Lisa Fotios Photography

Why I Love Adobe Lightroom

When it comes to editing our photos we all have our favourites, whether it’s Photoshop, Gimp, Picassa or Lightroom.  Personally my favourite has got to be Lightroom. And I will get on to why shortly. Before Lightroom I used to edit my photos in Photoshop, and as good as that is I found I was very limited as to what I could do. I feel that photoshop is better suited to designers rather than photographers. I still use photoshop for editing but I only make the final touches in it now. I bought my copy of Lightroom 3 years ago for around £80, it’s gone up a bit in price since then and is now available for £103. Or you can pay £8.00 a month on the creative cloud plan. Anyway enough about that and on to why I love it. Down below are some examples of what can be done.

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As you can see, the before picture is rather dull and isn’t really much to look at. So I thought I would make it look magical and give it some life. This took about 10 minutes to complete, and all I did was tweak the vibrance/saturation of the greens, blues, and yellows etc added more highlights and fixed the overall correction. I know what you’re thinking, you can probably do this in photoshop anyway, right? Well yeah probaly but Lightroom is designed for photographers in mind! And there are so many more settings & options to get your images to look spectacualr.

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The before image here was shot in one of my clients shop in Llandudno, I had to use ISO 400 when shooting in there as there wasn’t much light coming through. So as expected the images were a bit grainy. I love the noise reduction tool in Lightroom and you can really reduce noise! And it doesn’t affect the overall quality afterwards. The after image has been lightened, noise reduced and then I played around with the colours and thought I’d only leave the greens and pinks.

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Now to my favourite part… the sky did look lovely out the window but I used my 70-300mm lens for this one and it just didn’t pick up the colours. Not to worry though! just add a few tweaks in Lightroom and you have yourself a lovely silhouette/sunset picture. You can also save these presets so you don’t have to edit every individual picture.

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You just have so much freedom when it comes to post processing in Lightroom and I think it also brings out your creative side. I love playing around with different colours and settings to see what I can come up with. And if I do get a few rubbish shots I’m not that bothered because I know I can make them look much better.

Night Photography In Conwy

So my lovely Sigma 10-22 mm wide angle lens arrived in the post yesterday! I’ve been wanting this lens for a while now & finally decided to just find a second hand one on ebay. As you can tell I am really happy to have it and couldn’t wait to try it out. I went to Conwy at night time to test it out, I’ve wanted to get some long exposure shots of there for a while now but waited until I had the right equipment.

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It took a while to get the hang of it and there were a few naff shots, as always! But then I managed to get it just right . This was shot at 2.0 sec at F4.5, ISO 400. There wasn’t much noise on the image when I imported it to my pc. But I reduced what noise there was in Adobe Lightroom 4. I can’t praise this software enough!

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This was shot on a tripod and a 10 second timer 2.0 sec at F7.1, ISO 400. I tried shooting manually and even when on the tripod the images were out of focus and blurry. Even the slightest movement ruins long exposure shots. So that’s why I used a timer because the camera needs to be completely still. I took a few of these shots until I managed to get the blurred lines of the cars going past. At this point I was freezing, had no gloves, scarf or hat on! But it was totally worth it! 😉

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Long exposure really does take practice, I’ve learnt that you don’t get the perfect shot straight away, you have to keep playing with the settings and also it depends what the lighting is like too. You have to go out on a calm night, when there’s no wind and the water is nice and smooth. It would look a bit rubbish if it was windy with ripples in the water. I took 25 images last night, and out of those I only liked 3 of them! The first few were dark and blurry and the rest were average. It’s a good job SD cards can store a lot of pictures. I can’t imagine what it must have been like before the digiatl age, I suppose you would have to know excactly what you were doing becuase film was expensive and you couldn’t afford to waste it! I feel lucky being a photographer in the digital age as you can take as many pictures as you like without having to worry about the cost of film.

 

All pictures are coyrighted to me so please don’t steal them, or claim them as your own. If you would like to use any please get in touch with me here.

 

 

Vintage lens

Last week I bought myself a nifty 28 mm vintage prime  lens from ebay, and I also managed to get it at the bargain of £19.99. The reason for purchasing this is that most dslr lenses are quite expensive. And I had read a blog a while back which said you could buy yourself an old vintage lens for a fraction of the cost. Obviously for the lens to work you have to buy an adapter and I managed to find an M42 adapter for £2.99. The only down side is that there is no auto focus, it’s manual only! But once you’ve had a play around you soon get the hang of it.

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If you’re wanting to buy yourself an old lens always make sure that there is no fungus on the inside of the lens, it’s bound to have some dust, but that doesn’t seem to effect the image quality. As you can see it looks a bit worn and has quite a few scratches, but it is old! ;). It’s on the inside what matters.

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Here’s one of the first test shots that I did, I love how blurry the background is! The aperature goes all the way down to f2.8! So it lets lots of light in. What I am liking about a prime lens it that it is fixed. So usually to acheive the same effect I would use my 55-200 zoom lens! And this can get quite annoying at times. But with a prime, you can stay close to your subject & achieve the same results.

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Here we have my lovely birthday cupcakes by Judith Bond as well as looking tasty, they tasted it too! Here I used f4 and it’s not as blurry as the background on the other picture. As sometimes you want to keep images in focus.

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Now this shot is completely unedited! I love how this lens captures all the lights and shadows and when opening on your computer it looks the same. Usually when I shoot in RAW with my other lenses I have to tweak the images in Lightroom, as the lighting changes slightly. So I was really impressed with this image.

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And last but not least here is a portrait of John, shot in the bedroom and light source coming from the computer monitor. I had to get right up & close to him, but he didn’t seem to mind! I love how crisp this image is and how you can even see the monitor reflecting in his eye. All I did here was turn the image to black and white in Lightroom. So again, the images keep all the original lights and shadows when you impot them on to your pc. All in all I am really imopressed with this lens! And I would highly recommend that you should at least buy one to try. They are so cheap as well. And if you don’t like it at least you haven’t spent hundreds of pounds.

The Little Orme

Today I was feeling a bit bored and felt like I had been neglecting my photography. So me and John decided to go up to the little orme in Penrhyn Bay. The weather was alright when we left, but as soon as we got there it started to rain. I must admit this grim weather has been putting me off lately when it comes to going out with my camera. But today I just thought I should get on with it and the clouds added some nice drama to the pictures.

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I’d forgotten how nice it is up there! I feel so lucky living so close to nature and all its beauty. It’s also a great way to get some exercise!!! My legs were starting to give in after climbing to the top. The views are really worth it though.

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I could have done with a wide angle lens as this was shot with my standard 18-55. unfortunately I have to wait another week before it arrives in the post! 🙁 I will probably go back up there once I’ve got it and re-take some of the pictures.

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Everyone looked so tiny from the top, I added some field blur in photoshop to give it that toy affect. It’s just a bit of an experimental shot, really.

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I never knew this existed until today, I’m nor really sure what it was used for or how old it is, but I thought this would make a good picture. I already had it in my mind that I was going to make it black and white. I also added some HDR in Lightroom 4 to give it that grungy/moody look.

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On the way down was this huge puddle and I though it kind of looked like a lake. I had to get right down to the mud for this one! I wanted to make sure the reflection was in view, too! I came away with muddy leggins and boots… but it’s totally worth it for that one good shot.

All pictures are coyrighted to me so please don’t steal them, or claim them as your own. If you would like to use any please get in touch with me here.

 

A trip to Llanrwst and a little about me

I feel like I haven’t really had much time to do some personal photography, and that I have been neglecting my portfolio for a while. And after seeing some stunning pictures on Facebook yesterday it made me realise even more that I needed to get out into nature and take some pics.

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Photography has been my passion since a young age but it’s only in the last couple of years that I have really got into it. My Dad has always been a great photographer and was always taking black and white artisitic shots of me when I was a kid! And so this is where my interest has come from.

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People always ask me what pictures do I take and well I will try anything! I’m still experimenting with my own style at the moment. I think my favourite style is Macro! I love taking photos of small objects up close. At one point I was obsessed with taking pictures of water droplets. It got the point where I would take a spray bottle filled with water out with me on my walks and just start spraying the leaves and flowers! And then take pictures of them. I haven’t done this in a while though!

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I want to start taking more pictures of nature and landscapes, I mean it’s such a perfect place around here to experiment with that. Yesterday I went to Llanrwst to get back in to it, I love it there. Especially this cafe in the autumn. It’s definitely my favourite time of year to take pictures. I love the oranges, yellows and reds.

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When I’m out I’m always in photographer mode and I see scenes and think I really need to get a picture of that! Like these sheep in a field! I get some funny looks sometimes, but I’m not really bothered. ( maybe I’m a bit crazy! ? ) What caught my eye in this photo it the tree! It just looked so lovely there and then all the sheep added more depth to the photo.

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I think I have a slight obsession with taking pictures of leaves! This photo is just another example of me seeing something and thinking ” oo, I need to get a photo of that! ” I even visualize how I’m going to edit my pictures and what sort of style I want to go for.

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And here’s a picture of a duck because it’s cute! ?

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