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Adding a Graphic Watermark in Lightroom

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 […]

Building a Hyperbolic Resolution Wedge in Illustrator

In another article I described and made available my camera acclimation target. In the process of building that I ended up having to sit down and build from scratch what I’ve frequently seen described as a hyperbolic resolution test wedge. If you’ve ever used an ISO 12233 resolution chart, or looked at the resolution charts […]

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 […]

DisplayCAL and Argyll CMS Quick Start Guide

Virtually every piece of commercially available color calibration hardware comes with software to go with it. The question then is why would you want to replace that software with something else? The biggest reason, in my opinion at least, is quality. That’s not to say that the built in software is designed to be low […]

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 […]

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 […]