Although the post processing seminar is a few weeks away, you can start the preparation…
We will go through a few images to see how to make them pop with a few clicks, and although I’ll have Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 on my laptop, we’ll be focusing on reviewing a free, but extremely powerful software package, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).
Instead of a demonstration style seminar, we’ll have a lab style presentation, where you can practice the newly learned tricks right there, using your own computer, if you bring your own laptop (Windows, Mac or Ubuntu).
Here is what you might want to do before you come to the seminar.
– Please download and install GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) on your laptop. It’s free and downloadable from here:
Windows users: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
Mac, Ubuntu users: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ – then scroll down to see “Show Other Downloads” link.
If you have a Mac running Mavericks or Yosemite you need to download the ‘P2′ version of GIMP 2.8.14. http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimponosx/files/GIMP%20Mavericks/
– Download some GIMP plugins if you wish:
Layers via Copy/Cut: http://registry.gimp.org/node/26396
BIMP (Batch Image Manipulation Plugin):http://registry.gimp.org/node/26259
You and download and install the GIMP RAW Plugin fromhttp://ufraw.sourceforge.net/
– If you do not have Photoshop, you can download and install the trial version from www.adobe.com. The trial is free for a full month.
– If you do not have Lightroom, you can download and install Lightroom 5 trial from Adobe. To get to this download, it is a little trickier, since Adobe tries to force everyone to start using the cloud version of Photoshop and Lightroom.
To download Lightroom 5 trial version, go to the following site:
Adobe announced a few months ago that they will come out with Lightroom 6 in sometime March 2015 – if that’s true, the new version might become available within the next few days.
– Select some of your images that would need some caring hands and place them into a folder on your hard drive. You can have some landscapes, portraits, macros, etc.
You might want to have a couple of dozens of images available, just in case…
Please do not process the images, straight out of camera shots would work better for this session.
If you have a newly released camera, e.g. Canon EOS Rebel T6s or Nikon D7200 or any other new camera the above software packages do not have RAW converters for, please use the camera’s RAW converter and convert the images to JPG without any post processing.
– Make sure your laptop will be fully charged before coming to the seminar, as we will not have enough and long enough extension cords.
If you have any questions, let me know. You can e-mail me or we can discuss some of the questions after one of the next meetings.