Hundreds of millions of wedding pictures will be captured this year in wedding all across the USA and elsewhere, how many of them will need some corrections and enhancement? The circumstances of wedding shooting is less than ideal, the space, the lighting and the movements are all not under your control and this will show in many images, thus many photographers will be spending hours going through the images, deleting some (or many) of them and correcting the many more, is anybody really paying for this time? The alternative is equally problematic, your images are what other people know of you, and your customers are your “word of mouth”, can you afford un-touched images representing you? Will they bring in the next customers?
One solution for this dilemma is Perfectly Clear image enhancements solutions which are plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop that provides automatic image correction. The plugins analyze your photos, and provide 12 corrections on an individual, pixel-by-pixel basis. Noise will be removed, red-eye detected and corrected, exposure will be perfect. There are a few similar solutions but a few have the inelegance and science Perfectly Clear has.
The software does these corrections in a few seconds:
- Tint removal – We’ll automatic remove those nasty tints from tungsten, fluorescent, incandescent, IR, etc., light sources.
- Exposure – We’ll correct exposure pixel per pixel, never clipping.
- Depth/Contrast – People like to see photos with lots of depth/punch
- (a 3D look) on 2D paper. Our medical contrast algorithm accomplishes this.
- Color Vibrancy – Accurately fix those photos that look like they’ve been washed out by the sun.
- Fidelity – Ensure the proper purples and greens are in your photos.
- Sharpening – Simple to use, yet very powerful. Artifact free.
- Noise – Automatically detects and removes noise. If you’re shooting portrait, then select the “portrait” noise preset for extra smooth skin. If no noise is detected but you’d like apply noise removal – select the “strongest” preset.
- Skin Tone – Remove infra-red captured by the camera but not seen by your eye.
- Light Diffusion – Create a softer, warmer look.
- Red-Eye – Automatically detects and removes. Enough said.
- Vivid – Add an accurate color boost to your photos.
- Dynamic Range – Automatically ensures you have the full range of exposure.
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Diane Arbus’s portraits of unsettling twins, circus freaks and the manic-looking kid in Central Park with the (toy) grenade in his hand, or Kevin Carter’s iconic shot of the vulture lurking by a starving Sudanese child are generally the kind of images people associate with moral and ethical issues in photography. It’s understandable- quandaries regarding whether Arbus’s pictorial profiles of physically, mentally and societally marginal citizens are art or exploitation and if Kevin Carter (or any war, famine, disaster, etc. photographer) had an obligation to help the suffering subjects they capture are exceedingly complex. So much so, in fact, both Arbus and Carter committed suicide due in some part at least to the controversy inspired by their work.
However, a considerable share of the professional photography community will never encounter a situation which requires making a conscience-call about stylized street portraiture or graphic depiction of human suffering. Many photographers are faced with a different class of dilemmas, often involving more pragmatic difficulties.
Plagiarism is one of those issues that seems black and white but often operates in shades of grey. There are definitely instances which require no subtle interpretation- blatantly passing off someone else’s work as one’s own is unequivocal plagiarism. As for those shades of grey- what if you’re a photographic assistant and you’ve partially or even primarily responsible for a beautiful shot taken by the pro or studio employing you? Is it dishonest to feature a print of your work in your portfolio?
And where is the line drawn between homage and plagiarism? When do images become so iconic they’re rendered public domain even if that’s not their official designation? Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting, for instance, has been copied, updated, recreated, revised, reimagined and re-appropriated too many times to count. It’s a liberty that Wood’s sister Nan (the model for the woman in the painting), who owns the copyright (debatably) is no doubt displeased by. What if an image is less iconic? If photographer “A” spots an image they found striking in the portfolio of a contemporary and recreated it with some variation, is that the sincerest form of flattery or fraud?
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DigiLabs Pro, a leader in professional photographer’s web gallery services, has released a new solution for professional photographers which will enable them to create their web site via Wix the leading free HTML5 web-publishing platform while integrating DigiLabsPro web galleries for the proofing, album selecting and selling of images.
This integrated solution will enable photographers to use the most robust and advanced solution to create their website and web galleries. The website is created by using Wix.com, an easy to use cutting-edge web technology that enables users to design, publish and host HTML5 websites for zero to low cost. Wix key features include, Hundreds of pre-designed HTML 5 templates designed specifically for photographers. Photographers can customize their website to fit their own unique brand and style through easy to use design templates. Wix also includes special Search Engine Optimization tools that enable photographers to be found via search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
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Believe it or not, but there are people out in cyber space who are constantly trying to snatch your boudoir pictures right off your personal web galleries; some hackers will even go as far and share them with the world
Web Gallery and Photo Security can be a source of constant headaches and even legal liability for many photographers.
To prevent this inconvenience, DigiLabs Pro has developed a five-layer security feature . You can use as many of the security features as you wish while setting up your web galleries in your DigiLabs Pro Online Administration page. Use all five security features for top level security.
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4 Quick Lightroom Edits: Before & After. Photo: Kim Olson
Photo editing can be long and arduous or it can be quick and easy. For most images, the latter is preferable.
Because a lot of the photos we take can use a little sprucing up, I think Lightroom is a great place to do that. Lightroom is equipped to handle many photos at once so I think it’s a great option for many photographers, amateurs and pros alike.
I wanted to share my 4-Step Editing Process with you to hopefully help you get on the road to faster editing.
1. Fix the Exposure
Fixing the Exposure in Lightroom’s Basic Panel. Photo: Kim Olson
After you’ve opened Lightroom, go to the Develop Mode and start in the Basic Panel. These adjustments will help you fine-tune your exposure.
- Auto Adjust – Click on the “Auto” button. The results aren’t always perfect, but often will give you a good starting point. If you like what you see, leave it. If not, simply click “Reset” and your image is back to the state it was in when you imported it.
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