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Friday
Jul032009

Adobe Bridge Thinks My Batteries Are Flat... Cannot Obtain All Files From This Device!

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Occasionally, when I first started using Adobe Bridge, I'd plug in my camera (I haven't got a card reader yet), try to "Get Photos From Camera", and I'd get the following error message when the wizard tried to pull the photos off my 350d / Rebel XT:

"Cannot obtain all files from this device. Please ensure the device is connected properly, or that the battery is charged."


Thinking that my camera's battery was a little on the low side, I'd just pop in my spare, and everything would work fine - usually. However, sometimes even with a freshly charged battery they'd be a problem. I thought it was just my old Canon Battery (the original that came with the EOS 350d when new), but what I've found is an easy work-around.

When you go to retrieve your photo's, after Adobe Bridge has made contact with your camera, let it generate ALL of the thumbnails before you click "Get Photos".

Now Adobe Bridge works for me every-time, low battery or not!

Cheers, Rob.
Tuesday
Jun302009

Canon EOS 350D Noise Ninja Profiles For Free Download

As an occasional user of the Noise Ninja noise reduction software, usually in the Photoshop plug-in form, I took half an hour a couple of days ago to create some custom profiles for the Canon EOS 350D Digital SLR.

They consist of basic profiles, ISO 100 - 1600, taken with a 50mm F1.8 lens, with no exposure compensation, using the Noise Ninja Chart displayed on my monitor.

To install them, save the profiles to your hard-drive, unzip them, fire up Noise Ninja, then click "Profiles", "Install Profiles" and point the browser at the folder where you've unzipped the files.

Download the Canon EOS 350d Noise Ninja Profiles here.

Cheers, Rob.
Tuesday
Jun302009

Another Great Podcast To Listen To: The Image Doctors

When I fired up my new (second hand) pc, I had to re-subscribe to all my old Podcasts in iTunes, and came across this fantastic podcast, The Image Doctors.

Don't let the Nikon slant put you off, Rick Walker and Jason Odell, and the occasional special guest, discuss techniques and issues common to all makes of cameras and photography.

You can download their cast directly here,

Or subscribe in iTunes.

Cheers, Rob.
Sunday
Jun282009

SCL Photo Podcast 51 - Turning Points

SCL PodcastAnother ramble, this time through some of the turning points (or should that be pints?) in my life that have led me to where I am (photographically) now.

Subscribe on Itunes. (Will open Itunes, then you need to click on the "subscribe" button.) (Free)

Subscribe with other Podcatchers. (Google Reader, etc) (For Free)

Download / listen to the mp3. (Right-click then "save target as" / "save link as".) (Did I say it was free?)

Download / listen to the LOW BANDWIDTH mp3. (Right-click then "save target as" / "save link as".) (Again, free!)



Cheers, Rob.
Friday
Jun262009

Photowalk 71 - Different Locations Please!

On Wednesday evening, I had a couple of hours to spare, so I grabbed my Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT, my camera bag, and jumped in the car. Scanning the skies as I drove, I realised I didn't just want to go to my usual haunts - Priddy's Hard, around the Explosion! Museum, and the local beaches - so I tried a couple of different locations.

First stop was the "new" flats at Mumby Rd. I say new, but they've been there for years. I've always liked the architecture, and was determined to try to get a shot. There's a handy car-park right next door, so I strolled around clicking away, with the 350D sporting the Canon 50mm F1.8 Mk II on the front. I was looking for a nice angle, and the prime 50mm forced me to move around rather than use a zoom to re-frame.

This shot is a black and white HDR, processed from 3 images using Photomatix. I was exposure bracketing with plus and minus 2 ev, much more than I used to with my Fuji S5700, and I have to admit I was shooting hand-held, when it would have been better to set up a tripod, but hey, I'm a spontaneous kind of guy! (In other words I was too lazy).

Mumby Road Flats
Mumby Road Flats


The next photograph is another HDR, this time I toned down the colour a bit.

Mumby Road (Towards Town Centre)
Mumby Road (Towards Town Centre)


Next up I jumped in the car and headed to Gosport's Boat Lake, and the rather unusual Cafe.

Peppers Cafe (Gosport Model Boating Lake)
Peppers Cafe (Gosport Model Boating Lake)


Peppers Cafe Entrance
Peppers Cafe Entrance


Behind the boating lake is a large car-park, which was mostly empty at this time of night. I liked the different shapes on the horizon.

South Street Car Park
South Street Car Park


Next is a photo best viewed large. It's another HDR, but I had to do some masking with the Swans, who had come out blurred after going through Photomatix. I opened the Tone-Mapped HDR in Photoshop, then copied the original, middle exposure, into the same file on a different layer. A quick "Edit", "Auto-Align Layers", and a mask on the normal image, then I could "paint in" the OK water and swans.

Peppers Cafe And Model Boat Lake
Peppers Cafe And Model Boat Lake


Finally, the glowing Sky called me to Lee-On Solent, with another HDR. This time I had to "mask in" the walkers, and quite a lot of the detail.

Lee On Solent Sunset
Lee On Solent Sunset


To finish the night, a "normal" photo, from a slightly unusual angle.

Street Lamps Against Sunset
Street Lamps Against Sunset


All photo's in this set were taken with the 350D / Rebel XT and the Canon 50mm F1.8 Mk II lens.

Cheers, Rob.