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This is a demo of the Sky Replacement feature of the new Luminar 4 program.
These are older images of mine that I thought would provide an idea of what you can do with this new feature. All of the skys are some of the ones built into Luminar 4. You can also use any of your own images as “Skys”. You will find that you can use any image as a sky with interesting results, think “Altered Reality”
No adjustments were made to the images except Sky Replacement.
Original images on the left, modified with Sky Replacement on right.
Sending and Receiving Email cross platform. Mac to PC and PC to Mac.
There has been a problem of sending and receiving emails that contain .jpg images. It was assumed that it was Apple’s fault but after doing a bit of testing I think it is both Apple and Microsoft that share the blame.
The problem usually arises when sending with Apple Mail from a Mac to a Windows PC and usually to the Windows 10 Mail client or Windows Live Mail 2011.
On the Mac most people just drag the image they wish to send into the window that is created when you create a new email. Choose Actual size. The image is termed “inline” or embedded right in the message. There is another option to “Attach an image” but this does not solve the problem. Using either method and sending an email to someone using Windows 10 Mail or Windows Live Mail will result in the .jpg image being resized and named with a long string of letters and numbers.
Not very useful for sending images for Themes or Competitions!!
There are a couple of solutions to the problem depending if you are the sender or receiver.
Mac to Mac is no problem. PC to Mac is no problem. The problem shows up Mac to Windows PC using Windows Live mail or Windows 10 Mail. It might also occur using Outlook on Windows but I have not tested that yet.Mac Solution:
Create your email and address it and title it as usual.
Insert your image(s) with drag and drop or attachment.
Drag an empty folder into the message just below the last image.
Or between the last image and your signature
Be sure you select “Actual size” on the right hand side just above the body of the message.
Send the message as usual.
Here is a screen shot of this method.
On a Windows PC with Live mail or Win 10 mail they will see the images as attachments with the correct names. They will also see an empty folder with the title empty.zip if your folder was titled “empty”. They can then save the images and throw away the empty.zip file.
Windows machines using Live Mail on Win 10 Mail
If you get messages from Mac users and you notice the name is not correct, all is not lost. (This is why I think it is Microsoft’s fault as well).
Depending on the email program you are using on Windows, find the setting for viewing messages as “Plain Text”. Upon selecting plain text and ok you will see the content of the mail change to plain text with the files in the attachment window at the top and the names when you right click to save them should be the originals.
Plain text also improves the security of your emails
Here is an example for Windows Live Mail and the Web site explaining more. It also works for Thunderbird and I suspect most programs have this option in various locations. https://www.emailquestions.com/threads/increase-your-email-security-by-reading-all-email-in-plain-text.2657/
Here is an article that explains a bit about the NIK plugins and why you should use caution before installing the new version, even as a trial. — Contributed by John
From Camera Card or USB Connected Camera
Insert Camera Card into Reader or plugin USB Cable and connect to camera.
Run Lightroom and choose “Import” from bottom left.
You should see three areas, Left is the “Source” and will show any drives connected to your computer, select your camera card by clicking on it. It should be highlighted in White/Light Grey.
At the top of the Centre section you should see,
“Copy as DNG Copy Move Add”
Choose “Copy” and it will highlight as white text.
On the right hand side you should see another list of drives on your computer with the heading “Destination”
Select the drive and folder that you wish to use to store your images. I use and external drive but if you have large hard drives in your computer choose one of those.
I choose to store my images by date and would suggest that you go with the defaults in Lightroom, at least until you develop your own system.
You can change the organization on the right hand pane just under the heading of “Destination“, choices are “By Date“, “Into one Folder” and there is a checkbox “into subfolder“, you can add a folder name here eg: “Blackie’s Spit”. (Remember to change this folder on your next import, Lightroom will keep the folder name until you change it)
“By Date” gives a “Date Format” list that allows you to change the folder layout. Try a sample import when you first start using Lightroom and see what the folder structure looks like.
Once you have checked all three areas, Source, Operation, Destination then you can click the import button on the bottom right and Lightroom will copy your images to the folder and drive you specified.
There are other features of the right hand pane that you can set, you can change the names of the files as they are being imported and add copywrite information etc. Use these extra features with caution as they make changes to the files. These changes can be applied after import and I prefer to import the images as is and then do other changes later.
If you already have your images organized in some kind of folder structure.
“Photo Collection” is your folder name for where you store your images, it might be “MyPictures”, “Pictures”, “Photos” or any other folder name but it is where all your exiting images are stored.
Run Lightroom and choose “Import” from bottom left.
You should see three areas, Left is the Source and will show any drives connected to your computer, select your folder that contains your “Photo Collection” if you are starting a new Lightroom catalog. It should be highlighted in White/Light Grey.
At the top of the Centre section you should see,
“Copy as DNG Copy Move Add”
Choose “Add” and it will highlight as white text. Choose “Subfolders” if needed. It will show if all your photos are inside other folders within your “Photo Collection” folder.
On the right hand side you should see “File Handling” and “Apply During Import”
I choose “Don’t Import Suspected Duplicates“, if you may have files in your photo collection with the same names but different images then turn this off.
If you are not sure, turn it off.
Lightroom will read your “Photos Collection” folder and add all the images it finds to the catalog. (It does not move the images from where you put them, it just creates a catalog and small thumbnail so it can find the images when needed)
Note: Once you start using Lightroom to import and manage your files, DO NOT move them by hand. You can create new folders in Lightroom and copy or move images between them and Lightroom will create the real folders on your hard drive and perform the copy or move for you. If you create folders outside of Lightroom and move your images into them or between folders that are part of the Lightroom catalog, Lightroom does not know where the photos went and will flag them with an “!” in the corner of the image on the catalog. If you attempt to edit the image, it will tell you that it can’t be found.
If you accidentally create, delete a folder or move images between folders outside of Lightroom it can be fixed.
In Lightroom “Library” view, look on the left pane and you should see a section titled “Folders“. Select the folder containing the files/folders you moved, usually the main “Photos Collection” (insert your folder name).
Right click the folder and choose “Synchronize Folder”
Lightroom will scan through the folder and all subfolders and find the images you moved. It will suggest that it can delete missing images and import new ones. Just let it do it’s thing and you will have your images all in the right place with the “!” removed.
It does not move or remove the actual images, it just fixes the catalog to reflect the changes you made.
Of course if you did delete the images from the hard drive they will be removed from Lightroom.
Your Lightroom catalog can be thought of as a card catalog in a Library with the thumbnails as the cards. Each one points to the real image (book) and tracks what you have done to the image. It makes a list of all the changes you made to the image but it does not change the original, if you export the image Lightroom will apply all your changes to the exported image.
This structure is why you do not want to move the images outside of Lightroom. If Lightroom can’t find the image it does not know how to process it for export.
The changes you do in Lightroom are stored within the catalog itself. Other external editors may change the original images so you should choose a Copy or a Copy with Lightroom edits when sending a file to external editors.
I hope this helps anyone that is struggling to understand Lightroom. There are many videos on YouTube on organizing your photos with Lightroom, it seems to be the most confusing part of the system.
Here is a brief video demonstrating that you can use the Mac Photos app with external editing programs that you may have installed on your computer.
- This assumes that you have installed the external programs before attempting to use them from Photos.
- Luminar and Infinity are 2 programs that play well with Photos.
- Launch your Photos App
- Select the photo you wish to work on
- Choose Edit from the top right (latest version)
- When the edit window opens pick the circle with the dots inside it, should be to the right side beside the Info button.
- You will get a dropdown list of all the external editing software that Photo knows about.
- Select the program in which you wish to edit your photo.
- When finished there is a Save Changes button on the top right depending on which program you chose. There may be on screen instructions on how to get back to Photos. Follow the on screen prompts and then hit Save Changes and you will be back in Photos with your edits completed.
Here is a PDF on Composition, It was found online by Karen Kroeker and passed on for the members.
YouTube Tutorial Channels for Photography Related Subjects
Some Channels fall into more than one category
If you have a favorite or a good one that does not appear in this list, send the link or the name of the YouTube channel to Brian Kilpatrick or the Webmaster of this site and we can add it to the list as a resource for new and experienced members.
Software: Lightroom, Photoshop and similar
Phlearn — photoshop tips tricks and tutorials
Serge Ramelli — Photoshop and Luminar tips
B&H — Various Shows on many, many topics
Adorama — A full learning channel with various presentors
The Camera Store (Calgary) — In the field reviews of various products
Settings: Aperture, Shutter speed, Iso
Mike Browne — Good
General Photography: Composition, Lighting etc
Mike Browne — Good
Portrait: From the view of Photographer and the Model
Jason Lanier — Photoshoots and Lighting tips with models
Weekly Imogen. — Photoshoots and tips from the model’s perspective
PhotoRec TV. —Gear and some shooting tips
Online Photo news:
Tony and Chelsea Northrup — Camera Tutorials, Ebooks — Good
The Slanted Lens
Welcome back to our camera club meetings.
I have included below some recent articles in a wide range of photography topics which may be of interest to you.
How To Be Different And Make Your Photography More Unique – When starting on the path of learning photography, it is common for some to already have an idea about what their work is supposed to look like. They admire and look at the work of photographers and want to be able to do similar work themselves. While this is an important part of the learning process, the best photographers all eventually go off in their own direction, and creatively it’s very important to think in this way. You want your work to ultimately be different. Here are some steps to help you figure out how to go against the grain and make your photography more unique. – READ MORE
Aperture: Get Creative – The primary purpose of the aperture setting is to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. Along with the shutter speed, it determines the quantity of light that reaches the camera’s sensor (or film) and forms a third of the ‘exposure triangle’. But, of more interest to most photographers is the creative potential of the aperture and shutter speed settings. I wrote about shutter speed a few weeks ago and today I’m going to explore some ways of making the most out of aperture. – READ MORE
Why Semi-Automatic Mode Is The Best For Choice For Wildlife – There is a mindset that a lot of photographers seem to have around anything but manual mode is cheating. Not only does this frustrate me as a statement, but it’s just bad advice, that hinders the photographic progress of others. I would argue that there’s no cheating in photography, and that using your camera in fully manual modes actually makes it harder to achieve the photo you’re looking for – so let’s take a look at why semi-automatic modes are a good choice for wildlife photography. – READ MORE
More Ways To Create Better Images Without Buying More Gear – Jay Maisel has to be one of the most interesting photographers alive today. He is 85 years old and he still makes a point of carrying his camera with him every day, everywhere he goes. I recently watched a few videos where Scott Kelby spent a few days with Jay, just wandering through the streets of New York and later, walking through Paris. – READ MORE
Now To Achieve Background Blur or Bokeh – If I show you two different portraits, one with a blurred background and one with a sharp background, you will automatically prefer the one with the creamy bokeh. Why? Because that’s just how it is. No, the bokeh effect is very flattering because it isolates the main subject by separating it from the background.
If you did not know, bokeh means blur in Japanese, and it is purely aesthetic.
Most portrait photographers blur their backgrounds, and I certainly do it because when I take a picture of someone, I want the viewer to focus on the person’s face and not what’s going on behind them. – READ MORE
5 Ways To Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp – There are so many rewarding aspects in life, and one of them is growing in something you love, something that you’re good at. Not only do we feel a sense of accomplishment, but we feel larger on the inside. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist with a knack for photography, improving your talent is a special thrill. On the flipside, there are few things more frustrating than that feeling of being stuck under a glass ceiling where you feel jaded, your work starts to feel dull, your passion begins to wane, and your creative juices dry up. We all plateau from time to time, and it’s important to get out of the rut quickly. So, how do you sharpen your photography talent? Here are five ways to get back on track. – READ MORE
7 Musts Of Great Composition In Photography – Speaking of musts, every discussion about photography and composition must begin here. Before you ever hoist your camera or touch your shutter, you should say to yourself, “This is a picture of a ____.” When you fill in the blank, be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the better the picture you can take. This is one of the truisms of photography. To have a great picture, you must have a clear, unmistakable subject. – READ MORE
5 Ways To De-Clutter Your Composition – You’ve probably heard a number of “rules” of photography composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and adding foreground interest. But there is one other simple guideline that you can apply to all of your compositions that will help raise the quality of your photos to a new level: de-clutter!
Simple compositions with only a few elements tend to have more impact than photos that include too much. – READ MORE
The Importance Of A Focal Point In Photo Composition – A focal point is the part of an image that draws the eye of a viewer to the most important part of the image or the area that you want to highlight. How you do this will make or break the final image. If you don’t know how to create this point then you will not achieve much in your photography. – READ MORE
5 Tips To Nail Focus In Your Landscape Photos – Focus is a topic that comes up often in my landscape workshops. How should I focus my camera? What do the different focus areas do and when should I use them? Where in the scene should I focus?
Here are 5 focusing tips to help you nail focus and get tack sharp landscape photos. – READ MORE
Tips For Doing More Spectacular Sunset Photography – The first thing I was told to do when I wanted to learn how to photograph landscapes and cityscapes, was to always shoot during the sunset. I have always asked myself why, but the answer is actually pretty easy. You get amazing colors in the sky, dramatic clouds, and soft light. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Better Wildlife Photos – Wildlife photography is a pursuit that can be challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding to any photographer. The arrival of digital cameras has inspired a whole new generation of photographers to take an interest in wildlife photography. – READ MORE
Why Off-Camera Flash Isn’t As Scary As You Think – The word alone has the potential to cause dread, even among experienced photographers, bringing to mind images of overexposed faces and red eyes. Because of this, many photographers avoid flash altogether, keeping a safe distance at all times. I think that’s too bad.
It’s a missed opportunity. Sure, flash may not always be applicable to your situation – but it’s very helpful to have another tool in your bag of tricks if and when it is needed. – READ MORE
Soft Box Lighting Techniques To Sculpt And Shape Your Model – Lighting setups tend to fall into two categories—simple and complicated—especially when it comes to multiple light setups. However, lighting plays a significant role in the overall outcome of your image, despite the complexity of your setup. In this helpful tutorial, professional photographer Wayne Johns shows how you can use softbox lighting controls to sculpt and shape your model: – READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO
For our June 2016 Photography Tips, I have included below some recent articles on various photography topics.
Why Is Black And White An Excellent Way To Start Photography – Black-and-white photography is the place to start if you’re serious about becoming a better photographer.
Go back to the dark ages before digital. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and the equivalent of Adobe Lightroom was a small piece of card on the end of a wire.
The first thing beginner photographers would learn is to shoot, develop, and print a roll of black-and-white film. We can go back to those roots today to solidify our skills. – READ MORE
How To Find Your Personal Photographic Style – Finding your personal photographic style is something of a holy grail to photographers, yet seldom an overnight occurrence. Nor would you want it to be, as developing a style that is uniquely yours is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of photography. For a lot of photographers, it is an ongoing, ever-evolving process, influenced by many factors. Some photographers find a single style that works for them, which they stick to and hone, while others might develop two or more dominant styles. – READ MORE
Why You May Be Failing To Reach Your Potential As A Photographer – There are a number of reasons why someone might not succeed at reaching their full potential, more than I can cover in this article, so please feel free to add to this list by telling us what obstacles get in your way. If you have solutions to someone else’s problem, feel free to offer up some advice, and help out a fellow photographer. – READ MORE
Seeing The World Through Clothslines – Padding through the tight cobblestone alleyways of Venice, it’s common to see clotheslines connecting one house to its neighbor. Drying machines are rarities in Italy, and women of these historic homes take great pride in the meticulous hanging of their families’ garments. There is a proper way to air-dry everything from linens and undergarments, and much can be learned about one’s neighbors simply by the skill and etiquette displayed during laundry day, when the fragrance of detergent commingles with that of the salty canal.
Having grown accustomed to the (often wasteful) use of machine driers, American tourists to foreign countries are astonished by the colorful arrays of drying clothing. Indeed, there is a genuine artistry to the ways in which faraway residents care for their clothing. In Italy, laundry, called bucato, is particularly meaningful in the older cities, where wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next, usually by women. – READ MORE
How To Create Gorgeous Flower Images Using A Flashlight And A Reflector – In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you some simple and inexpensive ways to create beautiful flower images. You will learn to add light by using a flashlight and a reflector. If you add in some imagination and patience, you will soon be creating gorgeous flower images of your own.
In addition, you will gain insight about seeing light, and how and recreate it on your own. – READ MORE
100 Best Photographs Without Photoshop – Nature and humankind are both great artists, and when they join forces, amazing masterpieces can be produced.Today Bright Side has collected for you works in which the combined efforts of mother nature and photographic artists have captured magic moments showing the wondrous diversity of modern life and the natural world. – CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING PHOTOS HERE
5 Tips To Improve Your Background And Make The Subject Stand Out More – If you are looking for a quick, simple, hassle-free way to make your images pop more and stand out, this is the article for you!
You don’t have to be a Photoshop genius – in fact, this may help you spend less time in Photoshop. These simple tips can elevate the photos you take. If there was one element in many images I see that could greatly improve it, it would have to be this: backgrounds. An ugly or distracting background can easily reduce the impact of even the best subjects. A clean, un-distracting background will help improve your images and make your subjects stand out even more. The best past is, you wont even have to spend a cent to do this. – READ MORE
How To Improve The Impact Of Your Urban Images Using Lines – If you are struggling with getting your photos of cities and architecture to pop out, chances are that you are underestimating the power of lines in your images. Lines help you structure your images in ways that lead your viewers to look at different parts of the picture, and create interest in both your main objects and the surroundings. – READ MORE
5 Creative Compositions Tips From Huntington Witherill – Our new video is about mastering the art of visualization, and no one does it quite as uniquely as photographer Huntington Witherill. Witherill’s approach to composition is one he models after some of the greatest photographers of all time. He quotes Edward Weston when he describes visualization as “the strongest way of seeing.” As you’ll see in this video, his imaginative composition is inspired by photographer Minor White, who said “photograph things for what they are, and for what else they are.” This video is sure to get you creative composition juices flowing. – READ MORE
How To Photograph Modes Of Transportation – As a landscape photographer, shooting planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation is not something I do very often! But I find that tackling new subjects and breaking out of my comfort zone is always beneficial and I think you will too. You’re bound to learn something!
For this theme, you are not limited to just planes, trains and automobiles; use your imagination to discover all kinds of vehicles, as long as they are (or at one time were) capable of taking you from point A to point B. This can be on the road or off of it, in the sky or on the water. They can be still or in motion, near or far. As long as it can carry people, it counts! – READ MORE
Tips For Taking Family Photographs – Family portraits fall into three main categories: traditional family portraits, candid family portraits, and lifestyle family portraits. Most families have had their picture taken, but few have had a chance to have their portrait shot, because of the difference between the two. One is a quick snap, with little attention given to the technical aspects of the image; the other has more consideration given to how the final result should look.
It’s often said that a good portrait captures the personality of the subject(s), and that’s true, but what it also does is record the subject(s) in a way that’s different from other pictures they’ve had taken of themselves. By using a couple of simple techniques – anyone can move from the realm of ‘snapshots’ to discovering how to deliver distinctive family portraits. – READ MORE
5 Travel Street Portraying Photography Tips – Capturing an authentic image of someone on the street is not a very easy thing to do. To really capture their soul—an honest moment of someone looking straight into the camera and revealing themselves—that’s magic. Photographer Kenna Klosterman uses travel street portraiture to really connect with a culture and its people while she’s traveling. Here are her top five tips to connect with strangers and take better street portraits: – READ MORE
10 Expert Tips For Taking Photographs – Surrounded by the beauty of nature, many photographers experience a longing to capture those stunning vistas, towering mountains and waterfalls, decorated valleys, and quiet pools, alive with light and color. Unfortunately, after photographing landscapes, many photographers often experience a startling sense of defeat when the images turn out to be shapeless, emotionless and otherwise amateur in post-processing.
In this video, award-winning landscape photographer Antony Spencer shares 10 tips for landscape photographers looking to hone their craft and produce high quality work—including some composition advice to help infuse photographs with shape and feeling: – READ MORE
Using Sun In Your Images – Including the sun in your photos can be a creative way to capture different lighting in your images. But, the sun can also be a bit overpowering. Like any good composition, think about how and when to add the sun for the most effective impact.
Early morning or late afternoon, when fog rolls in, is a great time to add the sun. It will create a moody, silhouetted feeling much like what was captured in the image of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp below. The fog filters the sun reducing its bright hot spot to a manageable exposure. – READ MORE