If you’ve had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result.
Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we’ll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by way of Adobe Photoshop.
When I have an image unavoidably plagued with not-so-flattering distractions – such as the utility lines used in this example – sometimes there is no option but to remove them entirely. Here’s a quick video to help remove any unwanted objects and significantly clean up a composition by way of Adobe Camera Raw and the Spot Removal tool.Watch video…
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For those interested in learning a little more about my background in photography, I sat down recently with fellow Photofocus writer and mentor Robert Vanelli in September at the Photoshop World 2014 conference in Las Vegas for a nice conversation and interview.
Please feel free to stop by and give a listen here at your leisure and, as always, thanks much for stopping by. Catch you next time :).
Note: Vanelli is a photographer, educator and author living in Florida. As the lead photographer for Exposure Photographic Art Studio, he has had the opportunity of capturing images of special VIP’s, including the President of the United States, former president of Toyota / Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and various martial arts legends. Currently he is teaching workshops, photographing for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series.
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One of the biggest challenges for those who enjoy making landscape and architectural photographs is to locate and acquire the ideal wide-angle lens for the job. While no amount of gear is a replacement for experience and skill, we invariably learn as we go that certain projects will call for a solution beyond our existing means. Fortunately for photo-kind, powerful in-roads for testing and using specialized gear have surfaced to level the playing field, allowing photographers of all stripes full-access to the best tools and equipment available.
Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M
If the idea of shedding pounds from your bag in exchange for a ton of quality resolution is appealing, the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M aspherical wide-angle prime is in a league of it’s own, especially when attached to the Sony Alpha A7R full-frame mirrorless body.
“The Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M is a relatively compact lens that features one aspherical element, offering high resolving power with wonderful image quality. While the f/3.8 aperture doesn’t allow for extreme low-light shooting, it does provide simple focusing due to its large depth of field. Despite being an 18mm, it has very little optical distortion, making it a great option for architectural and landscape photography. The retrofocus design allows for great corner sharpness at all apertures, as well as a limited amount of color shift. It does have Leica’s 6-bit coding that allows the M9 to correct for vignetting.
Please Note: To best make use of this lens, we suggest the use of an external viewfinder to aid in composing.”