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

    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 11:47 pm on April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apps, deck, essential, , group, groups, , tutorial, tweet, tweetdeck, ,   

    Do you remember taking your first tentat… 

    Do you remember taking your first tentative steps along the ‘twittery superhighway?’

    Early adopter or latecommer to the party, you probably still encountered precicely the same steep(ish) learning curve of both shoehorning your thoughts into 140 characters and trying to get your head around all the DM@RT#ing intricacies!

    One program which helped me to get a much wider and clearer picture of what twitter is all about is TweetDeck.  It’s raved about on the forums and in millions of tweets per day but why is it so useful?

    1.  It autorefreshes – so tweets are re-ordered in order of newness.

    2. It allows you to search your contacts tweets meaning you can find old themes and buzzwords fast.

    3. Its easy to retweet (RT), reply publically (@username), or direct message (DM) people thanks to the handy graphics that appear over user avatars.

    4. You can choose the layout to include things like word clouds along with extra profile information.

    5. Integrated ‘tiny url’ will shorten most web addresses to save you precious characters for all those long words!

    Those are my personal top five reasons but there are others too including group views and photo, video and even facebook integration.  So if you are new to Twitter or if you are just looking for a more powerful way of using the Twitter service then you would do well to give it a try.

    Just before I go, and for all you seasoned ‘tweople’ out there, you may find this video useful on how TweetDeck can help you manage and interact with large numbers of followers.

    • Phil 12:34 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Uses too much screen real estate for me. I’ve always been a Twhirl user and am finding it hard to make the switch! Probably why I don’t like Seesmic Desktop either.

      • Paul Hurst 12:46 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Its a strength and weakness at the same time. It may demand your total attention however it can throw lots of useful information your way in return.

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