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  • Shooting In The Snow At 200mm

    It's not very often that we get snow here in Texas, but as soon as we saw it coming down we threw on our heavy clothes and headed outside.  Our little man still wasn't quite sure what snow was, and it was an experience for him that I definitely wanted to capture.  Sometimes it's hard to find the balance between capturing the moment or putting the camera down and just sharing in the fun, but his elation over the snow was just too wonderful not to have lasting tangible memories of it.

    To keep the snow off my gear, I balanced an umbrella on my shoulder while I shot.  Did I look ridiculous?  Yes.  Did the neighbors probably get a good laugh at my front yard antics?  Most likely.  And, should I have remembered to have my wife take a picture of me taking pictures of my son so that you could all see my crazy setup?  Absolutely!  Oh well, next time, next time.... Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the snow off of your camera.

    Greater Than Gatsby Photoshop Actions & Lightroom Presets | Shooting In The Snow At 200mm

    It wasn't snowing very hard, but shooting at 200mm allowed me create the illusion that it was.  This is because there was more distance between my lens and my subject, which means more snowflakes in my line of sight.

    As I was snapping photos of him playing, I wanted to ensure the snowflakes didn't contain any motion blur.  I always shoot in manual, and I typically set my aperture first.  In this shot, once I set the aperture to f/2.0, I set my shutter speed to 1/1000s to avoid motion blur from his hands and feet.  This also allowed me to effectively freeze the snowflakes in place.  Then, I raised my ISO to 500 to achieve the correct in-camera exposure.  I've listed my gear and settings below:

    Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon 200mm f/2.0
    Focal Length: 200mm
    Aperture: f/2.0
    Shutter: 1/1000s
    ISO: 500
     

    This image was edited with actions from the Innocence Collection: Emotional Color Base then added Paddington @ 40% opacity (added rich contrast and turned the greens from warm to cool) and Polar Express @ 20% opacity (enhanced the temperature and added a clean fresh tone).

    Greater Than Gatsby Photoshop Actions & Lightroom Presets | Shooting In The Snow At 200mm
     
  • Boho Styled Shoot

    Flowers in November?  I'm still in disbelief that it was 80 degrees for our last fall session, but I think it was a sign as to how amazing this shoot would be.  Even more amazing was my model, Race Austyn, who rocked this session donning a boho-inspired Jak & Peppar outfit. All images were edited with actions from both the Innocence Collection & the Three Nails Collection.

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  • How To Post Sharper Images On Facebook In 2015

    I'm constantly asked, “How do you get your images so sharp on Facebook?” BUT the real question is, “How do I minimize Facebook’s image compression?”

    Well… there’s a Photoshop Action for that, and you can download it for FREE from the link below.  My Exact Dimension Resize and Sharpen action is one of the 12 actions included in our free action set,  This action properly converts your image from a high-res photo to an optimized web file, and is perfect for any social media platform.

    www.greaterthangatsby.com/free-photoshop-actions/

     

    How To Post Sharper Images On Facebook | Greater Than Gatsby Photoshop Actions & Lightroom Presets

     

    Facebook allows for a maximum image size of 2048px on the longest size, but still claims that the optimal size for posting is 960px. Within the past few months, Facebook has made changes to their compression algorithm, and I noticed these dimensions were not  working for me anymore.

    After much trial and error, these are the dimensions that I now use:

    • Landscape images - 2000px (longest side)
    • Portrait images - 1600px (longest side)

    When you run the Exact Dimension Resize & Sharpen action, your high-res image will be duplicated, converted to low-res and resized to the dimensions you specified.  You will also see that a Web Sharpen layer has been created above the Background layer in the Layers Palette. The Web Sharpen layer opacity defaults to 50%.  To ensure your image is not over-sharpened you will need to reduce the layer opacity.

    When you’re ready to save your image, go to File > Save for Web.  Most people save their web images a JPEGs, but I personally achieve better results on Facebook by saving my images as PNG files (PNG-24 to be exact).  Below is an example:

     
     

    How To Post Sharper Images On Facebook | Greater Than Gatsby Photoshop Actions & Lightroom Presets

     

    By no means am I saying that this is the only way to do this, or even the correct way; this is just my way.  I have had success using these new dimensions, but I have a feeling that Facebook compression will change again in the future and I will need to update this post.

    To learn more of my tips and tricks, check out our new Gatsby Gathering Facebook group! This group was created to provide a safe and secure environment, where photographers of all skill levels can post images and ask questions related to Greater Than Gatsby products.

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