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Fooling Lightroom… Matt’s tip

Fooling Lightroom… Matt’s tip

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Fooling Lightroom… Matt’s tip

Well I don’t know about you, but I love tips and tricks.. especially about Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 10.  Yes there are loads of sites you can visit that teach you all about Lightroom, but one of my favourite sites is Lightroom Killer Tips, now I don’t know if you have visited that site.. but Matt Kloskowski, apart from teaching you tips and tricks in Lightroom; also offers a wide range of Free Presets for Lightroom. Continue reading →

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Reworking Nymans Ruins

Reworking Nymans Ruins

Reworking Nymans Ruins

Back in November 2012 I made a post about Nymans Ruins.  I did that particular HDR using Corel Paintshop Pro… even though I liked it at the time, one thing that didn’t seem right was the detail.  However today I have reworked the same photo, using Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2.

This was the image I created before. Continue reading →

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Off to the tower with you..

Off to the tower with you..

Off to the tower with you…

Well today was the day to play around with the Color Efex Pro 2 part of the Google Nik Software I purchased and downloaded the other day.

Well I wanted to see how well it works and there was nothing better than to try it out with a photograph that was shot in jpeg. Continue reading →

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Reworking entrance to Bodiam

Reworking entrance to Bodiam

Reworking entrance to Bodiam

Well today, I decided to purchase the Google Nik Software.. and wow am I impressed.  I am still on the learning curve stage and to be perfectly honest haven’t got the foggiest idea of what I am doing… But hey ho that is the fun of photography and computer software.. the learning.

Back in February, I posted this image: Entrance to Bodiam And decided that I would use this photograph as a  re-work project.  That way I could compare what I achieved then using Lightroom and what I can achieve using the Google Nik Software. Continue reading →

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Umming and arring

Umming and arring

Umming and arring

Yes I have been doing a lot of that lately… especially after seeing the excellent work of Photographers like Serge Ramelli and Trey Ratcliffe when they create their HDR masterpieces.  Yes they use Photoshop and Photomatix to get their excellent photographs.. but for the likes of me it is Lightroom, Photoshop Elements 10 and Corel Paintshop Pro 4. Continue reading →

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Lightroom, Lightroom, Lightroom

Lightroom, Lightroom, Lightroom

Lightroom, Lightroom, Lightroom

lightroom4seminarI know I can hear the distant drums in the background and the echo of voices saying, “Here she goes, on about Lightroom yet again”, but honestly I have to tell you about a great blog I found yesterday.

It started with me looking for some information about adding Camera Profiles to Lightroom and reviewing the X-Rite ColourChecker Passport, which integrates into Lightroom and gives you the perfect White Balance and colourings.

Anyway, as you know I am an avid Lightroom fan, I adore this software and know that I couldn’t do without this excellent photography processing software.. you can take away the TV, the cooker and anything you want, but try and part this girl from her Lightroom and you will have a fight on her hands, believe me *as she clutches Lightroom tightly in her hands*. 😀 However, the only modules, in Lightroom, that I have had anything to do with, up until now, are the Library Module for organising my photos and the Develop Module for working on them in post-processing.

The other sections, I haven’t even ventured into yet as I don’t have to print photos and I don’t have an e-book to write or produce yet.

To be perfectly honest, they are parts of the software that I have not made myself familiar with, and elements of the software that I think I should get to know a bit better.

So, back to the crux of this post.  There I was searching, when in my search results appeared a link for a site called Lightroom Secrets. As I was perusing this site’s vast information on Lightroom, I came across a post that spoke about templates in Lightroom and how to get free templates.  This, particular post caught my attention, because the templates are free to use, and we all love freebies don’t we?  So I clicked on the link which led me to Jill Levenhagen Photography who writes this about her templates:

I’m Jill and I blog and offer free Lightroom templates for the Print Module!

Free?  Yep.  FREE!  Download any and all the templates you want.  Navigate through the types of templates in the left column.  Each download is on a separate page with an image example of the template so you can see what it looks like.  They work in Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4 only.

My blog is about anything photography.  This is my hobby, not business…so I write about whatever I feel like and only whenever I feel like it!

I used to sell my templates, but now I give them all away for free.  Terms of Use still apply, but enjoy!  I give them away so that it can be my hobby that I enjoy, and I can build and offer new ones when I feel like it!  LOL!

“Like” my Facebook Page to keep up with the blog and find out when new templates are released!

We have all been there, and have thought something is free, find a catch to the offer and it ends up with you parting with cash; and yes I was skeptical at first, thinking, ‘Nobody gives you something for nothing, not in this world’.  But I am really pleased to say that Jill Levenhagen DOES give you free goodies.. she does this because photography is her hobby and not a business.

You might ask yourself where you would use these templates, but I can think of a thousand and one projects where these templates could come in handy and one of those projects is these cover photos that are used in Google+ and Facebook.

Jill gives you clear instructions on how to install these templates and she offers a wide variety of templates to choose from.. I hope Jill doesn’t mind but I have added her blog to the list of recommendations on this site and would like to thank her for giving people like me, templates to use in their future work.

Now to the next thing on my list of things to learn .. how to use these templates and change my cover profile pictures, on Google+ and Facebook.

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Lightroom – Lens Correction

Lightroom – Lens Correction

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Lightroom – Lens Correction

Now I don’t know about you, but I know for a fact I still have far much more to learn about photography.. If I have got off of the novice rung, I would be surprised.  Photography isn’t about going out with a point and shoot camera and clicking happily.. Mind you sometimes even those shots can turn out quite spectacular. Continue reading →

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No matter how much…

No matter how much…

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No matter how much….

One of the many things you do with photos once you have taken them is process them. What you see through the camera viewfinder is not what you get.  The camera doesn’t work the same way as your eyes do and therefore you do need processing software. Continue reading →

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Kearsney Abbey

Kearsney Abbey

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Kearsney Abbey

I don’t know about you, but sometimes photos need processing, well in fact all of the time you tweak them a little to get the best results.  The camera can only do so much.. but it doesn’t capture what your eye actually sees.

I could process photos all day long and just post up the results but for those readers who are not familiar with the likes of Lightroom 4, they must wonder how people achieve such results. Continue reading →

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An Englishman’s home is his castle

An Englishman’s home is his castle

An Englishman’s home is his castle

Back in June we decided we decided one Sunday to return to Nymans,  which was when we normally did our trips out and about,  but the weather forecast was not brilliant so we decided to go out on the Saturday instead.  But the forecast for Saturday was wind and on reading the National Trust site, Nymans was closed due to possible high winds.  So where to go? On viewing the National Trust site, we decided on Bodiam Castle.

Continue reading →

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