Adobe’s Lightroom Downloader lets you rescue your image library from the cloud

This could be an interesting development and great piece of help from Adobe.

 

Adobe has released a ‘Lightroom Downloader’ app for Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra that allows you to download all of your images from the Adobe Cloud, all at once.

Source: Adobe’s Lightroom Downloader lets you rescue your image library from the cloud

Affinity Photo for iPad Review

If you are used to processing images at your desktop with an image processor that offers a gazillion options which enable you to enhance your raw images or quite possibly convert them into nightmare renditions of what you originally envisioned when you clicked the shutter then you more than likely have been somewhat disappointed by the great many offerings available for IOS and Android.

Most of what you find available in image processing apps can be pretty limited but there are a few that offer capable processing options.  One of these is surprisingly complete and shines on the Ipad Pro for those who want their desktops to appear on their late model Ipad or Ipad Pro tablets and this article by Mr. Carlson explains how this app can provide you with a virtually complete processing option.

 

Affinity Photo for iPad succeeds where previous iOS software has failed: it provides non-destructive editing but doesn’t feel like a watered down version of the desktop app.

Source: Affinity Photo for iPad Review

Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application ‘Lightroom Classic’

For those who have decided that they can no longer live with the way Adobe bullies their customer base then you really do not need to read this article that was posted on Dpreview.  B U T

If however, you want to learn exactly what they have done in regards to the changes they have made in an attempt to secure their future and perhaps yours n the world of image processing then read on.

   

 

Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by “Lightroom Classic CC.”

Source: Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application ‘Lightroom Classic’

Make Sure You Know all the Drone Regulations Before You Fly – There can be serious consequences if you are not up to date on rules and regulations where you intend to fly the not so friendly skies

Don’t get caught with your drone where it shouldn’t be – know the drone regulations and rules for your destination before you fly.

Source: Make Sure You Know all the Drone Regulations Before You Fly

RAW PROCESSING AND THE JOURNEY IS THE JOURNEY THAT NEVER REALLY ENDS

The first thing you have to understand is that each raw developing program is going to give a slightly different look meaning that one may be sharper or more saturated or a bit more OR LESS contrast or for that matter even show a variance in tone, meaning brightness and darkness overall and in highlights and shadows.  That means finding one or two that actually give you what you originally envisioned to some degree can be a challenge.  That does not mean that one is not as good as another. It means that it will ultimately be up to your likes and dislikes.
I should note that I do not work with Jpeg files.  I do all my post processing on Raw files and it is important to keep in mind that while the images that come out of almost all cameras today are wonderful and acceptable, they still require post-processing to get the full potential from the data within the images.
I worked with software on both the iPad and the Mac. Here are the ones I used on the Mac. Rated 1 thru 10 stars.
  • Polarr**********+++++(10)Great local and global control, a multitude of creative effects, simple to use, stays out of the way.  Has a sister or brother program that is virtually identical on the iPad tablets.
  • Picktorial 3.0**********+++++(10)Simple to use, great global control, almost perfect local controls, bet customer support of any company out there.  They actually listen and fix what might not be quite right almost overnight.
  • Capture One*******(7)Steep learning curve but does a great job
  • Luminar ***(3) too much going on and too heavy-handed but it is packed with very creative features and controls for both global and local adjustment.  I personally have found it very slow in loading images and over cooked in colors and saturation
  • Iridient Developer***(3)superb image processing, but no local adjustments
  • On1 Photo Raw-*(-1) Nicely featured, too much going on, crashes when you dare to look away because the company has no concept as to what is a finished product and what stays in beta forever.  They want customers to pay for the privilege of experimenting with a not ready for prime time product, paying for it and walking away with less than predictable results.
  • Adobe Lightroom CC*(1) Overbearing company who wants to control every aspect of one’s digital life including where images are stored and how Adobe will use them.  Reasonably good image processor but has not kept up with technology and overall is more marketing hype than processing quality and has spent the last few years having difficulty remember which lies they have told.

As for the Apple Ipad pro and the pencil for the Ipad pro and with the advancement to IOS eleven, the world of image processing on a tablet has changed forever.  For many, it can replace the Macbook and Macbook pro but for others, maybe or sort of maybe, but not totally.

Here are the apps I have investigated on the Ipad Pro 10.5.

 

  • Polarr**********+++++(10)This is a pretty complete package and mimics, for the most part, the very creative desktop application noted above.  This is the app that surprised me the most and I actually tried this before the desktop application.  What I like most is the fact I can switch between either platform and work the same way.  The program is free but does have a pay for Pro version which opens up a lot filters and the like.  It is worth the 20.00 us dollars.  Excellent learning materials…..Great tutorials.
  • Snapseed**********+++(10)This program was originally made by the great NIK company who also made the best plugins ever for image processing software.  Then out of greed and stupidity sold out to Google who went on to destroy the plugins because all they wanted to have was Snapseed.  Granted they have improved Snapseed and it really has a lot of incredible features and is nondestructive on raw images.  It is also free.  There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube. I gave it a ten because it is easy to use and very effective but only allows one to save images in small file sizes which do not lend themselves to more than a 4×6 decent looking printed images.  So while I give it a ten keep in mind that it will be primarily good for viewing on computer screens.
  • Affinity PHOTO********This app is complexIt is as complex as their desktop version and if you are looking for something that combines Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom in one product this could be it.  It has a lot of capability but it does leave you in data destruction mode when you move away from very basic adjustments which does not work for me, at least when processing a raw image.  It costs about 19.00 us dollars.  It does not keep things simple.  It does have good tutorials.
  • Enlight Photofox****(4) It is good but it is more for the person who wants to do very artistic manipulation of an image or images.  It is a quality product but in my opinion highly specialized in what it does.  But what it does it does well.  It is about 39.00 us dollar for the full version.  In my opinion, it is not worth the money for good basic image processing. It also has terrible tutorials (my opinion)
  • Apple Photo*(1) Okay but not as great as the name Apple would lead you to want to believe.  It is certainly not anywhere as good as “Aperture” which was a landmark product before Apple killed it.  Isn’t it funny how companies like Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Google suck the life out of a good product and then trash dumpster it?  (oops political statement) –  Of course, if we, did not give them all our money then they would never be as big and controlling as they are and would bend over backward to listen to us and to get our business.
  • Lightroom Mobile-*(-1) Read thoughts on Apple above.  If you do not have a creative cloud subscription of at least 9.00 us dollars per month you are locked out of important features.  And even if you subscribe, the program is broken because it has to rely on two other Adobe mobile apps for basic features that come included in other competitive apps.  It does sync with the desktop Lightroom “Classic” but it can be misleading as to how good that really is especially if you are working on a slow internet connection like in a local coffee house as an example.  It took me 2 hours to upload 9 gigs of images I had just shot from my Ipad to my desktop using Lightroom.  Adobe wants all of us to be in the cloud, totally.  And of course, they will continue to increase the cost of their cloud.  After all they have to take care of their stockholders.

As Polar is a program I would strongly recommend for the Ipad I am giving you a link below to tutorials.

LINK

and their website is here

Right now, at this moment, as I type all of this stuff above I am using:

 

ON MY MAC – PICKTORIAL 3.0, POLARR FOR THE MAC, AND POLARR FOR THE IPAD PRO.

FAA wants airlines to ban cameras and other electronics from checked bags: Digital Photography Review

I can understand the problem with Lithium Industrial batteries (big ones) and I only once in my 74 years witnessed lithium batteries in a camera bag heat up and smoke in a wedding photographers camera bag while he stood at the counter in a camera store.  His batteries heated up and did some bag damage.

However, this was caused by the fact that he was an idiot.  There is a reason why camera companies in the past had plastic caps on all of their batteries so that contact of the battery terminals would not hit against the terminals of other batteries in the same spot in the camera bag.  Safety was the issue but if the batteries were stored right then the problem would not have happened.  I’ll say it again.  The photographer was an idiot.

I have seen double A (AA) batteries in a camera bag heat up as well because they were stored loss and contacting the terminals of other batteries in the bag.

This is why companies like Thinktank as well as others make battery holders that keep the terminals away from each other.

 

Would it not be simpler for the FAA to issue instructions on how people should store these batteries? Of course, it would.  Would there be less in air mishaps if the FAA enforced the number of hours a pilot can fly before they have to sleep in order to fly again?  Of course, it would.

After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.

Source: FAA wants airlines to ban cameras and other electronics from checked bags: Digital Photography Review

DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention: Digital Photography Review

 

It seems that not a day goes by that there is something new and newer happening in the world of photography.  DJI joins the “camera” world.  Not surprised at all.

This week in Hollywood, DJI introduced its new Zenmuse X7 camera, a Super 35 format cinema camera of its own design that can also capture 24MP still images in APS-C format. Is it time to start thinking of DJI as a camera company?

Source: DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention: Digital Photography Review

PICKTORIAL SOFTWARE FOR EDITING IMAGES ON A MAC COMPUTER – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THEIR WEB SITE

Everything below is taken directly from the Picktorial question and answer in the turorial section for the software.

We are thrilled with all the excitement around Picktorial from people in the photography community! We’ve gotten amazing response to Picktorial’s intuitive workflow and editing capabilities, and we’re pleased to offer a lot of value to those of you seeking for a photo editor that is easy to learn, fun to use, and provides a lot of options for creativity. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Picktorial.

What does Picktorial do that other RAW processors don’t?

There are many differences, but here are the main three:
First, Picktorial’s retouching capabilities are much more powerful than basic adjustments like tone and color. Picktorial handles advanced layering systems behind the scenes, to simplify tasks like lens blur, skin smoothing (based on Frequency Separation), two-scale sharpening and more – all in a non-destructive manner – so you can always refine your very first edits without undoing the latest ones.

Secondly, importing photos is super easy. Instead of referencing individual image files, you reference folders – which makes organization a lot easier, as Picktorial automatically monitors changes in referenced folders.

Picktorial also stores and syncs adjustments, keywords, ratings, and all other relevant information in the files themselves (XMP sidecars for RAW files). This means that working on multiple computers is a breeze: files can be placed on an external drive, or on a cloud folder (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc), and adjustments and metadata changes are natively accessible from wherever the original files are. This also makes backup easy, as it’s much simpler to backup individual files than backing up a dynamic and huge database file.

Third, Picktorial takes advantage of compatible graphic hardware to accelerate the entire processing pipeline: from the initial RAW development settings, to local adjustments and layers. Thus Picktorial provides the fastest RAW processing experience, with immediate response for all operations.

Can I use Picktorial as an extension for OS X Photos?

Yes! Picktorial 1.1 makes all editing tools available as a single extension for Photos. It is now available in the new Beta version. Try it!

How does Picktorial handle colors and profiles?

Picktorial uses camera profiles in DCP format, which is compatible with Adobe Lightroom and DNG. Picktorial comes with two profiles for each camera (Standard and Neutral), and you can create your own color profiles that match your scenes’ lighting with tools like X-Rite, or download creative profiles from providers like PSKiss.

Internally, Picktorial uses ProPhoto RGB which is the industry standard color profile for editing purposes.

What processing engine powers Picktorial?

Picktorial is powered by a proprietary processing engine designed in-house, and is engineered to take advantage of modern graphics hardware. It drives the entire pipeline from RAW processing to local adjustments and overlay layers. It’s blazing fast and enables us to add more and more features overtime.

What cameras are supported?

We started with over 500 cameras, and we continue to add more cameras as time goes on, with priority given to cameras requested by users. Picktorial also provides great support for DNG files, so RAW files from unsupported cameras can be used by converting them to DNG format. The full, growing list of cameras can be found here. If your camera isn’t listed, let us know.

How does files management work? Does Picktorial use keywords and ratings to manage photos?

Picktorial’s workflow is based on referenced folders that reflect the actual folders on your file system – so no need to organize your folders twice! You can label photos with keywords and search for photos by keywords, rating, camera model and so on. We also plan to add smart collections for saving searches you create.

Where does Picktorial store metadata and non-destructive edits?

Picktorial stores non-destructive edits and other metadata in XMP format. These are embedded into JPEG and DNG files, or saved in a sidecar file for RAW format. Saving adjustments into files makes them available anywhere with the original file, so you never lose track of your edits, even if you store your photos on an external drive or a Dropbox-like folder. This also makes it easy to backup your adjustments, with Time-Machine or any other backup solution.

I’m coming from Aperture, does Picktorial provide a migration tool for me?

No need for a migration tool! Picktorial can natively read your Aperture libraries, and even multiple libraries at the same time. Simply drag them to Picktorial library and they will be available there right away. Picktorial can’t modify Aperture edits but you can choose between viewing the original file or the preview, and make new edits to the original file or additional edits on top of the preview file. Alternatively, you can use OS X Photos migration tool from Aperture and use Picktorial as an extension for OS X Photos.

Does Picktorial support local adjustments and retouching tools?

This is one of the parts of Picktorial that we are the most proud of. Local adjustments in Picktorial go far beyond light and color. Picktorial currently offers 5 different local tools (under the Retouch section):
Tone: Adjust light and color locally.
Patch: Remove spots or distracting objects.
Smooth: Allows you to independently adjust smoothness of skin texture and surface. The Smooth tool is especially unique and makes professional portrait editing faster. It’s based on a Frequency Separation technique and gives full control to adjust parameters for achieving professional, natural-looking results.
Sharpen: Allows user to independently adjust sharpness in two scales.
Defocus: Simulate depth-of-focus by blurring out parts of the image.

How local adjustments regions are defined?

The Tone, Smooth, Sharpen and Defocus adjustments are applied on masks that you can define using brushes, linear gradients, or radial gradients. You can brush over or erase from a layer? defined by a linear or a radial gradient.

Can I create custom presets?

You can easily create custom presets, by simply saving your current adjustments as a preset. You can also copy adjustments between photos while specifying which editing sections are not affected when pasting adjustments or applying presets.

What about a mobile version?

An iOS version is planned for the future. Sign up below for our newsletter to stay in the loop.

PICKTORIAL SOFTWARE IS INCREDIBLE FOR ALL MAC USERS BUT FOR FUJI USERS IT IS EXCEPTIONAL Check out these SIMULATION add on tutorials and reviews.

 

PICKTORIAL SOFTWARE IS INCREDIBLE FOR ALL MAC USERS BUT FOR FUJI USERS IT IS EXCEPTIONAL Check out these simulations add-on tutorials and reviews.

I have been using Picktorial 3.0 software for quite some time and Picktorial 2.0 before that and I have watched it evolve into the finest piece of software I have ever used to process my personal images.  It’s simplicity of operation and intuitive interface have made my image processing life an incredible pleasure.  Now if they would just make a version for the Ipad Pro I would be doing handstands and tumbling all over the place and that is at the age of 74.  🙂

As incredible and outstanding this software is and has been, it is now even better for Fuji X users because of the additional add-on of perfect Fuji X film simulations for raw files.

 

 

Picktorial Software, get it, use it.

 

Spekular is the light that does it all for photographers – DIY Photography

If you are doing any kind of studio work you will want to look all of this information over.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg8y4LSpgFw Spekular is spectacular! Hmmm – a little over the top? Not really. I recently had the opportunity to put this new LED lighting system from Spiffy Gear to the test. Spiffy Gear are the folks that brought us the Light Blaster (buy link). Spekular is a modular lighting system that can take on all kinds of shapes depending on your needs and this can save you money and the time needed to pack and set-up light modifiers especially when you are working on location. Spekular comes as a kit of 4 LED sections. Each section is built with aluminum and

Source: Spekular is the light that does it all for photographers – DIY Photography

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks: Digital Photography Review

This is a well-done article and video that has some great advice to follow.  It sure wouldn’t hurt to put his advice into practice.

A few years ago when I was running Blue Ridge Workshops one the most successful workshops and the most fun was in  Annapolis Maryland.  Students were only allowed one camera and one lens.  Primes were preferable but if the student only had a zoom then the zoom selector was taped with gaffer tape to one zoom point.  in the end,  the students had produced some incredible images by applying the one camera and one lens “rule.”

I have preached the minimalist concept for quite some time and I would be the first to admit that I struggle over and over again when it comes to decisions as to what gear to take.  For me, it is pretty simple.  I only have one main camera and three prime lenses.  I do not have any zooms.  Therefore between my Fuji X Pro 2, 23mm, 35mm, 50mm (35mm, 50mm, and 75mm in full frame terms) my overall package of gear is small and light.  However, I find more often than not I only shoot with the lens I first put on the camera, all day long.

My control point is simple as well.  Only allow yourself a small bag to carry and protect the camera and lens together with a couple of extra batteries and memory cards.  The bag I carry for that control and I have to admit amazing comfort is the Cosyspeed Streetwalker Plus (+).

 

 

Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.

Source: The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks: Digital Photography Review

Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop: Digital Photography Review

Affinity Photo from Serif has been around for a while now, but for it has simply been one more program out of many that have been introduced to compete with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Affinity Photo in many ways has come of age by combining the best of Lightroom and Photoshop into one application and this article details the PHOTO EDITING  capability.

It should be known that Affinity Photo has also recently made this program for Windows users and has also made a very complete program for the Apple Ipad and Ipad pro.

Again, it is one more option that provides an excellent piece of software to compete with Adobe.  Many have found a pure dislike for Adobe’s subscription method which is the only way one can use the programs.  Affinity offers a standard method of buying the program and offers extensive time periods when it comes to free upgrading.

Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That’s it – pay for it once and you’re done. And we think it’s actually pretty darn good.

Source: Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop: Digital Photography Review

I LIKE HER WORK – JANE LURIE

I have spent so much time teaching and judging photography over my many years and I have been privileged to meet and admire a great many photographer’s images.  There have been times that a photographer has crossed my path and there was just something that made his or her work stand out above all the others.

I have never met Ms. Lurie but recently had the good fortune to view her personal website and her Smugmug websites and I was truly taken by the quality and the diversity of her images.

In way too many cases, even though a photographer may have incredible images it is important to note that all of the images are of the same type subjects.  It may be landscape  It may be wildlife or street photography, macro photography and so on but it all of the same genres.

What impressed me with  Ms. Lurie is how diverse her work is, spanning the full spectrum of subject matter.  Beyond that, her compositions and the ability to tell a story with her images only adds to the experience of viewing her work.

JANE LURIE PHOTOGRAPHY – JANE’S LENS

JANE’S SMUGMUG

Don’t Fear Photo Post-Processing – Shooting is Only the First Part of the Image Creation Process

In my opinion, this article by Holly Higbee – Jansen provides a simple and honest reasoning as to why any of us should consider post-processing our images.

While she only refers to Adobe Lightroom for dealing with the post-processing of raw images it is important that you are aware of the fact that besides Lightroom there are quite a few other very capable programs for doing the same thing.  Right now one of the big differences is that Lightroom is a total solution which not only offers excellent image processing but a fully comprehensive digital asset management capability. But for basic processing here are a few of the others.

Picktorial 3.0 (Mac Only) (By linking to Mac’s Photo program you can manage assets) (Very creative controls for adjusting images in a very simplified manner)(Inexpensive)

On1 Photo Raw (This program does offer digital asset management)(Very creative controls for adjusting images, however )(Reasonably priced)

Luminar (No management at all) (Extensive creative controls – actually too much going on with too many options)(Inexpensive)

Capture One (This program does offer digital asset management)(Expensive)(Lots of control)

Adobe Lightroom (Full management of assets)(Very creative controls)(Available only as a subscription for as little as $9.99 a month and includes both Photoshop and Lighroom cc programs.)

 

 

You have just bought your new bright shiny camera and you are sure that it is just the thing that will help you create better images. You’re shooting JPG with the camera’s automatic program modes, but you’re not getting the results you wanted. You keep upgrading your cameras thinking that will do the trick, only to find that the quality of your imagery isn’t getting any better. What’s going on?Lightroom Banner - Don’t Fear Photo Editing - Shooting is Only the First Part of the Image Creation Process

You may be missing an important part of digital photography, post-processing, with a state of the art processing program like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

Source: Don’t Fear Photo Post-Processing – Shooting is Only the First Part of the Image Creation Process

The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor: Digital Photography Review

 

 

When photographer Jared Polin’s friend Arty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jared asked if he could tell his story in pictures. This is Arty’s photo story.

 

This is quite incredible. The photography, the video and the narration make for a true to life out standing story that many, too many have gone through. The photography skill and story telling talent shine throughout this video and I appreciate that Jared Polin shared.

I know how important it is to have as many photos as possible that speak to your life and the lives of those around you.  If anything Jared’s story in pictures and words should serve as an example of just how important the images of life are not only in a digital form but in a printed form to be viewed for many years and remind us of things that have gone by.  Memories should be preserved forever.

Source: The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor: Digital Photography Review

The Many Types of Photographers

This was forwarded to me from my cousin, a fellow photographer, who like me has had a varied experience with too many brands although we have settled on what is more than likely our final brand resting place.

This article is funny and sad at the same time because it speaks many truths and also lets us laugh at ourselves.

 

It is a well-known fact that there are some rather serious diseases that plague photographers out there. While we have all heard of the Gear Acquisition Syndrome and other photography addictions, it is time to expand the photography jargon to include the many types of photographers we deal with today. Some of these have been around for years, while others have been recently bred in the darkest corners of the Internet. Without further ado, let’s get down to it!

Source: The Many Types of Photographers

‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews – The Washington Post

I find it impossible to understand how the president of the United States can support the racist groups that are across this wonderful country.  He started all of this and gave these groups a thumbs up during his campaign for president and has slowly allowed and supported the growth of these hate groups.  Shame on him.

His daughter converted to Judaism when she married.  Her husband and she are part of this presidents (not my president) white house and are supposed to have influence over his moronic twitter fingers, and his ignorant totally untruthful mouth, but they have been totally silent.  Of course the puppet vice president completely supported everything the idiot POTUS tweeted and spoke.

Not my America.

 

Are Jews white? Not according to the neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville.

Source: ‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews – The Washington Post

 

the march of hate in Charlottesville va as these freaks tried to intimidate Jews worshiping in their temple.

Picktorial 3 – NEW Fujifilm X Pack Film Presets Are Here and reviewed by Middle Earth

If you have been paying attention to my blog then you know just how much I like Picktorial 3.0 Software.  But just to be sure you know I am going to say (shouting in caps) I    L  O  V  E     I  T………

I’ll jump back a bit and say I own a lot of software for image processing.  The main reason is always the hope of finding the software that will truly allow me to process my images the way I like to see them.  By searching all the possibilities it also give me the chance to be able to explain the pros and cons of different software.  The only products I have dumped off my machines is Adobe products. I’ll leave it at that.  The ones that I still have and own are On1 Photo Raw, Alien Skin, Affinity, Pictorial 3.0, and a variety of other point and shoot type programs.

My go to is Picktorial and if you want to know the reasons why then do a search on my blog site and you will find a number of articles explaining all of that.  Let’s just say that the software is the simplest, most creative, most accurate software I have found and the help from the company itself is unlike any other in the industry.  Their responses and solutions are simply the best.

Many months ago I sent them tonnage of images with different film simulations from both the Fuji XT1 and Xpro2 and a variety of lenses for the purpose of their research and development in support of Fuji X users.

Several weeks ago they provided me with a beta copy of the simulations to work with and made me promise not to share them with anyone or write about them until they were ready to release them.  And now they are ready.

Middle Earth who I have a lot of respect for is a very accomplished photographer and reviewer and he has just reviewed the simulations for Fuji X raw files.  That is what I have linked you to at the bottom of this article and while he stresses the fact that his use for simulations in general are very limited he does give high compliments to these simulations as being quite accurate in regards to what Fuji can produce in camera with Jpeg files.

I like simulations which help me achieve a quick image for posting in an article or on Facebook and the like but more important than that is that a really good film simulation, which these are gives me a perfect starting point to get to the color and texture I like in an image.  Then I can make changes to enhance that simulation to get to my final result.

With these simulations I can now stay right within my Picktorial raw process, have  incredible extensive controls within the software to create the look I want to achieve and get to the film look that Fuji X provides.

Photography NEWS! A Happy Day For Fuji Users… Picktorial just released a new set of camera profiles called The Picktorial X-Pack of film simulations for

Source: Picktorial 3 – NEW Fujifilm X Pack Film Presets! | Finding Middle Earth

How to shoot the solar eclipse: a list of resources for photographers: Digital Photography Review

If you are going to shoot the eclipse from where ever you happen to be the main thing to remember IS TO PROTECT YOUR EYES.

That said, DPREVIEW has published a nice listing of different articles right here in this one article on how to photograph the eclipse.

Good luck, be careful and have a blast.

A sizable swath of the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the heart – er, sun – in just under a week. Here are a few excellent guides to help you photograph this rare occasion.

Source: How to shoot the solar eclipse: a list of resources for photographers: Digital Photography Review

THIS IS DONALD TRUMPS WAY OF MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.  HE FAILED TO DENOUNCE THE NEO NAZI, KKK, WHITE NATIONALIST ANTI SEMITIC, ANTI BLACK, ANTI ANYONE IS NOT A PURE WHITE Christian          One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash – The Washington Post

One driver was taken into custody after the crash. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he had a message for the white nationalists: ‘Go home.’

Source: One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash – The Washington Post

First Look at Picktorial 3.0 RAW Processor for Fuji X Trans Files: “Lightening Fast Editing Speed” – Fuji Rumors

They work!!!!!  Thanks Pictorial for the accurate film simulations

 

The more, the merrier they say, right? Well, then, as announced yesterday here, there is a new player in the RAW converter game: Picktorial 3.0. It uses a unique X-Trans demosaicing… but it is any good? Luckily the FujiRumors community…

Source: First Look at Picktorial 3.0 RAW Processor for Fuji X Trans Files: “Lightening Fast Editing Speed” – Fuji Rumors

It’s All About Tones: Black and White Landscapes | Nature Visions Photo Expo

The one thing but not the only thing I learned about attending Northern Virginia Nature Vision show is that it is smart to sign up for lectures EARLY.  Early means today, not tomorrow.

This particular lecture is being given by my old partner in photography education, Brian Zwit and I can tell you one thing for sure.  It will be the best $30.00 you will put towards learning the ins and outs of black and white image processing.

Sign up today for Brian’s lecture It’s All About Tones: Black and White Landscapes | Nature Visions Photo Expo

And sign up for the one and only major photo show in Northern Va. – Nature Visions

 

Regardless of genre, black and white photography is about the basic building blocks of any photograph: tones, lines, textures, shapes, and forms. Join Brian to learn how you can advance your black and white landscape photography.

Source: It’s All About Tones: Black and White Landscapes | Nature Visions Photo Expo

Why Have You Stopped Taking Pictures

Lately I have been speaking with people from all walks of life who used to love photography and making pictures but for reasons that are not really clear, just stopped doing it. 

What started the conversation was my little Cosyspeed Streetomatic Plus camera bag with a Manfrotto Pixi Evo table top tripod sticking up out of a side pocket.  When I explained my passion  for going minimalist they wanted to see what that meant.  Then they began to talk about the photography they used to do.

Men, women, young, older than young told me that at one time they owned a camera and lenses, still owned a camera, film or digital and some even had spent time in darkroom or at desk top computers with their photography.  Most said they had their phones, but really did not feel that a phone camera provided what a system camera like Olympus, Fuji, Sony, Nikon or Canon did.  The one common denominator was that at one time they loved, loved their photography.

When I questioned why they had stopped most really weren’t sure but felt perhaps that other priorities in life such as career building became a dominant factor and certain things had to be side lined in order to grow in other areas.

On a personal note and I told them that I felt that it was sad that they had stopped recording the important moments of their lives, abandoned something they loved to do instead of trying to incorporate it not only in their lives but the lives of their friends, their families.

Not only was all of that left behind but too was a chance to expand, to grow their artistic capabilities and to share those capabilities with others.

I have spent a lifetime involved in many aspects of photography having started in my dad’s darkroom right up to today. My love for photography as a hobby and a profession spans a lot of years and I consider myself fortunate that my personal love of photography was enhanced and expanded by working in world of photography which fortunately did not diminish my personal photography endeavors.

As I told the folks who I have met, if you have side lined photography, for whatever the reason and have interest in coming back at any level, I am here to help or guide you along that path.  So if I can be of any help please be sure to contact me. 

(45) Photography Composition :: Simplification and Negative Space – YouTube

Sometimes we create our own styles, but more often than not we start off by looking at other great photographers and teachers have done, apply their teaching to our vast warehouse of learning and hopefully have our own style or styles evolve from all of this.

One of my favorite ways of shooting for as long as I can remember was using negative space and using simplification to make a photograph with more impact by having less in it.

This excellent video talk directly to that I thought I would share it through my blog.

I hope you find this useful in your creative endeavors.

The site that this came from is here  where there are short articles and superb examples covering composition.