Some images really lend themselves to a softer look. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a soft pastel look to your images using Lightroom CC.
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Above: Australian entertainer Red Symons, photo by Gina Milicia
I’ve got a mate called Dave (name changed to protect the innocent). Dave is all about the shortcut. Whenever we go anywhere together, he always has a quicker way to get there.
Daves shortcuts always involve cutting across car parks, doubling back through a maze of one-way streets and various detours.
I’ll admit we usually save a few minutes, but I’m not a fan. The quick option involves intense concentration, and there have been more than a few occasions when the alternative ended up being a “long” cut because of roadblocks, or we got lost in the maze of “turn left, go right, double back and turn right.”
I like my travel to be in a straight line with minimal detours. I want to enjoy my trip and not have to focus on the next left turn. What’s the point of saving a few minutes if you arrive at the destination frazzled and exhausted?
When I was first learning about photography, I was more like Dave. I wanted to know the quickest way to get to the other side. I didn’t care how many detours, left turns . . .
Above: Te Anua, New Zealand shot on Canon 1DX F22 1/1000th sec, using Canon 24-105mm F4L series lens
Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t create the kinds of images you see in your mind’s eye? When was the last time you took a shot and looked at it and thought “that’s exactly what I wanted, 100%.”
The more you know, the less you know.
When I first started taking photos my level of image satisfaction was the following:
Beginner: Jubilant celebrations
Every time I managed to shoot an image that was properly exposed +/- 2 stops.
Or I managed to get the eyes in a portrait kinda sharp.
When I remembered how to turn the camera on and change the ISO without consulting the manual.
Lighting: High fives all around
Every time I managed to light an image that was properly exposed +/- 2 stops.
The flash fired for five consecutive frames, and I didn’t trip over anything.
The first time I created Rembrandt lighting I celebrated the same way soccer plays do when they score a goal in the World Cup.
Then I got the hang of lighting and figured out how my camera worked, and . . .
Have you ever noticed banding or streaks in your images, especially in areas where there are plain backgrounds like blue skies or plain coloured walls? This banding is caused by too much jpeg compression and can easily be avoided.
Above: Cartagena, Colombia shot on iPhone 6 and processed in Lightroom
Have you ever felt intimidated to share your work because you thought everyone else in your photography group, online community or class was better than you?
Are you frustrated by the fact that you are not grasping photography concepts or your work isn’t developing as fast everyone else seems to be?
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
When I was seven, my dad bought me a bike. It was the most beautiful bike I’d ever seen. It was powder blue with a white seat and white grips on the handlebars.
I rode that bike everywhere. On the weekends I’d clean and polish the chrome and grease the chain.
Riding that bike was my happy place. Then one day one of my best friends got a bike for his birthday.
His bike was a beautiful red racing bike with gears, front and rear brakes, a speedo and a bell.
Suddenly I saw my bike without my rose-coloured glasses. My bike was second-hand basic, no frills, no bells and whistles. Next to my friend’s bike, my bike looked drab.
I wished I had a beautiful, shiny bike . . .
Remember when you were at school, and you used to put your name in your pencil case? Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to put your name on your own version of Lightroom?
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to personalise your workspace with a name or a logo. Click play below to watch.
Above: I spotted this abandoned house and vintage bike near Te Anua, New Zealand. Photographed using my Canon 5DMK111 and 16-35mm lens @16mm F16 @1/250th sec processed using my Cuban Cigar Lite preset.
My TV binge-watching has hit an all time low. Last year I consumed television like a raw vegan crossfitter with only pure content sourced from the highest quality suppliers. I watched documentaries, high brow and high-quality dramas. Sadly like all good raw vegan crossfitters I fell off the wagon and for the last two months, I’ve been stuffing my soul with the TV equivalent of Cheetos and Krispy Kremes.
My fave show at the moment is the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. It’s like a cross between Big Brother and Survivor.
Watching the show last night got me thinking, what if one day I had to pack up and move to the jungle? What would be my essential wilderness survival photography kit?
I decided to keep this interesting and limit the number of critical photography items to four and not include things like camera bags, batteries or memory cards.
So here is my wilderness survival kit.
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