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About cameras, equipment, and postprocessing techniques

Revisiting Last Year’s Young-Adult Archery Ceremony

去年の成人の日、「三十三間堂大的全国大会」の撮影。14ヶ月遅いですが、この記事の続きです。

As I seem to do more often than not, I never did follow up on an early-2015 blog post that I intended to be just an introduction. In January 2015 I posted "The 2015 Young-Adult Archery Event at the Sanjusangendo Temple" with a few pictures and a "To be continued..." ending. So here we are, 16 months later, I've come across the event in my photo archives.The event for recently-come-of-age adults is introduced and descried on the earlier post, so I'll just get into the photos.

As I've mentioned in other posts about this annual event, the crowds are [...]


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New Lightroom Plugin: “Bag-o-Goodies” Collection of Tools

I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom called Bag-o-Goodies. It's a (currently small) collection of little tools that don't merit their own plugin.

One tool lets you compare the shot-taken time between two pictures, such as these shots from yesterday's Kansai Cyclocross races...

... or this set showing the gap between Andy and Antti when they passed me on their final lap...

... or this set of first-shots from my first "real" camera (a Nikon D200) and my current "real" camera (a Nikon D4)....

Anyway, there are only three little tools now, but now that I have the [...]


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Lightroom Resource Utilization: On Setting Up a Machine for Lightroom Usage

Adobe Lightroom deals with a lot of data -- sometimes thousands of images at a time, each one potentially huge by itself -- so it uses a lot of computer resources. When setting up a machine for Lightroom use, one wants to know what kinds of upgrades will be most effective, and along these lines I got an email from James Palik, a professional photographer who also teaches processing and workflow with Lightroom, asking specific questions about Lightroom resource management.

Sadly I'm not the right person to ask about this kind of stuff, but luckily I have a contact within [...]


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Mini Review: Skilhunt H02R Head Mounted Flashlight, For Cycling after Dark

This xkcd comic came out today with perfect timing:

Last month I was contacted by GearBest and asked whether I'd like to do a review of a product from their cycling gear or LED lights categories; I'd get to keep the product in exchange for an unbiased review. Probably they'd seen my headphone review done under similar circumstances. I get this kind of message every so often and don't usually accept, but a bicycle light piqued my interest.

I chose to try out a small, $50 head-mounted light that I thought might be useful for nighttime riding:

The flashlight easily [...]


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My “Metadata Wrangler” Plugin for Lightroom Can Now Add/Overwrite Metadata

Just an FYI announcement to Lightroom folks, as of version 20151010.134, my Metadata Wrangler plugin now allows you to add/overwrite certain metadata fields like Title and Caption. Previously, it could merely remove metadata that was already there.

My publish/export plugins generally give a lot of control in how those fields are populated during export, but most other plugins do not, nor do Lightroom's built-in export methods, so those users may appreciate being able to craft their metadata. Through the template tokens that my plugins support, you have access to the breadth of data about the image from your Lightroom catalog, [...]


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