Category Archives: Photography tips

An Outdoor Photographers Mental checklist WAIST FAFF

 

One of the most important things for a photographer to learn is to make a mental checklist of the things to do before each shot AND to run through that checklist before each shot. No one is perfect, I still slip up sometimes, the light is changing, the moment is fleeting and for whatever reason the shot is rushed. It perhaps looks OK on the camera screen at the time but you get home, view it full size and “oh the disappointment!” Do you recognise this, been there and not done it justice? We all have.

 

My mental checklist as an outdoor photographer is as follows; it breaks down into two core parts to make memorizing them easier. Continue reading An Outdoor Photographers Mental checklist WAIST FAFF

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I’ve done the unthinkable – what I said I would never do!

For years I said I would not sign up to one of the micro-stock sites but after a number of sales through Alamy realising as little as £2.00 for me (plus some realising over £100.00 I have finally concluded that there is no longer any real difference and yesterday I signed up to iStock (part of Getty.) Continue reading I’ve done the unthinkable – what I said I would never do!

Using Adobe Lightroom as a catalogue and picture editor.

Lightroom is both a superb cataloguing program and photo development tool.

When I import my RAW files (I almost always shoot in RAW as I gives so much better quality files than jpegs) I import them into a folder defined by date, this folder being a sub-directory of my computers “Image files” folder. For example today’s shoot would be 2015-03-21 and when the files are imported I will add a description to the title such as Leicestershire or Westminster. This way files are easy to find by date. I will also add a few basic key words to the files, Continue reading Using Adobe Lightroom as a catalogue and picture editor.

SHARPENING FUJI X-TRANS FILES IN ADOBE LIGHTROOM

Files from the Fuji X series cameras are naturally crisp but I found a great article on sharpening them in Adobe Lightroom here http://petebridgwood.com/wp/2014/10/x-trans-sharpening/

This is one of mine; the top half is unsharpened and the bottom shows the same file with the “Tack” sharp settings.

Fuji X sharpening - before and after.
Fuji X sharpening – before and after.

Landscape pictures without sky

Who says landscape pictures have a to have sky in them? Here’s a selection of mine without sky, form your own opinion as to when they cease to be “landscapes.”

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In the buttercups.
In the buttercups.

Continue reading Landscape pictures without sky

Lightroom edits, please choose your preferred version

and ideally say why.

This is one picture taken on 4th January 2015.

The creative edit.
The creative edit.
Reality.
Reality.

 

I would not normally edit a picture so far from reality these days.

Results shown as percentages.

“Slow down, take less pictures but better pictures.”

Revisiting old haunts, or more correctly old images. From time to time we all take pictures which, for one reason or another ever get around to processing and so they never see the light of day. This is one such, a 30 second exposure at Southwold in Suffolk which, because I was away for a few days and came back with a lot of images, did not get dealt with at the time except for a monochrome version.

View of Southwold.
View of Southwold.

It is in fact probably the best file from that day and shows the value of being patient since I had to shelter on the pier from a storm for two and a half hours and took this as it cleared. Memo to self: “Slow down, take less pictures but better pictures.”