Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Recently I had the privilege to be able to extend a business trip for a few days to go to Las Vegas. I had been in Vegas before, so this time the main venture was really the Grand Canyon to explore something new. Since from Vegas a car ride would have meant pretty much an all day trip with a four-hour drive each way we decided to take a more airy vehicle. I hope you enjoy my little video of that unforgettable helicopter ride as much as I enjoyed the actual trip.

Quick Video on Adobe’s All New Lightroom 6

When Adobe released its new version of Lightroom – Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC – I was a bit underwhelmed by the new feature set that came with it. The only interesting bits that I could make out were the new filter brush and an enhanced performance when you use a discrete graphics card and have a 4k hi-res monitor.

Of course I couldn’t hold back long in trying the new version myself and really find out for myself whether the upgrade is worth it or not. Luckily Adobe provides a trial version which I swiftly downloaded. After a bit of playing around I decided to let you know the results of my very initial test including a quick demo of the filter brush tool. And here you go:

New Lightroom 5 Tutorial: Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

One way of speeding up your workflow in Lightroom and making it more efficient is to use keyboard shortcuts instead of moving around with your mouse.

In this tutorial I go through the most commonly used shortcuts and explain how and in which context they work best.

Enjoy watching and please let me know if it’s helpful and more importantly where I have made mistakes and what I can further improve.

New Lightroom 5 Tutorial: How to use radial filters and the adjustment brush to highlight focus areas

When you take a photograph light is not always falling in the right direction to highlight your subject in the most accentuated way. Back in the days of analogue film photography you had basically two tools to change the light-fall in your picture during print: dodge and burn. In the digital Lightroom (5) you have various methods of changing light-fall, two of them are the radial-filter and the adjustment brush.

In this video tutorial I demonstrate how you can use those two tools to draw attention to specific areas of interest or focus in your image.

Enjoy watching and please let me know if it’s helpful and more importantly where I have made mistakes and what I can further improve.

Video Tutorial: Editing Leica M Monochrom images in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro

A couple of days ago I had an interesting discussion with one of my Facebook visitors: She had bought a Leica M Monochrom quite some time ago but had hardly ever used it because the images she was getting straight out of the camera were flat and dull.

But she was clearly amazed by the tonal range of an image I had just posted – yet it had good contrast and punch. That got us into quite a nice exchange about photo editing. She said that she was rather wary of dealing with any photo editing since she had never really done it and has always used the images coming pretty much straight out of her DSLR she is normally using which clearly doesn’t work with the Monochrom’s DNGs.

That got me thinking, since in all honesty it’s really not that complicated to do some basic adjustments in Lightroom to increase contrast and adjust exposure so the admittedly flat images coming out of the Monochrom look more pleasing.

So I decided to record a simple tutorial specifically for editing Monochrom raw files. I do not claim that the way I edit my images is THE way to do it. It is merely MY way of doing it that will hopefully help you in getting more out of your MM photographs and enjoy this great camera even more.

I would appreciate you sharing your experience with editing Monochrom (or any other camera’s) raw images either here or directly in the comments section of my Youtube video.

Lightroom Tutorial for Leica M Monochrom

“Moving Pictures”

One might ask why a photographer bothers with Youtube. I thought so too until I realized that many people do prefer “moving” pictures over the static display of photographs in a more traditional way. Others say making a “video” of images is just distracting and can even distort the meaning of a picture or loose the viewer’s attention by leading the viewer’s eye out of the picture or to an area with no content.

I believe that both aspects are reasonable and both have merits. While a “classic” photographer and one who is used and trained to viewing static images might not really appreciate the idea of making a video out of pictures, people who usually watch videos might in fact well do. And the issue of “disctraction” can be managed by editing the video in a way that the “panning” is leading the eye towards the area of focus and not away from it.

But enough said, please see for yourself and let me know your thoughts:

For those who prefer the “classic” way here is the more static version of my photographs :): http://www.flickr.com/jan2k