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Get More Out Of Adobe Lightroom With Smart Presets

Adobe has been the industry leader in image manipulation for decades. Today, they’re pushing Adobe Lightroom as one of their flagship programs alongside veterans like Photoshop and Illustrator. How can Lightroom help you? Through the magic of presets!

Lightroom Explained

Lightroom is Adobe’s lightweight solution for professional photographers and other image buffs who have to edit, organize, and work with large numbers of pictures. It’s not a file-management system (that would be Adobe Bridge) and it’s not a full-on image editor, (that would be the venerable Adobe Photoshop) but it still plays a vital role. It allows quick and easy manipulation of tons of image-wide variables like brightness, contrast, color balance, sharpening, and lens correction.

The Advantages Of Replicating Your Work

With all of the options Lightroom offers, it’s easy to burn minutes (or even hours!) tinkering with the effects you can apply to a photo. In order to use the software efficiently, though, it should speed you up rather than slow you down. That’s why all of Lightroom’s non-destructive settings can be saved as a “preset” and automatically applied to any number of photos. By picking out and saving the settings that give you the perfect look and compensate for the cameras you use, you can apply the same adjustments to an endless number of photos almost instantly.

How The Preset System Works

Presets live on the left-hand side of the screen, and Lightroom comes stocked with tons of great ones. Making your own is quite easy. First, modify all of the image settings to create the ideal effect. Then you just click the “+” button next to the word “Preset.” This brings you to the preset creation screen. Here you can include or exclude any of your changes based on their general category. This means you can create presets on the fly and leave out any image-specific work you’ve done. Now if you are looking for Lightroom Portrait Presets such as the ones featured over at infoparrot.com then make sure to take a look. This is also a great way for you to learn and try out different settings before committing to buying a big package.

Here is a good example:

lightroom presets for portaits

Gathering New Presets

Besides speeding up your workflow, presets also make it incredibly easy to transport and share your settings. Each preset becomes a separate setting file (with the *.lrtemplate extension) that can be imported or exported at will. That means you can find an endless array of ready-made presets online and share your own with friends, too! Exploring the world of presets will help make you more creative and really expand your understanding of just what Adobe Lightshop is capable of.

Organizing Your Presets

This is an important warning! Although creating presets is super-fast, you shouldn’t zoom through the process without giving any thought to naming and organizing your presets. If you find the preset system at all useful, you’ll likely accumulate dozens (if not hundreds!) of presets in addition to Adobe’s pre-mixed versions. How easy is it going to be to sort through a hundred different presets if they all have names like “awesome color?” Make your preset names descriptive so you can recognize them at a glance. Also, remember that Lightroom has an excellent organizational system; right-clicking on the preset list will allow you to create a subfolder to group similar presets as you create or import them.

Hopefully, you’re ready to fire up lightroom and start exploring the possibilities of presets yourself. Don’t be afraid to create, delete, and tweak them to your heart’s content. When you have a solid library of great presets, improving your pictures is a matter of clicking one button instead of dozens of them!

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What is Photography?

Are you fun of taking pictures? Well that is what we called photography. Photography is the art of creating and picturing images with the use of camera with mounting lens. This lens is responsible for capturing photos in clear with natural effect. The captured images are developed or printed. Photography is helpful in many fields like in business; they use photography for their product promotion and Introduction, for mass media, by the help of photography it is easier to publish efficiently. There are different types of photography; I will present to you the most popular types.

•    Landscape photography is the art of taking pictures from the beautiful scenery and view in nature. While you are visiting in one place and you love to take photos using your digital camera and your subject are natures it means you are a landscape photographer.
•    Next is the wild life photography, it means your subjects in capturing photos are wildlife animals, such in zoo or in the forest. These pictures were commonly published in journals and books.
•    Aerial Photography is the capturing of picture from a higher place, such as plane, balloon, birds and parachutes and sky cappers.
sports photography•    Sports photography is one of the most popular type’s f photography where in the subjects are in sports and actions. In boxing, basketball and other sports event. This photos are commonly published in newspaper and magazine for publication purposes
•    Next is the weeding photography, during your special memorable wedding day, you want collect and keep souvenirs and remembrance of your wedding. That’s why you hired photographers. It is what we called prenuptial photos shot.

Photography has been a big part in our life, through photography we captured the best happenings in our life in very accessible and affordable way, and we keep this as our treasure.

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Beautiful Northfield

A friend of Birmingham Photospace, Jane Baker emailed us this week to let us know about an interesting community photography project that the Northfield Eco Centre are running.

There’s an open photography competition (with some pretty heavyweight judges on board) and some workshops and even an exhibition.

If you live, work or travel to Northfield you’re welcome to enter your images of the neighbourhood. But hurry! You’ve got ’till the end of May to take your photo.

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Invite to an Artist Talk at Rhubarb Rhubarb

We at Birmingham Photospace very much admire everything Rhubarb Rhubarb do for international photography (and Birmingham!) so we were very excited to be invited to the Artist Talk of their first exhibition in their new premises. We’re going to go along to see the Jackson Twins talk about their work – and we’re very much looking forward to immersing themselves in their art for a couple of hours.

It takes place on Saturday 5th June between 2 and 4pm – do come along with us?

About the Artists:
The Jackson Twins won a Rhubarb Bursary last year and showed their portfolio at the promenade at the 2009 International Review. Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for photography, one of the Rhubarb Reviewers, immediately offered them a show in Sydney…..
They were the stars of the week 4 Portfolio Review at Fotofest 2010 and are now being asked to show their work throughout the world.

About the Exhibition:
Rhubarb say: The Uses of Enchantment’, the first show at Rhubarb-East, brings together two series of work by The Jackson Twins, from the West Midlands, with Vee Speers from Paris. Both inspired by fables and fairy stories, nostalgia and psychology, they propose, at first, two seemingly playful series of portraits, featuring a birthday party for children and some double trouble using costume, disguise and female allure… Yet beyond the first enchantment, are troubled stories of war, power, intrigue and dark, magical and potent forces…

The Jackson Twins have just returned from the opening of their exhibition in Sydney, Australia, as a result of winning a Rhubarb/Arts Council Bursary last year. Vee Speers is a regular visitor to the Rhubarb International Review and is collected by museums and individuals throughout the world – including DZ Bank, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Michael Wilson and Elton John. She will shortly be showing with Annie Liebovitiz and Joel Peter Witkin in the premiere show at Fotografiska – the new phototography Museum in Stockholm.

Rhonda Wilson, Creative Director of Rhubarb-Rhubarb, says, “ For years we have watched while the sometimes extraordinary talent emerging from our programme of support and mentoring schemes, has been shown by other people, both in the UK and in international spaces. Now we have the pleasure of showing the results of our efforts, in collaboration with some of the world’s most interesting image makers. The first show is just fantastic and we have created a whole environment for the photographs. If you are into Alice in Wonderland, or even if you’re not – you will love to fall down this particular visual rabbit hole.

See you there?

Rhubarb East Gallery
Rhubarb Building
25 Heathmill Lane, Digbeth
Birmingham B9 4AE

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I Am Camera – Boxxed – June 10 -19

Some young Birmingham photographers have collaborated to put on an exciting new group show of their work in a former warehouse in Digbeth.

The show has broad appeal – a variety of photographic styles and techniques and some very exciting new talent in fine art, commercial and fashion photography.

We’ll definitely going along – not least because one of our organising committee (the very talented Matt Murtagh) is one of the 25 photographers exhibiting his work.

I Am Camera
The Wild Building
Floodgate Street
Digbeth
Birmingham

10th – 19th June 2010
Open 10am – 6pm

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I’m a photographer, not a terrorist.

Another show in Birmingham next Friday – 25th June 2010 – the C&G 7512 Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging – Adult learners end of year show.

For one night only, it seems, the Masonic Halls (next to the Mailbox) will be turned into an exhibition celebrating the work of the graduates of this diploma – one of the only courses of this type for adult learners in the city.

The exhibition, entitled “I am a photographer, not a terrorist” is based on the students’ experiences and reactions from trying to take images in public places and the effects on their work of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

With a print auction offering the chance to own some great work by talented professional photographers, and a raffle with some prizes on offer it’s set to be more entertaining than your average private view!

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Contact – an exhibition at Rhubarb East

We’ve been quiet on here. I admit it. I’ve even had emails about it…(thanks to those of you who got in touch!)

We’ve been putting all our energy recently into creating a new show in partnership with a very talented group of photographers from around the Midlands, called The Photography Collective.

We’re now at that stage where we want to talk about the exhibition. We’re actually very excited about it – given that it’s an associate show of the recent Rhubarb-Rhubarb International Photography and it’s another opportunity to show the wealth of talent we have in the Midlands, and prove again how much need and support there is for a permanent space for photography in Birmingham.

We have a new website for lots more details about the show, and a blog which talks a bit about our journey to get there. I’ll post more details on here in due course – but the new website is shiny, and you should go and have a look!

The exhibition was inspired by discussions within the group on the nature of contact, with each of the photographers creating work within their own practice exploring their thoughts on the theme. The variety of styles and formats challenges the viewer to consider how contact is made between objects both animate and inanimate, between the past and present, between analogue and digital and between photographer and subject.

The show is curated by Kathryn Klizsat, the accomplished curator at Light House – the centre for film, video, art and photography in Wolverhampton. Kathryn has put the show together from a larger body of work from emerging talent and established photographers from across the two groups. The result is a diverse and exciting new body of work seen for the first time here in Birmingham.

Come along – September 3rd to September 18th 2010 – 11am -5.30, Rhubarb East, Custard Factory, Birmingham.

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Make contact…

So, you all know about the exhibition, right? Starts on Friday (Matt and Ian spent the day hanging it today). Even if I do say so myself (and it’s fine that I do, I’m not one of the artists) it looks fab. Eclectic. Thought provoking. Fun. Beautiful. The image above is from one of a series by Matt Murtagh. See more of the amazing unofficial city twinning portraits he’s made in the show.

Have you decided yet when you’re coming down? A really good day to do that would be on Thursday 9th September, about 6.30pm.. That’s the night we’re having our Artists Talk – there’ll be wine, photography, friendly artists and good conversation. I’m looking forward to hearing some more of the stories behind people’s work -and I know they’re looking forward to telling them.

No need to RSVP, just come along. We look forward to seeing you there.

Contact
Rhubarb East Gallery,
25 Heath Mill Lane
Digbeth
B9 4AE

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Africa 50

One of the visitors to Contact exhibition this week has been Tom Pointon. Tom came along and told us about an exciting new exhibition to mark the 50 years since seventeen African Nations emerged from colonial rule. There’s an exhibition and installation running at Birmingham Central Library Art Gallery, Gallery 33/36 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during September.

From 20-28 November it moves to the Gathering Space in Wolverhampton, then during December you can see it at the Friary Gallery at Lichfield Library.

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