PERSPECTIVES : Why AI is Often Synonymous With BS

PERSPECTIVES : Why AI is Often Synonymous With BS

The buzzword in photographic editing is AI or Artificial Intelligence. Sorry mirrorless lovers, Mirrorless is no longer the buzzword of the year. AI sounds all marvellous and such but are these software packages really artificial intelligence, or are they really just a package of more sophisticated algorithms. Or worse, are they encodings of popular looks to be found on Social Media.

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Photolemur : A Quick Look

Photolemur : A Quick Look

I’ve had a good working affiliate relationship with the folks at Skylum since they started up as Macphun. I like their products and appreciate the attitude that they bring to the marketplace. They’ve got an AI based tool expected in September of 2018 and allowed me to work with a prerelease version for this article. Please note that I am working with early code, and more features and functions may appear in the shipping product. As I write this, it’s preorder only with an MSRP of $55.

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Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Hey gang.  It's been a couple of years since the boom time of HDR.  You remember those days, lots of electric, oversaturated, haloed images that made your teeth hurt and your eyes burn?  Yeah I thought so.  Fortunately, those days are mostly past, and it might be time to revisit the entire HDR idea, this time with some history under our belts and a better understanding of what we want to achieve.

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Why Do I See Banding on my Prints (Or on my screen!)?

Every now and again, i hear from someone asking me about the appearance of banding in their images.  Most often this appears on a print, but did not appear on the screen image, although when starting with a JPEG original and editing it, banding can appear on the screen as well.

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Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

If you are a committed user of Lightroom Classic CC, is there any use for you of Lightroom CC, not as a replacement, but as another tool in the chest?  I wanted to find out, and was surprised by the outcome.  Read along to learn what I discovered.

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Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

Quick Tip : Shooting and Making a High Dynamic Range Image

There's a lot of information about HDR on the web, and even more HDR images.  In this Quick Tip video, I take you through the basic capture techniques, and then import the images to Adobe Lightroom and use it's built in HDR function to make the HDR image for final editing in Lightroom.

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White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

White Balance and Colour Temperature - They Aren't The Same Thing!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've run into a series of questions from folks pertaining to white balance and colour temperature.  There is some confusion apparently around equating the two and I think that this is worth a conversation.

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Adobe and Tethering in Lightroom - Where is this going?

Adobe and Tethering in Lightroom - Where is this going?

I warn folks up front that this is not a how-to, or solution oriented post on making tethering work in Lightroom.  That has been covered in many classes by Scott Kelby and others, including myself.  Mostly it involves prayer, a blood sacrifice of some creature at least chicken sized, speaking in tongues and gnashing of teeth.  Then it works until it doesn't.

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Nik Lives! plus DxO PhotoLab Elite 1

Nik Lives!  plus DxO PhotoLab Elite 1

In case you had not heard, DxO has acquired all of the components of the Nik Collection from Google, and plans a new version in 2018.  They have also updated their product formerly known as DxO Optics to DxO PhotoLab Elite 1 and are already incorporating Nik's unique U Point technology.

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Lightroom CC or Lightroom in the Cloud or Lightroom Creating Confusion...

Lightroom CC or Lightroom in the Cloud or Lightroom Creating Confusion...

On October 18th Adobe made it official that there are two different Lightroom tracks.  The product that we have known for two years as Lightroom CC is now called Lightroom Classic and a new version became available to subscribers today.  

The name Lightroom CC now refers to a different product, basically Lightroom in the Cloud targeted at clients with smaller photo libraries who want everything in the cloud and nothing stored on a local machine.

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Understanding File Sizes

Understanding File Sizes

Why Are File Sizes Different From Camera to Camera and from JPEG to RAW?  Let's start with a couple of example cameras for which I have either owned or done quick looks.

  • Canon 5D Mark II delivers 21.1 megapixels on a full frame sensor
  • Canon 5D Mark IV delivers 30.4 megapixels on a full frame sensor
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