Why go pro?

This is why. Just one example, a builder selling a wonderful, large, home in a prestigious Toronto neighborhood. So we’re talking millions. And in selling that, visual imaging is everything.

So this is what a non pro produces:


And this is what I made of that on a few seconds:


Colour, geometry, sharpness, all much better.

Details matter, and quality matters, and when you are a pro you take great care to get all the details right, both when shooting and afterward.

And I would have used a tilt-shift lens to get it straight without having to edit.

Just saying.

Lightroom Mystery Solved!

A while ago, I bought a new Mac. Now trying to print to that Mac, my print colours were terrible. Awful. I was using the same presets that worked so well before, and I had the same ICC profiles.

Took me all day but I figured it out!

I see that although when printing (“Printer…” button on Lightroom’s print screen) I manually selected the ICC profile for the paper type used (Pro Luster, Museum Etching, etc), and then printed from that dialog, it appears that LR nevertheless overruled this and went back to the profile saved in the printed preset. Which did not exist, so it went back to “Default”. A feature, or a bug? :-)

Solution: I recreated the printer profiles on the new Mac, and once more selected them for each preset and “updated with current settings”. Phew, finally, I have good prints again.

This is something you may want to note: if a particular printer profile that was saved as part of a printer preset does not exist, like when you buy a new Mac, LR will default to “Default”, even when you have selected the correct paper manually in the final “Printer…” dialog, and you print straight from that dialog. LR will overrule that and select whatever paper your “Default” profile thinks it contains.

Good to know. Took me half a day, because I never thought my manual choice would be overwritten!


Crop thoughts.

Cropping your photos is important. Of course you are doing that while shooting, but you often do it while post-editing, as well. Remember a few things.

  1. There is a “feels best–orientation” for many photos.
  2. Simplify.
  3. Simplify
  4. Simplify.

Look at this:


It is clear that a horizontal layout suits this best. It’s all about those four equal sized horizontal layers. Yes, I was lucky. And see how simple I kept it. The one bird. That’s the only item other than those layers. Every item you crop out makes your photo simpler.

And this:


Also good and simple. But it occurs to me that this would also make a good magazine cover if cropped vertically, thus:

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Often, the only way to know is: try. So in Lightroom, experiment with closer crops and with altering orientation.

Have fun!



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EXIFtool magic

I have talked about EXIFTOOL before. A free command-line utililty that aloows you to read all the EXIF data in an image. And there’s a lot. A LOT!

But for those of you who use it, a little gem here: extracting the built-in preview images from a RAW file. You do it like this:

exiftool -a -b -W %d%f_%t%-c.%s -preview:all /Users/Michael/1DX_9187.CR2

This causes it to generate a file for each built-in preview (in this case, it creates thumbnail and “large” images:

  • 1DX_9187_ThumbnailImage.jpg
  • 1DX_9187_PreviewImage.jpg

So now you know how to extract the preview images from a RAW file. Just in case you ever want to do that!