How to Add a Creative Light Leak Effect in Adobe Lightroom

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“Light Leaks” is the name we give to this popular kind of “accident”, which happens when there is a gap or hole between the lens and the camera body, so light can get in, meaning that the sensor is forced to process unintended light. Why do I label it as an “accident”? Because despite being indeed an undesired effect, many photographers tend to use this technique as another creative resource within their compositions. Today we’re going to show you how to create a light leak effect with the help of presets for Adobe Lightroom. Consider the image as already processed …

r7389drHow to Add a Creative Light Leak Effect in Adobe Lightroom

Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition

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This year I visited the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition on display at Waterloo National Rail Station. You will find the exhibition on the upper floor of the station with many fine prints on display. The exhibition and competition is organised by Take a View and is in its 8th year. This year’s winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014 was Mark Littlejohn for his photograph of a transient stream in Glencoe. Mark wins the title and a whopping £10,000 prize. Mark Littlejohn was thrilled to win and said, “When I got the call, I was in a …

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In Conversation with William Klein

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 William Klein, Photographer, Film Maker and Painter An interesting short video, which accompanied Klein’s London exhibition at the Tate Gallery.  Always interesting to look back and listen to a great Master in Conversation. William Klein is an extraordinary individual, his creative practice encompasses Film Making, Photography and Painting.  Klein originally trained as a painter under Fernand Leger and found early success with his work.  He soon moved on to photography and had an extremely successful career as a fashion photographer with Vogue.  Iconic imagery is what Klein creates, whether he is on the street photographing as he sees it or photographing fashion models …

lou smithIn Conversation with William Klein

Aperture to Lightroom import – new update

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Previously, Aperture users  were left without support by Apple when it was decided to not carry on the development of Aperture: Adobe were promising to develop an import filter into Lightroom. Firstly, Adobe developed a free plugin to do the import – this was only for Mac users. Now we have an update to Lightroom 5.7 which makes it able to import images out of Apple Aperture and Iphoto libraries into Lightroom 5.7.  If you have Lightroom 5.6 you will still have to use the older plugin.  

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Another Nikon Zoom Lens Returned

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I recently bought a Nikon zoom lens from Wex -Nikon 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S DX since I wanted to do some landscapes. It has excellent reviews, but, Bad News – it had to go back. The wide end of the lens was blurred then very soft up to about 50mm then very sharp from 55mm to 85mm. Basically it was our opinion (2 experienced photographers) that the lens was faulty so we sent it back stating the fault. Unfortunately we did not get a refund on the return postage, or any explanation, because Wex decided it was just a …

ron smithAnother Nikon Zoom Lens Returned