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I have been thinking about my photography for some time now. I feel like I have been doing the same things for a long time now. This is both image capture and image processing.
I am looking to change things in 2019, starting with my image processing. My needs have changed recently, so now I am asking myself the question - Aurora HDR vs Lightroom – which is best? Can Aurora HDR replace Lightroom in my workflow?
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A night shot pocessed when Lightroom was at its worst. I remember that now. Thankfully all that is now behind me/ all of us Lightroom users.
How I got the shot
Taking the image was fine - I just had to get the lights left on and wait for cars to stop pulling into the car park! It was my third visit, so I knew which shots I wanted to get. And I knew that cars pulled in on the right, headlights shining straight on the facade of the building.
Be prepared - which I was. I took these images during a break in the traffic!
A word on composition
This was the only location from which I could fit in the whole of the sign and the extension - the critical parts of this photo for the architects, Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited.
And what you can tell from this photo is that there are loads of trees that I was stood amoongst to take this shot. If I moved back the trees appear in the shot.
Somtimes compostion is nothing more than moving around to get the right image, like in this case.
I compose my images carefully, and rarely crop an architectural image. This was pointed out to me in my BIPP portfolio review, which I had not noticed or thought about before.
My application for Associateship of the BIPP was successful, hence me posting my entire portfolio in my photography blog. Well it is my blog after all so why not??
Three exposures, 1/4 second, 1/15th second, 1 second, all at F8, ISO400.
Back-button focus, 10 second self timer.
And that is that - portfolio done. Well not quite. I am going to post a couple of videos on my photography blog whilst I reflect on how I have evolved a photographer over the period of the images in my portfolio being taken.
In the meantime, you can view the 40 images on my architectural photography portfolio page.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Photographer, photography blogger.
This is the other photo taken at Sopley Mill, the Dorset wedding venue.
I bought waders for this shot, but decided against this as the river was quite fast and additional preacuations might be needed!
And I didn't really think this through - how do I take a long exposure in a running river? No - one for another time.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Architectural Photography in Dorset
That was the 20 interior images from my architectural photography portfolio – what have I learned?
I was meant to provide a bit of a break after the 20 interior images in my architectural photography portfolio. I missed that but no matter, I will do that just now after image number 25. Lets just pretend that I did this 5 days ago…..
Why am I posting my Architectural Photography Portfolio now?
As a reminder, I submitted 40 images to the BIPP to support my application for Associateship Membership, which was successful.
My interior photography
I really enjoy photographing the interiors of buildings and have been very fortunate to photograph some very special buildings for architects and property owners.
There is something about photographing a lovely room in a classic English Country house which I just love. And processing the images is a joy too.
And my recent work gave me plenty of interior photographs to chose from.
My evolution as a photographer
I will write a full post about my evolution over the 7 years that it has taken to create the images which constitute my professional architectural photography portfolio. I will do this after I have posted and written about all the 40 images on my photography blog.
Back to the interiors
For now, I want to focus on the interior images, and give a few thoughts on some of these 20 images.
The first image in my portfolio was captured in 2011.
This was a bit of a landmark image for me. I was commissioned by the architect Andrew Stone to photograph a private library which he designed and oversaw the construction of. The library was an extension to a stunning Dorset country residence.
This shoot, and the set of images that I produced, really got me wanting to do more of this kind of photography work. This was the beginning of me starting to find my way. The beginning of starting.
And this photo was taken with my Canon 5D, still a great camera even now. Don’t forget that if you want a full frame DLSR but are on a budget.
And the wine rack
We were waling down one of those lovely streets in Lucca, and I spotted this fantastic wall to wall wine rack, so I walked in, took the photo and walked out!
This was another photo taken with my Canon 5D.
And this picture was the beginning of another thought about a way I could go forward commercially with my photography.
And this is the only personal shot in this collection of 20 interior photography images – all the rest are paid commercial work.
Photo of a luxury kitchen in Sandbanks
Well when I say paid commercial work the next image should have been, but things did not work out as planned. I met the agent at this stunning waterside property in Sandbanks in Poole, took a few test shots, discussed the brief then it all went pear shaped.
This photo was taken in 2014, using my recently purchased Canon 6D. I replaced the 5D with the 6D after a problem caused entirely by me with the Canon 5D.
The next two images were taken for the architects Kendall Kingscott.
This is a rest area at the University of Southampton. I was photographing two entirely refurbished floors of one of the University’s buildings in Southampton City Centre – this was my favourite shot. I find shots of small parts of a large space are often more interesting than the big open plan wide shots that everyone wants, and indeed needs.
And now for the brightest classroom in Poole!
And this is a photo is of a new classroom at a school in Poole, constructed for the client, the Borough of Poole.
I wanted to capture that big bright sun in a shot, which took two return visits to achieve – one of the problems of photographing recently constructed buildings which are rapidly handed back and turned into use within days of completion.
Thankfully I am used to this.
And the rest of the images in my interior set
The rest of the images in the interiors half of my photography portfolio are taken from a single commission for the architects Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited. When I first met Adrian and Mike they did not have a website, so they commissioned me to photograph 10 of their projects for them. In the end it was 11 projects – there was a late addition early in 2018.
Again, this commission gave me access to some fantastic, special buildings. I cannot say any more about the properties, as client confidentiality is very important to me, but the images hopefully speak for themselves.
I won’t include all the images in this post – there are in my daily blog posts. You can also view all the images on my portfolio page – insert link
My professional photography qualification - ABIPP
Tomorrow I will be back to my architectural photography posts. I have said it before but I will say it again – I am tremendously proud to have achieved the designation of Associateship in the British Institute of Professional Photography – this is why I am posting my portfolio set in celebration.
I qualified as a Licentiate Member in 2014, and deferred my application for Associateship last year as I was not happy with the set of images.
Why I submitted my application to the BIPP for Associateship when I did
It was when I set the targets for my photography business for 2018 that I decided to pursue my application again. I cunningly set myself the target of achieving my ABIPP in 2018. That worked, giving me the metaphorical kick up the you know what that I clearly needed.
Well this and the fact that I had lots more images to a much higher standard that I was much happier with.
So that is what I did. Goal achieved – ABIPP. Insert logo to the right
ABIPP is defined by the BIPP as
Yep – that is me now. How utterly excellent.
OK I will shut up now and tomorrow it is back to the portfolio for another 15 days.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability
This is one of my favourite rooms to photograph. This games room with bar was constructed in an extension to an amazing coutry house.
The extension was designed by Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited.
There so much detail in this wonderful new space, so much character and of course things for me to have to think about framing. I love interior design and the way things work together to make a wonderful space like this.
One of the aims of my architectural photography work is to capture all the work done by the architect in one photo, which I tried to do here.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Country House Photographer
Wine Rack. Lucca. Italy.
Image number 2 in my architectural photography portfolio is this picture of a wine rack in a restaurant in Lucca, Italy.
I will talk about why I am posting my portfolio images shortly. Trust me - it will all make sense.
Rick McEvoy Photography - Travel Photographer
Yesterday the latest in my series of articles about me as an architectural photographer was published om the Improve Photography website.
Check it out, and if you have any questions please use the comments box at the end of the article (comments make me look good!).
Rick McEvoy Photography
Today at 5pm BST my next article is published on the Improve Photography website.
I have already produced these articles on my work as an architectural photographer.
There was also an article about what you should ask your client to do to prepare their house for a photography shoot.
There will be one final wrap up article where I summarise the questions that readers of the Improve Photography website have asked.
Back to the article being published later on today.
I write about the processing of one image. This picture of the interior of the magnificent Bordeaux Cathedral.
This is all I do.
I will write more about this article tomorrow, but for now check out Improve Photography at 5pm for the full article. And please ask questions in the comments box at the end of the article.
Rick McEvoy - Photography Blogger
2018 is here. Blimey. Where did 2017 go?
Happy New Year, and I hope 2018 is fantastic for all of us.
What next for me and my photography blog then?
Time to have a think. Having recovered from a wonderful 2 weeks in Barbados with the gorgeous Mrs M it is back to reality.
I am picking up on a post I started writing in December 2017, but never managed to publish.
As I said before Christmas, in the autumn I completed a large architectural photography commission spanning four counties and 10 locations. More on that later.
Apart from loose ends on that commission, and the dilemma of what to do about Lightroom, it is now time to look forward.
Lightroom and Photoshop
I have just checked the Creative Cloud App, having been away for some time, and have to say I am disappointed that there is no update to Lightroom Classic to fix the bugs that still exist. Nor Photoshop.
Improve Photography articles
I have an ongoing publishing schedule on the Improve Photography website, where I publish an article every fortnight.
I wrote yesterday about the latest article to be published this week,
And have now started on the next article which will be my review of the Rode Video Mic Me.
I have publication dates going forward and hope to write articles much more in advance – the last one I wrote the bulk of on the plane back from Barbados! I would not have been able to do this without my iPad Pro, which continues to be incredibly useful.
I need to get ahead of myself, so these next articles are not last-minute productions!
And this leads me into the thing I am going to work on in 2018.
In 2018 I am going to work hard on better audio on my ranting speaking videos, sweeping panoramas and smooth moving video walkthroughs, and in general higher quality video output.
Getting all the videos I have on You Tube is a priority. Once I have got the backlog uploaded I will upload new videos as and when I produce them.
I also want to be a lot more systematic about the content and metadata etc of the videos going forward – it was all a bit hit and miss last year.
Well that is the plan!
I have a target for my 2018 videos which I will get onto these later. This has now been pulled from this post and will be in a separate post next week(ish).
These things aside I am going to spend January working on my pictures of Santorini from the trip from last April.
This was meant to be a relaxing break for me in December, but that did not happen – this now rolls over into January, and February, where it will stay (well into March actually – see below). I am just going to have to do this differently, so am going to write a weekly post about each of the following.
- Image capture
- Gear used
- Image selection in Lightroom – the process from start to finish.
- Image processing using Lightroom and Photoshop
- Image processing using Luminar
- Image processing using Aurora HDR
- Image processing using luminosity masks
- Videos – upload and make available for sale
- Stock – two posts minimum
- A final wrap up post
This will take me to the end of March 2018.
I have to do this as dedicating two months was not feasible, so breaking it down into smaller chunks with deadlines will focus my mind – I find that if I set deadlines things get done.
Just think how much work you do in the couple of days before you go on holiday – I certainly launch into productivity overdrive!
I now have some photos of Barbados to process, write about and share – its never ending! And there are more videos than ever from this trip that I need to get out onto the various channels.
Mixing things up in 2018
I never got round to saying last year that I want to mix things up a bit in the New Year, and very much want to go rogue from convention and do my own thing a lot more – lets see where that gets me!
My writing has improved no end in 2017, and I want to continue to improve the quality of my photography blog posts in 2018, making my photography blog more interesting, amusing, informative and of help to more and more readers.
Another thing I need to do with my photography blog is get up to date with sharing blog posts, and also clearing out my draft folder, which I am now going to get quite brutal about.
I am going to change the content and schedule of my photography blog in 2018, with the content including
- Longer text posts every 1/ 2 weeks
- Shorter posts with images
- Shorter posts offering quick advice
- Short posts called Lightroom Quick Tips (or whatever the most useful variation of this is)
- Posts with links to my You Tube channel
- Videos of me talking about stuff
- Gear reviews
- New images
- Commercial matters
- My video production improvements – hopefully!
I also need to look at the production of stuff for social media that needs to be thought about – I know I have to do it, but it does not seem to get me anywhere.
I also need to keep on top of my website and webpage content, and have scheduled a review of this for the end of January.
Yes – I am actually scheduling things for the first quarter of 2018. I will schedule a review of my schedule for the end of March and see what happened.
My latest architectural photography commission
This recently completed architectural photography commission was a great challenge, with such variety within the 10 locations that made each and every shoot completely unique.
- A fantastic range of stunning country residences in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex
- A lovely traditional converted wedding venue in Dorset
- An extensively extended community facility at a lovely Dorset church
- Refurbished buildings located on a main thoroughfare in a Hampshire town
I was commissioned by the architects to take these photographs for their new website. I will write more about this later on in 2018.
For now I have another building to photograph for the architect.
And then that major piece of work will be done. I am sure there will be some tweaks and changes to some image sets, not too much hopefully! And I have to say I miss large jobs like this!
Still I have some great images which I look forward to writing about later on in 2018.
It is important not to forget the last piece of work and jump straight into the next things – there are lessons to be learnt from every commercial job, and I want to take a moment to reflect here.
What have I learnt from my latest architectural photography commission?
In terms of image capture and gear, my go to setup worked a treat.
Here are some good things and some bad things that came out of this architectural photography commission.
I planned the shoots meticulously. I prepared a weekly report to my clients, along with an estimated cost confirmation based on the logistics of doing the shoots. I updated the schedule every Friday and issued it to the architects, meaning they did not need to ask me where I was up to after the first issue.
This was a very good thing that I did, which helped me plan my work too.
Everything worked. I was not lacking for anything. Apart from some waders, which I bought from Amazon but never used. I didn’t need them in the end, and wanted to send them back completely unopened. I missed the return date, and they are sat in my cupboard waiting for the next time I need to stand in the middle of a river and photograph a building.
My image capture process is pretty well practised now. I didn’t miss a shot. I did however on a number of occasions forget to reset my camera settings – you can read more about this in the article on Improve Photography titled 5 Photography Mistakes I Keep on Making
Again, my workflow for my commercial architectural photography work is well established and I am quite happy with it.
Every image I produce is fully keyworded, titled, captioned and has a filename with my name in it, so wherever the images appear on the internet I know they are mine and they are hopefully working for me.
My image processing went well, and I am more than happy with the images that I produced.
Lightroom and Photoshop however were a nightmare – see below.
I forgot to send an email to one of the clients, so had to do a quick rearrange to fit one of the shoots around other stuff. Had I clicked send on the email this would not have been a problem. But I didn’t, and it was.
The weather was pretty much a nightmare, very changeable and unpredictable – an architectural photographers’ nightmare, literally. I had to reschedule quite a few of the shoots more than three times, but got there in the end.
The problem is in the UK that the weather really is unpredictable, and at the time of year when it is normally settled it was worse that normal.
I missed out on a great shot as the swimming pool cover had been put on the week before due to a turn for the worse with the weather, which was a great shame. I photographed the rear elevation from lower down, hiding the swimming pool cover with some of the lovely planting in the garden.
A problem with working in the winter months is the low sun and raking shadows. I had to make the best of a combination of this and directly overhead midday sunshine, meaning I had to carefully sequence how each building was photographed to get the best light.
I need to clean my gear more often. I had lots of sensor dust spots. Apart from that all was good.
A couple of things.
I did not nail my exposure on every shot. Thankfully the way I work I always have backup images, out of the bracketed set. In the case of these shots they were not the chosen ones anyway, so this was not a problem, but I would rather nail 100% of the exposures.
I lost a couple of night shots due to excessive noise – this is something I need to look into – not sure how/ why this happened. It might be a problem with the HDR Merge that I need to sort.
Leaning on my tripod
Very frustrating. I lean on my camera when I am aligning it. Ridiculous basic schoolboy error that I keep on making which annoys me greatly.
Lightroom Classic and Photoshop 2018. Where do I start? Absolutely horrendous.
Both were ridiculously unpredictable, forcing me to take every update whenever they were offered in the hope that one of them would fix all the failings with the current version of both.
Which did not happen.
I dread to think how much time I lost due to Lightroom and Photoshop just not working.
And one last thing;
There is no other viable alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop that I am aware of – we are all basically stuck as we are at the moment.
Last thing for this post – 2018 is the year I am going to take stock photography seriously. I want, by the end of 2018, for my stock photography to provide a regular and tangible income.
I have a figure in mind, which I will keep to myself if its all the same to you! But I have a target, and am going to get stuck into this, starting with a bit of research.
I am going to be looking to sell both still images and videos, and these are the two separate markets that I will be exploring.
Once I have done this I will upload all the work I have which I believe has a commercial value, and then start incorporating the production of new stock material into my daily photography life.
This is another of those things that I am going to spend some time looking at before I do any work on it, rather than dabbling a bit here and there and getting nowhere.
Look out for lots of info on stock photography and stock videography right here on my photography blog in 2018.
Right after this little lot I am rather tired (it took me two years to write this ha ha) so I am off to go and look at my Santorini photos.
One final point
I don’t normally do New Years resolutions but his year I am going to make one, and it is this – I promise to try to stop myself beginning sentences with the word “So” – I never used to do this and do not know why I do this now. So, until tomorrow…..
Rick McEvoy Photography – Photography Blogger
I wish. I have given up for the morning. 7 architectural photography images. 1 hour.
And far too much of that time waiting for Photoshop which was again the main culprit. Lightroom started off fine but joined the slow as a snail party.
Adobe - what is going on here?
I am clearing the decks so I can concentrate on one thing and one thing only. I am going to do the following, in this order.
Finish off a major piece of commercial architectural photography work. This is my absolute priority.
Update the text on my construction photographer page. I never finished this and when I have done this and the next thing I am done with my website for a while.
Add a testimonials page to my website. Why do I not have one? What was I thinking? OK I have added it now, I just need to add some content to this page.
Reply to reviews on Google.
Write the next four articles for Improve Photography - 2 for December, 20 for January. I might get the December ones done this year thinking about it but not all four. One is a biggy after all.
Go and see my accountant. I know. I need to do this.
Have a general tidy and organise. Clear the decks for the New Year.
And then, hopefully starting on December 1st 2017
Get stuck into 6-8 weeks worth of my pictures of Santorini.
I was meant to be doing this earlier on the year, but events took over. Now I have decided to get back to this major piece of work, a a lot of work but pleasurable at the same time.
I am going to write about the following
- Image management and selection in Lightroom
- My set of chosen images, and why I chose them
- Editing in Lightroom
- Alternative edits - Luminar
- Alternative edits - Aurora HDR
- Alternative edits - Luminosity Masks
- Alternative edits - Lightroom luminosity masking
- What I do with the images once edited - these are going to be used to publicise me and my travel photography work.
- Social media
- Stock sales
- My website
I am looking forward to this, and hope that from the 2254 images I took I have 10 images worthy of my portfolio. Believe it or not that is quite ambitious.
And I hope that by describing this process in detail I will help everyone who goes on a trip and gets back and thinks, ok what now?
Rick McEvoy Photography
This is my image of the week for this week. I posted this picture and the story of this image on my photography blog yesterday - just click here if you want to read a bit more about this image.
In this post I am going to share my camera settings with you.
Technical stuff I did to produce this image.
I used my Neewer Loupe Viewer (I think that is what it is called) to compose the image using the live view mode on my Canon 6D.
- ISO 100
- Aperture F16
- Shutter speeds 1/25th second and 1/400th second
- AV Mode used
- Back button focus
I took the exposure by focussing a third into the scene and then used the in-built camera self timer. This stuff does not have to be complicated.
Two images merged together using the HDR Merge tool in Lightroom.
Here are 10 reasons why you should choose (well ok a bit bold there - consider) me when looking for an architectural photographer to photograph your building. If you are busy then just get in touch using my contact page - trust me I am good at this stuff!
If you do however have the time then please read on.
1 - Construction experience.
I have a lifetime of experience working in the construction industry in a variety of sectors.. What does this mean to you as my client?
SImple. I will be completely at ease on your site, and will be able to deal with all that comes with a building as it nears completion. If it is complete, occupied and finished then great. Either way I will be fine taking photographs in, and of, your building.
2 - Photography experience
I have extensive experience photographing buildings of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of sectors and locations. Check out these pages on my website to see examples of my architectural photography work.
3 - Professional construction qualifications
I am a chartered builder - MCIOB. If you need to me take photographs on a construction site not a problem. I have a current CSCS card, and all my own PPE. When I say all, I have PPE that is suitable for most construction sites - every now and then some new requirement crops up that I am not aware of, such as high vis trousers!
4 – Professional photography qualifications
I am a professionally qualified photographer - LBIPP. THis is what I do, and the British Institute of Professional Photographers have recognised that my photographic work is to a standard where they are happy to give me a professional designation. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair - my work has developed quite a lot since then. I really must apply for the next level of qualification, ABIPP.
5 - This is what I do - architectural photography.
I'm quite good at photographing buildings. One of the reasons I am quite good at photographing buildings is because I have an interest in buildings. I enjoy photographing the interiors and exteriors of buildings of all types.
I espcially like getting those pictures that represent the design intent of a building, with the light interacting and making a record shot much much more than that.
If you took a look at my Lightroom Catalogue you would find lots of pictures of buildings. And I mean a lot. I have photographed a huge variety of buildings, developing my skills on every shoot. And my catalogue grows every month.
6 - My photography gear.
I know. Gear isn’t what photography is all about. It is how you use it. But then again, you need a certain level of photography gear to I have professional Canon photography equipment which allows me to take high-quality images.
I have Canon tilt shift lenses, and a variety of wide angle lenses to make sure I can capture as much of the internal space as possible, but not too much that I am giving a false impression!
My gear allows me to work in most environemnts, from a finished building to a quarry where gravel is being extracted.
The key piece of my photography equipment is my full frame DSLR, the Canon 6D. This workhorse has served me very well over the years, and has provided faultless service and fantastic image quality.
7 - Image Processing
My image processing is to a high technical standard.
I produce technically accurate and correct images. Straight lines, no distortion, correct colours.
This is a particular challenge but one that I am highly skilled at. I use the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, and have work on a calibrated monitor. I am very picky about my image processing, and don't tell anyone but I enjoy it.
The fact I enjoy the boring bits really helps as a happy worker is a good worker!
8 - Techincal Accuracy
I can accurately reproduce the colours, tones and textures that are designed into buildings which are often important architectural features. And certainly important to the architects who often commission me.
This starts with image capture and understanding buildings and design. And the way light interacts with a building. And if you are an architect you will have specified certain colours for a reason, and the last thing that you will want is a horrible colour cast, or the woring colours completely.
I have stuff that I use to ensure that the white balance and colours are correct and accurate.
9 - Professional workflow
My image capture and image processing workflows combine to enable me to produce consistent high-quality imagery. This includes from one shoot to the next, in different locations on different days for the same client, which I have done on many occasions.
I have a method of working which works for me, and I follow from one job to the next. I have learnt how to correctly process digital images in Lightroom and Photoshop using some of the best trainers in the world. I have combined this knowledge with lots of practise to produce a technically correct, consistent, controlled workflow.
I have spent many many hours working on my digital image processing, and practising this on my architectural photography work.
10 - Other equipment I use
I also have a variety of equipment which allows me to shoot from different angles, heights and viewpoints to get a slightly different view on life.
Different viewpoints give different images. As well as getting conventional shots I try to introduce different angles into my shoots, using some highly technical gear.
- Lying on my back. I know - the only gear here is my carcass and the floor!
- Placing my camera on the floor on a Platypod.
- Sticking my camera up in the air on a large painters pole.
- Streching my arm out of a window (with me camera firly secured!).
I try different angle and viewpoints, with some surprising successes.
Summary - so why should you choose me to photograph your building?
Blimey – I could have called this post “10 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building”. I know – good SEO work there….
But one more thing. And posibly the most important thing.
I have learned over the years how to photograph buildings. I have a highly skilled and trained eye (fully functioning too both of them thanks to Leightons!).
Photographing buildings is what I do. So please get in touch if you want me to photograph your building.
Before I go on I should probably explain what I am writing about.
Lightroom has been updated.
This update has been released by Adobe through the Creative Cloud App. This is the biggest update to Lightroom in a long time.
There are now two versions of Lightroom for PC/ Mac users (this is not about Lightroom Mobile), called
- Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) – described by Adobe as “Desktop-focused editing, and
- Lightroom CC – described by Adobe as “The cloud based photo service”.
I am talking here about the desktop based version. Not sure what the cloud based version is all about, and not that bothered at the moment to be honest.
I am happy to have the stuff on my hard drive – I know where I am up to then.
There are enough cloud based complications in life for me – I just want stuff that works on my PC, accessing my hard drives just the way I have set them up.
The big question is this – is Lightroom Classic better than the previous version? Lightroom was slow and unresponsive, causing endless frustration. Still great software, it was just frustratingly slow at critical times.
Well - is Lightroom Classic?
A big resounding yes from me.
Why is it better?
So far, the improvements are all to do with the speed and performance.
These are the things I have managed to do.
Run 29 HDR Merges at once!
This means I could task Lightroom Classic to do all those HDR merges and go off and do something else. This is big news for me. I stopped at 29 as I got the message “Lightroom not responding” but I used to get this sometimes after just running three. I did not time how long this took, this is not scientific, but it did speed up my image processing massively.
This is something I do day in day out - the time saving this gives me is huge news for me and my productivity.
This picture of Lightroom in action shows just what I am talking about - 29 operations in progress. That is 29 HDR Merges one after the other.
Speed seems to be much better generally.
Importing of images is the next thing I will try, later this week. There is a new feature to speed up the viewing of imported images which you have to set. Jim Harmer of Improve Photography described this better than I can in his post titled “What's New in Lightroom Classic CC?”
Under file handling you need to elect “Embedded and sidecar” – not the default setting but I will apply this as a default import setting so should only need to select this once.
And the next thing for me to try is one thing that I really hated in Lightroom, dust spot removal. It was so slow that I ended up going into Photoshop to do this, which was much quicker. I need to go through a set of images which I will do next, and see if this is better or if I need to go into Photoshop.
I did have a quick peep at this and it looked immediately much quicker.
So as an architectural photographer living in Lightroom the initial signs with this update are very very good. Huge speed improvement making it a pleasure to use again. I will provide an update once I have completed the current set of images I am working on, hopefully without having to go into Photoshop.
Not that I don’t love Photoshop – it is just that if I can edit an image without having to to Photoshop it saves me time.
And all that we ask of Lightroom is that it has the speed to deliver the fantastic editing power it has.
Rick McEvoy Photography – Lightroom user
Yes. I have written this. Well why not? Who better to write an article like this than me?
Oh well, I'm sure the next article, due to be posted in a fortnight, won't have anything so grand keeping it in the shadows.
Seriously though, check out Improve Photography. it is for all levels of photographers, and the podcast is up to episode 248. I have listened to evey available episode and look forward to it every week - this has been the case a long time before I became a writer for the website.
But back to me.
This is the first in a series of articles where I explain what I have learnt over the years working as an architectural photographer. In future articles I will write about
- Image capture
- Image processing
- Business aspects of architectural photography
- Business development
I know. Some of this sounds rather dull. But if you want to make a living as an architectural photographer these are important things.
Boring but important.
I use that quite a lot.
I thought it best to start my writing career writing about what I know best of all things, and this is what I did.
I hope that you find the article interesting, and please get in touch if you have eny questions, or obviously if you want me to photograph your building.
Rick McEvoy - Architectural Photographer
For new readers and new subscribers to my blog I am an architectural photographer based in Dorset working mainly in Dorset and Hampshire photographing buildings.