Wednesday, 19 June 2013


In-Shoot Specifications

Aperture: F11
Shutter Speed: 1/60th of a second
ISO: 800
Location: MC Tech Department, Middlesbrough College
Date: 16/5/2013

I began editing my photos by opening Adobe Bridge; I shot all photographs in raw this would allow me to tweak the images first before opening them in Adobe Photoshop.  It was then time to grade my images under the filter tab option. I first graded all potentially useful images with a 2 star rating.

I then clicked the drop box containing all of the images I had graded. I reviewed my images again and applied a 3 star rating to a total of seven images.

In post-production I cropped three images, this was due to unnecessary appliances or lighting cans that were included in the shots, however this was only the case with two of the seven photographs. Another factor may have been incorrect composition I had noticed that the rule of thirds could have been applied more effectively with one or two of the images from this shoot. I altered each image carefully and tried to balance an equal amount of both portrait and landscape shots that I could include in my final A3 mounted montage. 

Adobe Bridge Management Software

Adobe Bridge helps you to manage your images in post-production.  In the drag and drop era, it acts as a useful file save log, it organises all your material into your own photo library.

  • Renaming: Once all of your photos are uploaded you can select a selection of your images then hover over the 'Tools' tab then click Batch Rename. A 'Batch Rename' box will appear this will help you save your photos to a destination folder. This will allow easy access to your images.

  • Grading/Filtering: Once your photos are saved you can begin to filter your images by grading each frame; the best way to do this is to grade first by 2 stars from the series of shots you have taken. Then you can begin to grade your images by 3 stars and so on, this way you can extensively review your catalogue of images, grading their potential for publication.

  • Rotating: Rotation in Adobe Bridge allows you to rotate an image by 90 degree a turn, but you can also select the 180 degree option to rotate your images further.

  • Contact Sheets: Creating contact sheets are a useful way to view and share your shots later in a PDF (portable document format). In Adobe Bridge CS6 you start out by selecting a series of images or a folder containing a series of images then from the menu select Tools and then Photoshop then Contact Sheet II. This will automatically open Photoshop a dialogue box will open this will help you specify your images, the width, length and height of your contact sheet and also the image resolution, mode, bit-depth and colour profile. Underneath these options there is a box titled 'Flatten all layers' that will already be ticked, this is because of its default automation, which will include the text below the images to remain in one layer. If you wish to keep your thumbnails and text separate, then deselect that option. Under the Thumbnails option you can also alter how many images you want to appear in each row and each column. You can choose to save the specifications under save and then load them later, without going through the process again. Once you're done you should click open and Photoshop will automatically transfer the images onto a single canvas, if the images do not fit onto one page, then Photoshop will automatically create more pages.

  • Slide Shows: You can create a slide show using a script included in Adobe Bridge CS5 onwards named 'Web photo gallery'. You do this by selecting your images or folder and then hover over window then workspace then click the Web Gallery button in the Output selection. Once selected a template menu will appear, you can make any alterations with colour scheme, and select a thumbnail size. After making alterations you can preview your gallery, you can also save your settings by clicking the Save Style button. You can then publish your gallery on the web, enter an FTP address (file transfer protocol) then enter a username, password and folder destination then finalize it by clicking upload.

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