Monthly Archives: May 2017

Color Depth, Left Brain Thinking!

16-bit or 32-bit color? What is the difference and what should you be using? Its time to share my understanding of color depth in this nerd out session. First of all, what is a "bit"? The word bit was created from two words, similar to the words blog & vlog. In this case the words binary & digit make up the word bit. Every bit is either a 0 or a 1, off or on. The more bits you have in...

Lightroom Black and White for Beginners

You're new to Lightroom or editing in general and you want to convert your color photo into a black and white masterpiece. You start off with good intentions but due to a lack of know how or fear of doing too much or too little, you simply add a black and white treatment to the image and consider your work done, wrong! The reason this is a bad idea is that usually, this will only leave you with an image that lacks...

Photoshop Sharpening High Pass Filter

Whenever you are about to begin the editing process of any photograph, it is helpful to have in mind a few simple things to consider asking yourself. What is wrong with this image is usually the question we suggest to our clients in the Mentoring Program. The answer to such a question can be answered with 4 options, Exposure, Color, Creative or All of the Above. Creative adjustments are things like removing unwanted items in a photo or adding textures for...

Lightroom Keyword Hierarchy

In a previous post, lightroom keyword ideas, we discussed several possible ways of setting up an effective keyword list within Lightroom. These ideas are meant to set you up for a successful, long-lasting, more importantly, realistic and manageable list of keywords. We also glossed over the fact that keywords could be created as categories and sub-categories the same way you can organize folders on a hard drive. You can also forgo the idea of folders and sub-folders, instead, you can choose...

Gaussian Blur, Left Brain Thinking!

Many of us have used this tool in photoshop plenty of times. As a left brain thinker, I have always wondered what in the heck does Gaussian mean. I've also wondered how exactly you pronounce the word. It's funny to hear how many ways people say it. So, here is the definition from Merriam-Webster: being or having the shape of a normal curve or a normal distribution. Pronounced: gau̇-sē-ən Well...

Lightroom Keyword Ideas

So you are using Adobe Lightroom to better organize your photos. At one point you had only a few hundred images and finding one wasn't so bad but now you have a much larger problem. You now have thousands of images and finding one is like looking for a black cat in a coal cellar #impossible. Lucky for you Lightroom is built for this sort of problem and there are several tools within the software to help you locate that...

How to use Nik Collection Viveza Efex

Control points in Viveza Efex is truly awesome. If you have ever wanted to know how to create a layer mask effect inside of Lightroom, this is the closest thing to it without going into Photoshop. The amount of control you receive when inside of Viveza is incredible. Changes can be made to Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Structure, Shadows and the Red, Green, and Blue channels. You can also duplicate, group and ungroup control points for great effect, control, and organization. ...

6D vs 5D3, Left Brain Thinking!

First off, both the 6D and the 5D3 are great options on any level. Personally, I have shot with just about every major camera brand and I prefer Canon’s simplicity. Like many of our followers, most of my photography is landscape based. However, no matter what you are photographing, the same principles will apply. Both cameras are capable of creating fantastic high quality photographs. With that being said there are a few main reasons I chose to go with the 6D: It’s...

How to use Nik Collection Analog Efex

Part 2 of 7 all about understanding and taking advantage of the power that is Control Points in Google NiK Collections. It's no secret that Adobe steals the show when it comes to Photography Editing Software. Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop have raised the bar to the highest level when it comes to processing your images. You could make the argument that Adobe Lightroom, in particular, is probably the leading choice amongst consumers and professionals alike. In large part, the ease...

ISO 160 Myth, Left Brain Thinking!

This blog will be the first of many super nerdy/techy posts that will be added to our feed. If you are a "Left Brain Thinking", full on techy nerd then sit back and come along for the ride. Let me first make a note that this is purely based on digital photography and not film. As you may know ISO simply represents the sensitivity of your cameras sensor. (Read more) What you may also know is that as you increase the...