A friend of mine took a picture of herself recently and I saw some possibilities for having fun with lightroom presets. This emulates a Kodak film Porta VC 160 along with edits to the tone curve to create a negative image. You can create your own presets or download ones for free or purchase them from other enterprising photographers such as Gavin Seim . You can quickly go thru dozens of presets looking for just the right one. I chose this one because it shows her eyes and eyebrows nicely. Catwoman eyes! Enjoy!
A friend of mine had a party recently with half of them being musicians who spend the evening playing Rock and Roll, Blues, Jazz and whatever else catches their fancy. While they played I took pictures. I don’t use my add on flash as much as I’d like and this provided a great opportunity. The basic setup is shutter priority with your shutter set to a 60th sec. I haven’t liked the results because the aperture is usually wide open resulting in a shallow depth of field. I’ve found that’s okay if you have one subject in the image. With more subjects in the image and a shallow depth of field, one subject will look fine but the other subjects will be less sharp and that annoys the heck outta me. So I set the aperture priority to f8.
I got a lot of nice shots but I was looking to do a little more with a few of them. I’ve got a lot of Presets in Lightroom but none of them really caught my fancy. Then I viewed Episode 247 of Photoshop User TV. Scott Kelby explained a tutorial creating a bleached bypass effect in Photoshop. Duplicate the background layer twice. Then desaturate the middle layer and change it’s opacity to 80%. Switch to the top layer and change the blend mode to Overlay. Quick and easy and a nice effect. Bringing the image back into Lightroom, I did some minor adjustments and then used a Develop Preset that mimics the look from the movie “300” and I was done.
Other than the cost of living, there aren’t too many downsides to living in Hawaii. However, after growing up in New England, I do miss the season changes. I tend to feel left out when the different photo sites run a contest based on the season. Spring being the current subject for photo submissions. This musing was prompted by my going thru some photos I took while visiting Moanalua Gardens three years ago. Monkey Pod trees are the big draw and standing under the canopy of the trees provided some interesting textures to play with. Using one of the Lightroom presets I created a what if fall came to Oahu look.
I made the leap to a DSLR in 2005 with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. The photo ops that pushed the limits of my 7D and lens combination were lowlight with alot of movement. I took a bunch of pictures that I knew weren’t great but they had potential if I knew how to work with them. Surfing subjects within an hour of sunset were a challenge. I could push the ISO up to 1600 but I wasn’t happy with those results. The highest I would go was ISO 800 with my 28-200 Sigma at full zoom. With the lens as wide as it would go the best shutter speeds I could get were 45th or 60th of a sec. After my initial post processing I set those pics aside to wait for a better day. Today is the day for one of them. With recent upgrades in both hardware and software plus additional skill with the software (Lightroom and Photoshop), I’m revisiting those early efforts. What ya think?
Two great features of Lightroom are it’s ability to create virtual copies that exist only within LR and not on your hard drive. Then you can take the copy and apply a preset (a group of settings) in this case a combination of Develop settings to come up with different treatments for an image. You can let your fancy run free.
The LR preset for this image is called Neg Kodak VC 160 warm. It’s actually designed to convert your color negatives just copied with your digital camera for a Kodak VC 160 film. This is a Point Curve Preset by radical edits to the Tone Curve. In order to subvert Lightroom’s parametric Tone Curve, you must either edit the Tone Curve in Adobe Camera Raw or edit the Preset by hand.
You can easily create your own or some websites sell them or you can find free ones. This was downloaded from Inside Lightroom