ProSelect to Lightroom 1.01

December 18, 2009

I have just posted a update 1.01 for ProSelect to Lightroom plugin.

This update fixes some errors with Mac and OSX versions of Lightroom.

Seems like the OSX version needs more speific information than the windows version.

Candace Howard

December 17, 2009

Candace Howard is a Miss Georgia contestant that I did headshots for last spring.
She now has Miss Southwest Georgia 2010 and is going back to Miss Georiga again this year.

She just let me know that she has a new website up using some of the images we shot last spring.  Great looking site Candace!

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Plugin for Lightroom

November 23, 2009

I have been writing plugins for Lightroom for myself for a while now but have not released one to the public until now.

Here is ProSelect to Lr.

This plugin will allow you to import your selection data from ProSelect back into Lightroom. Using it you can quickly get a list of the images you need to process further for orders or apply effects.

I use it when someone needs another person to see the images they narrowed it down to (like grandma). Using it I can quickly select the images they wanted (the selected and/or maybe) and export them in a gallery on the web.

I also use it to add ratings and/or colors to the images based on the ProSelect data.

Using the plugin you can filter by the ProSelect data using the filter bar and edit the data in the metadata panel.

Find out more and try it here


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Lightroom 3 beta is here!

October 22, 2009

I just downloaded the new Lightroom 3 beta. Have not had much time to test it.

But it looks like my most wanted feature, Network Catalogs,  is missing again.

You can download it from Adobe Labs

5DmII Manual Video Control!

June 2, 2009

Canon released a firmware update for the 5d mark II that will allow you to have total manual control over the video!

So you can now get that shallow depth of field without using hacks or tricks to achive it.

I just did some testing and this is going to bring a whole new area to the industry.

PocketWizard MiniTT5 Hypersync

May 15, 2009

PocketWizard just released a new firmware for their new MiniTT1 and TT5. The new firmware includes most support for the Canon 5DmII. I had been waiting on this support to give the new units a try. They will do eTTL and seem to work good after some testing. The range is not that good but I can work with it. The connection meathod beats the RadioPopper, but not being able to control the flash from the camera menu is a bummer.

But the big reason I wanted the PocketWizards is their new Hypersync. It allows you to use studio strobes at a higher shutter speed than you could before.

I tested both a 40D and a 5Dm2 using a MiniTT1 on the camera with the latest firmware. I tried alot of different numbers for the Hypersync offset, but for the test I set it to the minimum of -2500 so I could try to get the most of the shutter out of the image. I used a White Lighting X1600 as the light in the test being fired with a PocketWizard 2Plus.

Here are the results so you can see.

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Notice how there is less shutter in the 5Dm2 but the shading at the top of the image is more. After the tests I think you can get to 1/500 with the 5Dm2 and 1/800 (with a touch of shutter) with the 40D.

I am going to go back with the 5Dm2 and change the number to try to get less shading at 500, but thats some trial and error.

Also I tested changing the power on the light to see if it would effect it much (because the flash duration changes with power). But after testing it I don’t think it changes it enough to matter.
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I have not see anyone talking about what settings so, if you have any settings that work for you please post them.

Load ProSelect selections into Lightroom

April 30, 2009

It always takes me a while to get the selections that we made in our sales session back into Lightroom. So, I just wrote a utility that will allow anyone to take their selections from ProSelect and load them back into Lightroom as a collection. I call it simply ProSelect to Lightroom.

It works by using the “Filename List” export from ProSelect and converts it into a Lightroom Smart Collection settings file which you can then import into your Lightroom catalog that contained the images to begin with.

Read the full instructions and download it from here.

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Back from SYNC

January 26, 2009

I just got back from a new senior conference and it was great. It is called SYNC (Senior and Youth National Conference).

They had a program each night called After Dark that the speakers would break up into small groups that the we could float around between the groups. Some of the people speaking were Gary Box and Travis Gugelman. I would have a full list but it seems that they have already updated the site with the 2010 information.

Anyway during the first night’s After Dark I went out with a group to shoot some flash images around the hotel. We started off in the courtyard and ended up in the pool!

The main light was a Lumedyne shooting through a difuser. There were also 2 Nikon SB800 with gels that we had some fun with. The SB800 can be optical triggered (unlike the Canon flashs). We also had a snoot and a grid from HonlPhoto.

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New computer for CS4 and Lightroom 2

October 10, 2008

I just built me a new workstation just to run the latest versions of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom. With the new support for 64bit in both Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, I decided to go with Windows Vista 64-bit for the opperating system. One of the main advantages of 64-bit is the bigger memory address space. While 32bit windows will only support up to 4gb of ram (and it only will show about 3.6gb of the 4gb) a 64bit OS will address much more.

Inside of my new workstaton

Finding the Parts

It took me a couple of weeks to decide on the parts for the new system. First I decied to go with 8gb of Corsair Dominator ram.

Graphics Card

Another factor in my design was the fact the Photoshop CS4 will now support some sort or graphics card acceleration using OpenGL. So I decided that I wanted to include a powerful graphics card in the system. The new Nvidia 260 card ended up being my choice. It is a really fast card but with a desent price point, about $250. I ended up with the Asus ENGTX260/HTDP/896M.

The CPU

I also wanted it to be a quad core system. So I chose the Intel Core 2 Quad 9550. It is the price point for a quad core chip right now and it runs at 2.8 Ghz.

Storage and Speed

Fast hard drives were also a priority. I thought about solid state drives but they are still way to expensive. The Western Digital VelicoRaptor 150GB hard drive is about as fast as they come, so I got 2 to but in a Raid-0 (stripped) array.

Because the data on a Raid-0 array is not that secure and I also wanted some data storage, I got 3 500gb Westen Digital drives and put them in a Raid-5 array.

Motherboard

After I decided all of this I had to pick a motherboard. This was by far the hardest part. I decided on the Intel P45 chip set and the Asus Maximus II Formula. It has 6 usable internal Sata points which worked for the hard drives well. Also you can put up to 16gb of ram on it, but I went with 8gb mainly because the 16gb ram is just not as fast of ram modules as the 2gb ones I could use to get to 8gb. The last thing about the motherboard is that it is really easy to overclock without getting into all the settings in the bios that could screw you up.

Case and Power Supply

Lastly I wanted the system to to quite and the ablity to overclock it. For this reason I choose the Cooler Master HAF case. This one has plenty of airflow and all the fans are big and quite. I got a Zalman 750 Watt modular power supply to power the whole system and cut down on cable clutter.

The Heatsink!

The heat sink and fan for the cpu are by far the best I have ever used. I got the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme with a ultra quite Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F Fan. This thing is awesome. I choose it because Anandtech had it rated as the best cpu cooler out there, and I don’t dought it. With this I was able to get the 2.8ghz cpu to 3.5Ghz without even trying hard!

Overclocking

In the bios of the the Asus motherboard it detects what cpu you have and displays choices of the higher speed processors of the same line of chips. I started with it set to the extreme edition chip and it was stable at 100% cpu usage and the temp only hit 38 degrees Celicus. I then set it to the crazy setting. This overclocked the 2.8 Ghz chip to 3.5 Ghz! It was stable and only at 41 degrees at full load! I have yet to go further mainly because I will have to start messing with stuff in the bios manualy and I want this system to be quite and stable without pushing the edge.

Hard Drive Speed

I did some testing with the raid arrays with HD Tune. First up was the 2 Veliraptors in a raid-0 on the motherboard. I got a average speed of 171 mb/sec with a access time of 7.1 ms.

The Raid 5 array of 3 Western Digital 500gb drives tested 76 mb/sec and a access time of 12.2 ms.

I am very impressed in the system so far. I can’t wait for CS4 to come out so I can really test some of the new features. This thing screams at Lightroom!

This is my desk 1 Dell 2408WFP, 1 Dell 2007FP, and 1 Dell 1707FP. Also a Logitech G15 Keyboard for shortcut keys.

5D Mark II Announced

September 18, 2008

The new Canon 5D Mark II was announced a couple of days ago.

  • 21 Megapixel Full Frame Chip
  • Automatic sensor dust cleaning
  • ISO 100-6400 with expanded 50 – 15600
  • 3.0 Frames per second
  • Raw (21mp), sRaw1 (10mp), sRaw2 (5mp)
  • 3″ Lcd Screen
  • 1080p 30fps movie mode
  • external mic connection
  • New Battery
  • UDMA Compact Flash Support
  • Price $2699

There are some great features to it. First is the price per megapixel. Its hard to beleave that the 1ds Mark3 released last year at $7500 has just a few more megapixels that this camera. Also the ablity to shoot in the smaller sRaw modes if needed is great if you don’t require the big files for a certain job.

The ISO is supposed to make this camera the most low light senitive one that Canon makes. This will be good for some shots like football, but I wish it was a little faster in the fps. 3.9 is ok, but 5 would have been much better.

The video mode looks to be killer. It can shoot full HD video at 1080p at 30fps. This is much better than the Nikon D90 witch is only 720p. The 5D will only record up to a 4gb file in video mode. This works out to be about 16min of full resolution video Canon said. Also you can still fire the camera while you are shooting video. I wonder if this will affect the video in any way. The camera also has a stereo mic input jack. So you can use a beachteck converter to hook up any mike.

The video mode seems a great addtion to the camera and will be great at weddings. The only problem is that it will increase what you need on your wedding bracket. Now you will need the camera, off camera flash, video light, and shotgun mic.

I can’t wait, I got to have one or two! They are saying November for a release on the camera.

DPReview has a full preview of the camera.