- New: Lightroom Presets Designed Specifically for Landscape Photography
- Extra Reach: Monopod Technique for Elevated Photo Perspectives (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Sea Cows of Florida
- Photographer’s Intimate Portraits Depict the Beauty and Dignity of Elderly Animals (Video)
Posted: 16 Jan 2014 08:25 PM PST
This is a comprehensive suite of presets for Lightroom users designed to drastically improve workflows for processing and editing landscape photos. While there are other systems of workflow presets available for Lightroom users, Landscape Legend was created specifically with landscape photos in mind. It includes exactly what is needed to work with landscape photos without clutter or extra features that distract, making it simple to use. We were able to arrange a 64% discount until next Friday. Deal found here: Landscape Legend Lightroom Presets Bundle
This bundle includes 3 different sets of develop presets and 1 set of adjustment brushes. Here are details of each:
1-Click Develop Presets – You'll get 15 different presets that allow you to process landscape photos with just a single click. It includes a basic landscape processing preset, faux HDR presets, presets for black and white conversion, and more. There are presets to process your landscape photos while enhancing specific colors, such as brightening blue skies, enhancing green, and bringing out autumn colors.
Landscape Workflow Presets – The 1-click presets can be a great time-saver, but there will be times when you'll want more control to create a specific look or effect. These workflow presets have been created specifically with landscapes in mind, and they can save you a great deal of time while editing your own photos. The workflow presets are broken down into 12 different categories and are "stackable". Each preset only impacts the settings within it's own specific category, so you can create endless possible effects and edit photos to suit your own style. You'll find presets for things like tone adjustments that are typically used with landscape photos, curves that will enhance the look of your photos, add soft color filters, apply sharpening, reduce noise, add vignettes, and more. There are workflow presets for adjust colors to enhance blue skies, bring out the green, make autumn colors pop, and to convert the photo to black and white.
Graduated Filter Presets – You'll also get 19 different develop presets for easily adding graduated filters. This includes a variety of presets to replicate the effect of using hard or soft graduated neutral density filters, with different levels of exposure adjustments included. These are perfect for landscape photos where you need to reduce or increase the exposure above or below the horizon. There are also graduated filter presets included for enhancing blue skies, adding haze, and other effects. The graduated filter presets can be used in combination with the 1-click presets and the workflow presets.
Adjustment Brushes – The set also includes 18 different adjustment brushes that you can use to make adjustments to specific areas of your photos. If your photo doesn't include a straight horizon or line where the graduated filters can be used effectively, the adjustment brushes can be a much more effective option. You'll get brushes for dodging and burning to darken or lighten specific areas of your photos, adjust the temperature for warmer or cooler areas, desaturate, increase saturation, selective black and white conversion, add haze, enhance a blue sky, and more.
These presets only work in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5. Documentation is included to show how to install and use the product. The presets work with RAW and JPG photos, but we recommend using with RAW files for the best results.
How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:
Our readers can receive 64% off until Friday, January 17. It also carries a 30 day guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let us know and we will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.
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Posted: 16 Jan 2014 05:31 PM PST
Having only one leg and thus being hopelessly inferior to the tripod in terms of minimizing camera shake, the monopod doesn’t get much love from professional photographers. However, some photographers such as Joe Edelman have learned to appreciate the monopod’s functionality.
In this “Thoughtful Photographer” episode, Edelman demonstrates a neat technique to improve one’s shooting perspective by extending one’s reach using a heavy duty monopod, a wide angle lens, and a camera’s self-timer function:
Edelman began his career as a newspaper photographer and, like many solo photographers, undoubtedly often found himself trying to capture a shot that required a higher perspective without a ladder or another way to gain height, save attempting a risky stunt or holding his camera above his head and shooting blindly.
Somewhere along the way, Edelman began using his monopod to gain that extra height, and now he’s broken the process down into five simple steps for the rest of us:
1. Extend the monopod to its full length.
If you’re looking for even more functionality, you can add a ball head to the top of the monopod for extra tilt without losing height or you can mount your camera on a heavy duty painter’s pole with a Pole Pixie adapter to reach 20+ feet. You can even add a CamRanger and use your iDevice as a remote viewfinder, but remember that the more gadgets you use, the heavier the load will become.
2. Mount your camera with a wide angle lens.
If you’re practiced with the technique, you can use any type of lens, but Edelman likes to use wide angle lenses, such as the NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED, because they are more forgiving than longer lenses in terms of composition and because they allow for optimal depth of field.
3. Take test shots to determine settings and focus.
Use a small aperture and focus approximately one-third of the distance into your scene.
4. Set the self-timer or use a wireless remote trigger.
Using the self-timer will allow you to use both hands to steady the monopod while it’s hoisted above your head, but using a wireless remote trigger will allow you to quickly capture multiple frames during each lift. Experiment with both and see which option works best for you.
5. Hoist the monopod above your head.
You may need to add a few push-ups and pull-ups to your workout regiment to be able to effectively perform this technique, but it sure beats carrying a ladder around with you on the street or breaking your arm or your gear pretending to be Spiderman.
Based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Joe Edelman works as an advertising and editorial photographer for prestigious publications such as Maxim, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. During his three-decade career, Edelman has won numerous state and national awards and recognition as a superb model photographer.
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Posted: 16 Jan 2014 03:28 PM PST
Florida manatees, which grow to lengths of 10 to 12 feet and weights of 1,500 pounds or more, are a rare breed. It’s estimated that there are only about 5,000 of these slow-moving, gentle giants in existence. Because of the decline in the manatee’s population, it’s not likely that future generations will get a chance to see many of these creatures in the wild. But this shot captured this group of sea cows up close as they swam near the surface:
The ability to take once-in-a-lifetime underwater photos such as this one make it worth it to purchase a waterproof camera. A photo from above the water wouldn’t have quite the same impact.
Posted: 16 Jan 2014 11:00 AM PST
Isa Leshko made a conscious decision not to photograph her family after her elderly mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but she knew that it was only a matter of time before the poignant experience would manifest itself in her work.
One year later, it happened. While visiting a friend at her ranch, Leshko met Petie, a decrepit old farm horse with a will to live despite his ebbing physical strength. Inspired by that encounter and wielding a crisp Hasselblad medium format camera, Leshko set out to photograph as many aging animals as she could, a venture that culminated into her arresting "Elderly Animals" project.
In this video, Leshko presents some of her best images from the project and describes the profound motivation behind her work:
Leshko has worked hard to ensure that her photographs provide "unflinching detail" to escape every vestige of sentimentality and encourage viewers to confront their own mortalities just as her mother's diagnosis required Leshko to face her own fears of aging and dementia.
Equally important is Leshko's goal to inspire empathy toward animals through the photographs. By providing compassionate and dignified portraits of each animal, Leshko invites viewers to question current attitudes toward animals and whether the resulting treatment reflects each one's worth.
Leshko, for one, believes that animals are immeasurably worthy of respect—and this is precisely why her images are so intimate and striking.
In order to understand how best to communicate each animal's beauty and dignity, Leshko usually spends several hours with each animal, often lying beside it for an entire hour before even thinking of picking up her camera. This process allows the animal to acclimate to her presence, certainly, but it also allows Leshko to learn who the animal is.
Primarily, Leshko photographed her subjects at animal sanctuaries, but several of the subjects depicted in her portfolio were beloved family pets.
Leshko is a fine art photographer based in Philadelphia, PA. Her photography, including her “Elderly Animals” body of work, has been displayed in museums and galleries all over the U.S., as well as in printed publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine.
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