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Posted in Articles, Galleries, The Blog on February 29, 2016

PC Down

Hi folks, My PC’s motherboard decided to die about a week ago and we had to order another mobo to replace it.  My 10-year old laptop barely has the space for Photoshop and Lightroom let alone being able to run them.  Guess I need to pull the trigger and get an updated lap ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on March 21, 2012

Using Lightroom to Upload Images, Part 26

This is probably the official last part to my Digital Bird Photography series.  We’ve come a long way since Part 1 and in the previous four parts (22 thru 25) I took you through post-processing some sample images in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Color EFEX Pro 4.  Now that I& ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on March 20, 2012

A Quick Look at Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 (LR4), Adobe’s RAW converter and RAW image editor, was released a few weeks ago (approx. 3/1/2012).  Lightroom is the most used program on my computer so there was no question that I would upgrade to version 4.  The timing on my recent series of articles on Di ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on March 14, 2012

From Lightroom to Plugins, Part 25

In Part 24, I discussed my process of developing an eagle image in Lightroom3 (LR3).  (If you’re working in LR4 or LR5, the process is still the same but with a few basic adjustment differences).  Since the last Part 24 article, I have upgraded to LR4, so screen prints yo ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on March 6, 2012

Processing Images in Lightroom 3, Part 24

Welcome to Part 24 of my Digital Bird Photography series.  This is a direct continuation of Part 23, which shows you how I use Lightroom 3 in post-processing.  Please read part 23 before this part!   Next, I look at the histogram for this shot.  Here it is with the Tool S ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on March 6, 2012

Processing Images in Lightroom 3, Part 23

Continuing now from Part 22 of the series! I’ve got my 699 images taken on Feb. 3 imported onto my hard disk and into my Ridgefield NWR LR3 catalog.  (LR3 catalogs have a .lrcat extension on the catalog filename).  The next step in processing can be one of the most time c ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 25, 2012

Lightroom 3 – The Hub of My Workflow, Part 2 ...

[Edit Mar. 9, 2012: A few days ago, Lightroom 4 was released by Adobe.   While version 4 has some new adjustment tools and modules (Map & Book), the overall interface and the order in which tasks get done have not changed.  So even though there are some new options to wor ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 5, 2012

Photographing Birds in Flight, Part 21

Birds in Flight What color is the sky?  Where is the sun?  Where am I in relation to the bird’s anticipated flight path?  Am I ready no matter if the bird is a light or dark color? What direction is the wind coming from? These are questions that I’d like to have answer ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Using External Flash in Bird Photography, Part 20

Photographing Moving Birds One of the most challenging aspects of bird photography is the fact that most birds do not like to hold still or stay in one place for very long.  “Well, duh,” you say.  I have to agree, that on the surface may appear pretty obvious.  I guess I ... Continue Reading

Posted in Articles on February 4, 2012

Backgrounds in Bird Photography, Part 19

Background What about the space behind the bird?  In many bird pictures it is good to have the background out of focus—way out of focus.  An out of focus background usually sets the bird apart from the background and draws viewers’ attention to the bird.  This is typically ... Continue Reading