Archive for the ‘Photo Editors’ Category

Some rules just change.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

As a long term digital camera user I found a consistent rule that went with bundled software.

DO NOT INSTALL!

The issues that you can potentially get from installing are:

  • It can change all your images to load into a default program and not photoshop like you had it set before.
  • It can on starting up look for all the images in your personal folders and regardless of them being photos you have taken and ignoring your folder structure (if any) and places them some where else in a different folder structure.
  • When you connect your camera or a mates camera it will start automatically and go nuts downloading all your pictures even though you only wanted to look.
  • Takes way too long to load.
  • Takes way too long to download.
  • No upload features (upload to flickr).
  • No support for other operating systems like Linux or MacOS.
  • Key photo manipulating features can be missing.
  • Can be buggy as hell.
  • Your camera will only work in this software even if before you could browse your memory card via windows.

That’s only the things I can think of. I am sure there is more!

So maybe leave your software in the box because you would be better off?

Now for the exception to the rule!

I was talking to my mate ‘S’ from high school about his new Canon 450d and one thing lead to another and I found out that he did not even take the disc out the box. Now addmittedly he runs Linux so he does not need to bother looking if the software is supported.

But it planted the this seed.

What if there is other users that don’t install the default software because of the bad experiences like the ones listed above?

If you have a Canon DSLR then you should install the EOS Utility and here is why.

You can tether your camera to your computer or laptop and have the possibility to control the camera and even use live view! After that you can also set up time lapse or a interval in bulb exposure mode. Not impressed yet?  can take it a step a further by setting up a folder where your EOS Utility could store your photos. Then have lightroom (or potentially any other good photo suite) monitor that folder in your hard drive and automatically have lightroom import anything new from it.

So you get a remote control, mass storage and the editor of your choice! Seamless integration!

There are other alternatives! DSLR Remote to name one but it is not for free. I feel that it is more featured and no frills but it costs too much to warrant buying it unless you are a super pro photographer (then why are you reading my blog ;-) ).

Regardless of the camera you have. Give the manual a look over and also read the reviews. Try to find out if the software is useful and bug free.

Don’t rely on past experiences any more.

Photoshop: Finding the rule of thirds every time.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

This is a short action tutorial for drawing guides in Photoshop that display a rule of thirds grid no matter what the resolution of the picture.

It can be really useful when cropping in Photoshop saving you the hassle of opening the image in something like Lightroom just to crop.

- Open Photoshop (CS2 ,3 and 4)

- Make a new image 800×600 pixels (you could just open an existing photo)

- Press ‘Ctrl+R’ to display your rulers.

- Right click on the ruler and select ‘percent’

- Go to your actions tab and create a new action – Call it ‘Rule of Thirds’ and assign a hot key.

- Go to the menu ‘View\Delete guides’ (this removes any existing guides)

- Now you action is recording select the menu ‘View\New Guides’

- Leave it selected as ‘Vertical’ and type in ‘33%’ then click ‘Ok’

- Create another new guide ‘Vertical’ at ‘66%’

- Create two more ‘Horizontal’ guides (one at 33% and one at 66%)

- Stop the action from recording.

- Right click on the ruler and select pixels (or your preferred measurement)

That is it! Every time you use your hot key or just run the action it will clear the existing lines and create new ones. Because you made the lines in percent, when you crop or resize it will always redraw the correct rule of thirds grid

Designm.ag Photo Touch-Ups Mega List

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

I am a very big fan of http://designm.ag and today Steven Snell did not disappoint!

He pulled together a list of 60 photoshop actions for photo touch-ups. Everything from Cross processing to color and skin corrections.

Even if your totally new to photoshop this is a very good place to start.

60 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-Ups and Enhancements