Yesterday, I published a blog post which included the Ultimate Before After Slider, by ForeverThemes. I loved the difference that adding the slider made to the post! When I started to write, I had two photos, side by side, for comparison. One had been processed in Lightroom CC. The other had Lightroom CC’s Dehaze Filter added to the processing. The difference between the photos was obvious but not very compelling.
When I added the Ultimate Before After Slider, though, you could feel the difference. Now, you could see both photos, one on top of the other. As you slid back and forth, you saw more or less of each photo. Before I had applied the Dehaze Filter, the photo had looked foggy. Now, it was as though I had covered the first photo with a translucent film of haze. As you moved the slider from left to right, the film disappeared, just like magic!
Here’s another example of the slider in use:
If you’d like to see a larger version of the finished photo, click here.
The original photo is one that I took in Amsterdam three years ago. It was a Raw file with the Camera Standard profile added to it. In other words, it was what I would have shot, if I had shot a JPEG file.
The second photo is the same photo, processed in Lightroom CC.
I will definitely be using this slider in the future! However, the one thing that was missing Read more →
In my last blog post, 7 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Camera Safe, I included a photo of some of my friends on a golf outing (tip #5). Unfortunately, my lens had condensation on it, so my friends looked like they were standing in a fog. It was definitely not a usable photo! I promised to show a quick solution that could save it.
Here are the two versions. The new one is definitely usable, as a reminder of an enjoyable day spent together.
Amazingly, the solution couldn’t be easier! In Lightroom CC, I simply bumped up the Dehaze filter (found in the Effects Panel in the Develop Module) to 100%. Otherwise, the processing is exactly the same!
7 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Camera Safe
It’s National Safety Month, here in the USA. What better time to share 7 quick tips to keep your camera safe! If you’d like to see larger versions of the photos, just click on them.
1. Use a UV or Protector Lens Filter on all of your lenses: Cameras today are really computers, and, just like your laptop, sooner or later, they will become obsolete. Your lenses, on the other hand, should last for many years! A good place to start protecting your lens is with a UV or Protector filter. (Be sure to buy the correct size for your lens’ diameter.) Either type of filter will work. You screw it onto your lens and leave it there. Its purpose is simply to protect the glass from scratches, dirt and nose prints… If it does get scratched, it’s a lot cheaper to replace than the lens would be! The one time you will want to remove it is when you are going to be adding additional filters, like Neutral Density Filters. Leaving on too many filters can lead to vignetting.
It’s Christmas Eve, and all around the world, people and searching through their homes, trying to remember where they stored their camera bags.
When they finally find the bag, the next thought is… “How do I set this thing?”
Of course, you’re much more organized than that. You know exactly where your DSLR camera is and how to use it. But, just in case you need a little refresher, here are five quick tips to get you started. Read more →
I’ve been giving some thought to walking in the rain… with my camera!
Tomorrow, I’ll be leading a Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. It’s my second year as the walk leader here.
Last year, the day began with a torrential downpour… Most of the walkers braved the elements and were rewarded with a perfect morning. The rain stopped, but the clouds remained and created perfect lighting for portraits of the interpreters.
Crowds were also slow to arrive, so we had lots of time to meet, interact and explore.
This year, we are dealing with weather again… and Hurricane Joaquin. We’re still on track to walk, since the hurricane is heading east. Hopefully the rain will behave as it did last year… Colonial Williamsburg will be open and is offering free
Since Christmas, I’ve been sharing tips and tricks for shooting better holiday photos on my Facebook page (Caroline Maryan Photography). I called the series The Twelve Days of Christmas. Yesterday, it was the last day, and I posted this photo of three bamboo kings, from our creche, in front of our Christmas tree. I decided to have some fun with bokeh while I composed it.
Today, I want to share how I created the stars in the background. I hope you’ll give it a try, but be forewarned… it can be addictive! You’ll want to set aside part of a day when you can play around with no distractions.
The stars are really nothing but bokeh, but I had to modify it as I shot. Here is some background into how I shot this photo. Read more →
Join me for a Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Williamsburg, VA!
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 7:45 AM to 11:00 AM, with dutch-treat lunch to follow at Blue Talon Bistro
Meeting Place: Parking Lot #6 Payment Station (This is the paid parking lot near Berret’s Seafood Restaurant. GPS Coordinates: 37°16’9″ N 76°42’23” W. The parking is free from 7:30 AM until 12 noon.)
Cost: Free, with a $1.00 donation requested for an orphanage in Africa, at the time of registration.
Registration: Click here to register. All participants must register!
Equipment: All levels of photographer are welcome. All cameras, too, including iPhones! If you like to use a tripod, throw a neutral density filter into your bag, and you’ll be able to shoot some fun photos that show movement, like this. Read more →
This week is Buddha’s Birthday in Seoul, South Korea, so it’s time for the annual Lotus Lantern Festival. Seoul also holds another lantern festival in the fall, so there are plenty of opportunities to practice your photography skills. Here are some ideas to make your photos really shine.
You may encounter lanterns that are moving and ones that are still. Let’s deal with the still ones first.
Tips for photographing still lanterns:
In Seoul, the still lanterns are built on platforms in the Cheonggye Stream. If the crowds are not too great, you may be able to use a tripod. Otherwise, you’ll have to be sure to choose settings with a fast enough shutter speed. I shoot in Aperture mode because I like to play around with my depth of field. Here’s what I do when I’m shooting without a tripod:
First I decide my aperture setting, depending on the composition. Do I want the entire lantern to be in focus or not? For this photo, I chose f/4 to separate the front lantern from the others.
Next I focus. I always shoot with just one focus point selected. And that focus point is on the eye that is closest to me. (Just like shooting a portrait!) Read more →
Do you know how to store your camera manual on your iPhone or iPad? And what about those wonderful photography and social media ebooks that you find online? You don’t want to haul around your laptop for a good read… So here’s how: First, download iBooks for your iPhone or iPad, from iTunes or the App Store. You’ll use this for reading. Next, download the manuals or PDFs that you want to read. I usually do this on my laptop. Store them in your Documents folder. (Hint: You’ll find your camera manual on the camera company website. Some companies won’t let you download it until you have registered the camera, which you can also do at the website.) Read more →