Rarely does photographing wildlife subjects (and human ones also) at eye level not work well.
Bull elk are very large animals, but when they bed down, a standing position may yield a downward camera angle.
While I don't always mind a downward camera angle, it is frequently not my first choice.
So, when they go down, consider taking the camera down with them.
A lower position increases the likelihood of catchlights showing in the eyes.
It was raining lightly during much of the time I spent with this bull.
There are a lot of benefits for photographing wildlife under cloudy skies, but such images typically have relatively low contrast and often respond nicely to a small contrast increase during post processing.
A slight saturation increase is another adjustment that frequently helps images captured under heavy clouds.
There are now two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week.
It's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP.
Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
Updates are available today for Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, our two desktop-centric photography applications. These updates focus on performance and improving your workflow.
GPU Accelerated Editing
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw take advantage of the more powerful graphics cards (GPUs) while editing, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. GPU acceleration is more pronounced with larger resolution monitors (4k and above) as well as with more powerful GPUs.
PNG export support
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw
The PNG file format is a popular uncompressed file format often used on the web. Lightroom and Camera Raw have supported importing and opening PNG-based files for some time, and now you can export your photos as PNGs.
Library Module Improvements
As part of our on-going effort to improve speed and performance in Lightroom Classic, significant improvements were made to the Library module while browsing folders.
Color Labels for Collections
Color labels have long been used in Lightroom Classic as a way to quickly visualize different groups of photos and recently we made it possible to add color labels to folders. In this update, we added the ability to also add color labels to Collections. Find what you’re looking for faster by adding color labels to collections, collection sets, and smart collections.
Batch Merge for HDR, Panoramas, and HDR Panoramas
Batch processing is a great way to speed up your workflow by helping you gang up processor-intensive efforts and letting your computer do the heavy lifting without having to wait for each task to be done.
The August release of Lightroom Classic makes it possible to batch process HDR and panorama merges.
To batch merge, first make a stack of each HDR or pano that you want to merge (make sure that you’re selecting like stacks, all HDR or all pano merges, without mixing up the two types).
Then, select each stack you want to merge and select the appropriate option from the Photo > Photo Merge menu.
New Features Throughout the Lightroom Ecosystem
The August releases for Lightroom, our cloud-centric photography ecosystem, include the ability to recover deleted photos, improvements to the in-app educational tools released in May, as well as improvements to search.
Recover Deleted Photos
Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, and lightroom.adobe.com
Discover posts were introduced in the May 2019 release and allow you to see the edit process applied to a photo.
Now you can turn those edits into a preset that you can apply to any of your photos.
Tap to open a Discover post and then tap on the three-dot menu at the top-right and select Download as Preset.
You’ll be able to find that new preset named after the Discover post within your preset library.
Improved Search Options
Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS
Three new auto-complete search tools were added to Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (these tools were already available in Lightroom for Windows and Mac) making it easier than ever to find the exact photo you’re looking for.
You can now search for photos shot with a specific focal length, for raw, HDR, or pano photo types, and for images that include a depth map.
To use, start typing “focal length:”, “type:”, or “depth map:” and the search auto-complete will let you pick from the available options in your catalog.
Lightroom for Android and ChromeOS
In addition to being able to copy and paste edits to a series of photos, you can now select a range of photos and adjust the metadata of all of the selected photos.
You can change the title, caption, copyright, star rating, and flag status for all selected photos at once.
This functionality is being worked on for iOS and will be made available as soon as possible.
Adobe Camera Raw 11.4
The August 2019 release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.4) rolls out new features - enhanced GPU support to accelerate editing of images and edge-aware editing in 360-degree panoramas.
This release also adds support for new cameras and lenses and fixes several issues.
Latest cameras added in August 2019
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
Hasselblad X1D II 50C
Leica V-LUX 5
Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX880
Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)*
Sony RX100 VII (DSC-RX100M7)*
*Denotes preliminary support
Latest lenses added in August 2019
Min ACR plug-in version required
Min LR version required
Min LR Classic version required
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM
Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS
SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN A019
SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN C019
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X Teleconverter
Lavalier GO is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications.
The 3.5mm TRS connector is designed to pair perfectly with the RØDE Wireless GO and most recording devices with a 3.5mm TRS microphone input.
Lavalier GO is designed to perform excellently in any broadcast application.
Featuring a discreet 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone, it delivers crystal clear audio in all environments and is incredibly forgiving when it comes to placement on talent, allowing for greater flexibility in fast-paced situations.
A foam pop shield is supplied to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management for quick and easy rigging.
It also features a hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable, designed to withstand the rigours of any shoot.
Broadcast-grade lavalier microphone with 3.5mm TRS jack.
High-quality omnidirectional condenser capsule.
Durable, hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable.
Optimised for use with the RØDE Wireless GO.
Includes pop shield, mounting clip, and carry pouch.
Amazon has a selection of 24" - 34" LG Monitors nicely discounted today.
If you've been looking to upgrade your current monitor or simply add another monitor to your desktop, now would be a great time to do so.
Have you ever returned from a shooting location to find you had what could have been a good composition if you would have moved about 4 feet to the left or right?
I know I have.
It has happened to me more than once.
I have good news for you.
Photoshop has this Content-Aware Fill tool that can work wonders on situations just like this!
You may have already seen the content-aware fill tool and used it many times.
The technology behind the tool is in many other assets within Photoshop like the Clone Stamp Tool, the Content-Aware Move Tool, and the Patch Tool (to name a few).
While I am sure the technology is sophisticated, it is effortless to use.
In this example, I use Content-Aware Fill to patch an area of the composition that never existed.
Yep, I moved the image to the right, and that empty white space was filled in with grass, clouds, and even a finished road path.
Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill uses data from around the image to replace the white space.
It is similar to the healing brush or even the dust removal tool in Lightroom.
It assesses the environment it is replacing and looks for pixel data that is similar to it.
Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, it can be if you understand that you will also need a bit of help fixing the areas it replaces.
In today’s tutorial, I will show you how I use this technique to fix poor compositions and show you how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to repair the wonky-bits.
Today we're joined by Aaron's mom as he teaches her how to edit childhood photos in Photoshop! Learn how to make some quick and easy photo fixes like cropping, removing distractions, removing red eye, and recreating film noise. You'll also learn a little bit about Aaron and his family along the way!
Are you just getting started in the world of audio recording? Today we're going to help you translate some of the words and phrases you may come across when recording and editing. AB takes you through some of the most common lingo and gives you some tips for getting started in audio recording and editing. Are there other words or phrases you've come across that you need help with? Let us know in the comments.
Revenue and Operating profit dropped ¥24.0B and ¥9.7B, respectively, YoY due to sales volume reduction in entry/mid DSLR cameras and FPD lithography systems, etc.
Q1 OP resulted in ¥9.3B, 51% down YoY, yet proceeding accordingly to the full-year forecast.
Buy-back of 6,667,200 shares was conducted at approx. ¥10.0B from May 10 to June 20, 2019, which accounts for approx. 1.7% of the outstanding shares.
Q1 YoY Change:
The unit sales of the high-end full-frame camera increased mainly in Europe and US thanks to a growth in sales of ML camera. However, revenue dropped, impacted largely by the reduced sales of entry/mid DSLR cameras in Asia including China.
In addition to the sales impact above, the initial development cost for new ML camera lenses suppressed the profit.
The operating profit for Nikon's Imaging Business fell 15% year-over-year.
TTL (Through-the-Lens) makes shooting a breeze.
Point the camera at your subject, set the exposure values in-camera and the amount of light hitting your subject is dynamically determined by a pre-flash emitted by your TTL-enabled light before each shot.
Unfortunately, using TTL has notable drawbacks, as illustrated in the video above.
When shooting in a studio or under very controlled conditions, using manual flash settings will ensure consistent exposures throughout the session.
Alternately, when shooting under circumstances with quickly changing ambient light and/or subject-to-flash distances, the benefits of TTL will be very much appreciated. [Sean]
Up next in the Performers Series, Joe McNally goes behind-the-scenes with Las Vegas showgirl Joli Irvine to document all the glamour on stage and organized chaos backstage.
“There’s a lot of performance experience that I’m photographing here on stage.
That’s what I’m trying to capture – the feeling and glamour of the stage; the performer right before the lights go up and the crowd starts cheering.”
From photographing low-light moments to stunning portraits, Joe utilized the #mirrorless #Z7 high resolution 45.7MP sensor to capture the fine details.
My favorite camera mode is manual mode.
But, when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, it is often helpful to get the camera involved in the decision-making process via auto exposure.
When using auto exposure, most often I'm still using manual mode, but with auto ISO being selected.
In auto exposure modes, the camera must be able to guess the proper exposure, or close enough that the result can be adjusted to perfection during post-processing without detriment to image quality (increased noise for example).
When photographing deer, a subject rather neutral in relative brightness, in their natural environment, the camera often gets the auto exposure right.
Wildlife photography is usually very challenging, involving unpredictable action and fast camera work, and having the camera take care of the exposure can make the difference between getting a great shot and getting nothing.
With the exposure being determined by the camera, I can focus on getting the shot.
When the camera can guess the exposure with good accuracy and auto ISO in manual mode is being used, the shutter speed alone can be rapidly changed as needed to produce a sharp image.
For example, if an animal that has been in fast motion (requiring a fast shutter speed) pauses and stares at something while motionless, a quick roll of the top dial can increase the exposure times to allow lower ISO settings be taken advantage of.
One thing I need to focus on is not getting too close to my wildlife subjects.
While getting close enough to wildlife is a common challenge, being over-successful, getting too close, can sometimes be an issue.
Wildlife subjects often need some space around them in the frame, some breathing room.
Getting closer means a stronger background blur, but in this case, it meant not enough breathing room around the mule deer buck.
Fortunately, Photoshop helped me increase the canvas size, adding some background to the perimeter of this image.
Another teaching point illustrated here is the catchlight in the buck's eye.
In practically all images containing an eye, catchlights will add positively to the result, giving sparkle and life to the subject.
Catchlights can be created with flash lighting, but when photographing wildlife, the sun, or at least the bright sky, is my favorite catchlight source as it usually provides the most natural appearance.
For catchlights to happen, something bright, often the sun/sky, must be able to reflect in the subject's eye.
Think about the animal's rounded eye reflecting such and the camera angle needed for that to happen.
The subject's head position can make a difference with a raised head increasing the chances for catchlight reflections.
Your position can also make a difference.
The lower your position relative to the subject, the more likely you are to get catchlights reflecting the light source.
When the sun is the catchlight source, the lower the sun, the better the odds are that it will reflect in the eyes.
The more exposed the sky is, the better the likelihood of a reflection.
In this example, I had a catchlight.
However, with just a slight amount of the sky reflecting in the top of the deer's eye, it was a weak one.
Using an exposure adjustment layer in Photoshop, I added a mask that was entirely black (not affecting the image) except for the little catchlight and then slid the exposure adjustment slider slightly to the right to increase the brightness, affecting only the catchlight.
This tiny adjustment made a noticeable difference in the final result.
I'm always looking for an entertaining or at least unusual behavior to capture in wildlife images.
This buck's large rack added points to the entertainment factor, but its behavior was rather boring — it was mostly feeding.
While smelling the small plant is not dramatic behavior, it does speak to this animal's keen sense of smell and its ability to communicate in this way.
The huge rock behind the buck provided an out-of-the-norm background for the image and the position of the antlers allowed all of the points to be seen.
Thus, this image was my pick from this session.
A reminder: there is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park.
While elk are our primary subject, we'll be opportunistic, taking advantage of other wildlife that avails itself as illustrated here.
Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals.
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join!
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