A sometimes overlooked, yet powerful feature of Lightroom, is its cataloging and organization ability. This also includes tagging and titling. The Library module allows you to edit and add various EXIF Metadata to your images. Setting this metadata before exporting an image will result in the exported image being embedded with that metadata. Exif metadata contains such information as camera make and model, color space, color profile, focal length, aperture, shutter speed etc. It also contains fields for Title and Keywords. Setting the Title and Keyword metadata before exporting the image will result in the exported image being embedded with this data too. Just before I export a finished piece from Lightroom, I always tag and title it in the Library module. I find this to be well worth the few extra seconds that it takes. In the Library module, go to the Keywording panel and add your tags/keywords. Separate words with a comma as usual. In the Metadata panel, add your title. Then export as usual. There are two main benefits to this… Firstly, if you are sharing your image online to social media or image sharing sites such as Facebook, 500px, Flickr etc., most of […]
The Helios 44-2 is one of the more ‘common’ vintage lenses. Liked for its artistic possibilities, cheap price, f/2 maximum aperture and ‘swirly’ bokeh (under the right conditions), it can still be picked up for a great price on Ebay. I’m always looking for new things to try, new ways to experiment, new artistic possibilities, a way to add something new to my work. I had been toying with the idea of shooting with a Helios 44-2 for some time. However, it was seeing the amazing work of Lisa Erickson (please do check her work out) that finally made me bite the bullet, put in a bid and secure one on Ebay, all the way from the Russian Federation! At the time of writing, I have literally just got this lens, I haven’t even had a chance to shoot with it yet, weather permitting that will come tomorrow! Thoughts on using this lens and shots will follow but for now, here is a little about the lens, its somewhat quirky but very handy aperture control and the type of adapter that you will need. The Helios 44-2 is a Soviet copy of the Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm f/2. It has an aperture […]
Do you have a current, sound, backup plan? I know some people that have no kind of backups at all. For me, backups are vital. In the real world, it’s usually more a case of WHEN an HDD will fail, not if. I’ve experienced HDD failures before and not having a solid backup plan is like some kind of twisted lottery for me! Do you need a backup plan? This is an easy one to answer… Open Finder (Explorer if you use Windows), navigate to where all of your RAW files, completed edits, exports, work in progress, LR catalog, plugins, presets, actions, overlays etc are. Now select them all, drag them to the trash and then empty the trash. If you can do this and not think twice about it then I would say that you don’t need a backup plan. However, if the thought of this fills you with dread, causes you to sweat and makes you think I am crazy, then you probably should have a backup plan, as that’s what you are potential risking. The need for a backup plan isn’t just limited to HDD failure. Fire, theft, accidental damage or user errors can all […]
This is a free Lightroom Preset, free to use for personal, non-commercial use only. As with any preset, I encourage you to use this as a starting point and then adjust to give the exact results that you desire. Please see ‘ReadMe.txt’ in the download for installation and usage instructions and as always, have fun! By downloading this preset you agree to use for personal, non-commercial use only and to not redistribute in any way or form.
‘ve been asked by a few people lately what camera bag I use to carry my gear when I shoot and what do I have in it. You can read about my camera and lens choice at this previous post, http://paulbarson.com/the-camera-and-lens/ This post is about the bag and what’s in it…. I’m a little, let’s say particular, in my requirements. I knew what I wanted out of a camera bag. I wanted comfort (something I could carry all day), easy of use, easy access to my camera, good protection for the contents, secure, well made, long lasting, sturdy and not too big but big enough to carry everything I wanted to take with a little space left over. I find bags to be like Hard Drives. If you are not careful, you will end up wishing you’d gotten one a little bigger so that you can fit that ‘thing’ in that you really don’t need to! I tried a number of bags on my quest to finding my perfect bag, probably too many! Kind of like lenses, I couldn’t really find that perfect all rounder that would be great for everyday, summer and short walk use AND winter, longer walks, treks and […]
Infrared photography can be a lot of fun! To me, it’s one of those areas of photography that you either love or hate. The look can often be very dreamy and other worldly. B&W, in particular, can give a very dramatic look, the blue of the sky becoming black and the green of vegetation becoming white. Here is a brief overview of IR photography, what I use and how I process the shots. I consider myself a complete beginner in this area, there are many great sources for infrared photography online if you wish to learn more. So how do you take IR shots? You need two things. A camera that is capable of capturing IR light and an IR filter. The IR filter goes in front of the lens as any other filter would and is used to block most visible light and allow IR light of certain wavelengths through. One of the most common IR filters is the 720nm. Not all cameras are capable of capturing the IR light needed to produce an IR shot. This is due to most modern cameras having an IR blocking filter fitted internally to prevent IR light from reaching the sensor. The […]
Welcome to the Creative Floral Challenge! The idea is to provide a SOOC shot, in RAW and JPG, for anyone to download and process as they please and encourage people to try something new and just be creative. I’m not looking for my style or even your own style. Think outside the box, let yourself go, throw away the rules and all you’ve seen and done before. I believe a title is very important to any piece and can help convey the feel or emotion of a piece, so be creative with your title too! Just let your creativity take you on a journey to somewhere new and enjoy the ride!! You can post your finished pieces on my Facebook page at https://facebook.com/paulbarsonphotography/ I will post the best ones (along with some info about who processed them, how they went about it and their links) on the website and Facebook page. If this proves to be successful, I have another shot ready and waiting. You can download a zip file containing both RAW and JPG versions below. I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished pieces, have fun!!! Completed Challenge Edits Suzy Mead Lesley Jehu Jessica Chavez Julie Powell […]
This is a free Lightroom Preset, ‘Low Contrast Warm Sun Top Right Flare’, that you can download and use to add a little dreamy warmth and a sun flare to your images. This preset is free to use for personal, non-commercial use only. As with any preset, I encourage you to use this as a starting point and then adjust to give the exact results that you desire. Please see ‘ReadMe.txt’ in the download for installation and usage instructions and as always, have fun! By downloading this preset you agree to use for personal, non-commercial use only and to not redistribute in any way or form.
The camera body and lens are just tools in photography. A top of the line body and lens are not going make you a better photographer. In fact, some combinations are going to make you appear to be a worse photographer if you are not used to working with them and know how to use them to their fullest! I’ve loved photography and enjoyed taking ‘snaps’ every since I was a small boy. At one point I used to use a 35mm film SLR, which did a great job of teaching me about dof, exposure triangle etc. However, being involved in a bike accident that broke the SLR, along with my wrist, it was time to look for another camera and a good excuse to go digital. At that time I was climbing and backpacking every chance I got, so I wanted something small, lightweight and compact. The obvious choice was, therefore, a digital point and shoot. My trusty old point and shoot served me well and I still have images taken with it that I love. However, the time came to upgrade and move back to an SLR. I didn’t want to spend too much on a DSLR and […]