High Five Photo Tips_ #2_March 2011
High Five Photo Tips
JMP Top Five Monthly tips for March are:
1. Try a star effect for the sun using a small aperture F stop such as f 22. If there is too much glare, position the sun behind an object such as a tree and use a lens hood or shield the front of the lens such as with a cap or hat.
2. Try HDR. The new Nik HDR Efex Pro plug in filter for Photoshop or Lightroom makes the processing so much easier. http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/usa/entry.php
To shoot for HDR, I recommend using: 1. 3 to 5 exposure bracketed shots (each varying by one f stop for under, correct and overexposed images), with 2. Aperture priority (usually around f 8 or 11) so the camera will bracket by changes in the shutter speed, 3. A tripod, 4. Autofocus first and then set on manual, 5. Shoot on Continuous High shooting mode.
For Nikon you will need 5 one F shop bracketed images but for Canon you can choose 2 f stop brackets and thus will only need 3 images to get the same exposure info to use for HDR. Check your camera manual for details on setting up bracketed images since it will vary. I prefer my D3 since a dedicated button is right on the camera whereas for the D300 it is a menu item.
4. Explore the capabilities of Lightroom 3. You can download a trial version and have some fun. The RAW processing is the same as in Photoshop but the workflow is better for photographers. You can then fine tune in Photoshop if you need some hi tech correction such as Content Aware Scaling or Editing. Then just remember when done with your PS edit, to SAVE first before SAVE AS to have it go back next to your original image. If you want to re-edit in Photoshop, make sure you select -Edit Original to see all the layers. Let me know if you would like a list of my preferences for LR set up.
5. Whatever downloading system you use, rename the photos during this phase and add metadata such as copyright and contact info. Keywords can be added and/or some basic processing can also be done at this time. I use Lightroom and apply the Date, with the full year first, edit field with the name of the group or location and then the sequence number to each image. I place them in a folder for each year under a subfolder for the date. During the import, I select Copy as a DNG and select make a separate copy to to save a copy of the RAW images under the download date to a portable or other backup hard drive. Example of a file name would be: 20110222_MauiSurf_001 in the folder 2011 and subfolder 2011-02-22. I later rename this folder to add some descriptor such as Surf.
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