Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year Of Snake, Random Shots

Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year of Snake, Sneak Peek Photo

Vietnamese 2013 New Year, Year of Snake, Sneak Peek Photo

Yesterday was an eventful day for me.  Drove my mom to a Buddhist temple to celebrate a Vietnamese New Year (2013 — a year of snake).  Took some photos there.  When we left the Buddhist temple, we witnessed the aftermath of a freak car accident on a highway.  A car was burned to crisp, but before that a flame was engulfed the car, ejecting huge plume of smoke up high into the air.  Another car was flipped upside-down with broken glasses.  Furthermore, I think there was a third car which involved with this accident, but I’m not sure.  Anyhow, I took some photos of the accident with my HTC 8x smartphone camera.  Luckily, I also remembered I had Nikon D3200 with me and so I used it to capture the accident scene some more.  Unfortunately, I could only capture the burning car with engulfing flame on HTC 8X smartphone camera, because by the time I got my Nikon D3200 out the firefighter had arrived onto the scene and blocked up the view and did what they had to in putting out the flame.  Anyhow, as usual, in post production, I retouched the photos I took on February 10th of 2013 with Lightroom 4, and now these photos are on Flickr for you all to see.  Enjoy ’em photos by going to EndlessBit.com (my photo blog) or just view the slideshow right after the break.

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Working With Lightroom: Incorporating Personal Cloud With Lightroom To Free Up Local Disk Space

In the video right after the break, I’m working with Lightroom 4, therefore if you’re using a different Lightroom version, things I talk about within the video might turn out to be somewhat different for you.  Nonetheless, the main concept should be the same.  Anyhow, in the video, I emphasize retouching photos in Lightroom on a local hard drive first, and then move the original photos that you don’t have the need to work with anymore over to the personal cloud for safekeeping.  This way, you organize your original photos in the personal cloud and free up the local disk space.  Also, you can always move the same original photos from the personal cloud back to the local hard drive for retouching.  The trick is to do all of this within Lightroom user interface.  If you are going about doing this manually (i.e., digging into local hard drive and move the photos manually without letting Lightroom knows of what you’re doing), Lightroom might not know how to update the metadata and locations of the original photos in Lightroom’s archive database.  The whole idea is to use Lightroom to organize your photos locally or over the network.  When you’re doing this neatly within Lightroom, whenever the need arises, you can easily recall the original photos for further retouching.

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building

Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building Sneak Peek Photo

Empty Strip Mall And Unfinished Building Sneak Peek Photo

I took some photos today, and the theme is pointing out two frequent symptoms that we have seen occurring quite frequently in today, bad U.S. economy.  Some think we’re still in a recession, others think we’re in a depression.  Are we getting out this bad economy yet?  Are we about to?  I don’t think anyone would know, but let hope good things will come for our economy in the near future.  At least, hope is an optimistic kind of thing.

Anyhow, I took these photos and retouched them in Lightroom 4 as usual.  You can check them photos out by clicking on the sneak peek photo.  Feeling lazy?  You don’t have to take a direct hop over to my Flickr set to view these photos, because I post a slideshow of these photos right after the break.  Enjoy!!!  (You can also visit EndlessBit to check out all the photos that I took in the past up to the present!)

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Drinking In The View Of Cauble Park (Lake Lanier)

Cauble Park (Lake Lanier) Sneak Peek Photo

Cauble Park (Lake Lanier) Sneak Peek Photo

You should take a quick hop over to EndlessBit (my photo blog) now as I just posted some nice nature photos that I had the pleasure to edit in Lightroom 4.  You can also click on the sneak peek photo to go to EndlessBit post which I had mentioned.  Feeling lazy?  Just check out the slideshow underneath!

Should Custom White Balance Be Unnecessary When Shooting In RAW?

When taking pictures with a DSLR camera, you can totally preset a white balance to give your pictures a uniquely distinctive look.  Nonetheless, with nowadays photo editing software on the rise, although the good ones such as Adobe Lightroom 4 are too expensive for many people, it’s totally possible to change the white balance of photos without using custom white balance (i.e., preset white balance).  Of course, you have to shoot photos in raw to have effectively change your white balance, because only in raw format you won’t lose important details when photos go under major change (i.e., major editing).  Still, I think I like the idea of taking great photos first before editing great photos after, because when great photos get to be edited — we can either enhance it even better or make it worse and the former which is definitely the goal.  So, by presetting or doing a custom white balance from the get go is definitely an ideal in my opinion.  Also, going through a custom white balance method at least once, one gets to know how white balance works a little better; this might help one improves post processing process in regarding to doing white balance in photo editing software.  This is why I don’t think it’s unnecessary to do custom white balance beforehand even though one shoots in raw format.  Anyhow, you should check out the YouTube video I found (i.e., not mine but I found on YouTube) as this video will be an excellent guide in regarding to doing custom white balance.  Enjoy!!!

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – California Trip (November 2012)

California Trip (November 2012) Sneak Peek Photo

California Trip (November 2012) Sneak Peek Photo

Went to California for a short vacation, and I took nice photos there.  I wished I could have taken more, but I didn’t have enough time to do so.  California had so many nice landscapes that I could not find in Georgia, and so I think it would be nice for me to revisit so I could try to take photos in styles that I had not been able to do so with the trip I just had.  Anyhow, if you want to check out the photos I had taken during my California vacation trip (November 2012), you can always click on the sneak peek photo or hop over to EndlessBit.com.  Enjoy!!!