Thursday, 21 January 2016

Aurora HDR Pro

Here's a short intro tutorial featuring an impressive HDR software called Aurora HDR Pro designed in part by Trey Ratcliff (of fame) and Macphun Software. Simply put, this is an awesome product - I think better than my (previous) all time best HDR program Photomatix Pro.
Check out this basic tutorial, download a sample (trial) version (from and try it yourself...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

House Construction Photo Project #5

Processed using Nik HDR Efex 2, this looks like classic brutalist concrete formwork
The top of the basement stairs are covered for the moment to prevent labourers falling down the hole!
Steel meets timber - the complexity of the steel work, which does not wrap around the entire construction, has to be merged with the joist timbers to form the first floor.
Timber spacers clamped into place to separate the joists evenly...
Joists laid over the kitchen and living room
Tennyson Road view at the end of the street down towards the river
Health hazard.
Basement view of the builder's bog at the bottom of the garden.

Nuts and bolts in the garage

Nat inspecting the progress of the joists in the run up to Christmas

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Lightroom 6 still available on disk

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the DVD for Adobe Lightroom 6 is still available.
Why the fuss? Many wanting to take their photo editing to the next level hold back a bit when confronted with the concept of having to rent the new 'cloud suite' software on a monthly basis from Adobe for around $10 pcm.
When you do the maths though, I guess this is not that expensive.  

We used to have to pay more than $1000 for Photoshop and $200 for Adobe Lightroom. 
New versions were released every 15 months or so. Most people I know would only upgraded their software every second or third version - although in the days of Photoshop 7/8 and Lightroom 1/2, you could not only buy an upgrade which was cheaper than the full version - but it necessary because the software had far fewer features and, in some cases, shipped with too many glitches.

So at $520 p.a. the bundle is actually good value - but most folk that use Lightroom DO NOT NEED Photoshop for the simple reason that Lr is 100% about photography.
Photoshop is only about 30% photography (the rest being all about pre-press, graphic layout, illustration, video, 3D design, and more). Still it's in the $9.99 bundle.
Or you could buy the DVD and get Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.0 - which has 99% of the things that you'd get from Photoshop (pro retouching tools, layers, text, effects, 16-bit editing, panorama stitching) - but you get to BUY it (for about $135) rather than renting it.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

911 Called After Photographer’s Tripod Mistaken for Machine Gun

Only in America. This snippet is from PetaPixel

Police in body armor showed up at an office building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, yesterday after someone called 911 to report a gunman holding a machine gun. Turns out it was a photographer holding a tripod.


ABC News reports that officers responded to the 11 a.m. call by searching the Griest Building floor by floor for the suspected gunman. They soon found the female photographer and her tripod, which was perhaps confused with a 6-barreled minigun.
Industrial Resolution, a software company in the building, posted a photo on Facebook showing the police with the photographer.
Lt. Todd Umstead of the Lancaster police department believes the caller did the right thing by calling 911, saying that his force would “much rather respond to a call like this” than to not get a call about an actual machine gun being carried around.

Typically a minigun is over a metre in length and weighs, without ammunition or power source (they are electrically operated) around 30kgs.
The photographer's tripod is around 70cms long and weighs around 2kg