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Adding a Graphic Watermark in Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 has two kinds of watermarks, graphical and text. While text watermarks can do the job, they are simplistic and lack the polish and control a graphical watermark offers—even if the graphic is only text. Creation of a graphic watermark and a preset to easily use it, is simple enough, though there are a […]

Adventures in Color Calibration

I just finished up helping a fellow photographer and friend setup and calibrate his new Dell 2407WFP LCD display and yet again I am reminded how much I really hate dealing with color and color profiling. What settings should you use to calibrate your display? In Michael Reichmann’s From Camera to Print, Jeff Schewe comments […]

Compositing Firework Photos

Like almost anything, there are dozens of ways to go about getting the “perfect” fireworks photograph. For example, some photographers will shoot in bulb and use a black card to cover the lens until the burst they want to capture. I’ve tried, and quite honestly without a lot of familiarity with the presentation I don’t […]

Editing with the Lightroom Import Dialog

If there’s one thing that digital photography has changed, for better or worse, it’s our ability to shoot and to manage much larger numbers of images. Fortunately, the photographic software industry has responded to that need and turned out programs like Lightroom and Aperture that act half as a Digital Image management programs and half […]

First Thoughts on Lossy DNG

Whoever said storage is cheap, never had to buy and manage that storage. I’ve been meaning to write in some depth about the challenges of storing digital photos for quite some time, unfortunately, this article isn’t it. However, with rising camera resolutions, and the respective increase in image file sizes, finding room to store, backup […]

Focus Stacking in Photoshop and Lightroom

Photoshop since CS4 has had focus stacking built in? Who knew? Apparently, not me, that’s for sure. That’s not to say that I didn’t know about focus stacking. I’ve played with the product Helicon Focus, and while I didn’t ultimately find it worth the money based on my needs, it does have some nifty features. […]

How I manage Lightroom’s Catalog Backups

I don’t usually do the whole computer tips thing, maybe I should do some more of it. The impetus for this post was a friend of mine who had close to 100GB of Lightroom catalog backups—and that was less than a year of weekly backups—sitting on his computer taking up precious space on yet another […]