Monthly Archives: March 2012

Using Lightroom 3 Develop Module Presets in Lightroom 4

For Lightroom 3 users upgrading to Lightroom 4 or 4.1 who have lots of presets that are applicable in the develop module be cautioned.  These LR3 presets will not have the same effect when you convert your image to PV 2012 (Process Version 2012)

The best way to handle this is to select your image in the Develop module in LR4.  Next select the preset and click on the exclamation icon on the lower right of your image.  Using the pop-up dialog allow the update version to execute.

Now you will need to make necessary modifications with the sliders in the basic panel as these are no loner the same as in LR3.  Once you are satisfied with the results of your adjustments you can save this as a new preset.

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Canon 5D Mk III support now available in the Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate

Adobe labs had made available release candidate Lightroom 4.1 – This corrects a bunch of bugs and adds support for the Canon 5D Mark III.

Click here for a link to the release

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Comments from attendees of my last Macro and Close-up workshop on the 25th

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the participants for attending and helping make the workshop so enjoyable.  I too learn from you during my sessions – photography is all about sharing and learning from each other.  Thank you all for your wonderful feedback – I truly value and appreciate it.

Here is what the participants had to say.

I found the tips on how to do macro less expensively (Home Depot solutions) very valuable.

I thought the presentation followed by the hands-on session was perfect. It allowed for questions to be answered and bugs to be worked out before you were alone trying it for the first time.

I picked up lots of good tips in the morning session. All in all, an excellent day.

Would like more hands-on – possibly a second day of all hands-on and outdoors.

After hearing you speak last summer, I was looking forward to the workshop. Exceeded my expectations. Thanks, Shiv. Dan Logan

Shiv presented the overall basics of macro photography, but also gave specific training in Helicon Focus software. I appreciated advancing my macro skills with a technique I had not known. It was a very enjoyable day.

I knew a lot of theory of Macro photography prior to the workshop, however I lacked the experience of actually taking images. Shiv’s workshop gave me a lot of that experience. I had tried Helicon Focus about five years ago when it first came out. This workshop brought me up to date about Helicon Remote which automates much of the process of actually taking the multiple photos. This minimizes much of the manual frustrating work. Kent Messamore

Shiv is truly a fantastic workshop leader. He shares all of his information with you freely rather than holding back “tricks of the trade”. He is knowledgable and has come up with some ingenious ways of making your photography dollars stretch by making your own equipment rather than buying expensive gadgets. I look forward to taking another workshop with him in the very near future.

Shiv is very technically knowledgable and has the organization to teach what he knows.

Shiv delivers smoothly-paced training with lots of useful tips and plenty of visual examples, and he makes his expertise available during the hands-on session. A day well-spent.

Shiv is truly a professional. His expertise is clearly evident. I would not hesitate to take another class with him

If you want to know more about macro and learn focus stacking this is a great workshop. The first part of the day is a comprehensive overview of different macro subject matter, as well as your “shopping list” and tips on saving money on the things you will need. The afternoon hands on part of the workshop has plenty of set-ups and items you can move around so you can shoot what interests you. Shiv is very patient and helpful, and will instruct on anything you ask to make sure you have a great experience.

Posted in Educational, Macro, Presentations, Stacked Image, Workshops

Announcing Two Yosemite & Mono Lake – Photo Tours and Workshops in September 2012

Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most iconic landscapes offering some of the world’s most spectacular landscape photo opportunities.  The valley is surrounded by high granite mountain walls carved by glaciers creating beautiful shapes.  The waterfalls are spectacular as are the lakes and streams in the park.

Mono Lake is unlike any other landscape in the world. Its beautiful tufas, alkaline water, desert-like  vistas make it a remarkable place for photography.  Sometimes it seems that you are on another planet or may be on a lunar surface.  The late summer weather generally provides some interesting cloud formations.

The first workshop dates are September 9th through 15th, 2012 and the second workshop will be held September 23rd through the 29th, 2012.
The workshops dates are designed to allow photographers attending the PSA Conference in 2012 to participate either before or after the conference.
Click Here for Details.   In addition, the “Workshops” tab on this web site also links to the program and registration material.
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Finally a universal camera plate that fits Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto Heads

Custom SLR a Kick Start funded company has released the M-Plate which is a universal camera tripod plate system that will work with either Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss mounting systems.  it also include multiple attachment points for accessories. Priced at $75 it is made in USA.

Note – this will not replace an “L” bracket

Click here for more details on the Custom SLR web site.

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IR imagery in Incandescent Light

Going a step further with the same Iris,

Faux IR Iris

I took an image with my IR camera and adjusted it in Lightroom 4 so as to take the background to black. As the light was an incandescent source the true IR was not evident. Additional adjustments in LR4 yielded this.

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Iris Close-up – the effect of white balance

Decided to do some close-up work this morning with an iris (indoors).  The flower was lit with two simple reflector based workman’s lamps each with a 60 W incandescent bulb.  The first setup was created with auto white balance fooling the camera a bit to consider a cloudy situation thereby enhancing the warm tones.

Iris 1 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f4 - image stack (AWB)

This next image is with a slightly different composition and crop created after doing a custom white balance to have color accuracy despite the mixed light.   Both images were photographed using the identical background.

Iris 2 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f2.8 - Image Stack (Custom WB)

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Items for Sale

For sale one slightly used Canon 50D body with original packaging and all original accessories.

One used Canon 1D Mark II with all original accessories, one extra battery and the 110 Volt AC power supply.

One brand new never used Tamron 90mm Macro lens.

Call or email me for details.

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Adobe Labs releases a public Beta of Photoshop CS 6

Adobe Labs had released a public Beta of Photoshop CS 6.

You can download the Mac and Windows versions at the following link:

I have downloaded a copy and am installing it now.  Stay tuned for my picks and comments on the new and updated features.

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Canon – one big leap forward – the 600EX-RT radio based wireless flash

Canon’s latest flash the 600EX-RT with built in radio-based wireless triggering that gives you full E-TTL  and allows you to control 15 600EX-RT slave units (NO MORE LINE OF SIGHT).  In my opinion this is a huge leapfrog over the competition.  Yes everybody is talking about the 5D Mark III but this is the best new product – wow Canon!!! – you did listen to your customers and what an awesome response.

To get the most out of these units you will need to marry the unit with either the %D Mk III or the new 1DX.  You can arrange the remote flash units in groups for a total of five and have total control over each group.  What is even more impressive is a flash head zoom range from 20mm to 200mm.

Also impressive is Canon’s ST-E3-RT wireless transmitter, which offers all the triggering functions built into the flash without the need for one unit on the camera.

I am providing a link to Syl Arena’s blog where he provides his first impressions of these fabulous units.  Click here.

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