Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How To Batch Edit in Photoshop Using Actions

Hello everyone. With today's post I am going to show you how seamless and efficient it can be to use Photoshop Actions when editing a large amount of photos at once.

1. Open your image & unlock your layer.
You can unlock your image's layer by double clicking it and selecting "Ok" in the dialog box that appears. 

2. Open your Actions Panel.
Your Actions Panel is located at Windows > Actions.

3.  Create a new Action.
At the bottom right corner of your Actions Panel, you will see a small square icon. Select it to create a New Action.

4.  Name and record your Action.
Once you create your new Action, a dialog box will appear asking you to name and begin recording your Action. For this tutorial, I will name my new Action "Test".

5. Begin editing your image.
This is where you have complete creative freedom. Add your adjustment layers that you normally would to your image. It can be as many as you like. For this example, I kept it simple and only added 3 adjustments. (Brightness, Color Balance and Saturation)

6. Stop Recording.
Once you have your image the way you want it to look and you are satisfied, you can now Stop Recording.  Go back to your Actions Panel and hit the Square icon to the LEFT of the red circle to stop recording.

7. Save your file.

Here is your final result. Let's say hypothetically that you would like all of your images you took that day to have this same Black & White edit you just made, but you don't have the time to spend hours on each one. This is where actions can become beneficial. 

Step 2: Adding your action to another photograph in 60 seconds.

Let's say you want to add your action to this photograph of Central Park.

1. Open and Unlock your image's layer.
 You can unlock your image's layer by double clicking it and selecting "Ok" in the dialog box that appears. 

2. Open your Actions Panel.
Your Actions Panel is located at Windows > Actions.

3.  Select your action you created.
You should see the Action you just created.

4. Press play.
The play button is located at the bottom of the Actions Panel.

5. End Result.
Now your image will have the same edits as your previous image including all of the adjustment layers.

** In conclusion to this tutorial, I do want to say that each image is different. Using Actions can save you a lot of time and give you a cohesive "look" throughout your collection of photographs, but I still suggest to analyze each image's shadows, lighting, saturation, levels, curves, etc after applying an action.  For instance, the lighting and saturation of one photograph may need to be adjusted more than the previous one, and vice versa. Use Actions in your own unique way. **

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Frozen Fountain At Bryant Park

Foto Care Rental's Brian Heinbuecher took these great shots of the Bryant Park fountain while it was frozen solid! He used a #nikon D3X with a 24-120mm lens. Even when it's cold, we're still shooting!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shooting with the Fujifilm X-Pro1

Typical winter day here at Foto Care. With the wind chill at a surprising low, I decided to grab a camera I haven't used yet and take some test shots. I wanted something light weight, easy to use, but still strong enough to process good quality RAW photographs. I ended up grabbing a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with a 35mm lens from our Rental Department. Mainly, because I've never used it and these smaller/powerful cameras seem to be buzzing these days.

Normally, I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III, so you can imagine the weight difference around my neck. The user face was easy to use, all of my functions (shutter speed, ISO, aperture) were just a knob-twist away. It's odd, but I almost like the knobs opposed to the rotating wheel when adjusting my shutter speed. I noticed I wasn't constantly looking at my LCD checking settings like I usually am with my Canon 5D Mark III. It was nice.

2 words to describe this camera? Small and powerful! 

I've heard many times about these new handheld cameras and how strong they can be, but Fujifilm's X-Trans CMOS sensor blew me away. Here are some shots I took yesterday with the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 available Foto Care

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We have the new Ice Light, and we love it!

Manny (and Ron in the back) are both checking out our new Ice Light we have. Perfect for product photography & of course fighting off bad guys, too