperture World Tour in San Francisco.

As I wrote at the time, the new Aperture 2.0 had become my standard photo management software again after a fling with Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom.

Later in 2008, Adobe introduced Lightroom 2 – and, most recently, Lightroom 2.3 – and I migrated back to Lightroom from Aperture. Frankly, Lightroom’s gradient filter and adjustment brush were the reasons I shifted away from Aperture 2.0 – as great a photo management product as it is – to Lightroom.

Because Aperture is so much more tightly integrated into other apps on Mac OS X (via the Media Browser), I’m hoping for an Aperture 3.0 announcement sometime this year with some great new features (like iPhoto’s new Faces and Places, for example!). And, naturally, I’m hoping that some of Lightroom’s adjustment capabilities also show up in a new version of Aperture.

Bottom line: I’d REALLY like to move back to Aperture – but Apple has work to do to eliminate the current feature gap between Aperture and Lightroom.

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The Porsche Lover


Not not me, a good friend of mine – and he’s a great photographer too!

Here’s an example – from an auto show in Tokyo.

I cropped and tweaked this version using Lightroom 2 based upon this original photo taken using a Canon Digital Rebel XT.

More here

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Playing with Black and White Photography in Lightroom 2

Using this article as a starting point, I played around a bit this morning with my “Launch for Hire” photo taken in Inverness, California last May.

Here’s the original photo (taken with my Canon 30D).


Here’s the result – in an “HD” 16:9 ratio crop:


Here’s the basic workflow: Make a Virtual Copy of the original photo. In the Lightroom Develop module, switch to greyscale, crank up the Blacks slider, increase Fill Light, if sky too light increase Recovery, boost Clarity and then adjust the Tone Curve to your liking.

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Lightroom vs Other Post-Processing Software for Photos is running a poll asking what post-processing software photographers are using. So far, based on only 40 votes, Lightroom is garnering 68% of the votes – clearly the leader. #2 is Photoshop with 23%.

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Lightroom vs. Aperture – A Single Image Comparison

Last March, I posted “A Saturday Shooting San Francisco“.

In particular, that post included a link to a shot of San Francisco taken from the Sausalito waterfront that sort of mimicked a similar photograph done by Chris Honeysett that I have in one of my offices.

I happened across this post again today – and wondered how I might tweak it using Lightroom as, at the time, I was only handling my post-processing in Apple’s Aperture.

So, I pulled the photo into Lightroom 2.2, applied two gradient filters (one from above, a second from below) and here’s the result.

This kind of easy post-processing is what I’m enjoying most about Lightroom!

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More HDR Photography – Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park

It was another bright sunny January early afternoon today – following a clear, crisp night last night with temps early this morning in the mid-30’s and frost on the deck!

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HDR – Fully Processed

After (seemingly!) playing endlessly with Twitter and FriendFeed this morning, I decided to leave the computer behind and to head outdoors to do some more mid-day, bright sun, high dynamic range (HDR) photography. For me, HDR is perfect for mid-day, high contrast sun/shadow photography – just the opposite of that special early morning / early evening soft light that photographers otherwise learn to love.

This time, I wanted to stay close to home and minimize the travel time. Stanford University is always an option – it’s literally just around the corner and is where I started my HDR exploits in early September 2008. There’s a world of photo opportunities still waiting for me there at Stanford. But, been there, done that! I was looking for new adventures today!

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My 2009 Wish: Make Beautiful HDR Photography Super Simple!

This is a bit of a New Year’s Eve rant – and a wish for 2009!

Computers are here to help us make things more productive and efficient. Unfortunately, computers today (including the processors both in my MacBook Pro and in my Canon DSLRs!) have yet to be utilized appropriately in helping us both take the photos and manage the post-production process associated with High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.

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A Great Lightroom Book, Discovering Lightroom Presets, Etc.

My post last night shared my recent conclusion that I was moving forward using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 as my primary photo management tool after spending the last couple of years using Apple’s Aperture.

One of the most useful resources I’ve found helping me up the learning curve with Lightroom 2 is Mikkel Aaland’s book “Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure“. It’s a great book that covers not only all of the functional aspects of Lightroom but also includes a chapter of Lightroom “Develop Recipes” from a number of photographers who accompanied Aaland on a trip to Tasmania in what had to have been one of the ultimate photo shoots!

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Aperture vs. Lightroom

This post is for photographers – as it airs some “dirty laundry” that is more about personal preferences than it is about results.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been using Apple’s Aperture photo management software to manage all of my photography. I left iPhoto behind in 2006 and jumped on the Aperture bandwagon. I’ve been pretty happy with Aperture for photo management. It’s done most of what I needed it to do.

After my HDR session at Stanford in early September, I had lunch with a friend who was a real Adobe Photoshop Lightroom fan – another Canon shooter who also enjoyed HDR.