Split Toning in light room is the magic wand that can give “the look” to a photo. I find it extremely useful in making eye-catching portraits. One tip that I got from Serge Ramelli is that once you get ‘the look’ worked out, save the preset. You can then simply apply them on other photos to get the same look. Yup, its common sense thing but sometimes calling out explicitly to “save” helps.

If you would like the effect, you can download the preset. You can customize this further if you so wish to. Just post a comment on your work.

Vegas is an awesome place to try all gimmicks with photography. Many interesting subjects and limitless opportunities to experiment. Snapped this half scale replica of the one in Paris during my recent trip to Vegas. The biggest trouble was eliminate pedestrians from the picture and get away from the path of the folks who are walking with their eyes on the skies. I had a couple walk right into me as I was busy focussing the tower. So I decided to change the angle a little and walked right up to the base of the tower to snap this one. As you might have guessed, it was hand-held and I did not have my Rokinon 18mm with me. My guess is, this would have been more compelling photograph. But I have read somewhere the “best photograph” is the one that you mange to capture so here you go.

EXIF : f/4, ISO 500, 1/25 Shutter Speed.

I would be delighted to hear your feedback.

This statue welcomes all visitors to the Indiana War Memorial. It was designed by Henry Hering in 1929. At 24ft and 7 tons, it was the largest bronze sculpture made in US at that time. Pro Patria means “For Fatherland”.

As I was editing some old picture, I accidentally landed on the “Tethered capture” menu in Lightroom. This got me curious and I stared experimenting with it. This write-up is about how to setup and shoot tethered with Lightroom.

What is tethered shooting?

Well, it is connecting your favorite PC ( and Photo Editing Program/Lightroom ) to the camera and take pictures. The pictures gets automatically imported into your workspace and can be instantly edited. The bigger benefit, in my opinion, is to see the photo in a 15″ screen instead of the 3″ LCD screen of you camera. You get to spot edit your settings/readings and adjust as needed.
Canon does offer a wireless file transmitter (Canon WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter) that will allow you to wirelessly-tether ( should be an oxymoron, if I paid attention to my English lecture ) but I find it pretty pricey for my purposes.

Only some cameras are compatible for tethering with Lightroom. Check the compatibility here.

Step by Step guide for tethered shooting with Lightroom

1 Connect the camera to the PC/Mac using the USB connector that ships with your canon.
2 Launch Lightroom and select File->Start Tethered Capture…

3Lightroom will present a preset dialog where you can specify the defaults: file name pattern, file location, keywords etc. This is extremely useful when you are doing long shoots. Things get tagged and put in right location for you. Makes it easy to find and edit later.

4 After this you should get into the tethered shooting mode. Lightroom will detect the camera exposure settings and will provide you with a circular button to shoot. One drawback that I noticed was that the metering settings were “readonly” from the lightroom interface. Found 2 minor inconveniences with this feature.
  • For any changes to settings you had to hit the camera. The “tethered” shooting utility that ships with the camera does allow making changes. So I’m guessing this is a minor oversight on the part of the Lightroom development team. If someone finds a setting that enables this in Lightroom, feel free to post a comment.
  • There is no live-view window. You have to go to camera for this as well.

Press circular shutter release and go about shooting.

5 The studio setup looked liked this. A very simple single key light/tripod/portable studio combo.

Here is the final image taken using a tethered capture
Pretty Red Shoes

Making a self portraits is quite a bit challenging.

First – standing in front of the camera and behind it are 2 very completely different skills.
Second – Getting the focus right all by yourself is tricky.

Here is my first stab at this. I know that the focus is tad soft. Before I could complete the shoot, I lost my light. And yes, I wanted to have all natural/available light this time.

Going to make better attempt at this, next weekend!