Simulating a tilt-shift lens in Photoshop

Here’s the video tutorial on how to simulate a tilt-shift lens in photoshop and make the subject(s) look like miniatures. And here are the notes if you want to have a printed reference. Lightroom Start by finding your file in Lightroom Crop and frame to your liking Clip the whites and blacks to taste Bring the Clarity way up Bring the Vibrance way up Bring … Continue reading Simulating a tilt-shift lens in Photoshop

What use is a GPS in a camera?

When I read blog posts or camera reviews, there is very little talk about GPS units included in the camera.  Most “experts” seem to think that it is an unnecessary accessory.  I’ve read blog posts that exclaim: “I know where I am when I take a picture!”  I had a recent experience that would make me disagree with that. Five years ago, I went on … Continue reading What use is a GPS in a camera?

A first working weekend with the MacBook

So I just spent the last weekend at my son’s soccer tournament.  I decided I was going to take some sports shots with a new 2x teleconverter.  I’ll write about that one later.  I brought the MacBook 12″ with me to test the workflow the Lightroom. I was actually quite impressed by the machine.  Lightroom imported quickly thanks to the SSD drive.  I could select … Continue reading A first working weekend with the MacBook

First days with the MacBook 12″ retina

So far, so good. I’ve installed Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as PTGui Pro and Aurora HDR Pro.  Everything seems to be running smoothly.  I was mostly concerned with the performance of Lightroom on a Core M3 processor but I have to complaints so far.  Performance is good. The keyboard takes some getting used to, though.  Short travel keys for a touch typist is a … Continue reading First days with the MacBook 12″ retina

Supercharge your noise reduction software!

A supercharger is a device that mechanically forces more fuel and air into an engine.  We’re going to do the same thing with our pictures and noise reduction application.  In this article we’re going to use Photoshop by Adobe and Noiseless CK by Macphun. Now let’s see why noise occurs. Light travels as a wave and as it enters the camera it stimulates the CMOS … Continue reading Supercharge your noise reduction software!

I have a new domain name and web site!

I finally got a domain name for my photography work!  If you click on michaelwoodphoto.com the link will take you to a site where I will be displaying my portfolio. The site is powered by Adobe’s Portfolio web offering. Check it out at http://www.myportfolio.com.  It was so easy to put together!  My Behance pictures are directly linked to the site. I just have to upload … Continue reading I have a new domain name and web site!