Four elements make up every photograph ever shot. Focus, Exposure, White Balance, and Composition. It’s easy to find information on the first three, but composition, for many, remains a nebulous enigma.Read More
Condensation can be an inconvenience, but for photographers, it can be a real problem. A couple years ago I was on a cruise down the Yangtze River in China and one morning got up and stepped out on the balcony to photograph the sun rising over a bridge. My camera was quite cool after being in the air conditioned cabin all night and when I stepped out onto the balcony a heavy coating of condensation covered the camera and lens.Read More
I think that from my very first class that I taught in photography, I've expressed the opinion that I don't like the UV filters that are recommended to "protect" your lens. I've got good reasons for that too.Read More
One question that is often asked when we talk about digital processing is “what’s the difference between Vibrance and Saturation?” In Lightroom and Photoshop, you find the vibrance and saturation adjustment sliders in the Presence section of the Basic panel.Read More
Step-up rings are adapters that allow you to attach filters to a lens when the filter diameter and the lens diameter are different. They seem pretty simple and straightforward. A metal ring and no optics. Even so, there are so many choices that things can get quite confusing. So let’s clear a few things up.Read More
Registration is now open for our 2019 Tuscany Photo Tour. Those who have joined us for these international workshops in the past know that a Corbell Workshop is like no other. And Tuscany is like no other program we've ever done.Read More
For the typical compact camera flash, the flash duration is between 1/200 second at full power and 1/20,000 at the lowest output level. That sounds fast but when I add some diffusion to the flash - like a small softbox - I end up having to use the flash at, or very close to, full power. That just left some subjects still a little blurry.Read More
We all have that drawer full of old cables and connectors. I’ve thought many times about cleaning it out, but I know when I do, I’ll find something that needs a special plug that is buried in the drawer. I laugh too at my computer bag. I bought a MacBook Air because they are so lightweight yet still pack the punch. But, I also have a gadget bag full of adapters and cords that probably outweighs the computer itself.Read More
Sunny 16, also know as Basic Daylight Exposure (BDE for short), is basically a predictable exposure based on the constant brightness level of the sun. Anywhere on the earth where the sun shines and there are no clouds to obscure, the formula works.Read More
When we are out at photography events one of the most common questions we get is something like this. "What do I need to do to turn Pro?" It's a simple enough question. But it certainly doesn't have a simple answer. After all, what's a "professional"?
Professional, as an adjective, is simply "engagement in a specific activity as one's main occupation." As a noun, it's a "person engaged or qualified in a profession", someone "competent of skilled".
We expect a professional to not only make an income from their work but to do it in a manner that reflects a high level of proficiency and skill. So, what does it take to turn pro? It's far more than just making money.
Someone who is a real professional is committed to their chosen field. They study and practice to improve their skills so they can deliver to their client the best quality product and service they can provide. Professionals aren't perfect. Professionals don't know it all. But, professionals are life-long learners who surround themselves with resources that help them manage their business.
Turning Pro - Webinar
This month we're offering a special 2-night live webinar in which we will be exploring this very topic - what it takes to become a professional photographer. There will be two 2-hour sessions on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, at 7:00 pm Central Time.
Learn more about this valuable webinar on our website. If you know of anyone that may be interested please do share this with them.
You know that feeling. You’re working in Lightroom and something just isn’t right. Suddenly it hits you - like a lightning bolt. The original files from your camera are gone. It sends a chill down your spine and gives you that horrible sinking feeling. Now what? You may have just moved the originals and can reconnect them. Or, they may be gone - even from the memory card.
All may not be lost. There’s a good chance that you can recover something from your images. The key is understanding how Lightroom works.
When you “import” a file into Lightroom, you really don’t. Yes, that’s what I mean. Read that sentence again. Lightroom never really “imports” anything. It may put your originals into a folder somewhere, but they never reside inside Lightroom. Instead, what you see when you use the program is a preview image.
The image you see in Lightroom is a JPEG file that is stored inside the Lightroom catalog. Lightroom calls them previews, and they can be a very small thumbnail or have the dimensions of your original file. Regardless of size, Adobe has provided a nifty script that can be installed in Lightroom which gives you the capability of extracting the JPEG previews and creating a separate file. You can then edit this file just as you would any other image file.
Install the script
Search the Adobe help site for an article titled Extract Preview for Lost Images. In that article, you'll see instructions for how to install the script and also how to run the script. It's really straightforward, just follow the directions provided. The only stumbling block that I can see is that you need to be very careful what folder you put the script in.
A word of caution, in step 3 of the instructions you’ll click a button “Show Lightroom Presets Folder…”, and this will display a folder for all Adobe products. You should see another folder called Lightroom. It is that folder in which you must copy the downloaded script.
Extracting the Image File
Running the script is pretty straightforward. It simply asks you for a file location. This is where you want the newly created files to be stored. I’d suggest a unique folder so that when you’re done, the only contents of the folder are your new files.
It’s going to create a new image file for each of the selected photos. You can extract a single image, or select multiple images.
When it's done, you’ll find a new JPG file with the name of the original file appended with the size of the image. For example, if you’re original file was IMG_1234.CR2, then the new file will be IMG_1234-[pixel width]x[pixel height].jpg.
The pixel dimensions all depend upon the size of the preview that Lightroom has in its catalog. If you’re lucky enough to have 1:1 previews, you’ll see pixel dimensions that should match what you get out of your camera.
This method of image recovery does NOT bring back the original image. There is bound to be some loss of quality, especially if Lightroom does not have a 1:1 preview of the photo available. Even so, it can be a lifesaver as long as you understand the shortcomings.
- There is no metadata in the extracted preview. That doesn’t mean that the catalog information in Lightroom is gone. It just doesn’t point to the newly created file.
- The extracted image file doesn’t contain an ICC profile. So, if you import it back into Lightroom, it will be tagged with the sRGB profile.
The Adobe script can be a lifesaver but it doesn't magically bring back your original file. This is one of those tools that should be a last resort. To avoid needing this solution, make sure you have a good backup system in place and keep it up to date.
The workshop was on the island of Hawai’i, also known as The Big Island. We can’t count all the calls and notes we received from people concerned that we were heading into an erupting volcano. Kilauea has been making news lately with dramatic eruptions and flowing lava that has destroyed many homes and caused evacuations for several neighborhoods.Read More
The World Photographic Cup has just wrapped up in Sydney, Australia and the results are in. 30 national photographic teams entered the fifth edition of this one-of-a-kind competition, from Europe, Asia, North & South America and Oceania. In the end, though, there could only be one winning country. Congratulations to Team USA!Read More
Artists and academics have tried to understand and describe color for centuries. About 2,400 years ago, Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle theorized that color existed in the form of rays sent down from the heavens by God. It wasn’t until the Renaissance in the 1300’s that more sophisticated models and systems were developed.Read More
You don’t need a deep understanding of color theory to know how to use the white balance control. But, it may be helpful if we lift the veil ever so slightly get a better understanding on what is really happening.Read More
As in all walks of life, there are good workshops and less good ones, and those that promise a lot then deliver. And there are those that just totally rock. But they do seem harder and harder to find.Read More
In Congress today is a bill that has now been passed into committee. The bill is H.R.3945 and its short title is the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” or the “CASE Act of 2017”. What’s refreshing about this bill is that it enjoys bipartisan support. Of seven cosponsors of the bill, three are Republican and four are Democrats. And, they hail from all parts of the country, from Rhode Island to Georgia, to Texas and California.Read More
Resolution has always been a tricky subject for new photographers to grasp. After all, there is not a single resolution that we talk about. The quality of the lens optics affects the resolution of the lens. The size and design of the sensor significantly influence the resolution of your camera. Even your image data file has variables that define the image data resolution. But display screens are changing and they are chinging the way we look at display resolution.Read More
Watch any decent movie and you’ll see a variety of shots used to tell the story. One of the first is the Establishing Shot. This tends to be a wider shot that includes the environment in which the story takes place. It’s used to establish the spatial relationship among the films characters, objects and overall setting of the film.
In still photography, this is akin to the broader scenic images. As the story unfolds, you find the camera come in tighter on the main subject in the story. In a Long Shot, you’ll see the main character almost fill the frame.
While working through the foundational elements of portrait photography we discovered how many of the great artists of days gone-by, from 500-600 years ago, were working with the same techniques of lighting a face that we still utilize in today's portrait world.Read More