First and foremost I have to admit that I’m a Canon guy (well mostly)!
I’ve owned Canon DSLR’s since 2003 when the DSLR became an acceptable replacement for the old 35mm SLR and Nikon were simply not in the picture then.
OK, so I did sell my old Nikon SLR + lenses when I switched to digital (& became a professional photog) so there is some history there between myself & Nikon. Plus I will admin that Nikon are arguably slightly ahead of Canon right now, but don’t tell anyone I said that 😉
All that aside I was very slightly amazed at the announcement of Nikon to make a retro styled DLSR complete with knobs, dials & angular styling in the form of the Nikon DF, lets face it even my old F-601 looks modern in comparison 🙂
Anyway, the real reason for this post is not to start up a Canon v Nikon argument but to share with you a very amusing video review I came across from Lee Morris at fstoppers.com.
Lee originally posted an article titled “The Nikon Df Represents Everything Wrong With Photography” which received over 300 comments, many of which were slightly angry at his opinion and this video was his response.
It appears that the recent Photoshop CC update to version 14.1 inadvertently reset all of our preferences due to a missed bug 😦
Happily Adobe are aware of the problem and have released a fix which you can read about here.
If, like me, your Creative Cloud app isn’t aware of the update yet then simply go to Photoshop’s help menu and click on Updates…
Recovering Your Lost Preferences
Of course the fix doesn’t help restore your lost Photoshop preferences so unless you have a backup of your preferences files or have used Photoshop’s “Sync Settings” feature then you’ll have to restore them manually 😦
Luckily I always keep a backup of my Photoshop files (see my previous post “Restoring Photoshop Settings” to discover how to do this) but I’ve never actually looked at how the “Sync Settings” feature actually works.
Have you ever had to re-install Windows or OSX and lost all of your settings & workspaces for Photoshop?
Well, fear not, it’s relatively simple to back up and restore those settings between different operating system installations.
You can even use this method to copy your configuration to a new version of Photoshop, though I recommend using the more selective approach detailed below.
This guide relates directly to the latest Photoshop CC but can be adapted to work with previous versions of Photoshop by simply replacing the “CC” in the path and file names with the appropriate “CSx” version at least back to CS4.
Note: The OSX Library folder you will need to access is hidden by default, to view it follow the instructions here http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html.
I had a question on my Facebook page today about Variable ND (Neutral Density) filters and my answer turned into a full on guide to selecting and understanding ND filters which deserved it’s own blog post. So thanks to Michele for suggesting the topic and I hope I answer your question 🙂 History Back in the days of film photography a professional photographer would have had a wide variety of filters in their camera bags but these days Photoshop has replaced nearly all of them, thankfully! Pretty much the only filters a professional photographer will carry these days are a Polarising filter and a set of ND filters. I won’t go into Polarising filters here except to add that with the popularity of ultra wide angle lenses and images stitching they are becoming less and less used. Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed apparently random *_MVM_*.tmp files being generated at the root level of your hard drives?
For ages I have been wondering where these files came from and worrying that they may be the result of some sort of file corruption, so finally I decided to find the source of these files.
It would appear that these files are created by Adobe Photoshop CS5, or more accurately by the Mondo Framework that Photoshop uses for certain functionality such as Liquify & Saving to PNG. Whilst these tmp files are supposed to be located in your PC’s TEMP folder (as defined by your systems environment variables) that isn’t always the case.
Now I very rarely use Liquify but as a Web Designer I am constantly saving PNG images so it would appear that this is the cause of my random temporary file problem.
It’s a Big Relief that it’s nothing to do with corrupt files but incredibly annoying that these tmp files are generated by Adobe Photoshop CS5 in but not tidied up. Apparently I’ve got it good as my tmp files are all 0 bytes in size where some people are finding tmp files 100’s of MB in size chewing up all their free disk space …
The other problem this scenario causes is that Photoshop functions can be slowed down considerably if it chooses to create these files on slow drives such as USB drives or older HDD’s completely circumventing that expensive super fast SSD drive you bought for Photoshop caching.
So the good news is that everything is “Working as Intended” and nothing is corrupt. Sadly though there appears to be no fix for this problem until Adobe take it upon themselves do the right thing and sort it out.
If you’re interested in reading more on this matter then here are a few links I found useful
We were up at Yanchep National Park yesterday at a meeting with Jenny (the Park’s Marketing Manager) talking about getting some of our products into their shop. The meeting went very well (watch this space) and afterwards we went for a walk around the park ending up at the Yanchep Inn for a quick lunch.
Yanchep National Park is a great place for a day out and what better way to end our visit than a quick trip through the Koala enclosure.
The Koala’s were in their naturally laid back state, perched on branches and snuggled into the nooks and crannies that they always seem to find up in the heights of the trees.
These guys sure make a stress free life look appealing, it sure is a Koala’s life 🙂
Capturing these sleepy little guys is not as easy as you’d think, here’s a few tips for getting better pictures of Koala’s as they doze the day away in the tree tops:
- Whenever possible shoot away from the sun, that will help you get those nice blue skies while lighting up the Koala at the same time
- Use a higher ISO speed (400 – 800) to make sure you get a fast shutter speed
- To get a well lit shot of the Koala try overexposing your shot by a few stops as the auto metering will try to expose for the much brighter sky
- Hang around for a while, eventually even sleepy Koala’s will move around or shift into a better position
- Using the longest lens / focal length you can will get you some nice close ups of the Koala’s but make sure you keep your shutter speed high enough to avoid camera shake
- Sometimes it’s nice to zoom out a bit and get a shot of the Koala in his surroundings
- Try to keep the surroundings natural, avoiding sprinklers and buildings in the background
- Have fun and remember these guys are endangered so no touching or disturbing them
- Respect the animals and environment you are photographing, always remember the old adage “Leave nothing but footprints”
- Respect the owners of the park you are in and abide by their rules at all times
The other day I was happily Photoshopping away sharpening an image for a new print size when I stumbled across a small problem.
I wanted to select the part of the image so I could apply a different sharpening technique to it, I switched to the trusty Magic Wand tool and clicked on the sky. Imagine my surprise when, instead of selecting the just the white the whole image was selected.
I checked all the obvious solutions:
- Did I have the correct layer selected? – Yes
- Was the Tolerance setting ok? Yup it was set to 10
- Was the other parameters set appropriately? – Yes
- Restart Photoshop – No change
- Try a different image – No change
- Restart PC (getting desperate now) – No change
- Blame the kids – Still no change (only kidding 😀 )