Post Processing

I finally got to use the camera for the reason I bought it!

Two weeks ago we finally had some nice clouds and I got to use the Nikon for what I bought it for, long exposures...

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The How and Why of Creating Custom Camera Profiles

If you process your images with an Adobe product such as Lightroom or Photoshop then you are seeing colors the way Adobe wants you to, and not as your camera sees them.  All raw file image editing with these programs start with a profile.  Adobe, by default, assigns your images the "Adobe Color" profile.  In past versions this default was "Adobe Standard." But neither of these profiles sees color the way your camera sees color...

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Nikons Week 3

I lied.  In the last blog, I mentioned I would talk about my wide-angle lens and the built in focus stacking option, but I have not finished testing this yet.  So I will tell you about the amazing dynamic range of the sensor instead!

Last weekend I went out kayaking and came across a great back lit, edge of light situation, one of the most dramatic lighting situations you can find.  If you follow my work, you will know I seek out these "edge of light" situations...

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The Decision

As many of you know I have been a long time Canon user and enthusiast. Few of you know my history with camera systems. I have switched brands three times due to advances in technology...I recently had the opportunity to test the Nikon D850 vs. the Canon 5D Mark IV on a hot day here in Sacramento. With the temperature close to 100 degrees, I shot both cameras side by side and used no long exposure noise reduction on either camera...After seeing the results of this test, I ordered 2 Nikon D850 bodies, batteries, XQD cards, etc. from Hunt’s Photo.  My second “Nikon period” will begin and my second “Canon Period” will end. Read the full account in this blog.

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Kewording is key!

I am a firm believer in using keywords in Lightroom.  If you do a good job of keywording your images you will always be able to find whatever you are looking for no matter where it is stored on your computer. If I want to see all my “Grizzly Bear” images I can just search that term and see all the images and it doesn’t matter if they are grizzly bears from Alaska, or Wyoming, or what year they were taken, Lightroom will find them...

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Preparing for 4th of July

In preparation for the 4th of July, I thought I would post this video on how to add fireworks to a night image.

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You can go back again!

There is an old adage, “You can’t go back again” but that certainly doesn’t pertain to photographs.  Yesterday I was working on some video lessons on Lightroom Classic, when I got sucked into a black hole and taken back in time to a trip to Tibet 7 years ago.  I discovered images I had taken to make panoramas but never stitched, old images I processed but now can do better with the more modern tools in the Develop module...

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Panoramas

http://www.feisol.net/Whenever I travel I try and remember to take a few panoramic images. I am not a big equipment nut and it would be very rare for me to travel with more than 3 lenses and two camera bodies. I just don’t like to carry too much!...

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Combining images for streaking cloud effect

...Later in the day I took a hike to a point I had never been to before. When I left the car there were no clouds, so I left my filter behind and just took a camera and tripod.

After spending some time at the point clouds formed and I wished I had carried my filter. I thought about it for a while and decided to take 40 images at 8 sec intervals, with the thought of combining them later. Here is the result...

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Sea Lion Edit

I had several people ask me how I tinted the Sea Lion image from yesterday, since it looked like the water and the sky were two different colors. They are!

So I made a little video showing you my post processing work and how I took this image:

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