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  • Paul Hurst 4:42 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aperture, art, em5, filter, filters, jpeg, jpg, mac, olympus, omd, photoshop, post, processing, raw,   

    Making your pictures 'pop' with the Olympus OM-D EM5 

    Pebble by the Prom

    If you’ve got yourself an Olympus OM-D EM5, then there’s a really easy way to give your pictures a muted yet arty feel with little post processing.

    You’ll need photoshop or some other app that supports layers and you’ll need to set up your camera to save both JPEG and RAW versions of your pictures but thats just about as tricky as it gets:  Here’s my guide…

    1.  In the camera menu, make sure you are saving both a JPG and Raw files (Cam menu 1, third option down)

    2. Choose ‘Art’ mode on your top dial

    3. In the Art menu, choose effect filter number 10

    4.  You’ll notice that there’s two modes for effect 10.  One colour, One B&W.  Choose II (B&W)

    5.  Shoot away! (you’ll notice that your viewfinder shows you a harsh B&W live and playback preview, don’t worry, we tone down that effect in post processing)

    6. Import all your photos into a folder or an app

    7.  Export both the JPG and a RAW version of the photo you wish to edit.

    8. Combine the two and alter the opacity as needed.

    9. Flatten and export as required!

    I Have created a 20 min tutorial video that covers everything from the camera settings to the post-processing using Apple’s Aperture 3 and Adobe’s Photoshop CS4.

    In the meantime, if you’d like to see more from the OM-D EM5 then check out the Olympus website: here

    Finally, My OM-D EM5 flickr showcase (including example images from this tutorial), is here

  • Paul Hurst 9:47 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ceo, , died, email, illness, , , , mac, obituary, , praise, stanford, statement, , steven, , thought   

    The technology world is remembering the life of… 

    The technology world is remembering the life of one of it’s giants today.  Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc. has died at the age of fifty-six.

    Renowned for his ruthless and unwavering determination, Jobs had been battling through ill health since 2003 but in true typical fashion, he worked on, only stepping down as boss on the 24th August this year.

    I only dealt with Steve Jobs once.  Soon after the launch of the iPad,  I emailed him to say how happy I was with the product and how useful it was with my day to day work.  Steve Jobs was well known for replying (albeit briefly) to emails that were sent to his work address.  On this occasion, I didn’t expect a reply given that no question had been asked or suggestion made.  As it turned out, I did receive a very public reply as a few weeks later, Steve quoted some sections of my email during his TV interview at the ‘All Thing Digital’ event.

    Steve’s comments reminded me that it’s often important to give positive feedback, we’re quite used to complaining but it’s equally important to make sure we don’t let moments of thanks or praise pass by too.  Often a little ‘thank-you’ or ‘well done’ give us all a better perspective on both successful and unsuccessful endeavours that we find ourselves dealing with day by day.  The Bible says ‘Don’t grow weary of doing good’ (Gal 6:9), and no matter how successful or confident we are, we can all lose sight of what we may be achieving from time to time, thats where some simple reassurances can make a big difference.

    Steve Jobs also had quite a shrewd and philosophical view of life, and death.  In 2005, during his Stanford Commencement Speech, Jobs addressed his own mortality.

    “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

    Steve clearly lived by this principle, today he gains a degree of immortality with what he leaves behind. We all do well to remember that his life is one lived and used to the fullest.

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