Monthly Archives: October 2013

Off to California

I’ll be departing tomorrow for California on an 18 day photo tour. The tour was arranged by Roger Reynolds at Photoventures. As usual Roger has planned the tour to explore a wide variety of the most iconic locations not just in the state but perhaps the world.

Map (Copyright of Wildernet)

We’ll begin our tour in the city of San Francisco with its iconic waterfront that looks out onto ‘The Bay’ and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. From there will move on to Yosemite National Park; a location I’ve had on my ‘must visit’ lists for as long as I’ve been taking photographs. We will also visit Mono Lake, and the ghost town of Bodie, a location that offers a real taste of the old pioneering ways. From there we’ll journey south to the Alabama Hills and the Bristlecone Pine forest.  Death Valley, one of the lowest places on earth is also on our itinerary. Our final few days will take us back west to the Pacific coastline were we’ll photograph locations such as Big SurMorro Bay and Half Moon Bay.

Most of our overnight stops will have an internet connection. So, all being well I should get a few of each day’s favourite photos on line. All photos will be imported into a Lightroom catalog that I’ve set up for the trip. This will allow me to quickly and easily apply metadata such as keywords and geotagging information to images without having to resort to standalone applications, and of course any develop adjustments will also be carried out in Lightroom.

George Jardine Posts A New Article For Digital Photo Pro Magazine: Tone Curves …

George Jardine recently published an excellent article in Digital Photo Pro in which he discusses the Tone Curve feature within Adobe Lightroom. George writes:

“This often misunderstood control is as much about brightness as contrast” and goes on to write “I recently read one popular author’s introduction to his chapter on the Lightroom Tone Curve, and he started out by saying that with the improvements in the 2012 Process Version, the Tone Curve was basically outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The article contains lots of useful tips on how to get the best from the Tone Curve and is a must read for all Lightroom users.

Man with Beard, Patan, Durbar Square, Nepal

I should also mention George’s most recent video tutorials for Lightroom 5. There are two series relating to Lightroom 5. The first discusses the Library Workflow and Digital Photo Management, and the second the Develop module and Digital Photo Processing. I’ve not had the opportunity to view the first yet, but the second is excellent. More information on both can be viewed on George’s website