Fix My Pic for November Meeting

Fix My Pic Sample for November Meeting

The image for Fix My Pic is now available here or, if you prefer to work from a raw file, here.

A few changes for this month and on an ongoing basis.  Firstly, there will be a cut off date for submissions and it is the same date as for the Monthly Challenge – in this case – Friday, October 25th.

Images must be emailed to the regular club email address: contact@ksccc.ca

Members submitting images will be asked during the meeting to share their reasons for why they made a change and how they made the changes.

Submissions should be renamed to:

Farm by {your name}.jpg

And finally, Fix My Pic will be every 2 months, alternating with the Tip of the Day.

John Williamson

Fix My Pic

Fix My Pic Sample for September

In order to encourage members to tune up their editing skills, the Club has started a new program.  Download the picture here, edit it any way you want and send one version of your final image to jlwksc@rogers.com.  Prior to sending, rename the image to:

Forest by (your name).jpg

We will show all of the images at the following meeting and we will also present the version of the photographer. 

No rules, edit it any way you want, and submit one image to the email address above.

Adobe Lightroom Free Tutorial Videos

There are thousands of these and I would encourage you to do your own searches and look until you find a site where the tutorials and presentation are to your interests.

  1. PetaPixel: This Free Masterclass Teaches Adobe Lightroom in Just 30 Minutes
  2. FixThePhoto: Free Lightroom Tutorials
  3. PhotoTraces: Top Free Lightroom Tutorials for Beginners
  4. Adobe: Lightroom and Photoshop – Creative Cloud Photography
  5. Adobe: Edit, organize, store, and share photos from anywhere

John Williamson

Tiny Planet Image

Beaverbrook Library Tiny Planet by Bill Robertson

For the September meeting slideshow, I submitted an example of a “Tiny Planet” image that I made of the Beaverbrook Library. In the review, I asked for suggestions about other locations that would make good Tiny Planets.

I received a couple of good recommendations but more members asked how I did it.

First I shot a 11 image 360 degree panorama then I followed these steps in Photoshop:

  • File->Automate->photomergebig pano
  • flatten
  • trim one end (cut), paste over other end, align, and delete extra
  • flatten
  • Image->trim->transparent pixels
  • crop off any blank top and bottombig pano cropped
  • make square (use short dimension & make sure aspect ratio unlocked)square
  • Image->Rotate->180 degrees
  • Filter->Distort->Polar coordinates (rectangular to polar)

If you have any questions about how I did this, I’ll be glad to try and answer them.

There’s a great video here by Mike Browne (thanks to Phil Tughan for bringing him to our attention) that demonstrates the whole process.

Bill Robertson

Make an Antique Image

Our recent monthly photo assignment was about making an image look like it was taken years ago.

During the review, Ron Pearce explained how he composited his original image:

01 Almonte Falls Original Image by Ron Pierce
with this texture:

02Texture by Ron Pierce

and this photograph of an antique photo mat:

03 Old Photo Frame by Ron Pierce

to come up with the image he submitted .

If you have Photoshop, an easy way to make an antique version of an image is described in this video by Gavin Hoey. He provides a Photoshop Action and a collection of brushes (which can also be used with Photoshop Elements) which I used to create my submission.

Carol Brown created her own texture by photographing a crumpled brown paper bag, and adding it as a transparent layer using Photoshop to create her submission.

Several members reported that they used the Time Machine effect in Corel’s Paint Shop Pro to make antique versions of their images. A 30 day free trial is available if you want to try it out.

Bill Robertson

RicharD Murphy on Digital Asset Management

RicharD Murphy has provided a copy of the slides from his March 2nd presentation on Digital Asset Management which you can review here.

He also made these recommendations for bulk file renaming programs:

  • Renaming software for PC:
  • Renaming software for Mac:
    • Rename (discontinued – still works great)
    • Mac OS X Yosemite and newer will rename files in bulk via the Finder. Select files to rename, Right Click ( Command Click ) and choose ‘Rename Items’
  • Also, Adobe Bridge will batch rename files on both Mac & PC, and Lightroom can rename files on import.

Thanks again RicharD.