Fuji X-T1 Picture with the Samyang 12mm

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my initial test of the Samyang 12mm f/2 lens which I’d bought for my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless, and today I got to try the camera out in a real life situation when we visited the National Trust Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Although the picture above is only a single shot, I actually took lots of pictures in exactly the sort of situation I bought the lens for, internal shots with low light, […]

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Fuji XT-1 Film Simulation modes

One of the great features of the Fuji X series cameras is the Film Simulation mode which is available in camera and allows you to take pictures with the look of some of Fuji’s classic film emulsions. Today, I decided to try this out and carried out a test on the Fuji XT-1 Film Simulation modes. This is probably not the only article you could find which carries out a similar sort of ┬átest since the XT-1 is now 3 […]

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Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll […]

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Evening in Gloucestershire

On a recent trip to Gloucestershire I took out my Pentax K5 fitted with a Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom for an evening walk and took these pictures of the local countryside bathed in late evening sunshine. All these pictures have been imported into Lightroom CC for post processing and then exported at 1600px on the longest edge. To see them at full size follow this link. As well as my K5 I also took along a Pentax SFXn loaded with […]

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Repairing old photos with the Clone Stamp tool

Although I use Lightroom all the time I’ve not really used Photoshop that much since I joined Adobe Creative Cloud using the photographers cut down package last year. However a few weeks ago I had cause to try to recover some old photographs of my fathers which had been badly creased and damaged and found that Lightroom just can’t do that sort of job, so I turned to Photoshop. This is certainly quite a common procedure for photoshop experts, but […]

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Processing scanned 35mm slides in Lightroom and Photoshop

This is a post describing the steps I’ve taken to try to correct some colour casts and exposure problems with 35mm colour slides. I recently discovered a large box of 35mm slides which my Dad took in the 1960’s of our family. There are about 500 slides in total and I’m working through scanning them and getting them to look as good as I can. I am scanning them on an HP Photosmart C8180 Printer/Scanner using the inbuilt slide holder […]

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Keeping track of manual lenses

I did a post yesterday about the camera kit I am taking on holiday in a couple of weeks and the manual Takumar lenses I’m intending to use. As I’ve been getting the kit together and working out which accessories I would need I’ve also been considering how I’m going to track which lens was used for which picture. Although it isn’t essential to know this, it’s a very useful piece of information as you are sorting through your pictures […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 2 – Photo retouching

I have used the spot removal tool in Lightroom to good effect in the past to remove or paint over small areas in a picture and found it to be pretty effective. However for large objects or areas of pictures it doesn’t seem so effective. I thought that now I have access to the full Photoshop CC product I’d try to edit a picture with problems and see how much better photoshop is. The picture above is one of St […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 1 – Tilt shift filter.

As I mentioned in my last post I have recently subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers membership which gives me access to the full Photoshop CC program – something I could never have justified as a standalone purchase. I have been experimenting with the various features and thought I would start a series of posts showing some of the results. The first effect I have been experimenting with is the tilt-shift filter. A tilt-shift lens is one where the […]

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Typical Lightroom processing steps.

In this post I’m going to outline the steps I’ve gone through to take an image from the initial RAW capture to the final image using Lightroom. This is as much an aide memoir to my future self as a guide to others, and in no way is this the only sequence that could be used. The image above is one that I took with my Ricoh GXR fitted with the S10 lens unit. The image is not a particularly […]

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Lightroom post processing techniques – radial filter

I like macro photography, but this post uses a macro photograph to point out a Lightroom 5 post processing technique I’ve started to use a bit which is Radial Filters. This pretty unremarkably picture of a fly was taken a few weeks ago and I’d mostly forgotten about it. But I was looking through the pictures I’d taken and realised that I could improve this one if I could blur the flower a bit and bring the fly into more […]

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RAW shot recovery in Lightroom

This post covers the importance of shooting in RAW when it comes to trying to recover pictures from badly exposed images using Lightroom, or any other RAW processor for that matter. In a recent post someone who added a comment remarked that they had not yet set their camera to store RAW images and were still shooting in jpeg. ┬áThis got me thinking about the effects of shooting in RAW and why it’s so important to do so. It also […]

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Clarity adjustment in Lightroom

I use the Adobe Lightroom post production software for making adjustments to the RAW images I take on my Pentax K5 DSLR. I originally used Apple Aperture, but when the price of Lightroom dropped with the introduction of Lightroom 4 I gave it a try and was very impressed with it. One of the adjustments I have learned to use a lot is the Clarity slider in the presence section of the Basic Panel. If you search in the Lightroom […]

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Moving pictures in Lightroom

I’ve been finding over the last few months that the hard disk on my mac has been filling up and I decided this evening to try to do something about it. I have a 1Tb USB external drive which I’m using to move some of my older image files on to. If this is done within Lightroom the catalogue will still reference them and everything will work as normal when the external drive is plugged in. Because the pictures I’m […]

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