Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Posted in Arrangement, Art, Business

Tip of the Day: Snapshots - Lightroom

ScreenShot2014-01-22at8.34.08AM-2014-01-22-08-41.jpgToday’s tip is a little known or under-utilized feature in Adobe Lightroom. This feature is extremely powerful, and in terms of version management, allows a users to do multiple edits and inspect the process at different stages.

Snapshots allows you to save a state of your workflow at any point during your workflow. You can start with an original and create as many ‘snapshots’ as you like.


Simply click on the + symbol on the panel located in the default left side of your develop module, then name your Snapshop, and hit create.

ScreenShot2014-01-22at8.33.50AM-2014-01-22-08-41.jpgYou can also add snapshots at any point of your workflow. By going through your History palette which is located underneath the Snapshots, select the point of editing that you were last happy with, and then proceed to click the + beside the Snapshots heading to lock in a state.

You can also at any point update a snapshot with any new adjustments if you don’t want to create too many snapshots. Right click over the Snapshot and select the ‘Update with Current Settings’ pull down. Because this does not take any real memory on your hard drive, I don’t necessarily find this a benefit, but it’s there if you like to keep the amount of states down to a minimum.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Posted in Arrangement, Art, Business

Tip of the Day: Adjusting Camera Adapters

Today's post is another attempt to put simple short content into my blog. Ironically, I teach social media and one of the cardinal rules I often break here is the length of my entries (it also makes it very time consuming to write lots of content for it). I of course appreciate those readers that spend the time to read through my detailed and lengthy posts, but I also know for every 100 people that come to this blog, that maybe only few spend the time to read the latest entry.

This hopefully will start off some simple little tips and tricks of the day. No promises of how often they will be posted, but for now, here's the first on adapters.

Sony E mount to Leica Adapter 

One thing that is popular these days are lens adapters. Many of them vary in quality and price which often relates back to the fit of these products.

If you're lucky, some of these products are made from quality products, but regardless, I've often heard of people complain about how loose an adapter might fit or not at all. The later you can't correct easily, but the loose adapters are easy to adjust.

Other than the very best and most expensive adapters will not have that little slot as shown in the above image. Most people are unaware of it's function, but they are on every bayonet protrusion and designed for one specific task.

Apply light pressure and in the middle of the slot to bend the metal slightly for a tighter fit. 
Simply wedge a jewellers or eye glass screwdriver into the slot. As you push it in, the thinner lower part of the metal will deform. This creates a tighter fit with your lens.

Start small, and evenly on all the slots. Checking with your lenses to see how they fit. Once you've done that, there should be no wobbling lenses. You shouldn't need to do this often, but metals all shrink and bend from use and temperature. Simply repeat this on your adapters when you find a wobble.

It should be stressed that it is important to ensure the lenses are tight. If they are not, there's always a slight chance that your images are slightly out of focus on one edge of your frame.