Computers & Software For Photography


590nm Goldie Seascapes

 

Pawleys Island North Causeway, South Side

I decided to go out on Sunday for a short trip about Pawleys Island, SC to see what would look good in Infrared! I decided work with the B+W 090 590nm Super Color (Goldie) filter.  I was using my Olympus E-PL1 Full Spectrum conversion with the Olympus mz 14-150mm lens.  The sky was amazing, very stormy full of mood!  I loved the day. I only took a few images but was very pleased with the results.  The Goldie (590nm) filter generates very warmed gold toned leaves when you have the proper lighting and the sky’s are very blue.  I think for Faux Color, the B+W 090 filter is my favorite choice.  Post processing is very easy!

  1. Cropping
  2. Faux Photoshop Action Channel Swap.
  3. NIK Viveza for color adjustment and sharpening.
  4. Save as PSD
  5. Convert to B&W with NIK Silver EFX Pro.
  6. Save

 

Pawleys Island North Causeway, North Side

It is a fun process and very easy. You must keep in mind that the Post Processing stage is just as big a part of photography as pushing the shutter button!  So what this really means is that your computer/software just as important as your camera/lens! Computers have not been a topic on this blog yet and this will just be a slight introduction.  So what this really means to me is that the following requirements for computers is a must!

  • High speed multi processor cpu based computer.
  • 8 gig of RAM (Requires Windows 7)
  • 500 gig of hard drive.
  • Wacom Intus 4 Pen Tablet (a gift from God).
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5, 64 bit version
  • NIK Viveza
  • NIK Color EFX Pro
  • NIK Silver EFX Pro
  • NIK Define 2.0

 

For the NIK filters, make sure that you are using the 64 bit version for speed! We could spend thousands of words and dollars on this subject.  Believe it or not, I found all of the computer hardware in the form of  a laptop from HP for less than $550.00 last year!  All I had to do was to add four 2 gig stick of RAM to bring it up to speed!  The software (as long as you keep it up to date) will move from your old computer just fine!  I also use a USB device to calibrate the LCD monitor to a know color state (VERY VERY VERY important step and will be the subject of its own post in the future).

Unlike your camera equipment, your computer is out of date when you un-box it.  As long as you keep this in your head you will not be too upset when the time comes for an upgrade!

 

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3 comments on “Computers & Software For Photography

  1. Undoubtedly, one of the best article l have come across on this precious topic. I quite agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your coming updates.

  2. You forgot to mention the cost of those four two gigabite memory sticks which added another 300-400 dollars to your $550 dollar laptop!!!

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