Got down to Stanley park with Shawn and Michelle for some night time portrait. I brought Aidan to the Bright Night a couple weeks before, so when Michelle mention she wanted some pretty Christmas night as background, I immediately thought of this place.
Remember this post I did back then using contact sheet II from bridge? Well, I was updating my portfolio printing from lightroom this weekend, and I thought to myself, I like what I see with the unify space and such, I wonder if there is a easier way for me to STOP making the grid and open these countless individual PSD files and combine them manually.
I look around in lightroom, then it hit me..all I have to do is just to set it at “Print to Jpeg File” (here is to countless night I spend coping ALBUM layout on photoshop…..what a waste of time). Thus, to live up to my matto of making everything in my life as fancy and extra spicy, I found a way to combine this LR function with the BIG PICTURE from PanosFX
1) Download the “Big Picture 2″ from PanosFX.com( Free or Commercial, it is totally up to you). It’s a photoshop Action, they do have it in Element as well but I don’t use it so in theory I think you can do what I am about to do in Element as well.
2) Open up Lightroom and select 25 photos. The Big Picture action will require you to open a landscape orientation in PS later, so with that in mind, go to the “PRINT” module and open up the “PAGE SETUP” make sure you have a Landscape orientation.
3) I had made a screen cap of the setting:
Thus you will get this jpeg as a result:
4) Open this jpeg in Photoshop, and make sure you have the Big Picture actions install, apply the one of the “action” from the “PFxBig picture” folder.
5) Follow the instruction, and you will get something like this:
But why stop there, when you can have some fun rearranging stuff and change sizes :
I think this method is more forward and require less time for the PC to open and process 25 folders, plus I can adjust the crop in the print module….Which is a plus since I would say I work extensively in Lightroom.Preset download:
Print 25 photos on 8×10 : LR2 only I think…Download here
Now, this is a trick I use normally if I don’t want the photos to be evenly space out. I will make a couple (2 to 3 ) virtual copy of the one I would like to leap in 2 cells (or 3). Then adjust the placement on the mat…(place your cursor on the cell and then hold down mouse button and toggle). Combine with cell spacing, which will give me something like this:
After I ran Big Picture action in PS :
I then got ride of the row of white space, and then resize and move stuff around:
Now, go out there and have some fun!! If you like these idea and would like me to continue posting print layout preset, please comment below!
I was really excited to be shooting Kaley and Pale’s wedding. The whole day was really beautiful. Although the rain did made an appearances and they had to move their ceremony back indoor, we did manage to take a break in between the speeches ( and toasting) and got a couple of those Vancouver landscape background Pale wanted.
I usually will like to develop a couple of different special toning effect for each wedding, because I believe each couple has different taste, so like B&W, some like color manipulation, some like Sepia.
Tailor to Randi’s taste, I re-develop the party animal and the retro normal presets so they will work really great for her wedding photos. These version are more tame…and while it still leak through some of the red, they are not as pronounce.
You can download the preset here : RS party animal & Retro preset
I am NUTS about ring shot. As with Michelle and Brads’ wedding, the first batch of photos that I edit will always be lensbabies because I want to see how cool they are…and then it will always be the wedding bands shots.
Take this photos as an example, I didn’t plan it when I was shooting but I was trying to do something a bit different other than sticking both bands into the rose bud, but somehow I like this composition. It’s like a red princess with pearl crown, pouting out her lips, awaiting for a kiss.
So I have a group of presets for download: halogen lighting as available light.You can download the zip here, it will contain 2 for still life, and 1 for portrait.
I had finish shooting my last wedding this past Saturday till Donnie comes and I am not sure if it was the hormones or because I actually KNEW the bride (we were college roommate), I cried when I saw her walked down with her dad. We joked about the possibility of me giving birth right there in the lodge between e-mails and thus I was mostly doing secondary shooting the whole day.
The weather was perfect, after a week of freakishly good sunny weather we had overcast sky for our mid-afternoon outdoor shoot at Granville Island. Just when we were about to leave for Queen’s park in New West, it started to rain…lightly. When we get to the rose garden, the rain stop. Randi and Steve had their wonderful ceremony , and the pillars withstand the constant kicking of the ring bearer (who refused to take the pillow back because he thought he was done after he handed it to Steve). I was glad my friend Kevin agree to help out because to be honest, it was getting hard for me to do the constant kneeling down shot and then try to gracefully get back up spotting the 20 lbs….
It was perfect. The food was good, I had a lot of fun and I am pretty proud of the photos outcome…
Getting down to editing now since I will try to finish this as soon as possible. Please come back and check for more photos.
View the entire album at Erica & Chris ‘s flash gallery
Out of all of the layout, I definitely like this one the most. All of these were taken without flash and the couple was lighted by the videographer’s light only in a pitch dark room. I just really love how kinda look like a spot light on random part of the photos..and there they are! kind of feel.
Well, I forgot to mention how to make the college from last post…(and gotten a few email about it, no less). Here it is:
You will have to download the “BnBig pictures” from PanosFX.com here . While you are there, check out his other cool stuff as well. I was searching for a way to NOT to open 50+ files and copy and paste them into one PSD, and somehow I stumble on a post written by another photographer (unfortunately I can’t find that link anymore….) So, I am sure that I am not the 1st person to use this method, but here are just an example of how I did mine. The “BnBig pictures” is an photoshop action suppose to divided a photo in landscape rotation into 25 layers complete with border and blow a “breeze” over to added rotation in some of the photos. Most people use the 2×3 crop, so the document size 15 x 10 is what I came up with so there will be no extra space around the photos after it was done.
1) Open the folder containing the photos you wish to use in a college in Adobe Bridge. Select up to 25 photos only with the same rotation (all landscape or all portrait) .
2) Go to “Tool” then “photoshop”, select “contact sheet II”
3) In photoshop, make the document size a square with resolution 200. Here is what I set mine at:
4) After it was done, go to action box and “load action” , load the unzipped BnBig picture action. ( If you don’t know how to load an action please search the HELP from PS or the INTERNET)
5) Resize the image: Document size should be 200 pixels/inch…this will allow the next step to run easier.
6) Apply the “action” from the “BnBig picture” folder.
7) Follow the instruction…and Viola!
Now, if you are like me who like to take a mix of Landscape and Portrait crop photos. Then there is a couple of extra step you will need to do.Make sure you had saved and close the PSD you just created.
1) In Bridge, select 25 photos (the portrait that you would like to include plus other random one…we will not be using these)
Step 2 to 3 as above
4a) When the contact sheet had been produced, you can see that your portrait crop had been rotated. Rotate the whole layer 180 degree.
Follow the above step from Step 5….
Once it was done, rotate canvas 90 degree. Open the other PSD. Make sure the 2 has the same Document size resolution. Move the portrait one to the SAVED PSD, and resize the canvas if you want, nudge and move them around. You should have something like this:
Dress it up further:
UPDATE for CS4
I haven’t install my CS4 package yet..(don’t want to upset my hard drive any further…it made a really scary PING PING DING sound last week when I ask lightroom to export one wedding job (1000+ 8M jpegs) ) but I did got an email regarding the “deleted” contact sheet II function in Bridge CS4.
After some research, this is what I had found out. The contact sheet II function had now been taken off because of the contact sheet PDF in Bridge. However, there is a way to re-install the old function. The following is from photo.net
I know this is an old post but here is a bit more information.
The old plug-in was not installed by default because it’s no longer a fully supported feature (it’s been deprecated as in superseded by new functionality in Bridge). It is, however, still available on the main disk (or disk image) in the “Goodies” folder. Additional plug-ins are also available as well as scripts you can load into Bridge to still call them from Bridge.
If you dont find the old files you can get them here.
1. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Optional Plug- Ins/Automate/ContactSheetII plug-in into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-ins/Automate folder (this is for both Contact Sheet and Picture Package).
2. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Presets/Layouts folder into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets folder and restart Photoshop.
Optional: To add this legacy functionality back into Bridge (as a menu item):
3. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc, drop the ///Goodies/Optional plugins/ Bridge Startup Scripts/photoshop_contact_sheet_ii folder and the photoshop_contact_sheet_ii.jsx file into following locations and then restart Bridge.
Macintosh: //Library/Application Support/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
Windows XP: //Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
Windows Vista: //Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
Post was written by Nancy Cuppy.
Hopefully it helps!
I run into some pretty interesting situation….The lack of space in the foyer area didn’t give me much of a chance to set up a NICE background, and as Michelle had pointed out, the yucky yellow is probably not the best backdrop color. Then my flash extension cord won’t sych up between the Xti and the 430, and Jen my assistance had to bounce the 430 on the umbrella we set up behind her…And thus the lighting is not unify since she had to move around the foyer to avoid foot traffic.
So I ended up not really liking the original color version of these shoot, but by accidentally applying the SKIN TONE only preset from the baby portrait session…it actually give everyone a really even skin tone and turn the yucky yellow wall into a muted color.
UPDATED: I had just upload a set of the muted color preset to Adobe exchange, and it is currently under review of the staff. Hopefully that will be the final solution we need for downloading preset.
March 22, you know it had been over a week and I didn’t received any email from Adobe exchange, so here is the download link from 4 share:
Congratulation Michelle and Brad!
I rented this new lensbaby for their wedding, but I had reuse my own aperture kit from Erica’s wedding. I must say that after using all 3 model, this is probably the best in control and thus my number one must have item for wedding photography. I shoot about 70 frames with the lensbaby composer; all done without use of a tripod.
Here are some cake shot (they use cup cakes) with the heart sharp aperture:
I will post more photos of Michelle and Brad’s wedding in the coming days. Still recovering from that crazy party!