I had been out taking some photos over the weekend, and I had taken a series of shots to stitch together into a panorama. When I was processing the images in Photoshop I was filling in the edges using Content Aware Fill. While I’ve done this many times, it never ceases to amaze me, and in this particular case, I thought it was a pretty good demonstration, so I undid my changes, set my screen recording software going and ran through the process again so that I could share the process with you. It really is impressive, so here’s a short video demonstration of just how cool content aware fill in Photoshop is.
Incidentally, here’s the finished panorama after some additional post processing:
If you liked this video I have lots more on my Vimeo and You Tube pages, and I’d really appreciate some subscriptions on my you tube channel (it’s at a pretty anaemic level right now, but I’ve started using it properly recently, so that’s my excuse!)
As promised, here’s another video on the Nik software plug-ins, this one focusing on Silver Efex Pro. Of all the plug-ins in the suite this is by far my favourite and you can create some really nice black and white images with it. I hope you enjoy this quick look at the software. (And yes, I know I need a pop shield for my Microphone!)
Great interview with legendary photographer, Don McCullin and his journey from film to digital. While I’m sure some people will be cynical and say this is just a Canon promo piece, it’s actually a really good short documentary film and well worth a watch. Don’s passion for photography really comes across and is very inspiring.
I have been working on setting up a good sharpening template for using my XE-1 images in Lightroom. I’ve actually been working on it for a while, even before I got my XE-1 using old images I had shot using the X-Pro1. Originally the goal was to see if I could minimise the de-mosiacing anomalies that Lightroom produced when working with X-trans files, but since then Adobe have mostly fixed that problem. I still find the default settings a little soft though. What I wanted to do was create something that didn’t just whack up the sharpening, as I often find this leads to a very “digital” image. I was aiming for something more organic and film like. I also wanted something that wouldn’t exacerbate the Lightroom X-Trans idiosyncrasies when it comes to fine detail. The result is probably something that may seem a little odd at first when you look at the settings I’ve used , but I like the result and it seems to work. I’m not saying this is the best possible way to sharpen your images, or svn the right way, but it’s a way that I find produces a fairly organic looking image while still bringing up the sharpening a little.
It’s hard to provide a good before and after crop that really shows it off as it needs to be pretty small to fit on a web site but here’s a go. You’ll need to click on the images to see it properly
So here’s what I did…
After a substantial amount of time playing around wight he sharpening settings, and multiple versions, here’s what I came up with.
As I said earlier, this may seem bizarre, but it seems to work. There’s a few more settings too though.
I turned the clarity down slightly as it gives a nice subtle soft glow to highlights that looks film-ish. You can of course turn it back up again.
I also added a little grain. I find this makes a world of difference. Even a small amount helps. The settings i used are…
You may want to turn this down a bit, depending on the image.
David was one of the early adopters of the Fuji X-Pro 1 and has written lots about that camera. He’s just posted his review of its smaller and lighter brother the X-E1 as well as fuji’s new 18-55 X-mount lens. He seems impressed with both so if you’re interested in either you should check out his review.
Speaking of fuji, Fuji Rumors takes a look at the poor quality of raw conversions from cameras using fuji’s x-trans sensor (X-Pro1 and X-E1) using Adobe’s raw converter. I’ve been blogging about this for a while and it’s something of a controversial subject, although I don’t know why. It’s pretty straight forward – raw files from these cameras are not as good when converted in Lightroom or ACR as the in-camera jpegs. You’d want to be blind to not see it, and yet some people swear blind it’s not a problem. I dunno, I guess you see what you want to see. This article on Fuji rumours does a good job of discussing the issue and shows a good example of the problem.
I’ve finally finished sorting and cataloging my photographs from my recent oslo trip and they are available to license or order prints from. You can see my complete Oslo photography gallery in my image library.
Here’s a few photography related things of interest that I’ve come across over the last week that you may want to check out.
Photography Week Magazine
Photography week is a new iPad only, all digital weekly photography magazine from Future Publishing in the UK. You can find it on the App store and I have to say it’s pretty damn good. First of all it’s weekly, but more importantly, they’ve also embraced the digital only format and made it quite interactive. There are lots of videos embedded and the layout is quite nice. More importantly, it’s very readable and the photography looks great especially on a retina iPad. I read a good few magazines on the iPad and I have to say, this is one of the best implementations I’ve seen in a while. (Total Film is another one that uses the format quite well, and coincidentally, also Future Publishing. )
This is a godsend to address one of the annoying shortcomings of Lightroom. If you’re editing metadata in Lightroom you can only choose from the pre-set templates of what metadata is on view at any one time. Which means if you are editing a batch of photos and you need to edit specific fields that are only viewable in the ling list of full IPTC data for example you have to keep scrolling. In Aperture you can create your own presets for this view so you can just see the metadata fields you want. Well, this plug in brings the same functionality to Lightroom. If you don’t know what I’m talking about don’t worry, this probably is of no use to you, but if you were looking for a way to do this, well this plug-in is your answer.
Shooting Fall Landscapes with Moose Peterson
This is a great new video course over on Kelby training that I’ve been watching over the (soggy) weekend. It’s legendary Wildlife and Landscape photographer Moose Peterson discussing shooting Fall colour. It’s quite comprehensive and Moose is a great teacher. As a big fan of Autumn colour myself, I loved watching this course. Check it out if you’re a Kelby Training online Subscriber.
The Photography Geek
Last but not least, check out my Tumblr blog, the photography geek. I’ve given it a fresh lick of paint and I’ve decided to shake it up a little. I had been using it as a place to post links etc but now I’m going to gear it as more of a companion to this blog. So think of it as a directors commentary or behind the scenes companion. I’ll post pictures there fairly regularly without the commentary and story (which you may prefer) as well as links of interest. Anyway, please stop by and if you’re a Tumblr subscriber follow my blog.