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 →
It’s that time of year again, the time when many countries change their clocks back by one hour. Where I live, it happened in the middle of the night, last night.
My cell phone changes automatically. Even better, so does my Apple watch! Even our thermostat for cooling and heating our house makes the change itself. (I’m not sure why it’s twenty minutes slow… that will involve some investigating…) Some appliances still need a manual update, like our coffee pot. And, let’s not forget the clock that causes me the most trouble… Read more →
I love to travel! And I really love to shoot travel photography!
However, have you ever noticed how hard it is to arrive at a site at the perfect time for photography? It seems like either the light is wrong or the venue is crawling with tourists or both!
In my blog post about creative inspiration , I promised to share a secret or two for making tourists disappear.
Now, it’s true that you may want to include photos of your friends on the trip. A photo book of the trip would feel pretty sad without shots of the people. And sometimes, the irony is worth the photo, like the fun shot we took of our group on a walk around the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea. Some sculpture just begs to be sat upon, especially when it’s designed to be a bench!
As many of you know, I’ve spent the past two years volunteering on the board of a local organization. I joined to make friends and become involved in my new community, Williamsburg, VA. What started as a part-time job morphed into a full-time one and more… During this time, I served as their photographer and membership coordinator. I did their marketing, wrote their news for the local magazine and helped establish their new website. Needless to say, I learned a lot!
Now, my time on the board is almost over, and I’m studying how use the time I will suddenly have on my hands. I don’t want to fritter it away…
So, I’ve decided to do some research. 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 →