Free Lightroom Sports Presets. Free Vintage-look Photoshop Textures. And A Peek Into Bill Fortney’s Air Travel Camera Bag.
Good stuff for you today (yes, better than my football images from yesterday). Anytime we can download FREE Lightroom presets and Photoshop textures it makes for good stuff … and that is what I have for you today. Plus, you know it’s football season when I have a post (yesterday’s) on shooting the high school version and well-respected lighting guru David Hobby (The Strobist) does the same thing. I would give you the old line of great-minds-think-alike, but I know better than to try that when comparing myself to David. But we did have posts on the same subject.
First, David. His idea was somewhat similar to mine when discussing gear and the need to be able to shoot under many times suspect lighting. He goes on to suggest shooting with (gasp!) speedlites.I have some real doubts about how that would go over with coaches, referees and school officials alike. I imagine the scene the first time that flash goes off directly into the eyes of someone either on the field as a player or on the sidelines as a coach or official. “Sir, the way OFF the field is this way. Let’s go!” But David seems to think it will work (and, of course, not just for football), and he shows you the manner in which he mounts his speedlite directly to his lens. It’s different, I gotta say. So, if you are a sports shooter, click here to read David Hobby’s take on shooting high school football. You don’t have to take sides, of course, but if you like my post better than his I won’t complain.
The same image with Matt’s medium football preset applied in Lightroom. One click processing. Thank you, Matt!
Then the really good stuff, strangely also connected with football. One of the real good guys out there, Matt Kloskowski, was watching football with his son over the weekend when it struck him that he naturally needed to develop some presets for sports (football in particular). So he did. And they are now posted for the rest of us to download. For FREE! The three presets come in three flavors: mild, medium and strong (I bet Matt likes salsa). And they will give your photos a cool, kinda grungy look. I like it, and I bet you will, too. Click here to jump over to his site and download the FREE presets. Thank you, Matt!
And even more FREE textures for Photoshop, vintage-look ones from a favorite site of mine, Shadowhouse Creations. Now these are going to have a lot of uses for a lot of photos, in my humble opinion. Of course, I like the vintage look for lots of my images, so you be the judge by clicking here and taking a look at the examples of the looks you can get. I think you are going to like these. They are easy to download and easy to use. Thank you, Shadowhouse Creations!
And yet one more treat for today. Regular readers know how much I admire and respect Bill Fortney, Nikon Professional Rep and photographer extraordinaire. Bill is a constant wealth of information and advice to many, many of us. And today that includes you! Bill flies a great deal, both for Nikon and in doing workshops around the country. Today he gives us a glimpse at his recommended camera bag for air travel and what he packs inside to be ready for about any kind of shooting. Now, Bill is a Nikon shooter, but that doesn’t mean that your Canon or Sony or whatever brand gear isn’t going to fit inside his Thintank bag. What is instructive is what he is packing to be ready for a workshop full of photo opportunities. Click here for a gear check of what one of our very best professional photographers carries when he is in the air.
What a great Tuesday. Enjoy the free downloads and the free advice.