A lot of us are on a budget. We don’t have the money to splurge on expensive lighting or props for our still life photography. However, Alex Koloskov has put together a video outlining how you can spend $30 on a dimmable LED light bulb and rig it to mimic expensive studio lighting. Check it out.
Tags: #abstractphoto, #abstractphotography, #fineartphotography, #flowerphotography, #howto, #LEDlighting, #LEDlights, #lighting, #portrait, #portraitphotography, #stilllife, #stilllifephotography, #strobe, #studiolighting, #tutorial
Tags: #spring #flower #spring2014 #springphotography #flowers #landscapes #landscapephotography #flowerphotography #nature #naturephotography #springtime #macro #macrophotography
One minute it’s sunny…The next, it’s rainy… Sounds like spring to me! I found some interesting tips on how to capitalize on the season in order to get truly striking and unique spring landscapes. Check it out!
Tags: #photography #histograms #software #camera #dslr #canon #nikon #lighting #exposure #photographytips #tutorials #geek #nerdy #nerd
As in, who knew they could be this accessible? Well, if you did, you’re a smarty pants. Or, y’know, you already learned about them… But for those of you just getting started and feeling daunted by this weird graph thingy (“I don’t do math!”) and what it’s saying about your photo, Rick Nunn has come up with a very simple explanation to quell your fears.
That’s “nerd face”. Now you know.
Tags: #keyboard #keyboardshortcuts #shortcut #DIY #customize #customise #photography #photographer #efficiency #productivity #efficient #tutorial
To all you speed demons, it may surprise you to know that a number of ACDSee commands have predefined keyboard shortcuts. These exist in Manage and View mode. This is to help you work quickly and efficiently, and to feel awesome as you look like a genius from a 90s hacker movie. I’m serious — the more you can get done using only the keyboard, the more people assume that you’re on top of things, a master, a ninja, etc. If the predefined presets aren’t enough for you and you want to maximize how little you have to touch your mouse, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to more commands. Or, if one of the existing shortcuts just doesn’t feel right to you/is cramping your style, you can assign a different keyboard shortcut as desired.
Some commands, such as Open and Copy, are available in both Manage mode and View mode. You can use the same keyboard shortcut for these commands in Manage mode and the View mode, or you can define different shortcuts.
So if you want to customize keyboard shortcuts, access the customize panel one of the following ways:
- In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
- In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar, and then select Customize.
- In View mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the bottom toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab. From the Category drop-down menu, select a menu item, like File, Edit, or View. When you select a menu item, the command associated with that item will show up in the Commands list box. This is where you select the command that you want to assign a shortcut. If a command has a shortcut already assigned to it, it will display in the Current Keys box.
If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.
If you want to remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then click the Remove button.
If you want to assign a shortcut to a command, make sure you have the command selected in the Commands box. In the Press New Shortcut Key field, type in the shortcut you would like. Text under the field will let you know if the keyboard shortcut you’re trying to assign is already being used by another process or available.
When you find a combination that works, click the Assign button.
If you’re feeling like you just need to wipe the slate clean, you can remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts by clicking the Reset All button.
Click Close and you’re done. Now you know you can have your looking-cool-and-being-efficient cake and eat it too!
Tags: #watermark #tutorial #photographytutorial #photography #logo #copyright #branding #images #professionalphotography
I don’t want to shock you, but there is definitely opportunity for your content to get ripped off on the Internet. Your amazing photo is just innocently sitting there on some site, minding its own business, then BAM! Stolen by a jerk! Not only is it stolen, but it’s re-posted without credit, perhaps even accredited to someone else. A lot of time and effort went into making that photo the beauty that it is. Can your photo ever find its way home again? Not easily, if ever. Because of this phenomena, many artists watermark their images so that the whole world knows where they came from.
So, let’s walk through how you can add a watermark to your images. For this, you will need your name or logo as an image file, preferably with a transparent background.
In Manage mode, select the image you want to watermark, and click Edit mode. In the Add group, select Watermark.
Click Browse to find your watermark image. To stand in as my logo, I will be using this weird wee dog as the watermark for my photography business *wink wink*, Tiny Dog Photography.
Drag the image to your desired area and resize as you like by dragging the marquee handles. Select Maintain aspect ratio when resizing if you want to resize the watermark image without distorting it.
If your watermark doesn’t have a transparent background, choose Apply Transparency. Then click the color in the watermark that you want to make transparent, or enter the RGB value.
Select an option from the Blending Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the watermark to blend into the underlying image. For this, you’ll just have to experiment with what looks best for your watermark.
Lastly, select your opacity level using the Opacity slider. This will determine how subtle you want your watermark to be. When satisfied, select Done and save your changes.
To Add a Watermark to Series of Images at One Time:
Adding a watermark to one image at a time? Nobody has time for that. You can use Batch Edit to add your watermark to as many images at once as you want.
In Manage mode, select the images.
Go to Tools | Batch | Batch Edit. In the Batch Edit window, in the list on the left, click Watermark to see the watermark options. Now, it’s important to note that this is not the same as clicking the checkmark next to Watermark. You have to select the word “Watermark” to see the options, then select the checkbox next to it to say, yes, I actually want a watermark.
Once again, browse to find your watermark image. If the watermark does not appear on the preview, click the Position & Blending tab and then click back to the Image tab.
Configure the checkboxes on the Image tab as mentioned above. On the Position & Blending tab, you will find your Blending Mode drop-down menu, Opacity slider, and Location fields, which allow you to position your watermark precisely using percentage or pixels.
(You can still position and size the watermark by dragging the marquee handles, as well, if you prefer.) You can then use the Image List tab to preview the look and position of the watermark on all the selected images in your batch.
When you are happy with the way the watermarks look, press Next on the bottom of the Batch Edit window. Under the Output Options, you can configure where you want these images to be placed, if you want to change the file names, or file format, etc. Press Next. ACDSee will then apply the watermark to the images and, when complete, you can find them in the location that you specified.
The final step is to share and set free your work as you desire, with a bit more peace of mind!