Helen Bradley – Photoshop and Lightroom tips and techniques

Thursday, March 26, 20093 Step Photoshop Every Image Quick fixOk, so not technically Photoshop only – this tip works for any image software that supports layers, has layer blend modes and can do a gaussian blur. That includes Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paintshop Pro as well as lots of other great photoediting programs.This is a very quick fix for boosting and image and giving it a really nice look.Step 1Start by duplicating the image layer by choosing Layer > Duplicate Layer.Step 2Add a Gaussian blur to the top layer by using Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. You need to use enough radius to get a nice light blur on your image. For smaller images you need only a small value blur – say 2-4 and for larger images you will need a higher value. Click Ok when you’re done.

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BBC News – Advertising watchdog to monitor website words

28 February 2011 Last updated at 19:01 ET

Advertising watchdog to monitor website words

Twitter on a mobile, Getty The extended powers will cover what companies say in Tweets too

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How companies talk about themselves on Twitter feeds or Facebook profiles is to be policed like adverts.

From 1 March, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) gets powers to police the claims companies make on websites and social networks.

The rules cover statements on sites that can be interpreted as marketing, even if they are not in an advert.

Until now, the ASA has only been able to oversee paid-for ads online.

Since 2008, the watchdog has received more than 4,500 complaints concerning text on websites that it could do nothing about.

“These are claims that are very similar to the claims that [the public] are used to seeing in adverts that appear in media like TV, radio, posters and print,” ASA chief executive Guy Parker told the BBC.

The ASA said that the new powers would help it tackle a growing number of complaints about the way companies sell themselves on the web.

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Rasta Rican

Just amazing/amusing that some people who claim they are professionals and should be paid for every second.

Yet, they take advantage of a free service that is free but data mining and selling to the max.

The want seo juice but Facebook want $$$ for the data.

The go to work and use free electricity and a computer/internet but yet cry foul… if someone “tries” to get a lil sumtin.

You purport to be a professional but yet

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Flickr: Discussing New pc…need to transfer LR catalog to it from old pc in Adobe Lightroom

New pc…need to transfer LR catalog to it from old pc

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Sonesta Smith says:

I just purchased a new pc. Does anyone know how to go about transferring the catalog from my old pc to the new one? Thanks.

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Godfrey DiGiorgi is a group moderator Godfrey DiGiorgi Pro User says:

I wrote an article on how to do this the easiest way. It’s posted on my website:

www.gdgphoto.com/articles/ click on “08 – Lightroom – Moving a large number of files”

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Harry Limey is a group administrator Harry Limey Pro User says:

Hi Sonesta

That situation is covered on our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page along with other useful bits and pieces.

Here’s the link to the section you need

Any problems, do come back and ask, although I think you will find it’s pretty straightforward.

(Just remember to do all your moving of files and folders from within Lightroom itself, as much as possible anyway)

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Flickr: Discussing Missing the trees for the Forest: A deeper understanding of why to create Bokeh. (post one of yours) in Bokeh: Smooth & Silky

Missing the trees for the Forest: A deeper understanding of why to create Bokeh. (post one of yours)

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Jimages Digital is a group moderator Jimages Digital Pro User says:

PLEASE, post one or two of your LARGE SIZE images where you used bokeh to harmonize with your main subject. Please add a lot of detail in the text to describe your image.


Hi. Jim here.

This is my opinion. I will respond to anyone who posts a thoughtful, non-flaming, non expletive reply. The goal of this thread is to get us thinking, thinking about our photography.

This group description has these phrases:

1. “Rediscovering a small moment in photography called “Bokeh”.

Bokeh (properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth,) is not about TIME. It is not a moment in time. but a quality of space. It came from Japanese photography and the spherical arrangement of the blades giving the photograph choices. I think we misunderstand Bokeh: the concept is one of aesthetics of the blur (Roger Hicks)

2. There are so many photographs with Bokeh hidden in our everyday lifes.

No. It’s about fading focus to direct your viewer to the subject.

Bokeh is not an inherent quality of a scene. It is blur, or smudge in Japanese, that comes from a plane of focus created by your lens. Our brain does not have a bokeh setting. Also, pleasing bokeh is subjective. A maximum aperture does not automatically give bokeh. . . bokeh can emerge from chromatic aberrations, out of focus corners of the image area, vignetting– aberrations that occur when the aperture is wide open. . . and these may produce an image we subjectively consider pleasing bokeh.

3. “we tend to unconsciously reset our

minds and forget what we’ve seen.”

No. The true meaning of Bokeh (dotclue.org) is from a Japanese photographic term is ピンぼけ (for the kana-impaired, “pinboke”). It’s a compound word; pin from the Dutch brandpunt = “focus”, and boke from the verb 暈ける (“bokeru”) = “to fade”.

I’ll put forward a proposal: THREE MAIN points.

1. Compose so the out of focus background is in harmony with what you want in focus. Obviously you pros in the Bokeh group know this, so I am speaking to those who are new to bokeh. The point of photography is the subject matter, not the out of focus area.

2. Making pictures just for the quality of the out of focus areas is like missing the tree for the forest .The idea of using a 1.4 aperture setting is Not to create bokeh, but to compose so that the out of focus area supports the subject matter of your image.

How to See Bokeh In Existing Images: _________________________________

Look for points of light in the background. Perfect subjects for this are distant points of light at night or sometimes light shining through leaves or specular reflections in daylight.

If they all blend together nicely, that’s nice bokeh. If they are perfect little circles, then that’s neutral bokeh. If they are all swimmy and look little little rolled up condoms or donuts, then that’s bad bokeh.

If they all are regular polygons that tells you the shape of the lens diaphragm. Yes, you can actually tell how many blades the lens’s diaphragm had!

If they are perfectly round in the middle of the image and oval or lentil shaped at the sides that tells you the image was probably shot at full aperture.

If they are all flattened ellipsoids (vertical ovals about twice as tall as they are wide) then that tells you that the image was shot with an anamorphic lens. You’ll see this in cinemascope motion pictures, not in still photographs.

(This is one person’s opinion, taken From Ken Rockwell, copied by permission of the author. www.kenrockwell.com )

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Flickr: Discussing Confused about Color Settings/Workflow LR3>CS5>LR3 in Photoshop Support Group

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Sarah Malcom Pro User says:

I’ve searched and read many threads and think I am just confusing myself more. Thanks in advance for any guidance you’re able to provide. I’ve asked this question in the LR group as well – hope it’s OK that I cross-posted but it does pertain to both groups.

This is my current workflow:

1. Import photos from my camera into LR3 for basic adjustments – WB, clarity, vibrance, exposure, etc.

2. Right-mouse click and select “Edit in CS5” to clone, add textures, do anything that LR3 can’t do, etc.

***Right now my preferences in LR are set to open the files in CS5 with ProPhoto RGB because I had read in multiple places that this had a wider color range. It was my understanding that by using ProPhoto I’d be “maximizing” my LR and CS5 editing capabilities.

3. Complete edits in CS5, “Save” the image and go back to LR to export the file as a JPEG for the web or printing.

***My LR settings are set up export each file as JPEG/sRGB.

I get a ton of “profile mismatches,” “file does not match the working color space,” and “document does not have embedded color profile” pop-ups in CS5. I notice this especially when I use textures on my images. It’s my understanding that the reason for this is that the textures I’m using have been processed in the sRGB color space (most of them are free downloads from the Texture group here on Flickr), and I am dragging them onto my image that is being edited in ProPhoto color space. I am fine with clicking thru the pop-ups and selecting the proper color space, but they are annoying.

Should I have my workflow set up differently? Should I just change my LR>CS5 workflow so that I edit in sRGB instead of ProPhoto in CS5?

I guess what I am asking is if someone could tell me specifically how I need to have my LR3 and CS5 color spaces set up, understanding that I am going to be using them in tandem LR3>CS5>LR3 (for export). Right now my specifics are:

External Editing LR:

Format – Tiff

Color Space – ProPhoto RGB

Bit – 8

Resolution – 240

Compression – Zip

Color Settings CS5:

Working Space: ProPhoto RGB

Profile Mismatches: Ask

MIssing Profile: Ask

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The argument for a ProPhoto RGB Workflow – Inside Lightroom

The argument for a ProPhoto RGB Workflow

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I might be opening a huge can of worms here and I am sure this will generate quite a bit of user comments but with Lightroom I think this is very applicable. In a previous post I talked about what the default color space is in Lightroom – basically a ProPhoto RGB color space with an sRGB tone curve, nicknamed Melissa RGB by the folks at Adobe. With this in mind I feel that Lightroom is best used along with a ProPhoto RGB workflow. I’ll explain why here shortly.

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Histogram And Meter Settings To The Right

“HAMSTTR”© ( Histogram And Meter Settings To The Right )

…Is a more accurate term to describe what we really mean when we say we “Expose To The Right” or ETTR. (from this point on I will use only the term HAMSTTR. Suffice it to say, that the term is new, and prior to August 2009 the universally used term to describe HAMSTTR was “ETTR” )

A brief History of “HAMSTTR”©.

* In 2003 Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape fame, and early Digital Photography Pioneer, was conducting a workshop in Iceland attended by none other than Thomas Knoll ( Creator of Photoshop! )

Thomas advised Michael to maximize the signal to noise ratio in Digital photography by adding what we call + EC (plus exposure compensation) while shooting RAW, and then if need be, using – EC during the RAW conversion to bring brightness levels back down to match the lighting at the time.
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Expose to the Right – Maximizing S/N Ratio in Digital Photography

* Others had been seeing similar results, and very quickly word spread around that this was in fact a very effective technique.
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