Unusual Saturday Lightroom/Photoshop Update

I don’t usually post to the blog on Saturday, but I thought I needed to get this out there today. If you are a regular reader and happened to notice my ‘Downloads‘ page, then you are already on to what is new around here.

I am all about speeding up my photographic workflow and I’m sure that you all are too. So what I am starting to do is upload some of the presets and actions that I use in Lightroom and Photoshop so that you can use them too. They are free for you to use and if you send them to someone else, all I ask is that you tell them where you got them.

To kick things off, I’ve included my Surreal/Painted look preset for Lightroom as well as presets for Nikon’s Camera Profiles. Before you can use the presets, ensure you download the free profiles from Adobe Labs. (Here’s the link) I’ve also included my sharpening actions that I use when I go into Photoshop and a couple of My Actions that I use myself, with more to come soon. All Presets and Actions are cross-platform and will work on both Mac and PC.

If you’ve never imported Presets or Actions, do a quick Google search and you’ll see just how easy it is to do. I’m not putting you off though… I’m actually working on a couple of video tutorials to show you just how to install them but I don’t have them ready as of press time.

So for now, enjoy the Presets and Actions and if you have any questions, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you out. You can let me know what you think about them in the comments. Have a great weekend!


Nikon D90 and D-Movie

While I was out to sea over the past few days I had a chance to shoot some video with my D90 and get a better feel for what D-Movie is all about. Just so you know, I only use D-Movie at the 720p HD resolution.

I shot some footage of my ship during a couple of cool evolutions to get some action. The 24 fps that the D90 cranks out is good, but not something you would want to shoot with if you were using it for serious video. It works pretty good, but I could tell I was only getting 24 fps which bothered me. I didn’t buy the D90 for the D-Movie mode.

The audio quality of the video is actually fairly impressive. The microphone is very vulnerable to wind and other noise but overall it’s better than most mics you’ll find on point-and-shoots. In the video below I pulled the audio because it was too windy and that’s all you would have heard.

I think the D90 is great for capturing everyday footage. For those purposes D-Movie rocks. I think I will be able to have a lot of fun with it and dabble a bit in the video world. I can see myself using the D90 more to do tutorials and other such tasks to help demonstrate what I’m doing with my photography. Will I produce a movie with it? I think not.


Happy Thanksgiving

I have an awful lot to be thankful for. On this day of Thanksgiving, I wish you and yours all the best and I hope that your day is filled with happiness and joy as we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for an “I’m Not Going Shopping On Black Friday Because I’m Posting To My Blog” Friday!


Quick Tip Monday: Inexpensive Frames

If you’re looking to buy frames for your prints, I’ve got a great tip for you! Check out IKEA for frames. They have all kinds from small to poster-sized and they are not expensive at all! Custom frames can cost you a bundle so I would recommend that you look at IKEA first. I bought some frames for a couple of poster-sized prints last weekend that were only $5 bucks each! They came in a plain wood finish so I painted them a glossy black, which is what I wanted. You can’t beat that deal!

Whether for personal use or for sale, I would look at their website or store (if there’s one close to you) before looking anywhere else.

And that is today’s Quick Tip.


Free Lightroom and Camera Raw Presets From onOne Software

Everyone likes free stuff, including me. If you’re a Lightroom user like I am, then you’re really going to like this. onOne Software has a collection of 85 presets for Lightroom that you can download for free. It’s not a trial, it’s actually free presets that onOne’s own Jack Davis put together.

Also, if you frequently use Adobe Camera Raw onONe was also kind enough to put together a free set of presets for it as well. Personally I don’t do a whole lot of work in Camera Raw unless I’m double-processing an image, but I downloaded them anyway because you never know when you may need ’em.

Here’s the links to onOne Software’s website for the presets:

Lightroom Presets
Adobe Camera Raw Presets

Thanks again to onOne Software for putting those together and I hope you enjoy ’em!


New: Orbis Ring Flash Adapter

There’s a new kid on the block in the world of light modifiers. It’s the Orbis Ring Flash Adapter and it’s sure to give the Ray Flash a run for it’s money. Ring flash is one of those types of lighting that was reserved for those photogs who have lots of cash to buy fancy ring flashes that are similar to a monolight. Those of us who are “strobists” were kind of left out, that is until this year.

Quick Features Rundown

  • Price: $169.00 plus $16.99 shipping to the US
  • Does not block sensors on your flash or prevent the use of TTL, CLS, etc.
  • One size fits most (see website for details)
  • Requires off-camera sync (either cord, CLS, Cactus V2s, Pocket Wizard, etc.)
  • Not used with flash mounted in hot shoe, preventing possible camera damage due to stress on the hot shoe.

For further details, images, and FAQ check out the

Orbis website

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