David Saffir: The New SpyderCHECKR 24 From Datacolor – Camera Color Correction for Photo and Video
Aug 2014 05

I’ve been working with the new SpyderCHECKR 24, which is the latest addition to the Datacolor toolbox for still photography and videography. It’s convenient, portable, and most important, very effective.

Every combination of lens, camera, and sensor has a unique color signature, and this may change in different lighting conditions. And, of course, these devices don’t perceive or record color the way the human eye does. And that’s where the SpyderCHECKR 24 comes in.

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Seán Duggan: Working with One Lightroom Catalog on Multiple Computers
Jul 2014 31

Most photographers’ digital life doesn’t revolve around a single computer. In this article we’ll explore some of the ways to use one Lightroom catalog on multiple computers.

One Catalog on an External Drive

The easiest way to use one catalog on multiple computers is to keep the Lightroom catalog file on an external hard drive, and move that drive between the computers. Since there is only one catalog file, it will always be up to date, no matter what computer you’re using.

To move your Lightroom catalog onto an external drive, first quit Lightroom. Then move the catalog files to the new drive. The default location where Lightroom stores the catalog files is in a folder named “Lightroom”, which is stored in the Pictures folder on a Mac, and in the My Pictures folder on a Windows machine (so, for example, the file path would look like something like this: Drivename>Pictures>Lightroom).

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Ken Sklute: Stormy Weather, Lightning, and Photography
Jul 2014 23

Ahh, summertime! Long days, short nights and lots of weather happening. Summertime to me means warm humid beach days along both coasts, cold days in San Francisco, frost and remnants of snow in the beautiful area of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and my favorite, Monsoon season in the desert southwest.

Monsoon season in Phoenix delivers storms almost every day. When I say storms, I am talking about thunderstorms. What is unique to this area is these thunderstorms very rarely have rain associated with them, making it an ideal location to chase storms.

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Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments (Part 3)
Jul 2014 16

In the first part of this article, we explored how gradient adjustments can be made in-camera, by using a graduated neutral density filter. In Part 2, we covered basic gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. To conclude this series, we’ll take a look at making gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.
Gradient Masks in Photoshop

The Photoshop equivalent to the gradual filter in Lightroom is to create a gradient layer mask that can be used with adjustment layers. Although simple gradient adjustments are easily applied in Lightroom, gradient masks in Photoshop allow for more customization, as well as the ability to use the gradient mask for editing that goes beyond tonal and color adjustments. This includes blending different images together in a composite.

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