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  In the Field Cheat Sheets:

    

     Now What Do I Do ?             (html)

     Composition 1 & 2               (html)   

    Technical - In Field               (html)

  

  1) PRE PLAN & TRIP PREP:

5 - P's      (100)

Photo Situation  (130)

  

  1)  Planning & Preparation   

   

 

  2 Photographing

Advice (humor?)

Dealing with cold  

  3)  Pre - selection   (Includes categorizing)

Extreme Close-up  (Venus 60 + LED)

Long lens technique 

  4)  Post - processing

            (Pics become Photos)

 

 

  5)  Presentation

 

        

   

  1.5) PRE SHOOT Z7II SETTINGS - Speed:     (See EQUIP for basic settings)

        (Confirm all settings before shoot.)

        

 1) ISO .....

    AUTO ISO .....

 ISO Button + Front Cmd Dial:

Set upper left mode dial to "A"   (Aperture)

Set upper left mode dial to "M"  (Manual)

        

 2) EXPOSURE BRACKET:

 FN1 BUTTON:  (Exp. Bracket)

 OF    or

 3 / 1 stop

         

 3) RELEASE MODE

       

 i MENU ....

     

 H    Continuous H  (14  bit)     or

 H+  Continuous H Extended (12 bit)

 4) AF AREA MODE

        

 i MENU ....

    

 Single-Point AF     or

 Auto Area-AF

 5) METERING:

 i MENU ....

 Matrix      or

 Highlight Weighted

          

  

  Exposure Delay Mode "D4" (pencil)

   

  Turn off Image Review for Minimum Blackout?    Menu ... Playback Menu ... Image Review ... OFF

  Back Button AF ..... MENU .....A6 AF Activation ..... OFF

  Focus Mode ..... i MENU ..... AF-C

  Leave body in Continuous Mode D12

  Power Modes  .... MENU ..... C3  (controls 4 different timers)

 

  

 

  2) IN THE FIELD:

Field Cheat Sheets  (180)

Body Settings  (160)

Eye AF - Z7

 

    1.  Press "i"   (back of body, right side)
  (See SLO MO processing under PS.)

Setup on new bodies - conceptual    

  2.  On screen, press far right, top box

 

 (sRGB & JPG throw out information.)

  3.  On screen, press far right box ... OK    

    Notes - Meetings   (html)    

   

      (Red corner frames should appear. ) 

    Football - 10 tips   (html)

   

  To return to spot AF:  

     

   

  Press "i"   ...  press far right, top box

           

   

  Press single point AF

In Field Techniques:

Post Processing

Auto ISO - D850

   Panorama - Horiz / Vert.

   ICE MSFT Stitch    MENU ... SHOOTING MENU ...
   Exposure Bracket

   Photomatrix HDR Blend

   ISO SENSITIVITY SETTING ...

   Focus Bracket 

   Helicon Focus Stack

   Auto ISO Control:  ON

   Long Exposure Multi Exposures  

   PS Multi Image Stacking (see level 2)    MODE BUTTON ...  "Manual" ...        

     

   

   Dial shutter to 1,000

     

   

   Dial F stop to F8

     

   

       (manual becomes automatic)

     

   

   When Done:    Auto ISO to OFF   

   

  3) POST PROCESSING OVERVIEW:

MFD Workflow  (200)

 (220)

Photoshop CC Milestones

Photo Shop Workflow   (html)

          Photobits Photo Mechanic

  20208  WIN 7 no longer supported

( Also includes "painterly style" )

          Photomatrix 3 HDR Blend

  2018  Quick Selection Tool

 (210)

          ICE - MSFT Stitch

  2015  Dehaze Filter

PS Work Flow Cheat Sheet   (pdf)

         Helicon Focus 4.8   2015  Shake Reduction
        2010  Content Aware Delete

  

  4) PHOTOSHOP:

Techniques   (230)

con't  (250)

Actions - CC    HISTORY / ACTIONS

Sepia Tone

Perspective Control

 STITCH:   File ... Automate ... Photo merge

Grad. ND Filter

Lose Weight of model

 EXP. BLEND:   Edit ... open as smart object

Fix White Outs

Move a head in group portrait  

     ... Move tool ... while holding shift

 Squeeze Image and Re-crop  

Portrait - smooth skin / softar

 

Add a Frame

High Key Portrait

 

   

   

   

     EXPAND IMAGE - Cropped too Tight   (CC)

   ADD FRAME TO IMAGE   (Content  Aware)      

     

  (Photoshop CC Required:  )

   1. Create border:

         IMAGE / CANVAS SIZE / inches ... add .5 inch  (or as rqd)

         IMAGE / CANVAS SIZE / BACKGROUND ... OTHER ... RED

   2. Select Border & Extend Image:

        Use MAGIC WAND  (+) to select RED border ... DELETE

        EDIT  /  FILL  /  CONTENT AWARE  /  CRTL D   (to deselect)

 

    

   1. Create border:

         IMAGE / CANVAS SIZE / inches ... .5 / save / close / reopen

   2. Select Border & Extend Image:

        Use MAGIC WAND  (2nd column, 2nd row down) to select

            white border  (red border better color)

        If border bleeds:  select MAGNETIC LASSO

            (1st column, 2nd row down)

        Holding down ALT key, left click mouse around bleed ...

           (Upon releasing ALT key, updated selection will appear)

           EDIT  /  FILL  /  CONTENT AWARE  /  CRTL D  (to deselect)

   

   STACKS:        

         

 

   SLOW MOTION STACK

 

    1) IMAGE CAPTURE: 

         Take multiple shots on tripod of same image.   

         20 images at 1/10TH second  =  2 seconds

             (with a micro second between image captures.)

             (Vary # of exposures in Post to change blur strength.)

 

   2) POST PROCESS IN PHOTOSHOP: 

        (Copy all JPGs or TIFFs into stack and create file.)

    

         - Open CC ... File ... Scripts ... Load files into stack ...

               Browse  (select files) ... OK ... OK ...

               Check -> Automatically Auto Align Source Images

               Check -> Create Smart Object after Loading

        - OK

        - Layer ... Smart Objects ... Stack Mode ... Mean ...

        - Layer ... Flatten image

   

    BENEFITS:

          - No need to carry ND filter and install / remove it.

          - No problem shooting different diameter lenses.

          - No camera shake at longer exposures.

                (Just remove single blurry images in Post if any.)

          - No exposure compensation issues as with NDs.

          - Don't have to focus before putting on ND filter.

 

  This technique can be used to reduce noise in landscapes.

     

     

   EXPOSURE STACK  Auto Align 2 Images 

    

    Photoshop CC: 

       Open 2 images:   WINDOW ... ARRANGE ... 2 UP VERTICAL

       Left click on one image ... SELECT ALL

       Using MOVE TOOL ... hold SHIFT down & slide over 2nd

             image.

        Use HISTORY BRUSH to reveal lower layer.

        LAYER ... FLATTEN IMAGE ... SAVE

   

 


 

  FOCUS STACK -   (CC)

   

       (In lieu of Helicon Focus 5.3)

 

          (Fixes Focus Breathing)

 

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

     REMOVE PURPLE FRINGE  (CC)

   SUPER RESOLUTION   (CC)

     

  (Photoshop CC Required:  )

    1. Go to Camera RAW.

    2. Remove Chromatic Aberration.

    3. Open Defringe tab.

    4. Check purple area on image.

 

     

  (For images that are severely cropped. )

    1. Open images in Camera RAW but don't press OPEN

    2. Right click on image or ... on right..

    3. Enhance

    4. See both images on lower left..

    5. Automatically saves as DNG but can save a TIFF.

    

     B&W CONVERSION

    HIGH PASS FILTER

     

  Photoshop C2: 

         IMAGE ... ADJUST ... CHANNEL MIXER ...   check MONO box

 

Ilford
Ilford Delta 100: 21,42,37
Ilford Delta 400: 22,42,36
Ilford Delta 400 Pro: 31,36,33

Basic Settings

Normal Contrast: 43,33,30
High Contrast: 40,34,60

     

  

  -  Layer ... Duplicate Layer ... OK

  -  Filter ... Other ... High Pass ... Radius _____ ... OK

  -  Layers Tab ... Hard Light

  -  Layer ... Flatten Image

      

      PANORAMA   (in Photoshop)

          

   

     1) Stitching: 

          - File ...  Automate ... Photo Merge ... check "auto"

          - Browse files ... Open ... Blend images together ... OK

    2) Flatten Out:

          - Filter ... Lens Correction ... \

          - Custom Tab ... Geometric Distortion Slider

          - Transform (optional)

                a) Vertical perspective ... OK

                b) Horizontal perspective ... OK

     

  Alternative Programs:

  

      -  ICE 2.0.3 MSFT Stitch

 

  SHAKE REDUCTION FILTER     (Removed from PS)

     C:\ Program Files \ Adobe \ Adobe Photoshop 2022 \

           Required \ Plug-ins \ Filters \ .............

 

 

 

  5) Post Processing Cheat Sheet:   (VIEW:  Extras / Snap)   

            20-xxxx-libraryfolder-subfolder-XXXX-filename-dumpfolder085mb-tiff

         CC 2022 -  (7700 4.2 GHz)        CS 2

   

  Filter ... Camera Raw ... Lens Correct (creates side car file)

   

  10x14  / 7x12 / 7.5x16 / 9x16 / 20x30 / 7.5x20 / 9x16

  Pano 2.35:1     

          Image / Canvas Size / Select Edge with Magic

          Wand Tool / Delete (Content Aware) / Deselect

          Straighten

   -  Filter ... Camera Raw Filter ... Auto

             (Texture / Clarity / Dehaze)

  - Filter ... Sharpen ...  Shake Reduction 

  - Filter ... Nik ... Vivesa 2  (History Brush)

  -  Save as TIFF ... reopen in CC or CS2


  - Image ... Adjust ...  Curves ... Auto  (Optional)

  - Image ... Adjust ...  Shadow/High  (Optional)


  - Filter ... Pictocolor ... iCorrect Portrait 2 ... blk / wht

  - Filter ... Topaz ... Topaz Adjust 5... Photo Pop


  - Filter ... Nik Color Effects ...  Super Punch


  - Image ... Adjust  ... Hue / Saturation

  - Image ... Adjust  ... Bright / Contrast ...   +8 / +4

  - Filter ... Imogenic ... Noiseware Pro ... (last) (50%)

    

  (PRE PROCESSED  in CC 2021)

   

  - Image ... Adjust ...  Curves ... Auto  (Optional)

  - Image ... Adjust ...  Shadow/High  (Optional)

   

  - Filter ... Pictographics ... iCorrect 4 ... select  blk / wht

  - Filter ... Topaz ...  Topaz Adjust 5


  - Filter ... Nik Color Effects ...  Polarizer

  - Filter ... B+W  Outdoor Set  ...  Polarizer

  - Filter ... Topaz  ...  Clarity


  - Image ... Adjust  ... Hue / Saturation

  - Image ... Adjust  ... Bright / Contrast ...   +8 / +4

  - Filter ... Imogenic ... Noiseware Pro ... (last) (50%)


  -  Layer ... Duplicate Layer ... OK

  -  Filter ... Other ... High Pass ... Radius _____ ... OK

  -  Layers Tab ... Hard Light

  -  Layer ... Flatten Image

 

    Histogram  /  History  /  Layers

    

 


For small files, see CC 2021 for "Super Resolution)

 

 

  6) FRONT PAGE  WEB PAGE LAYOUT:

          10x14    7x12    7.5x16    7.5x20     9x16    20x30

Image Size

Frame Size

Size Mgmnt

                                        Horiz        Vertical

  Image Sizing:               540           756

  Thumbnail:                   152 

   


                                         Width       Height

  Frame Heights

      Horiz Image:               --             645

      Vert. Image                 --             870

      

                                         Width       Height

  Frame Widths:

     Table Width:               995            --

     Left Column:              120             --

     Right Column:            875            --

         Half Column:          437.5         --

         Quarter Column:  218.75       --

   

04/24/22

1,250 MB / 8,500 pics = 150 KB/pics

 

  Quality       JPG Size

       8                102 KB

       7                  95

       6                  90

       5                  83

   

   7) VIDEO:

SHOT CUT Video Editor   YouTube

  File ... open file

    (shift i) open cut (shift o) close cut

    press "+" to add to timeline

  Export file

CLIPS         EDIT

TIMELINE

 

 

    8) COMPUTER STUFF:

Computer  (400)

Business  (450)

WIN 7 Computer 

            Antec Solo II
Computer Stuff

Site Legal Notice         

     i7 7670 4 GHz
Restore Points Bill of Rights  (pdf)      Asus X170 Deluxe ATX
Check Disk a Hard Drive Model Release  (pdf)        Samsung 1 TB SSD  (C drive)
         EVGA GTX 970 4 GB Video
            2x6 + 1x8 TB NAS Drives

 

    9) APPENDICES:

xxx

Run CS2 in WIN 7

Fixing  40 yr old Wedding Pictures

     

       

  right click on the executable
  Select Properties
  Click on the Compatibility Tab
  Use the drop down menu to select XP SP3 mode
  Checked the box for Run as Admin
  Clicked okay
  Ran the installer

 

  Layer ... Duplicate Layer

  Image ... Adjust ... Auto Levels ... 75

  Layer ... Duplicate Layer

  Imogenics

  Spot

  Sharpen ... 50

 

 

 

  10)  MISC:

Photoshop Desk Top

Sensor Size

 

 

 

   

 

 

   Diag. (mm) Inches: % Full:
 Full  Frame  43.2 1.7 100%
 Nikon DX  28.2  1.11 65%
 Micro 4/3  21.6  .85 50%
 Sony 1"  15.86  .624 36%
 1/1/7  9.3  .366 21%
 Apple 1/3 6.0  .236 14%