News from Rod Barbee Photography
May 2016

Greetings All,
 

Wow, summer is sneaking up on us like a cat on a bird. Sneaky cat.
I've been pretty busy lately playing in the dirt. Then cleaning the floors in the house because Bailey and I track in that dirt.
At least I don't roll in it as much as Bailey does.

On to this month's newsletter!
 

Backlight!



As much as I love the The Turning Gate Lightroom Web Module plug-ins and all they can do, it can get frustrating using them in Lightroom. The problem is Lightroom. The Web Module just wasn’t made to handle all the features that the TTG plug-ins bring to the table.
Yes, the web module does its job, but it sometime does it very slowly and not without a little complaining.
 
So the guys at TTG have decided to cut the Web Module out of the loop, building a web application to take its place. This is Backlight.
 
Read more about Backlight on my blog.
 
Backlight is set to be released in the next few days!! In fact, it might be available by the time you get around to opening this newsletter and reading this. See what happens when you put things off? I hope you're happy with yourselves!

I'll soon be writing more about Backlight on my TTG-Tips site. So if you're a user of The Turning Gate's plug-ins or you're interested in creating your own photography web site (it's not as daunting as you might think), pop on over to my TTG-Tips site.
 

Combining images to both show and stop blur motion


Waterfalls can create their own wind. Ever notice how ferns and things are often constantly blown around near a waterfall? So what do you do if you want to make an image of a silky waterfall (which requires a long shutter speed) that has a fern or flower in foreground that isn't moving (which requires a fast shutter speed to stop the motion)?
You take two pictures and combine them in Photoshop.
See how on my blog.
 

Palouse and Olympic Workshops



No pressure here, none at all. Just a reminder that if you're interested in either the Palouse or Olympic workshops that hotel availability will quickly become an issue The cutoff date for Palouse is May 6. That's just four May days away (at the time of this writing). The cutoff for Olympic is May 15th. I'll try to get both of these extended but I can't guarantee it.
For all the details on these trips, Click those word links above or just click this word link below:
Rod Barbee Photo Workshops.
 

Victoria's e-book


My friend and sometimes workshop co-leader Victoria Dye has written a book for the beginning digital photographer. If you’re one of those, or know one of those, take a look at her “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera,” the first book in her new Beginning Shots Series.
 
I’ve taught alongside Victoria long enough to know that she’s a great teacher who knows her stuff and who makes learning fun.
This book is a lot like her. There’s a bit of whimsy in the design and layout and the book filled with lots of good information and very Victoria-like things such as “Useless Factoids” and “Science Geek Alerts.” And, since this is written by Victoria, pictures of cats.
 
The book doesn’t go overboard in techno-geek speak so it’s easy to follow, and it doesn’t try to pack in everything you could possibly know about a digital camera. And that’s important for a subject like digital photography, where it can be very easy to overload the beginner.
I’m guessing Victoria is saving some of that for the rest of the books in the series.
 

Yard Project!



Wow, it’s really coming along. And I don’t have to do much of the work at all. Yet. When the wall is done I’ll probably be rerouting sprinklers, hauling dirt, running some low-voltage line, and going plant shopping with Tracy.

There have been a number of steps getting to this point. Things that needed to be done first like repair a fence and shore up another retaining wall, move plants and trees, and get all the materials lined up. I'm sure there's a metaphor in there some place.
While I did do a lot to get to this point and I still have more to do, I'm just glad I don't have to do this wall work.

 
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