Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Best New Photographers’ Features From Adobe’s October 2018 Update

8:01:00 AM

One of the most important benefits of Adobe’s move to a subscription service is that it has allowed them to update their photographer’s tools more frequently. Rather than one big update through a 2-4 year cycle, these days we get a couple of small updates and one large update per year. 

This year has been no exception and at the Adobe Max conference in LA, some interesting and very useful additions were made to the programs in the photographer’s package, namely Photoshop, Lightroom CC and Lightroom CC Classic.

Today we will have a first look at some of the standout features from the update.

Lightroom CC Classic

Two additions to Classic will very much appeal to us. Firstly the improved Dehaze algorithm, and secondly Merge to HDR Panorama Pro.

Dehaze has become a very valuable tool in the editing arsenal but adding negative Dehaze has often produced flat, whiteout looking images. The new algorithm allows you to reduce Dehaze to make images look more naturally hazy or misty. To use this new ability on older images you will need to change to the latest Calibration Process – Version 5 – at the bottom of the Develop Tools.

Negative dehaze can now improve the look of fog or mist

Next of interest is the HDR Panoramic Merge. If you are an HDR shooter, you will know how slow and cumbersome it can be to create panoramic images. You need to merge each section of the panoramic to HDR first, then create the panoramic. Now you can select all the images in your HDR panoramic, right click and select HDR Panorama. A new window will open allowing you to correct the image before completing the edit.

You may need to shoot your panorama with manual settings as at the moment Lightroom seems to dislike any inconsistent exposure differences. 

HDR Panorama is a big addition to both CC Classic and Photoshop

Other improvements include better tethering, in particular for Canon cameras and improved high ISO rendering. As with Dehaze, you will need to reprocess older images to Version 5 to gain this improvement.

Lastly, for those with phone cameras with a software depth of field function, you can now create depth based masks from HEIC images. 

Lightroom CC

Adobe’s Mobile/Desktop solution has a couple of useful additions. An improved face detection algorithm allows you to find people much more quickly. Also improved is the search function which has had some extra search criteria added. 

If you are a user of Adobe Portfolio, you can now also send images directly to your Portfolio galleries through the new Connections addition. You will need to add your Adobe Portfolio to your connections, this can be done via Sharing Connections on the left of the screen. To add an image or selection of images to Portfolio right click and choose Share To – Adobe Portfolio.

You can now directly upload images to your Adobe Portfolio from Lightroom CC

Photoshop 2019

Photoshop CC, also known as Photoshop 2019, has had a few important updates. The standout one is a big improvement to Content-Aware Fill. The previous version allowed you to select around a section of the image then fill that section with its surroundings. However, it had no controls and the algorithm made its own decision on what to fill the area with.

The updated version now allows you to redefine the area that will fill the selection and adds further tools to refine it. In this sample, I have removed two yachts, from the right of the screen. 

To do this I made a selection using the marquee tool, then from the menu selected Edit – Content-Aware Fill. A green box appears showing the fill selection area. I painted out the land areas to the top and bottom left of the box leaving me with just sea to fill over the yachts. The end result is pretty impressive.

Content-Aware Fill has become much more powerful in Photoshop 2019

Other notable additions to this Photoshop update include a similar HDR Panorama tool as Lightroom, a frame tool making it much easier to drop images inside text or shapes and some improvements to the user interface.

Lastly, and at last, Photoshop joins the real world with the ability to carry out multiple undos using the CMD/CTR Z key. 

Over the last few years, Adobe has shown a strong commitment to keeping the apps in their photographer’s package updated and improved. The October 2018 additions have continued this trend with some very useful tools for us. The highlights are the improved content aware fill and the HDR Panoramic mode.

What has been the most interesting or useful addition for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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44 Hot Air Balloon Photographs To Take Your Creativity Up Up And Away

5:02:00 AM

Alright, so after Jim won the Weekend Photography Challenge, I got thinking about hot air balloons. Beyond being a colorful synonym of freedom, hot air balloons are extremely photogenic with contrasting colors against a neutral sky.

Indeed, thinking about color can be amazingly creative. Impactful photographs are all about contrast, and this doesn't only occur with black and white, it can perfectly be achieved by using color as well.

So to get you thinking about color in composition, we have pulled together a bright selection of images depicting hot air balloons from all over the globe!

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Composing In Color Relies On Understanding The Color Wheel

The color wheel starts out with the prime colors. There are several color wheels out there, but since we are working with screens (on computers and cameras) you should keep things simple and just go for the RGB (red, green, blue) wheel.

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When opposing colors meet in a single composition, contrast is achieved in the most magnificent ways. When adjacent colors – like an array of warm or cold tones are together without an opposing hue – low levels of contrast are achieved.

Creatively selecting color when composing your images will take them to the next level. It is definitely an advanced composition technique that you should work with.

Advanced Composition And Composing In Color

Getting photography composition right has always been the greatest challenge for the photographer. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:

  • Compression
  • Color Placement
  • Contrast Overlap
  • Rhythm
  • Color Wash
  • Texture
  • Stacking
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Advanced Composition – will ensure you create images that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition

Advanced Composition Will Give Your Photographs A Lift

If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about:

  • color
  • light
  • shadow
  • lines
  • curves
  • repetition
  • juxtaposition
  • anticipation
  • pre-visualization
  • timing

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Artist Diet

10:01:00 PM

Ein Beitrag von: Michelle Gerard

Das Projekt „The Artist Diet“ visualisiert die Rituale und Routinen berühmter Künstler*innen und ihre Essgewohnheiten. Ich habe mich immer mehr für die Geschichten und den Prozess hinter der Kunst interessiert als für die Kunst selbst. Vor einigen Jahren las ich über David Lynchs strenges Ritual des Essens bei Bob’s Big Boy um genau 14:30 Uhr (die einzige Uhrzeit, zu der der Milchshake genau die richtige Konsistenz habe) und wie er fünf, sechs, sieben Tassen Kaffee mit viel zu viel Zucker dort trank.

Er beschrieb sich selbst als „heavily into sugar“. Die Zucker-Koffein-Kombination schürte seine Kreativität, während er Ideen auf Servietten kritzelte. Er schrieb diesem Ritual seinen Erfolg zu. Von diesem Moment an begann ich, über andere Künstler*innen und ihre Essrituale nachzulesen.

Ich las Biografien, Bücher über Routinen von Künstler*innen (danke, Mason Currey für „Daily Rituals!“ ) und durchsuchte das Internet nach den Essgewohnheiten von Künstler*innen. Als ich eine Liste hatte, fing ich an, alle Künstler*innen einzeln zu untersuchen, um die Details zu verfeinern. In welcher Ära lebte die Person, in welcher Umgebung arbeitete sie, welche anderen Rituale um das Essen und ihre Arbeit waren ihr wichtig? Auf jedem Foto gibt es neben dem Essen noch Details, die direkt auf Fakten über ihr Leben verweisen.

Milchshake und Tee auf einem Tisch

Snack auf einem Tisch mit Schreibmaschine

Frühstück auf einem Tisch

Frühstück

Chinesisches Essen neben einer Schreibmaschine

Essen auf einem Tisch

Frühstück

Essen auf einem Tisch

Sandwich

Essen auf einem Tisch

Bunter Nachtisch

Austern und Fleisch auf einem Tisch

Ich fühle mich persönlich mehr mit einem Kunstwerk verbunden, wenn ich mehr über den Prozess und die Person dahinter weiß. Indem man die Szene für jede*n dieser Künstler*innen ausgestaltet, kann man sich sich selbst darin vorstellen, wie das Essen geschmeckt hat und zumindest ein bisschen verstehen, wie sie sich in diesem Moment gefühlt haben.


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