Nov 052014
 

Charles Needle Impressionistic PhotographyI generally don’t review photography books on this blog, but I am making an exception to let you know about a book I have really enjoyed from Charles Needle, Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush. If you’re in a creative lull, or want to add more creative techniques to your repertoire that you can use in any light and that can turn ordinary compositions into beautiful art, you’ll love this book.

After covering equipment, Charles encourages you to play and experiment as he covers step by step how to shoot Multiple-Exposure Monets (a term he coined), Long-Exposure Slap Zoom, Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage, Composite Montage and many more techniques. Those that require multiple exposures can be produced in-camera with a DSLR that shoots multiple exposure images, or together with a free Photoshop script. He also shares some several creative iPhone apps he uses to create multiple exposure montages, painterly effects and more. You’ll be inspired by his beautiful examples (which include Christmas tree lights, if you need some seasonal inspiration!)

Charles Needle Impressionistic Photography

Multiple Exposure Monet, Soft-Glow Montage, Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom

Click here to find out more about and order Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush.

I have had the privilege of teaching a workshop with Charles and he is an excellent and inspiring teacher. If you enjoy his book, check out his in-person workshops as well.

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Jul 012013
 

Adobe Lightroom 5 - The Missing FAQI am very happy to report that Victoria Bampton’s exceptional reference book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ, is now available!  Victoria is a fellow Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom,  the founder of lightroomforums.net, and one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom experts I know.  She therefore understands what questions Lightroom users have, and has organized her book around these questions. The book is well-written, well-organized, and well-illustrated with hundreds of screenshots and photos, and is full of practical advice about what really matters.

Lightroom 5 - The Missing FAQ - sample page

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

You can purchase either the e-book only (includes PDF, Kindle/Mobi & ePub formats), or the e-book together with a black-and-white paperback. I love the e-book format — I can search the book for a particular topic, and Victoria has included  many hotlinks that allow me to easily jump to related topics. I also enjoy the paperback version.

Sample Missing FAQ page - click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page - click to enlarge.

Sample Missing FAQ page – click to enlarge.

Not only is the book very affordable, but with it you become a premium member of her help service — which not only gives you access to a great Lightroom knowledgebase, but also priority response to emailed questions to her!

The 578 page book has been written primarily as a reference tool, for when you have questions or want to delve into a topic, rather then as a step-by-step tutorial for beginners. It does however have a 45 page “Getting Started” section that focuses on the most critical topics for beginners.  While I am admittedly a bit biased on this topic, I think that a great package of Lightroom resources for both beginners and experienced users is the combination of my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond tutorial video series and Victoria’s Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ.

Finally, I reveal my secret — when I get a question about Lightroom that I can’t answer, I turn to Victoria’s Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ!


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Apr 082013
 

craft and vision free e-bookJust a quick heads up that Craft & Vision has a new e-book out – and it is free! It is 45 pages, with articles by 6 authors, with 9 unique ways to improve your photography. I haven’t read it myself yet, but based on my prior experience with Craft & Vision books, it is worth much more than you will pay. Click here to check out Craft & Vision 2: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs.

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Aug 122012
 

I’m very happy to announce that I have finished this new video tutorial series, on producing great output with Lightroom 4!  For those of you who have been waiting, I appreciate your patience.  My goal with this series is not only to teach you the how-to of the Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules, but also to give you a strong foundation in output concepts that are critical to your success in producing high quality consistent output.

Lightroom 4: Producing Great OutputLightroom 4: Producing Great Output

Almost  12 hours of training on 55 videos, for Mac and PC (and iPad compatible!)

Section                                                 # Videos              Duration (h:m)
Introduction                                               2                                    0:13
Output Concepts                                       9                                    2:28
Getting Started                                          2                                    0:22
Book                                                         14                                   2:54
Slideshow                                                  7                                    1:40
Print                                                          13                                   2:34
Web                                                            8                                   1:35

 

While I recommend that you purchase the whole series, you can choose to purchase just Book or Print (both of which include the Introduction, Output Concepts and Getting Started sections.)

Note that other than the Book module portion and the section on soft-proofing in the Develop module, this series is also applicable to Lightroom 3.

Between Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond, and now Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output, you can now get over 22 hours of high quality training on all the modules of Lightroom! And if you purchase both together, you can save 10%!

Click here for more information and to purchase.

 

 

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Jun 082012
 

When you click in a photo in the Book Module, a Zoom slider appears, which shows you how far, in percent, you are zoomed in on the photo, and allows you to zoom in more or less.  This slider is for enlarging the photo in the cell on your Book page, not for zooming in to evaluate detail in the photo. (The latter is done with the Preview panel.)

If you zoom in too far, you’ll get an exclamation point in the top right corner:

Book Module Photo Zoom

If you click on one of these exclamation points, you’ll get this warning, indicating that you have enlarged the photo too much and may not have enough pixels per inch (ppi) to get a good quality print:

Lightroom Book Exclamation Point Resolution Warning

Note that this warning and ppi information will only display if in the Book Settings panel you have chosen to make a Blurb book, not for PDFs or JPEGs. In addition, of course, it only displays once you get down to under 200 ppi.

So how do you get Lightroom to display ppi for PDF’s, JPEGs, and for your Blurb book photos over 200 ppi?  Here’s the secret:

  • Click in the photo, so that the zoom slider appears.
  • Hold down the Alt/Opt key — this changes zoom % to ppi!

Lightroom Book Module: Displaying Photo PPI

 


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Jul 192010
 

Victoria Bampton, a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen,  has just recently released her Missing FAQ book updated for Lightroom 3.    She is an administrator and Lightroom Guru on lightroomforums.net, and is one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom users and troubleshooters I know — if I don’t know the answer to a question myself, I often turn to Victoria or this forum.

As a forum moderator, Victoria understands  the questions and issues users face.   Continue reading »

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