Free: Water Drop Photography Tutorial

I’m working on Interactive PDF eBook Tutorials

Still in the preparation phase (learning InDesign)

Consider this post a status report

(including an example of where I’m headed)

I think that after two more weeks (& two more examples)

Everything will be set to go by the end of April

After that, 4 more weeks to complete the eBook,

since the content already exists

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A Water Drop Image

In-camera; no post-processing trickery

Click on the image to download

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Today’s sample eBook is nearly identical, content-wise to this one

A Recipe for Making Water Drop Images

That I made in two versions (both free) last year

An iPad iBook available at the Apple store (search Knepley)

A PDF (identical layout to the iPad version)

Apart from Nik tutorials, the Water Drop post has been

This blog’s most popular post with over 10K views

So why do it again?

Apart from an InDesign learning exercise & comparison?

The iPad layout and format is too limiting IMO

Everyone can read PDF, not so iBook

I’m designing specifically for use on a monitor

iPad users can read the PDF

Try it; layout & screen fit are pretty good

I might mention that I also discarded the notion of doing videos

although the book may have some short ones, < 2 minutes

Others may learn well from videos, but not me

Too hard to skip around (among other things)

Enough chit-chat:

Download the latest and greatest Water Drop Images

(same as clicking the above image)

If you have time, compare it with the earlier one

I’m really desperate for feedback & suggestions

Along those lines, my deepest thanks to Juergen Kiefner

For his offer to provide suggestions

(& he’s a professional typographer, to boot)

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Free: Color Efex Pro Bleach Bypass Filter eBook

I’m working on Interactive PDF eBook Tutorials

At square-one right now

Doing a self-learning InDesign crash course

I’ll try to kill two birds with one stone over the next few weeks

I’ll keep plowing through the mysteries of InDesign and

Post short PDF books in the daily blog post based on what I learned that day – until I start the “real” book

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Bleach Bypass Before/After Example

Click for full screen

Large amount of detail; can you see the Colorado River?

Hint – in deepest dark canyon at right a little below the center

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Since the goal tutorial book will be based on

These tutorials in my blog

I’m using old blog posts for my InDesign lesson assignments

Starting with CEP4 filter tutorials that can be found here

To both learn InDesign and

To learn how to transfer existing material to InDesign

The first filter | eBook test is based on the

Bleach Bypass filter (found here in the past posts)

Click the image below to download the 7-page eBook

4-9-2013 5-18-28 PMIf you compare the blog version with the  eBook

They’re basically the same except for the layout

I haven’t gotten to fancy-stuff & interaction in InDesign yet

One lesson learned – use higher resolution screen captures

If you have additional lessons for me in the form of

Suggestions or comments on these eBook samples

Please pass them on; I’d really appreciate it

Use the Comment section below (or send an email)

Thanks in advance. I may have been a decent engineer, but a graphics and layout person – I’m not 😉 – and need all the help I can get.

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Photography Trips

How about to Mars?

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The Curiosity Rover on Mars

Click the image and visit the interactive panorama site

View a 360 degree panorama

Pan up and view the sun as seen on Mars

Pan down & zoom to see rover & Mars’ surface details

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Nik Silver Efex Pro Presets – Gone but not Lost

How to find old web pages

(pages with broken links)

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Google’s purchase of Nik Software

Has had at least one unfortunate side-effect

Links to old Nik Software support pages are broken

I recently had a request for a Silver Efex Pro preset of mine

That Nik offered on their SEP preset download page

Except now that page no longer exists

(to normal mortals 😉 )

There’s a long thread at DPReview –

Readers complaining that Nik presets are gone

See my “funny story” at the end of the post

This post illustrates a way to solve that problem

And can be used for many other broken links as well

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Left to right –

True IR (made with IR converted camera)

The actual color scene

“Faux IR” – made with my Silver Efex Pro (lost) preset

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How to find a web page that is no longer active

Illustrated using the specific item I was asked about

Follow along on your computer if you want….

1. Imagine that you’re reading and click on an embedded link

Here is the exact spot in the SEP tutorial Film Type section

 If you’re following along it’s at the end of the tutorial

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2. And – after you click, you see…

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3. After you curse, there’s an option that you may not have known

a. Right click on the embedded link and copy the link address

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b. Go to Web.Archive.org and paste the copied address as shown here

You might take a moment to read the

Site’s “About….” section, left column

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c. Click on Take Me Back to see the following

This is our “Time Machine”

In this case a black bar in 2013 is highlighted

In turn, Jan 17 2013 is highlighted

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d. Click on a highlighted date to see

This listing of access times (just 1 here)

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e. Click on an access time and

You are taken back in time

To what that web address looked like then

This is January 2013

The presets then were for SEP2

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f. My reader asked about SEP1 presets, not SEP2

No problem – get back into the Time Machine and

Choose an earlier date – like 2008

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Click on any blue highlighted date to see

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Click on an available time to see

What this Nik preset page looked like on 7/24/08

This is from the SEP1 era

Compare it with the earlier SEP2 version

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Scroll down this page a bit and you’ll see

Moi

Which is what my correspondent was looking for

BEFORE encountering the lost link

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Have fun with this useful (but largely unknown) tool

It’s invaluable to me in writing my

Interactive Nik Collection book

Since the book is based on the existing tutorials

Google’s shutting down of pages did me no favors

Without WebArchive.org a lot of valuable info

Would be GONE FOREVER!

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Funny side story –

I’m banned from DPReview for inviting readers of a thread about broken Nik preset links to read this post – deemed self promoting. The moderators were equally offended that there is a discount code on my site (for which I get NOTHING!) – deemed commercial. The “banning summary” read self-promoting & commercial. Geez!!!!!!!!  Boo, DPReview. See if I ever, ever write anything intended to be useful and helpful there again. And, by the way, did you ever notice that pro’s with true commercial site – I’ll list Thom Hogan as one – have posted 1000’s of times with a link to their site in their signature box with nary a problem. Is it that their poop doesn’t stink???

If you’re here from DPReview

Be sure to thank your moderators for banning me and

Removing my thread reply about this post you just read

And tell your fellow “lost preset” friends about it

Because I’ll never post there again. 😉

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Google’s Nik Collection – 15% off

The already low(er) price of $149

Discount code below


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Besides Nik’s corporate evolution

Their products have evolved as well

Now – after their buyout by Google

The recent release of the Nik Collection

Shows no further product evolution (yet)

but there was a price revolution!

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Historic Charleston

A composition in three layers

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70 2.8, Tripod, Circular Polarizer

Minor Color Efex Pro adjustment

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The complete Nik suite used to cost roughly $500 (depending)

With the new release last month the price dropped to $149

The purpose of this post is to tell you how to reduce that price by

Another 15%

When you are checking out at the Nik Collection site

Enter EKNEPLEY in the Coupon Code box

Get there easily as shown below

(If you don’t see the sidebar, click on the blue area at the top of the blog)

Click for full screen

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I get NOTHING from this.

Simply a service to this blog’s readers

If you already own any one or more of the 6 programs in the collection

You should have gotten an email from Google-Nik

Offering the complete collection for free

If you haven’t gotten this, call them to get it taken care of with no further effort on your part

Often happens if your registration data isn’t up to date

Or you changed email addresses

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Google’s Nik Collection – Tutorials

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As a beta tester for the old Nik Software (RIP)

I had a unique opportunity to learn about their products

Stuff few know – including many testers

Notes from low-level forum related Q&A over the years

and info from program managers & developers

(I was tester #18 of what became over 800 during my 5-6 years)

As a result, I wrote tutorials covering the entire

Nik “Efex Pro” family

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Views of this material is approaching 100,000

In them, you’ll find material not even available at Nik’s help site.

And – they are free.

Please don’t copy without attribution.

Nik’s (now Google) own help is also available

Visit the new Google Nik Collection help site

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Recently (6 months after buying Nik) Google announced the

Nik Collection

Since this is indicative of Google’s intention to keep the software alive & well

And – with the reduction in price for the complete set

From about $500 to $149

I think a wave of new users is coming and

They’ll need documentation

To help satisfy that need I am writing an interactive “Efex” book

It will be based on the (free) tutorials listed below

To be finished in May 2013

A 2nd book covering Viveza, Define & Sharpener will follow –

Summer 2013

NOTE – the Nik Collection software is IDENTICAL to

That documented in the tutorials listed below

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Nik Software Tutorials: more detailed than Nik user guides

HDR Efex Pro 2 (HEP2)

Color Efex Pro 4 Tutorial (CEP4)

Silver Efex Pro 2 Tutorial (SEP2)

HDR Efex Pro Tutorial (HEP)

Color Efex Pro Filter Guide and Index (CEP)

The material below is common to the “Efex Pro” family

Control Points & Selective Adjustments

History Browser

Presets

Keyboard Shortcuts

Nik Software and RAW image files

Miscellaneous Nik Software Related Posts

Index to Snapseed posts

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All About Nik Software – Tutorials

As a beta tester for Nik Software

I have a unique opportunity to learn about their products

To document that, I’ve written tutorials covering the entire

Nik “Efex Pro” family

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These tutorials have been viewed nearly 50,000 times.

In them, you’ll find material not even available at Nik’s help site.

And – they are free.

Please don’t copy without attribution.

For more, including periodic updates, check the Table of Contents

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Nik Software Tutorials: more detailed than Nik user guides

HDR Efex Pro 2 (HEP2)

Color Efex Pro 4 Tutorial (CEP4)

Silver Efex Pro 2 Tutorial (SEP2)

HDR Efex Pro Tutorial (HEP)

Color Efex Pro Filter Guide and Index (CEP)

The material below is common to the “Efex Pro” family

Control Points & Selective Adjustments

History Browser

Presets

Keyboard Shortcuts

Nik Software and RAW image files

Miscellaneous Nik Software Related Posts

Index to Snapseed posts

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