"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Nikon D7100 HDR Test

This is a test of using the D7100 bracketing capabilities for HDR.  I shot 5 shots at 1 stop intervals.  Since I can't get the RAW files into Lightroom and Photoshop, I converted to TIFF format.  I ran these through HDR Pro in Photoshop and saved as a 32 bit TIFF with no adjustments.  I imported this into Lightroom and made adjustments there.  Then I took it into Photoshop and finished it off with some adjustments with NIK Color Effects 4.

The D7100 has the capability of doing internal HDR on its own.  I haven't tried this out yet.

Testing My New Camera

Just got the new Nikon D7100 Digital SLR camera.  Did a few test shots Thursday at Garvin Woodland Gardens here in Hot Springs, AR.  Discovered something I should have anticipated but forgot when I tried to import my photos into Lightroom.  Every new camera has a new variation on camera RAW.  Therefore, I can't import my RAW (I always shoot RAW to preserve maximum photo data) into Lightroom or Photoshop!  I've saved my RAW files to disk so I'll have them when Adobe updates Camera RAW to read this new file format. Until then, I have to use the ViewNX 2 software that came with the camera and convert to TIFF for importing into Lightroom and Photoshop.  This means that, for now, I can't fine tune things as well as if I were importing RAW files.  But the results are promising.  Must improve the skills of the photographer as the first task.

Here's a look at some things that were quickly run through Lightroom and Photoshop using the TIFF files.

The D7100 also does good video.

Blogger's video quality isn't so great.  Go to:

on Youtube and choose one of the HD options for a better idea of how the D7100 performs.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Photoshop and Filter Forge 3D

Just a bit of fun experimenting with Filter Forge plug-in for Photoshop and the 3D features of Photoshop CS6 Extended.  No real significance to this picture other than trying out some features.  (Also a bit of clip art used to add interest.)