Posts Tagged ‘lightroom’

Woody in Black and White

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

My new 85mm f1.8 Canon prime lens got delivered this afternoon so I popped off a few shots just to see the results.  I must say, I really like it.  I think it’s going to be great for portraits.  Very fast and has a great, sturdy feel in your hand that the 18-55mm and the 70-200mm just don’t have.  If I actually take some time, I think this thing is going to be able to help me pull off some amazing shots.  I took this shot of Woody the Wonder Akita in about 30 seconds from putting the new lens on the camera and spent about 5 minutes total in Lightroom 3 and Silver Efx Pro 2.

Woody in Black and White

Woody in Black and White

Creating Simple Diptychs in Lightroom 3

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

 

Moto-Diptych

Moto-Diptych

 

 

A while back I wanted to try my hand at diptychs so I pulled up Lightroom 3 and set to work.  Unfortunately I discovered that there was no simple ‘setting’ or ‘feature’ for making them in LR3.  As any good nerd would do, I summoned my google fu and began searching the interwebs.  Jay Watson had a great video tutorial for this, but it was for Lightroom 2, and the features have changed enough in LR3 that this tutorial didn’t really work any more.  So I set myself to the task of trying to figure it out and this is what I came up with:

  • To start, go to the Print module.  In the Layout Style box at the top of the right column, select ‘Custom Package’.  If there are any cells that are already in place, scroll down to the ‘Cells’ box in the right column and click the ‘Clear Layout’ button.
  • Next, click the ‘Page Setup’ button in the left column and change the Page Layout to Landscape.
  • Now drag two photographs into the work area.  Adjust one to the approximate size that you want your cells to be using the anchor points.  Make sure the ‘Lock To Photo Aspect Ratio’ button in the ‘Cell’ box in the right column is not checked.
  • You now need to make the other cell the exact same size.  The easy way to do this is drag the smaller one on top of the larger one and then adjust the size to match with the anchor points.  Move the picture on top off and align them so they are evenly separated.
  • Now in the ‘Image Settings’ box on the right, you can add a Border and a Stroke if you like.  I used a 4 point border and a 2 point stroke.
  • To save this as a template, go to the ‘Template Browser’ box on the left and select the ‘+’ in the heading bar.  Give the template a name and a folder and you are set to go.

To use it later, simply go to the Print module, select your template in the Template Browser box on the left and drag your photos into the cells.

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