Pa’i ki’i Imagery

March 4, 2009

Vertical Panorama

I’ve been doing more panorama’s recently with CS2.  They came out pretty well.  I just upgraded to CS4 and doing pano’s is even easier and faster than CS2.  The obvious format is Landscape but turn your camera (literally) to Portrait orientation.  Take a series of vertical images and then use your panorama stitching program to blend them together.  This is a blend of four portrait oriented pictures looking out my back door.  Terrible view isn’t it? While landscapes are typical subjects of this process, it should work equally well if you take a picture of a large group of people.  Come to think of it I wonder if it would work with a Macro subject?  Hmmmm.  

 

Vertical Pano

This is right out of the oven without a final crop.  I thought it was interesting in this unfinished form.

There is a slight distortion in the lower corners that would be less obvious if I did crop it.

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December 6, 2008

NAPP

No, this post isn’t about the virtues of taking a nap. Although I heartily recommend you take one on a regular basis. This is about the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.


Being a bit of a computer geek since the mid 80’s I knew about Photoshop and it’s reputation as the top graphics and image editing tool. Since my needs in that area were decidedly modest I had no need or desire to spend the considerable amount to get the program. Then digital photography came on the scene along with a timely discount offer for Photoshop 7. Talk about serendipity.


Using Photoshop for the first time is like getting thrown into the deep end of the pool, without getting swimming lessons first. I quickly came to realize the Photoshop motto should be “Why do it just one way, when a half dozen different ways will do.”


This is where NAPP comes into the story. I bought several books to help me but NAPP had short bite size tutorials designed to show you how to create a specific effect in Photoshop. Learn by doing. What’s more the website had video tutorials that you could watch! Neat!


I created the border around the picture you see below by watching a video by R.C. Concepcion on the website. Thank you R.C.


While I’ve found Photoshop useful in my photography, Lightroom really greased the wheels of my pursuit of improvement. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts. NAPP has plenty of resources to help you with Lightroom as well.


There’s a lot more available to you so take a look and if you like what you see click on this link to sign up.
Refer a Friend You’ll get “The Best of Photoshop User: The Tenth Year” DVD as a bonus gift.


One more thing, I realize it’s called National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Therefore, you need to be making a living using Photoshop. Nope. You just need the desire to improve. NAPP will help you do that.


China Walls at Sunset

November 11, 2008

Why I am grateful for Lightroom

In March 2005 I upgraded to the Maxxum 7D from the Maxxum 7. I made the leap to a DSLR. I looked forward to taking as many pictures as I wanted and only printing the ones I wanted. I quickly learned it wasn’t quite that simple.
Photoshop CS and ACR allowed me to process my RAW images. However, ACR was clunky in it’s ability to help me review and pick the best images. It’s one thing to take alot of pictures. It’s another to find the best of them. Then after finding them, I had to go into Photoshop to complete the process. So an 8 meg RAW file turns into a 10 or 20 or more PSD file. It was all so ungainly and not a great encouragement to go out and take alot of pictures so I could learn to make better images.
Then out of the blue Adobe announced the beta program for Lightroom. As soon as I started to use it. I knew this is what I’d been waiting for. Easy to learn and quick to use.
Why do I write about this? For the past several days I’ve been going back thru my pictures from the first year of using my DSLR. Beyond the obvious bad images. I never culled my pictures for the marginal ones. It was too tedious with Bridge-ACR-PS workflow. LR is soo much faster. Plus I can easily work with a marginal image. Play with the WB. Work in B&W or Split Tone. Easily make a creative crop. With the latest version of LR you can do selective adjustments that before required using PS.
Now I go out and take hundreds of pictures knowing I can quickly distill it down to just the ones I want. All keyworded and organized into collections that I can upload to my website.
For the average JPEG Point and Shoot user LR is more than you’d want to pay for a software program to process your images. However, if you’re making the transition to a DSLR add Lightroom to your purchasing plans. You won’t regret it. If you’re a MAC user than you’ve also got Aperture to consider. Either program will allow you to effortlessly examine your images. Learn what worked and improve yourself thereby. Helping you to present your best to the viewing public.

Kitesurfers in Maunalua Bay

Kitesurfers in Maunalua Bay

July 28, 2008

Lightroom 2 has been released

Adobe just released Version 2 of Lightroom. I’ve been using the Beta since April. It had plenty of new features. They added more in the final release. Such as a Graduated Filter. John Nack has some of the details Lightroom 2 is here.

There are alot of great things in LR2. Localized corrections is at the top of the list.

There are two things the engineers did that just annoy the heck outa me! First they removed the metadata browser panel on the lower left side of the Library module. This kept a running total of the camera type, lens types, file type, Aperture, shutter speed, date. Just click the lens type and all the photos taken with that lens would be shown. Now you have to create a filter preset and then run the preset to get the info. That’s not streamlining your workflow. What’s also not streamlining is the decision to move the straightening tool from underneath the photo to the upper right panel in the Develop Module. I liked using the slider. With it underneath, I just looked down to manipulate it. Now I need to look up and away. This draws my attention away from the photo more than the other way and I don’t like that.

If you’ve been considering Lightroom, I recommend it despite my annoyances.

Remember the Fifth Rule.

April 18, 2008

Adobe TV

Filed under: Photography,Uncategorized — paikiiimagery @ 9:57 am
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I have a bunch of websites I check out that post video tips about Photography or Lightroom.
If you haven’t been to George Jardine’s website, for instance, George Jardine on Lightroom and Digital Photography .He has interviews with Photographers of note.

I bring this up because I happened to run across a reference to Adobe TV. I knew they had training videos of there various programs. I didn’t realize there was one central location. It maybe a fairly new creation but then you learn something new everyday about what’s available on the web. Some of the content is from Adobe some is exerpted from training videos of other companies. You might find a nugget or two of useful things you didn’t already know. Julieanne Kost had a nice tip about using the Slideshow to do a quick crop of some photos for a client presentation if you don’t have the time to do it in the Develop Module.

http://tv.adobe.com

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