Friday, 14 March 2014

Trey Ratcliff’s Latest Lightroom Presets at 25% Off

Trey Ratcliff’s Latest Lightroom Presets at 25% Off

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Trey Ratcliff’s Latest Lightroom Presets at 25% Off

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 06:29 PM PDT

We were able to get a deal on Trey’s first Lightroom preset collection last year and it turned out to be one of the most popular deals of the year (it’s active again this week here if you missed it). Recently he released a great new collection which is just as powerful and unique as the first and we were able to get 25% off for PictureCorrect readers until next Friday, simply remember to use the discount code correctdeal at checkout. Found here: Trey’s Lightroom Presets Volume 2

Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom Presets Volume 2 (Click to Learn More)

Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom Presets Volume 2 (Click to Learn More)

“I’ve taken the Best of the Best from my personal collection of 1,000+ presets and made them look awesome for Lightroom 4 or Lightroom 5! You’ll get 59 new and fresh presets that will give you a wide variety of looks. I also re-worked the HDR Presets to increase sharpening, reduce noise, desaturate the “overworked” colors while increasing the vibrancy of the ones with most meaning. In addition, you’ll find a whole new set of filters in the “Fun Favorites” package and surprising new looks in the cross-processing and gradient packages.”

Trey is best known as a pioneer in HDR photography. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, a technique whereby multiple levels of light are captured for a particular scene and then combined into a single photograph. The resulting images are richly detailed and more closely resemble what you recall of the scene in your mind. Trey created the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOXand the BBC, and his photos have accumulated about 1 billion views.

Included in Volume 2:

  • 10 fresh HDR-in-Lightroom presets with increased sharpening and reduced noise
  • 11 new filters with a variety of effects in the new “Fun Favorites” package
  • 20 new gradients and cross-processing looks
  • Special bonus of 18 of my favorite filters in a quick and handy package

Here are just a few examples of results achieved with one click using these presets:

(for those of you reading this by email, the photo album can be seen here)

I have acquired quite a few preset packages in the last year but I use Trey's the most by far. For example, the new cover photo for the PictureCorrect's facebook page was created with the help of Trey's Presets.

(Note: These presets will work with Lightroom 5 and Lightroom 4)

How to get Trey’s Presets for a discount this week:

We reached out to Trey Ratcliff who agreed to give our readers a discount - simply use the discount code correctdeal at checkout for either Volume 1 or Volume 2. The presets will be available for you to download immediately along with instructions on how to easily install them in Lightroom. It also carries a full guarantee, if you are not satisfied just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.

The preset bundle discount can be found here: Trey’s Lightroom Presets Volume 2

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I Left My Heart: A Beautiful San Francisco Timelapse Project (Video)

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 04:07 PM PDT

San Francisco is an iconic city that is well loved by photographers and timelapse filmmakers, perhaps in part to its colorful and bustling cityscapes. Taking in the timelapse , I Left My Heart, we are treated to a glimpse of just that. San Francisco natives will enjoy spotting all the familiar attractions, and those who haven’t yet had the chance to visit the city will see why it’s so easy to leave your heart there:

This isn’t the first timelapse of San Francisco. We’ve seen some pretty amazing footage of the city’s fog and an incredibly eerie look at an empty San Franciso, each awesome in their own right. But I Left My Heart offers a wider range of sights, a more satisfying look at the vibrant life that is found around every corner.



If you’re curious about the inspiration and work that was put into making the timelapse, the creators have included a behind the scenes video where they discuss the finer details that went into film. Have a look:

Some of the equipment the team used, and can’t say enough good things about, were the eMotimo TB3, a motion control robot that, when coupled with a dolly such as a Stage One, allows for pan and tilts, not to mention all the fading shots from day to night. They used Canon 5d Mark IIIs to capture all the photographs used to make the timelapse, but the majority of the behind the scenes footage was shot with a GoPro.

“It was definitely a collaborative process.”

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The Making of the One World Trade Center Interactive Panorama (Video)

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 02:14 PM PDT

Only months after One World Trade Center was topped off in August 2012, claiming the title of “Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere” at a symbolic 1,776 feet (in reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed), a few editors at TIME Magazine got together and considered how they could show the tower’s beauty and awesomeness to the world. They decided on an interactive panorama, which became one of their most famous cover pages in recent memory.

This video, not for those with vertigo, shows the process behind the epic photo shoot:

The project was heralded by Jonathan D. Woods, TIME’s senior photo & interactive editor. He and several other editors scribbled down some tough ideas on napkins and sent them to GigaPan, a start-up based out of Portland that specializes in high-resolution panoramas.

The idea for a panorama came to Woods after seeing a famous shot by Joe McNally of a maintenance worker replacing a dead lightbulb atop the Empire State Building:


Joe McNally’s famous shot from the Empire State Building inspired Woods to try his own modern take.

The team first got together in Portland, Oregon to try out the technology. The video doesn’t focus much on the device itself, which seems to be a long, sturdy beam stretched out with the camera attached to a trigger switch.


The rod’s full extension is roughly 10 feet.

The team had to anticipate every possible problem, including strong 25mph winds, camera vibrations, security and, of course, their own personal safety. They tested the device out first on Portland’s Fremont Bridge, snapping a few shots and maneuvering the beam. When they returned, Woods says, they were devastated to find that nothing had worked: the camera didn’t take a single image. 


Testing out the rig on top of the Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon.

Several months later, after believing they’d fixed the problems, they rode the external elevator of One World Trade Center to the very top and had to climb even higher to the peak of the spire.

“The spire gets so narrow that you can’t physically climb on the inside. So we had to move to the outside of the spire. So then, when we got ready to climb the final two segments of the spire, hand-over-hand, rung-over-rung, we started to climb. Four-hundred-and-five feet up to the top of the spire. When you stepped out onto that platform for the first time… it’s just like, you can see the whole world from up there.” – Jonathan D. Woods


Finally set up, the camera took individual shots in columns, moving iotas at a time to create a smooth panoramic blend.

The result is remarkable; the resolution is so crisp that you can zoom in and see children playing at a playground, boats zooming through the river, and the very edges of Manhattan Island.


“More than anything, when people see this photo, I hope that they appreciate being brought somewhere that they can’t go.” – Jonathan D. Woods

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Magnificent Sky

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 11:59 AM PDT

It’s a common habit among photographers to always make a point to carry a camera around for those “just in case” moments. Many great photographs were captured this way and the image below is no exception. The photographer, based in the Netherlands, took the shot just as the sun was receding into the plane to create the stunning image:

This incredible sky and sunset illustrate why a good a photographer is never caught without a camera. (Via Imgur. Click for larger size.)

Using a Canon 650D and a Sigma 18-35mm, the photographer says he was enamored with the dramatic feel of the sky and took that into consideration when selecting the composition. He says the only editing he added to the image was a slight increase in clarity and contrast.

“The colors were like this in real life. It was an amazing evening. Will never forget it.”

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Learn 6 Basic Lightroom Tools in 6 Minutes (Video)

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 10:24 AM PDT

While most will agree that there is a point where you can over-edit your images, a little post-processing can be very beneficial. In this video, Rob guides you through the process of using Lightroom’s most basic functions. The tools he uses may only be a fraction of those available, but they are the most important, and the ones that will quickly give you much more appealing images:

The Six Most Important Editing Tools:

  1. Exposure - This lets you adjust the overall brightness of an image. So if you need to fine-tune your photo to be little darker or lighter, use this tool.
  2. Contrast - Sliding this tool to the positive side will make the highlights brighter and shadows darker. This creates a punchier image. Sliding this tool to the negative side gives your image a flatter look where the highlight and shadows come closer to the same brightness.
  3. Highlights & Shadows - These tools allow you to selectively affect each one. So if you’re shadows are fine, but your highlights are little too bright, you can dial them back a bit.
  4. Color Temperature - This adjusts the overall color of your image. Moving it to the warmer side produces a yellow tint, while the cooler side gives you a bluer tint. This can make a big difference if your image has the wrong white balance.
  5. Crop - Whether you need to center your subject or get rid of an annoying object on the side of your image, the crop tool will let you fine tune your framing.
  6. Straighten - This is perhaps one of the simplest, yet most important tools there is. An image that is slightly tilted to one side or the other is easy to notice and often doesn’t look very good.

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Although there are tons of editing tools available in Lightroom, the basic tools are all you’ll need most of the time.

For Further Training:

A popular photo editing training bundle, Super Photo Editing Skills, has just been updated to cover the new version of Lightroom (as well as the old ones). This package is very comprehensive with video tutorials, eBooks and actual presets that can help you start post-processing right away with your own photos.

It can be found here: Super Photo Editing Skills

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