Setting up Photoshop CC for the first time

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week.

As for me, well, after having some issues with my computer, finally its all solved, therefore I want to show you how I setup Photoshop for the first time.

I will create my own workspace, then I go to the preferences menu where I change some settings to suit not only my workflow, but also performance.

After leaving the preferences menu I will load some actions, brushes and shapes.

I hope this blog and video tutorial will help you get started with Photoshop
Have a fantastic weekend,

Miguel

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Still Life inspiration

Hi everyone, I hope you had a fantastic weekend.

As for me, even that I worked most of the weekend, I found some time to play a bit more with some still life.

This Blog post is intended to inspire you, and to show you with some creative composition, we can achive some cool images.

In this set of photos I used a camera on a tripod with my 105mm macro lens, a remote to trigger the camera, a softbox and a speedlight, so, nothing dificult or expensive, so everyone can create images like this.

The post processing was very easy and quick too, just cleaning up a bit and playing with the colours.

Here are a couple of images to hopefully inspire you


I will create a couple more images like this and will share the behind the scenes and also a nice and easy trick to achieve this images straight from camera.
Have a great week,

Miguel

Import Lightroom Catalog to another Computer

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week.

As for me, I had some problems with my main computer, there I had to re install Lightroom and of course import old catalogs.

But how hard is it?Actually its quite easy and simple…

First I would like to tell you that I had the Catalog and the images backed up, so my first step was to put the Catalog and the images in the same location as before, in my case was on my pictures folder.

After the images and catalog were back where they were suposed to be, deleted the catalog that 

Lightroom created automaticaly when first opened Lightroom. Then I opened Lightroom and I got this window


On that window, I chose “Chose a Different Catalog”!

Just after I got another window, like this


In this window I located the Catalog, in my case for this post I am using a Catalog that is syncronized with my Lightroom Mobile and chose it.

Then I got another window


And on that window, with the catalog selected, I just clicked “Open”


And I got all my images imported as they were before, now all I have to do is let it syncronize with my Lightroom Mobile. 

It took just a few minutes and I am ready to go!
I hope this helps you, so if you need to add a Catalog to a second computer or as in my case, do a clean install, its rather easy and simple.
Have a fantastic Weekend,
Miguel

Defying Gravity using Photoshop

Hi everyone, I hope you had a fantastic Weekend!
As for me, I’ve been playing with some glasses and food colouring, not to mention Photoshop.

As you may know, if you follow me on Social Media Websites, I have been playing with some still life.Its very rewarding and interesting as I get to understand a lot more of how lights work in different surfaces and working with some reflections it takes the learning to the next level.

So, this weekend I decided to create something a bit more dynamic!
The first step was to get some Red, Green and Blue food colouring, this way I could create an RGB image.But just photograph 3 glasses with some coloured liquid felt too simple, so I decided to play with gravity…

The setup was very simple, a small black gloss table  and a Soft box just behind it with my speedlight at 1/4 of power.
I had my camera on a tripod with a 105mm macro lens as the glasses were “Port glasses”, therefore quite small.
I shot the images at 1/150th of a second as I wanted to get the least amount of ambient light as possible at ISO 100 and F/11
So here is the first shot
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As you can see, it looks decent, but I knew I could make it more interesting…
So, I grabbed a small cardboard box and put it underneath one side of the legs of the table, this way the table had an inclination of around 30 degrees.Having the table ready I started taking some photos of individual glasses, like this…
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Now all I had to do was to take all the images to Photoshop and bring all of those images together.
Here is the final result
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In Video bellow is a tutorial on how I created the final image

 

 

All was good, but then I thought of something else.Why not create motion to the liquid?
So I got the table leveled again and asked my wife to take some shots while I was moving the glasses.
This was very tricky to get it right, but after just 2 attempts I got what I wanted, so here is the image of me moving the glasses
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The way I moved was so the glasses would be on the exact same plane of focus to ensure that they would be in focus.
Here is the final image

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Also, I created a video on how I created easily this image

I hope this post inspired you in any way and feel free to share this post and if you produce any images related to this blog post, feel free to share it with me.

Have a great week,

Miguel

Use your Creative Cloud as a Gallery

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week,

Today I would like to talk about Creative Cloud.
As many of you know Creative Cloud is a subscription based way that Adobe found to allow millions of people to have their latest products in a more affordable way.
When first was introduced many users weren’t happy and some, still not happy, but Creative Cloud is great!
For less than £9 you can subscribe for the so called Photography Program, with that you get Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and many mobile apps, for both IOS and Android that I absolute love and use very often, (but that is a chat for another day).
Also, as part of the Creative Cloud subsbriber, you get 20Gb free storage.Fair enough, these days 20Gb is not a lot, but its very useful, and when working and combining a workflow between mobile apps and desktop apps, its absolutely fantastic!
But you can do more than that, you can use it as a private gallery.All you have to do is make the link visible so the people with that link can view the images, not only that, but also comment on the images and even download.It not may seem a lot, but if you would like to share a photoshoot to a client easily and in a very professional way,I think its great.
Personally I use it for my private portfolio, the reason why is private is that I respect my clients privacy, therefore I am not publishing everything I do online, but having that as a private “Gallery” with the Creative Cloud on my phone and iPad, its easy to show future clients some of my work.
You could also use it as a link visible to all and use it as a Portfolio page, but Adobe also offers you “Adobe Portfolio”, but that, is a chat for another day 😉

Here is a video just to show you how easy it is to use Creative Cloud as I mention above.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday’s post.

Have a fantastic Weekend,

Miguel

Still Life simple setup

Hi, I hope you had a fantastic Weekend.

As for me, I have been playing a bit as you will see on this post…

Even that winter is coming to an end, its nice from time to time to stay indoors, but sometimes its the problem of what to photograph. So this weekend, I was playing with a very simple setup, a couple of glasses and after, I grabed a small bottle of Coke.

The setup was a 60cms by 60cms softbox with a Nikon Speedlight at 1/4 power at 17mm, sitting just behind a small table with a blass glass top, (great for reflections)and  a couple of black cardboard pieces


I had my camera with a 70-200mm on a tripod and had a remote to trigger the camera. The settings on the camera were 1/15 of second, f/11, ISO100 and the lens was at 150mm. As you also may see on the image above, I had the the 2 pieces of card board on both sides of the bottle, the reason for that is very simple, I wanted a white background, but also wanted the edges of the bottle to be darker, therefore have a definition and separation of the bottle from the background and the reason of such a slow shutter speed, is just to allow to have detail on the front of the bottle and the liquid.

Here is the final result


Now, lets change a bit the setup, lets get rid of one of the cards and put the remaining card behind the bottle…


As you can see, super easy!
So, lets check the camera settings. The shutter speed was increased to 1/150th of a second, so it will only capture any light from the speedlight, and in regards to settings, I didn’t change anything else.

And here is the result


As you can see, I got a black background with some hightlights on the edge to separate the bottle of the background and to enhance the shape of the bottle. It worked as I planned but I had no detail on the label as there was nothing lighting it, so I just grabed a tourch and iluminated the label 😁

As you can see with a small andcheap setup, you can achieve some cool images!

I sure hope that this post inspires you to try this out. I would love to see what you come up with, using this setup.
Have a great week,
Miguel 

Add a subject to your cityscape images

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week.

Today I want to share with you something cool that happened to me during holidays season…

As you know I live in London and throught out the year, its a beautiful city, however during the holidays season, it becomes a lot more iluminated and beautiful, as I have a very soft spot for lights and night photography, Me and my wife and son went for a nice walk.

Of course, I was ready to capture some lights, but there was a particular image that for the first couple of seconds of shooting, I wasn’t very happy. I’ll explain!

There I was with my camera all setup on my trusty tripod, remote trigger in my hand ready to shoot until a gentleman stops in front of me playing with his phone. Well, even that I didn’t want him on my image, I started taking my set of bracketed images, so I could see if I had the right settings and if the composition was as I visualized.

All was good and he kept walking in front of me, then he stopped, maybe he was on Twitter    Talking about me, or just checking is Facebook feed, but as I saw him a bit still, I had the idea of including him on the image, so I started shooting and thinking to myself”please, don’t move”.

Well, he did move a bit but I got the sequence of brackets, and to be honest, as soon as I started processing the images, I realized that thanks to him, I had created a more compelling image.

So, here is my advice, if this happens to you, don’t give up, start taking some photos, even if someone is walking in front of you, it may help you create a rather more pleasing image 😉

I hope this post inspires you!

Have a fantastic Weekend,

Miguel