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I am so excited to announce that one of my images made the cover of “Photoshop User” magazine. I wrote two articles on architectural photography for the September issue. The first article is on “Ten Secrets for Architectural Photography” and the second “Interior Architectural Photography with Tungsten Lights”. I still have to pinch myself every time I look at the magazine

I want to thank Scott Kelby, Chris Main, the managing editor for the opportunity to write these articles and Dave Damstra, my good friend, who laid out the magazine. If you are a KelbyOne member you’ll be able to go online now to view the magazine and if you’re not a KellyOne member, why aren’t you? The magazine can be purchased at newsstands and online.

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It’s Monday, and that means I have a new video and surprisingly it’s about Lightroom CC. One of the new features is the ability to use a brush with the Graduate Filter Radial Filter. In this video you’ll see how to add a Graduate Filter and then brush away areas that you do not affected by the filter. This is one of the great additions Adobe added to Lightroom and one that I foresee using a lot, as I would have had to of taken this image into Photoshop to accomplish what I can now do in Lightroom.

Please view the video and let me know what you think and if you have any questions or ideas for new videos please let me know and I will try to create them.

Lightroom CC Graduate Filter Mask Brush from Randy Van Duinen on Vimeo.

Lightroom CC is has some great new features besides being much faster importing and exporting. Two features that I am excited about are the new HDR Merge and Panorama options. If you want a realistic HDR image, it is now in Lightroom. In the new version here are not a lot of sliders that most people did not use or understand, but four buttons that you have to decide on. The Auto Tone works well in most cases and gives you a great place to start and then you can fine-tune the image the way you like.

The Panorama feature is a faster than Photoshop and like the HDR Merge work in the background so you can keep working on other images as Lightroom does the time consuming work.

After processing the image in ether HDR Merge or Panorama the image is then import into Lightroom as DNG file, allowing you to treat them as RAW files. The HDR file goes even farther by making it a 16bit floating point which has more information than a normal 16bit DNG.

 

Lightroom CC HDR Merge and Panorama from Randy Van Duinen on Vimeo.

Car Photography
On Sunday I had an incredible opportunity to photograph the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. I have been asked by “Rhino OnAir” radio station to photograph the Grand Prix for them and for St. Pete buzz. I have never photographed a racing event before and was not sure what to expect, or even where to go. It first started out with a photo briefing in the morning, that explained where we were allowed and areas we cannot go. Between the media briefing and talking to some of the seasoned photographers that have photographed many of these events I have a new awareness of the safety issues that surrounds a race like this.

Since I never photographed a race before I decided to ask some of the other photographers that looked a lot more seasoned than I on where I should go and some of the things to look for. “Mr. Ed”, as he introduced himself to me, was a wealth of information he told me some of the better locations and when I should be there, he also informed me that some of the great locations were reserved for national press and TV and not to even try to get to them.

There were two races before the main Grand Prix event so I was able to walk around the track and locate some of the windows that are cut into the screen fences for photographers. I was asked by people after the race “was it cutthroat around these windows” and I was glad to inform them that no, most people would shoot some shots and then allow another photographer to get in and it was quite enjoyable.

Just to give you an idea the noise from these cars are incredible, even with earplugs my ears are still ringing from the sound. But, it’s quite a thrill when you see a Grand Prix car heading straight at you and turn literally inches from where you’re standing. I’m not an adrenaline junkie but I could get used to this!

I had around 3000 images by the end of the day and in my first edit I deleted any that were out of focus or just had cars cut off, bringing it down to about 1500. I still need to go through and probably narrow that down by half to really get an idea of the shots that I like.

My Canon 70 to 200 mm lens was a lens I used the most and produced my best images. I also had my 24 to 70mm lens that was great for the “pit area” and a few of the wider-angle shots to give an idea of the location of the race. I also used my fisheye lens for one shot with the cars and drivers and stands all in the shot together with the camera over my head, I think it was a neat shot. I wish I would have had 200 to 400mm Zoom lens for Canon. This would’ve been the perfect lens to get in tight on some the drivers why they are in their cars.

Just to let you know I had more fun than I was expecting to. The experience was wonderful, the people were great and the weather was incredible and I hope I get the chance to do it next year.

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Changing the Sky Color with Blending Mode

Some times you can get a weird color cast to an HDR or any sky and this video will show you an simple and fast way of correcting the color.

My local Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Guild had there bi-yearly print competition last night and it was one of the best we have had in a while. There was over 90 images submitted in 5 categories and we had three great, John Jernigan, Gary Sweetman and Jane Conner-ziser. I had a great showing with a 1st place in the commercial category and a 2nd and 3rd in the Digital Imaging category. I also had everyone of my six images receive a merit score of 80 or better, the first time that has happen for me. Thanks to all the people that worked on salon and made it a great event.eye_of_the_tigerflorida_polytechnic_lobbyredemption