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Biltmore Estate

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A friend, June invited me to photograph the grounds of Biltmore with her. As grand as the house itself is, the outside is more my thing… especially when I see horses. Continue reading

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Hasta la vista, Adobe CC!!!

I knew I didn’t like renting software. If I use a tool weekly – I own it, not shell out forever to rent it.

The entire year I tried CC for photographers I left my CS6 suite on my computer and always chose to not replace it with CC. I was 99.9% sure I was not going to continue to rent my software when my year was up. Well, my year is up this month and I’ve spent an entire day trying to remove CC’s deep-reaching fingers from my computer.

Lightroom 6 should be able to see the catalog from Lightroom classic CC so I don’t lose stuff but it won’t even uninstall it right. CC app manager thing won’t even uninstall.

If I was unhappy before with them I’m fit to be tied now. When I finally get all this CC off my hard drive and back to just the last version of Adobe I bought outright- I’ll be updating my On1 software.

Be warned if you decide to take CC off something that should take 20 minutes tops takes forever and it’s messy.

Looks like even though I told CC not to mess with my CS6 suite that I’ll have to update my CS6 suite and LR6 to repair the damage. I swear if I lose all my tags, edits and such I’ll never buy an Adobe product again. I’ve thought of so many things CC could stand for today.

Like I didn’t have enough to do with year end stuff to hassle with this. AUGGHHH

I ended up having to download and use the remove cc tool. Then reinstalling some of the CS6 suite and LR6.  Some of my “edit in” programs are gone and it made a new catalog and can’t use the one I had. I am going to miss LR dehaze and a few features but not enough to keep paying. Any chance of me giving this another shot have been completely wiped out after today.

Topaz on a barn quilt square

I usually use Topaz Impressions so I wanted to try something I use less often. I took my barn square photo into Topaz black and white, and another layer into Topaz Simplify. I used layers mask to select and blend. Topaz Impressions is still my favorite but there are several of Topaz products I like to play with.

To check out Topaz – here is my referral link  to a great photo editing tool-   http://www.topazlabs.com/?hr=mQDP4 

Topaz 17 products one price on sale -use code BLACKFRIDAY17 to get 75% off.

I hate sitting at my computer editing and this simple edit took less than 15 minutes. I would’ve been quicker if I made my mind up on what filter to use but I kept clicking between a few of them. It’s nice to have such a powerful tool to make fast changes.

Simplicity, smoke and Adobe changes.

There is no shortage of quotes on simplicity, but since this is a post about the theme simplicity for CCoH I’ll only share a few. I can tell you my smoke pictures have been on my try list for a long time and that they was a whole lotta trial and error involved.

Don’t use a lot when a little will do -Proverb

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak – Hans Hofmann

and the definition: 
1.the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
2.freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts: an organism of great simplicity.
3.absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness: a life of simplicity.

CCoH forum theme was for ‘simplicity’ this month. Here are the 3 I submitted. The critiquer this month was Louise St Romain, Bob Hunt.

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Another Marathon Mike CCoH field trip and learning photo software

I rode with new people from the camera club this time and the discussion came up about learning Photoshop and/or Lightroom. I mentioned that I typically get some idea in my head about something I want to do and google it. In doing that I found these DVDs by video2brain called simply, Learn by Video and love that I can play them on one screen and follow along on another. If I don’t get it, I can replay it until I do. I can skip ahead and search for something or go in order. They offer training videos on photo-related software and more. The best Lightroom tip came friendy firend Paula about export being like the save as command.

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Now FREE

This is one I bought (love it) and now it’s free. Hope Alien Skin does that!

 

Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/