A Short Guide to Installing Lightroom Presets

  • A quick look at how to install Lightroom presets
  • Using Lightroom presets to enhance photos
  • A collection of photo-enhancing tools with special features available online

There has been a lot of buzz about Lightroom presets lately. In fact, it has now become a word of mouth every time a beautiful photo comes out, whether on magazines or on trendy websites. But the question is, how to install Lightroom presets?

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Unless you know how to install Lightroom presets, you won’t appreciate its value because every good photo that comes out of Lightroom starts with its installation.

So, here’s how to install Lightroom presets:

First stop, you need to open Lightroom. And after opening it, immediately go to Edit, then Preferences and then Presets (in that order).

As soon as you’re through with the Edit feature, you need to click that box (Show Lightroom Presets Folder). Then proceed by double clicking on Lightroom, followed with another double click, this time on Develop Presets.

Copy the folder, or folders for that matter, into Develop Presets. And then restart Lightroom.

At the outset, it looks so simple, though, because it is indeed simple to install Lightroom presets. Now, it may take a while for some to install these things, especially to those who are not that tech-savvy, but as soon as they get the hang of it, they will find it a joy to install these apps.

What we have here is just a quick take on how to install Lightroom presets into your PC or mobile phones. But do some explorations along the way when you install these things, because that’s where the fun is. There are tons of free Lightroom presets online. For sure, there’s going to be more installations in the coming days, and more beautiful pictures in the long run.

Three of the Best Quadcopters of 2016

  • Do you want to know the best quadcopters of 2016?
  • Three of the Best Quadcopters of 2016
  • Most users prefer buying copters with HD camera quality

Do you want to know the best quadcopters of 2016? Well, I certainly know that finding the best quadcopter with high-quality HD camera is not easy. With hundreds of quadcopter brands sold in the market, you’ll surely have a hard time choosing one. So, in this article, I will help you choose quadcopters wisely with the three of the best quadcopters of 2016.

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I would totally go for quadcopter if you want to fly long distance and these flying devices that we are about to discuss are among the top choices of most users and have proven to provide great features and performance. So here it goes:

Holy Stone Quadcopter

Most users prefer buying copters with HD camera quality and this specific quadcopter brand contains an overall great performance. Also, this holy stone, mini drone copter provide features that can help you boost your aerial photography skills  since it allows you to control and fly this copter without having a hard time resolving issues.

UDI U818A Quadcopter

When buying a quadcopter with camera, you have to be aware about the advantages and disadvantages of it. This UDI U818A quadcopter with camera is actually my number one and priority choice since it can capture images both in daylight and dark mode in HD quality. Also, this contains a user-friendly controls and design that allows you to control it easily.

Night Hawk Quadcopter

This night hawk quadcopter is basically developed for beginners. It contains understandable features so that amateurs can easily use it. With this device, you don’t have to spend a lot of time reading its manual and user reviews. The copter also contains a 2MP with 720px HD video cam.

Capturing Moments in Sports with Some Help from Your Sports Video Camera

  • Using sports video cameras in capturing major sports events
  • A photography shop online that offers comprehensive reviews of sports video camera
  • Detailed moments in sports with some help from a sports video camera

Some of the best photos you can get online come from sports. Whether it’s the Wimbledon, the NBA Finals or images from your Monday Night Football, images from these events capture the imagination like no other.

Thanks in part to that sports video camera. These images wouldn’t be made possible without these cameras around. The detailed look of a dejected player after a devastating loss or the exuberance of these players scoring an upset over the defending champions are some of the most vivid scenes you can get out of these sports video cameras.

Now, if you’re a budding photographer, these are the scenes you need to be aware of. And you can further enhance them with some help from your sports video camera. So you need to use a camera that is also capable of enhancing intricate details for you to instill character or drama to that particular image.

And so it is best that you read some reviews first before buying that sports video camera. There’s a lot of sites online that offers reviews about these types of cameras, though, but nothing compares to Best Action Cam Reviews when it comes toc equipment appraisals.

In it, you’ll be able to read detailed descriptions of a particular sports video camera, complete with ratings, specifications and even its price tags. Best Action Cam Reviews is the ultimate site for your sports video camera, because it is the only site that offers a detailed report of a particular equipment, thereby allowing you to save time and resources when buying it.

Check out their site right now, so you can start producing some of the best sports photos ever posted online.

Hosting Great Parties

  • Introduction about events and parties
  • How to send invitations with style
  • Where can you get great templates to use

Events and parties for a specific occasion can sometimes be troublesome to prepare. But, as the host or organizers, it is your job to make it as awesome and as memorable as possible. No one likes going to a boring and uneventful party, so you need to do everything humanly possible to not make it suck.(Pardon my French) The best way to do this is to provide great entertainment and great food as well. But in order to pique the interest of your invited guests, first you need to make sure you get their attention. Make them become interested with your event. The best way to do that is to make sure you send out great invitations.

Send invitations with style. You don’t have to design it. You can just use a template. But you have to make sure that the template you send perfectly fits the mood of the event you are hosting or organizing. Most organizers(at least not the good ones) usually overlook this part of the preparation. They forget that the invitation is what really sets the mood of the event. A great invitation should have all the relevant information of the event. You have to make sure though that the details are very clearly stated in the invitation. Make sure that the graphics doesn’t hinder the readability of the information in the invitation.

When you have a great invitation, people will surely become interested in going to your party because that shows that you are well prepared and that in turn will guarantee the guests that they are not just wasting their time when they attend your event. So, make sure to send invitations with style. It is an investment to having a great and memorable event.

Member Pages

Below are links to the web pages of IAPP members. Click on a members 
name to visit their site. Clicking an  lets you send E-mail to that member. If you are a member of IAPP and would like your page added to the list, e-mail your address to Warren.
IAPP is not responsible for the contents of the following links. 

Everen Brown – The  Everen T. Brown Advertising Info Page  
Globuscope Pan Camera, Panoramic World Photo Book and more.
Colin Bullard – The Melba Studios Pty. Ltd.  
Colins business web site. Soon to have a rotating cirkut #10 animated gif.
Peter Burg  – Burg Photographix  
Professional photographer with lots of pan images.
Joseph DeRenzo  – Panoramics NorthWest  
Digital Services information along with images and camera information.
Ken Duncan  – Gallery Online  
A very nice site showcasing Ken’s work. You can even send a free multimedia panorama from this site.
Michel Dusariez  – Optician – Underwater Vision – Stereo 3D  
Michel’s page with info on his interests and endeavors. His page is in French.
Bob Erickson  – The PanStore  
Your source for everything panoramic.
David Firman – Panoramic Web Gallery  
Lots of cirkut images and some QuickTime VR examples.
John Gateley  – Panoramics NorthWest 
Nice business site with images and camera information.
Tom Hathcock – Tom Hathcock Photography 
Pan images and a great animated cirkut camera spinning.
Val Heinold – Otto-Borlav Corporation  
A very nice site with Surround Video images. You will need the Surround Video plug-in.
Nicholas M. Hellmuth – Better Light System  
Panorama and turntable (rollout) service available for Europe, Asia and especially Latin America. Complete digital imaging including virtual Reality and Virtual Museums.
Denis Hill – The Hill Group 
Panoramic landscapes, cityscapes, and 360 degree concert images. Also marketing writing to help boost yout business-to-business photographic endeavors. Site features information on immersive environments (QTVR, PanoramIX, etc.).
Stephen Joseph – P.O.V. Mount Diablo
An interactive multimedia documentary about Stephen. 
Jutvision – Java Based VR Technology   
The world’s first Java Panoramic VR Technology, allows web surfers to view 360 degree video footage, photographs or computer renderings in real time.
Ed Kalin  – The Panoramic Imaging Zone  
Tons of panoramic related information can be found here. 
Brad Lapayne  – Lapayne Photography  
Specializes in cirkut photography – lots of images.
Roy Latham – Panoramic Web Page 
Lots of panoramic pictures here.
Sandy Levy  – Levy Photo  
Professional photographer with lots of pans.
Peter and Addie Lorber  – Custom Panoramic Lab  
A nice business site with lab information, Roundshot information and a panoramic gallery.
Paul Martens – And International Publishers
Check out (and download) Paul’s screensavers on his client’s web site.
Les Palenik  – Advantica  
Helping businesses to develop leading-edge software and innovative visual presentations.
James R. Pearson  – Three Oaks Photography  
Lots of info on Jim and his photography with links to rail road web sites too.
Peter Randall  – Peter E. Randall Publisher  
This site provides information about Peter’s subsidy publishing program, includes catalogues for titles from Peter E. Randall Publisher and the Portsmouth Marine Society, and offers a introduction to his photography.
Doug Segal  – Panoramic Images
Stock photo agency specializing in panoramic images.
Stanley Stern  – Fine Art Pans  
Links to other panoramic information here too.
Jeffry Ullman  – PanoramIX by IBM  
Check out IBM’s new interactive web application using panoramas, take a “Virtual Tour” of the Hilton in New York City.
John Warner – Warner Photography, Inc. 
John’s business site with samples of his images including some QTVR pans.
Fred Yake  – Photographic Services, Inc.  
Fred’s business page with samples of his pan images.
Alan Zinn  – Panoramic Silver Prints  
Examples and information on Panoramic Silver Prints.

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Exploring the World of Photo Editing

  • The photo editing industry has been consistently growing
  • People are so meticulous with how they want their images to look like.
  • Editing thousands of images is not easy

Basically, there are a lot of professional photographers out there who hire people to edit their images to make it look good and amazing. They do it because they want to save a lot of time from processing hundreds and even thousands of images. They know how to edit images but they chose to employ people to do the work for them.

The photo editing industry has been consistently growing which makes the photography world more meaningful and less complicated. Photographers are depending on these editing software because it can make their editing process simple and faster.

However, photo editing doesn’t eradicate the essence of shooting high-quality images using an advanced and well-adjusted DSLR digital camera. It is only a choice that photographers made for them to have smooth and easy workload.

In today’s time, people are so meticulous with how they want their images to look like. They want everything to be perfect and outstanding. That’s why it is necessary for photographers to modify images the best they can to improve the quality and the value of the images they provide for their clients. It is no surprise why most photo editing businesses like Sleeklens.com Image retouching have been increasing for years because they know it will give them good number of sales.

Moreover, photographers have been using these photo editing tools because they too, can earn from it. They can create ready to use Lightroom, Photoshop and other workflows and sell it online with a cheaper and reasonable price.

Editing thousands of images is not easy and it requires adequate skill before you can master the art of editing photos like a pro. You have to be familiar with things like color tones, corrections, color balancing, fading, silhouettes and more.

Tall Tripods Made Easy

I can’t count how many times over the past 25 years or so of my photographic career that I have really needed a higher tripod to photograph a scene. What is shown here is what I have found to be an answer for a higher tripod on an as-needed basis.

My friend Bob Erickson, came up with this ingenious idea, which I took just a bit further. Bob’s original idea was to add paint roller extender poles to the legs of a tripod by means of strapping the poles to the tripod legs with bungee cords. Using these low-cost paint roller poles, available at most hardware stores, almost any tripod can be made into a giant 10 foot or even 15 feet of higher tripod. This gives your tripod super long legs for very little money, since the extender poles don’t say the word “photography” any place on them.

To make a better connection of the pole ends to the tripod legs, I went one further by pulling off the screw-on male fitting for the paint brush. Then, into the metal tubular pipe, I inserted a round metal post that will also slip into the end of a tripod leg. Then all that is needed to make a secure connection is to drill some holes through the legs, extender poles, and metal post, and insert some bolts with wing-nuts to tighten them together as one solid piece on each tripod leg. The addition of rubber crutch tips found at a drug or hardware store will help to keep your new legs from slipping.

My tripod now goes up so high, I have yet another problem; nosebleeds from the altitude!

The paint poles may be used for other things besides making your tripod taller. I have found that one of the most useful things to be done with the paint pole is to simply drill and tap into the end of one of the metal pole inserts a ¼” X 20 thread bolt. Get a bolt and screw it tightly into the newly treaded hole, and even add a spot of glue if you wish. Now cut off the head of the bolt and file the end smooth so that it will again screw into a bolt hole.

Once this bolt end is sticking out of the end of your metal post, which has been inserted and secured into the end of your paint pole leg, you can attach a small tripod head to the pole. Now you will have a pole that has a tripod head to attach any camera you wish for a super high vantage point over the crowds of people at any event. I call this my Camera on a Stick. This arrangement is also quite useful for extending your camera way out the window of a tall building. The camera on a stick can also be used to dangle your camera under a helicopter for a full circle aerial view.

San Francisco Cityscapes: Using a Hand-Built Camera

I am a newcomer to IAPP, but an old hand at making 360 degree panoramic pictures. My 360 degree negatives date back to about 1965 and were then taken with my first panoramic contraption and a 35mm lens. It was rotated by hand on a tripod. The negatives were 222mm long – too long for a 4 x 5 enlarger. I did not like the long skinny format anyway and proceeded to make a panoramic camera with a 21mm Biogon (range-finder) lens. This camera was motor driven and radio controlled. The negatives were then only 135mm long and easy to enlarge.
In early January of 1974, right after a heavy winter storm, I went to San Francisco. The sky was filled with puffy white clouds and Portsmouth Square was crowded with people. The salvation army band was playing and the men played checkers on the stone tables while others were soaking up the warm sun. This is photogenic China town. I set up the camera and pulled up the antenna while bystanders gathered around for a closer look. The salvation army band leader came over and asked if I was making a sound recording. I said that I was just making a picture and moved some distance away so I would not be in the picture myself. The onlookers were suddenly faced with a lens that turned in their direction. Some quickly turned their heads and others just stared in disbelief at that strange black rotating box with its tiny lens.

It is extremely difficult to find a scene that is pleasing all around without the sun shining in the lens. This camera had only one effective shutter speed of 1/20 so the movement of a foot becomes blurred. Also the camera was very heavy and cumbersome to set up. It was time for miniaturization. An 18mm Sigma was mounted on a discarded 2 1/4 camera body. The inside had just enough room for a panoramic conversion. In the picture (above) you can see that it is similar in size to a modern SLR. The negatives are now 114 mm long and 44 mm high. The picture of the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco was shot in color with this camera at Christmas time in 1994. The tiled paving in circular patterns hides all distortion in the foreground. I have kept long horizontal lines in the center of the picture. You can do this by raising or lowering the camera. To avoid the unsightly curving of obviously straight lines you must learn to visualize the actual photograph beforehand and select the scene very carefully. The location of the camera is absolutely crucial. The vertical angle of the 18mm lens is 100 degrees providing very prominent foregrounds that remain sharp due to the enormous depth of field of the 18mm focal length of the lens. It is unfortunate that the Sigma is not as sharp as the 21mm Biogon made in 1958. The 21mm is back in use again and mounted on another converted 2 1/4 body. This camera fits in my pants pocket and weighs complete with tripod less than 4 1/2 lbs.

The Ten Stages of a Panoramic Photographer

STAGE 1: Ignorance

I was a panoramic photographer and didn’t even know it! For years I took hand-held swept-sequential snapshots of wide areas, mostly on vacation, and pasted them in my photo album. Nothing fancy. Nothing professional. No consideration of using a tripod to keep the camera level. But many of them were nice none the less! It wasn’t until I saw images made on a #10 Cirkut at a camera show that I said “wow, I too am a panoramic photographer,” but I also knew I was very much a novice. Fortunately, one of other folks hanging around the booth told me about the IAPP. A week later I received a sample copy of “PANORAMA” in the mail, and since January ’96, I’ve been a member.

This is a story of how I joined the ranks of addicted panoramic photographers, and the stages we go through as we grow.

STAGE 2: Enlightenment

In that very first issue I read about a panoramic class in Hayward, California . What a great class! In two days we got theory and hands-on experience with straight back (V-Pan, Fuji 617), swing lens (Widelux, Noblex 35, Noblex Pro 150), and rotational (Roundshot 35) cameras! I was hooked. But what kind did I want to buy? There were a number of options to sort out, and face it, most of these puppies aren’t cheap!

STAGE 3: Confusion

To help sort out my confusion I talked to dozens of people, but in some ways that was a mistake! I found panoramic photographers to be a damned opinionated lot, and getting “objective” advice was difficult. I heard comments like “real panoramic cameras…” or “don’t listen to…” or “…is a piece of junk.” I became even more confused.

Actually, I quickly decided I wanted either a swing lens or rotational camera — but which one? After months of indecision, I realized the answer was in my photo album all along. I saw that many of my paste-together shots were greater than 130 degrees, so that eliminated a swing lens camera. After looking at size, price and reliability, I quickly settled on a Roundshot 35/35S.

STAGE 4: Excitement

I ordered my camera and was told to expect it in three days. Anticipation breeds excitement, but it also provided time for reflection. Was mine the correct choice? Would I enjoy my new hobby? Would I be any good at it? No matter, I was committed — and then it arrived! But now I had to move quickly because in three weeks I was leaving for a three-week vacation to China and wanted to test out my new toy and gain a little experience. How many times has this last-minute get-the-equipment-quick scenario happened to you? Isn’t that when things usually go wrong?

If I was excited about receiving my camera, the excitement was doubled waiting for the return of my first test images. When I received them, reality set in — they were not perfect…

STAGE 5: Frustration

Two defects were apparent on the first rolls: all exposures had a thin dark horizontal line across the top part of the image that was particularly noticeable against a blue sky, and several shots taken at the “slow” speed were compressed as if the film were slipping. Tick tock, tick tock, the clock was running and I was leaving for China in less than a week! Quick phone calls followed: the cause of the streak was identified but the compression was not. Oh well, it was just at slow speed so that shouldn’t stop my shooting in China and I can worry about that later.

As it turns out, the film-slipping phenomenon necessitated returning the camera to the manufacturer for repair. Fortunately they returned the camera quickly, and so far with limited testing, appears to have fixed the problem.

STAGE 6: Discovery

Through my testing process, China trip, and subsequent experimentation, it’s became apparent that “our” type of camera has unique quirks — some generic, and some accompany specific makes and models. These may not be documented in the user manual, yet they must be well understood to optimally use the equipment. The best way to discover them is experience. Shoot and learn. So what have I learned about my Roundshot that has resulted in improved images?

  1. That thin horizontal line across the test photos described earlier was a 1mm piece of dust stuck in the rear slit. The manual didn’t warn about dust in the slit, but that makes perfectly good sense! Now I check the slit before loading every roll and remove any with a small piece of adhesive tape.
  2. The Roundshot 35/35S has a fixed up shift of about 2.5–3.0mm. That gives images with more sky and less foreground, which is ideal when shooting up at mountains from a valley floor. But what should be done when shooting from the top of a mountain? That’s easy, turn the camera upside down and you’ve got downshift!
  3. There are two adjustments on the top of the Roundshot: one labeled with aperture values that varies the horizontal opening between lens elements, and one labeled shutter speed that varies the vertical opening. I assumed (wrongly) that the vertical adjustment was just like a rear-slit adjustment since it was labeled shutter speed. On my initial handheld shots, I took great care to ensure the “shutter speed” was set as fast as possible, consistent with setting the aperture for adequate depth of field.The manual states “Bear in mind that both f-number and exposure time settings are really apertures.” Now I realize that the vertical adjustment was labeled shutter speed for lack of anything else to call a second, independent aperture setting. In reality the Roundshot 35/35S has just two exposure times: approximately 1/100 and 1 second, although that is never explicitly called out in the manual.
STAGE 7: Dangerous

This is my current level — one in which I know enough to write an article, but not much else! I do, however, think I can envision the next stages to grow into:

STAGE 8: Taking consistently good images
STAGE 9: Becoming an artist
STAGE 10: Able to make panoramic photography pay