it never takes too long
Sara Bareilles – Gravity
What do you do if your room is messy but you want to shoot a portrait? Clean it up? Hell, no. Who has time for that? Instead, just clone and heal, baby, yeah.
You can always create the illusion that you have a clean room for your portraits (or just get some encroaching couch arm and leg out of the way) by using the spot removal tool in Lightroom – and in LR5, it’s so much better than before. Previously, there was only a circle of differing sizes to do any cloning/healing work, but now you can paint with the tool to create whatever shape you need. Witness the magic unfold.
Here’s my raw photo… you can see that I am SUPER EXCITED TO THE MAX! about
how I’ve decided to just leave my crap laying around indefinitely the thought of editing this photo in Lightroom 5 soon!
I whip out the spot removal tool and make quick work of the annoying couch parts and outlet to the left.
Whew, I’m already feeling like I could do a flip even. But wait… there’s a load of stuff to my right. Totally messing up the Fung Shui up in here and that will harsh my spirit. I’ll probably land on my head. Time to get to work on the real problem…
This is no easy task, but with the new tool I can do it more effectively, without going to Photoshop. This will take some layering of spot removal swipes and a bit of patience. My trick here is that I make small painted sections like lines or even little squares, depending on the shape of what I want gone. For the first pass, I clone just to get to the general color I want. Then I go back and even things out with heal in the places where it needs to blend more. This can take multiple passes to get right.
Heck yeah! The hard part is over and I’m feeling the float. A few more things and I’ll be set! I cropped to bring in the right side a smidge and used the lens correction tools (rotate, some horizontal adjust – you can also play with the new leveling tools in LR5 which are sometimes spot on and other times not so much, but are fairly neat). Then desaturated, and hit the slider on a few things (bumped up exposure, shadow, whites, and clarity, bumped down blacks). Finally, pulled out the jazzy new radial filter and dropped an oval over my body and bumped up clarity and shadows just in there to make my body pop. You know you like it when my body pops.
Yeah, baby! Who needs to clean up? Not me.
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Drink and Click™ founder Juan Gonzalez and I had a great time on the show last night! We were joined by Alexis Coram, Bob Dansereau, Giovanni Piliarvu, Maryanne Wirkkanen, and Joel Horwath. We talked about recent photowalk events, shared photos and tips, and made probably one too many jokes about Giovanni’s girlfriend (by the way, if you’re ever in Tokyo, he has offered his apartment as a hotel). I wore something special to celebrate our last month’s “Red” Challenge Theme, so have a look and let me know what you think.
During the show we were wowed by Nigal Raymond‘s cherry blossom photos – check out his other work and circle him, if you haven’t already.
We ended by announcing the winners of June’s Red Challenge - f.a. fiebig (Drink and Click ™ BLN), Eric Raeber (Drink And Click™ SF), and Isac Lima (Drink and Click™ Toronto) (1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Thanks so much to our June prize sponsors: SmugMug, Rocky Nook, and Think Tank Photo!
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Yes, size matters… as far as viewing photos goes, that is. Tiny thumbnails, bad crops of your images, and small or low res versions = boooo. Big, bold, beautiful versions of your images = Yay!
500px gets it, and rolled out an all new design today, including HUGE images and a lovely lightbox when you click on an image. Especially on a large display, it is just gorgeous. There’s even a new keyboard shortcut to make the photos as big as they can be – “M” for Maximize. Click through on my image below and go check it out!
Me: I made some delicious banana bread! We can have it for breakfast tomorrow.
John: I have no idea what you guys are gonna eat… I’m gonna eat this entire thing while you’re both sleeping tonight.
Me: Hahaha! That’s pretty funny. Laugh now. After you eat my banana bread I will stab you to death.
Braden: And then I will cry.
*awkward quiet moment where I’m trying to decide if that was more funny than traumatic or not*
PS: Later that night, John wouldn’t let me hide the banana bread and leave only a pile of crumbs for Braden to find in the morning. I never get to have any fun.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.