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My Standard Photo Workflow V9

I am documenting my standard workflow so that problems related to  issues with the contents of  Smart Objects (SO) can be resolved without me re-inventing the wheel each time I have a problem: Lightroom Edits should include all toning – taking full advantage of the tonal range, have minimal noise reduction and include fully adjusted Camera Raw CR sharpening with an adjusted Sharpening Mask on an image by image basis.  A LR import preset does most of this for me […]

Calibration of BenQ SW320 Monitor using i1Pro

Note: If it asks to download the latest software, be aware that when the update installation process starts, it looks hung, there is a button at the bottom right that you have to press to ‘continue’ however the button text is almost invisible.  Also ensure the Monitor is using the correct calibration preset – in the following examples I left it at Calibration 1 – next time rename it. Monitor: SW320 Calibration software 1.3.2 not working with I1Pro so I […]

Checking Sensor for Dust Spots

Set camera to Aperture Mode ISO 100 Manual Focus Highest Aperture Number on lens – F16 or larger number Photograph Monitor with a white screen (say blank word document) so that the monitor is out of focus, only dust will then be visible Examine image – preferably by importing into LR

Add Lens Flare to Precise Location

Use the info panel and move the cursor to the desired location of the flare.  Note the x,y coordinates. Create a new layer filled with black (Option Delete), Filter>Render>Lens Flair>Movie Prime and then Option Click on the preview window and enter the x,y coordinates.  Then change the blend mode to Screen.

Recover Highlight Detail – Photoshop

After recovering as much detail as possible in LR, PS will be required to complete the process for any blown highlights.  The objective is to pull grab on to even the slightest bit of contrast within the blown highlight and increase it – which by definition is to make the greys darker. First create a detailed Luminosity Mask selecting only the blown highlights.  This is best accomplished by using Select > Color Range > Highlights then setting the fuzziness to […]

Shadow/Highlight Luminosity Mast

These steps create a luminosity mask protecting the shadows: Open the Channels Panel in PS CMD+Shift+Click the RGB Channel which selects the brights. CMD+Shift+Click the RGB Channel again and more darker areas are selected (leaving only the shadows) Cmd+Option+Shift+Click selects only highlights Cmd+delete key fills the selection with Option+delete (FG/BG) or Shift+delete key for fill options.

Combine Two or More Photoshop Masks into a Single Mask

Command/control click the first mask in the Layers panel to load it as a selection (Cmd click on a Mac) Command/Control Shift click the second mask in the Layers panel to add to the existing selection (Cmd Sh click on a Mac) (At this point you will see marching ants around both selections. Don’t deselect.) Layer > Layer Mask > Delete Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection

How to make new T2-secured Macs boot from external drives

Copied from: Apple’s security processor gets in the way when you’re trying to use external drives to boot from. Fix this now because if you wait until you need to restart from one, you’ll have problems. A bundle of external drives atop a Mac mini The T2 chip that Apple has been adding to new Macs does many things to help your computer be more secure —but one of them is an issue. By default, Macs with the T2 processor […]

Copy Lightroom Images Directory Structure to New Location

Every Year I plan to create a new LR Catalogue pointing to an empty clone of my Images Directory Structure then fill in images for eventual merging back to the master catalogue.  The following Unix command will create a copy of my directory structure in  /Areca-T2/LR JG Pics    to Desktop/Temporary\ Stuff – just the folders not the files. rsync -a /Volumes/Areca-T2/LR\ JG\ Pics /Users/jeffg/Desktop/Temporary\ Stuff –include \*/ –exclude \* The Folders in Temporary Stuff can then be moved to […]

Air Canada Checkin – Free 1St Bag

When using Aeroplan, I have been advised to use the kiosk and enter 0 bags, then appear at the baggage drop-off and hand them my proof of card for my plan. The AC agent should checkin the bag for free, if not ask for the manager.