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ACDSee Fall Photo Contest

2013-10-23 23:03:34 GMT

It’s that time again! Fall is the most photogenic season of the year.

Get out there and capture all the beautiful fall colors in your neighborhood and upload them to ACDSee 365 with the tag #ACDSeeFallFun for your opportunity to win a Canon Powershot G1X demo camera from ACDSee.

As long as your photo is fall related, whether it’s your kids playing in the leaves or carving pumpkins, or beautiful scenery or anything… you could win!

If you don’t already have an ACDSee 365 account, sign up here. Just make sure your album is set to public and tag away!

All entries can be viewed by searching #ACDSeeFallFun on ACDSee 365. The grand prize winner will be announced Monday, November 18th.

Have fun!

Searching Within ACDSee Pro 7

2013-10-22 21:42:55 GMT

There are a number of ways to search your computer for files and folders. With ACDSee Pro 7 you can use the Search pane to search by file name, keywords, or image properties. You can create advanced searches to locate files that fall within a date or rating range and then save and name the search to use later. You can also use the Duplicate Finder to locate and manage identical files.

Using the Search Pane
The Search Pane contains several areas to help you manage your searches, Saved Searches, Files and Text, and the Properties area. When you create a search, remember that the search tool will only return files that match ALL of the criteria that you specify.

In the Saved searches area, you can save a complex search to use later, select a search to run again, or delete a saved search.

To search for files or folders type a portion of the name of which you want to search, or select a previous search term from the drop-down list. When you click Start at the bottom of the pane, the search results are listed in the File List pane.

Saved searches are also listed on the Catalog pane, from where you can run them with a single click on the Saved Search name.

To save a search, click the Save icon, and then Save or Save As to save or overwrite a saved search. When the Saved Search dialog opens, type in a name for the search. If you use a descriptive name, it makes it easier to remember the criteria in your saved search.

Deleting a search is easy too. Select a search from the drop-down list then click the Delete icon. Click Yes to confirm the deletion, when the prompt opens.

In the Files and Text area, you can identify what you are searching for, and where you want to search for it.

Go ahead and type a portion of the file or folder name for which you want to search, or select a previous search term from the dropdown list. You can also use wildcards to search for file name patterns. To exclude all non-image files, click the right-arrow button beside the field and select Images only.

When you search by both file name and a keyword or phrase, an item is included in the search result only when it includes BOTH criteria.

To specify what parts of the database you want to search, and indicate how to treat the text you type in the field, click the arrow next to the field and select any of the following options:

  • Find all words: Only returns files that match all the words you enter.
  • Find whole words only: Only returns files that contain the entire word, exactly as you typed it.
  • Search in Caption: Searches the Caption field of files in the database.
  • Search in Keywords: Searches the Keyword field of files in the database.
  • Search in Notes: Searches in the Notes field of files in the database.
  • Search in Categories: Searches the Category assignments of files in the database.
  • Search in Folders: Searches in the name of folders in the database.
  • Search in Labels: Searches the labeled images by color.

In the Properties area, you can identify file properties that you want to search for, and specify ranges of valves to include or exclude from your search.

To Use the Properties Area:

  1. Below the Search file properties field, click Add.
  2. In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, select one or more properties on which to base your search.
  3. Click Ok.
  4. In the Properties area, click the hyperlinks to define conditional statements for each property.
  5. Click Start to perform the search.

Photography Terms You Might Not Know… But Should

2013-10-16 20:50:53 GMT

Sometimes as a photographer you stumble across some terminology that you feel like you might know, but then again… maybe you don’t. Here are some uncommon photography terminologies that won’t hurt to know.

Failing in the ability of a lens to produce a true image. There are many forms of aberration and the lens designer can often correct some only by allowing others to remain. Generally, the more expensive the lens, the less its aberrations (More attention to optical quality). While no single lens is called a ‘perfect lens’. The “ideal” lens would reproduce a subject in a faithful, clearly defined image on film. Aberrations, which can be divided in so six basic faults, affect the ideal performance in an optical systems.

a) Spherical aberration. Basically, a beam of light passing through a lens parallel to the optical axis converges to form 3 focused image on the film. Spherical aberration is the term for an optical fault caused by the spherical form of a lens that produces different focus points along the axis to focus on a curved surface rather than a plane.

b) Curvature of field. this optical defect causes points on an object plane perpendicular to the lens axis to focus points along the axis for central and marginal rays.

c) Astigmatism. Rays of light from a single point of an object which is not on the axis of a lens fail to meet in a single focus thus causing the image of a point to be drawn out into two sharp lines, one radial to the optical axis and another perpendicular to this line, in two different planes near the curvature of field.

d) Coma. This optical defect causes the image of an off-axis point of light to appear as a comet-shaped blur of light. Coma, as well as curvature of a field and astigmatism, degenerate the image forming ability of the lens at the rims of the picture.

e) Distortion. Even if the first four aberrations were totally eliminated, images could result that still have a distorted appearance. For example, a rectangle may appear as a barrel or pin cushion-shaped object.

f) Chromatic aberration. This aberration is caused by light rays of different wavelengths coming to focus at different distances from the lens. Blue will focus at the shortest distance and red at the greatest distance. Since the natural rays of light are a mixture of colors, each aberration will give a different value corresponding to each color thus producing blurred images.

Barrel Distortion.
Straight lines are bowed in at the edges of the picture frame resembling the sides of a barrel; present in small amounts in some wide-angle or wide-angle-zoom lenses, but uncorrected in fish-eye lenses.

Bayer Pattern.
The “Bayer” pattern is digital photography terminology to describe how photosites are arranged on an image sensor. A Bayer pattern has 50% green photosites, 25% red photosites and 25% blue photosites.

There are twice as many green photosites than red or blue because human eyes are most sensitive to green light.

Taking a series of photographs of the same subject at different exposures to insure “correct” exposure; useful when shooting in situations where a normal metering reading is difficult to obtain. Taking additional pictures of the subject through a range of exposures-both lighter and darker-when unsure of the correct exposure. Some top cameras have provision for automatic bracketing, while manually you can bracket by adjusting apertures or shutter speeds or both, manually influent the ASA setting or even adjust the flash output power etc..

Bokeh is a photography term that refers to the way a lens blurs and image.

Generally it is considered good practice, especially with portrait photography, to have the main subject in focus and the background blurred.

Bokeh refers to how evenly and pleasingly the out of focus (blurred) area looks.

An instrument used for measuring the optical density of an area in a negative or print.

Foveon Sensor.
A type of sensor where the color recording layers are stacked on top of each other. This means that every “pixel” can record the level of red, green, and blue light hitting it.

This differs from the Bayer sensor, where each pixel can record only one color of light.

A scale used to measure the color temperature. 5000 k refer to normal daylight.

Lossy/Lossless files.
When a digital camera takes a photo, the image data is stored on a memory card as a computer file. If the data is stored fully, the file is called a lossless file. These files are quite large in size. The most common type of lossless file in use are TIFFs.

To cut down on large file sizes, the camera can throw away parts of the data that the human eye probably won’t notice anyway. These files are called lossy. The most common type of lossy file are JPEGs. Caution should taken when using JPEGs if image quality is important.

A measurement of the light intensity. One lux in video means light level of a candle light.

Minute glass or plastic structure of multiple prisms set in a viewfinder screen to act as a focusing aid. Breaks up an out-of-focus subject into a shimmer but images a focused subject clearly. Will not work satisfactorily at lens apertures smaller than f5.6.

Purple Fringing.

In digital photography terminology, purple fringing is an undesirable purple “rim” that surrounds areas of high contrast in a digital image.

It’s very obvious when photographing people against a bright (but not deep blue) sky.

The reasons for purple fringing aren’t clear, although it is generally accepted that poor quality lenses and poor quality sensors make it worse.

Refractive Index.
A technical term used to describe the effect of a lens in causing light rays to bend; important aspect in lens design.

** Definitions are from A Glossary of Photographic Terms: **

Lose the chaos with these 7 ways to organize your photo storage

2013-10-10 23:30:26 GMT

It gets a little crazy when your photos start getting up in the tens of thousands. When this happens you sometimes don’t know where to start to get everything organized. Here are 7 ways in ACDSee Pro 7 that you do to can lose the chaos!

  1. Cataloging
    Categories are an easy way to organize your files into context-related sections. In ACDSee Pro 7 your categories can be simple or complex and use any names you choose. There are different icons to use for different categories to help you identify them at a glance.

    One way to assign files to a category is to select and drag one or more files from the file list and drop them onto the category. Any file that is assigned to a category has a blue tab above its thumbnail in the file list. A file can belong to multiple categories, but it will only have one blue tab.

    Once your files are in categories, you can search, sort, group, and find them by category.

  2. Color Labels
    Color labels are useful for naming and quickly identifying your processing plans for your images. Different colors can be used to represent different stages of your workflow. For example, as you review your photos you can quickly label files to upload, print, reject, review, or sharpen, or any other term that matches your workflow needs.

    Begin by creating a label set so you can quickly select and assign specified labels.

    - In the Catalog pane, click the Labels settings buttons and select Edit Label Sets.
    - Enter names for your labels and click the Save icon.
    - Click Save As from the Save Label Set dialog box.
    - Enter a name for your new label set.
    - Click OK.

  3. Properties Pane
    The Properties Pane is divided into three tabs: Metadata tab, Organize tab, and File tab.

    The Metadata tab displays the rating, category, IPTC, EXIF and ACDSee metadata stored with a photo. The ACDSee metadata fields are available for you to enter the caption for your photographs as well as date, author, and notes. The keywords field is display-only and can be entered in the Organize tab. The label field can be entered here or selected from the Labels section in the Catalog pane. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata is not embedded in your files, but instead is held in the database.

    The Organize tab displays a tree of categories and a tree of keywords. The Category tree context-menu (right-click) allows you to add and delete categories and sub-categories. You can create category sets to quickly categorize your files. Right-clicking the keyword tree also allows the same options.

    The file tab displays detailed file information and image attributes for a selected file or files. You can set or change the Read-Only and Hidden properties of a file or folder, and view a summary of any EXIF contained in a file.

  4. Adding Metadata
    You can add information to your images using IPTC and ACDSee Metadata. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata can be embedded into your file, or stored in the database. You can add this information to one or multiple files at a time.

    Follow these steps to add metadata to one or more files:
    - In Manage mode, select one or more files in the File List pane.
    - In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
    - Enter information into the metadata fields.
    - Click Apply or press Enter to apply your changes.
  5. Map Pane
    Use the map pane to add photo locations from anywhere in the world to your photos. You can then recall and view that information for reference at any time. Use the map to select groups of files for further workflow steps, and select photos for display in View mode.

    The location of files displayed in the Map pane is based on the latitude and longitude information in the file properties. If you have a camera with geotagging capabilities, the geographic location is automatically conveyed visually on the map. You can also add map coordinates to files by dragging them directly onto the map and pressing the Save All button.

    Geotagged images are indicated on the map with pins. You can click a pin on the map select files within a geographic location for viewing or processing.

  6. Hierarchical Keywords
    You can keyword your files in a hierarchy and maintain these groups in the keyword tree.

    To create keywords you must go to the properties pane, located to the right of the File List pane, and do one of the following:
    - Right-click Keywords in the Organize tab, and then select New Keyword.
    - Type a keyword into the field of the Keyword groups and press Enter.

    To establish a hierarchy, do one of the following:
    - In the keyword field, type the lesser or more specific keyword, followed by the less than symbol, followed by the greater or more general keyword.
    For example: Owl > Bird or Madrid - Right-click an existing keyword, then select New Keyword. The new keyword will automatically become a child to the existing keyword.
    **Note** When assigning multiple keywords to a file, it is important to note that separating keywords with commas will not generate a hierarchy.

  7. Copy & Pasting Files
    You can cut or copy files to the clipboard, and then paste them into another folder without losing your ACDSee metadata!

    To cut and paste files:
    - Go to Manage mode, in the File List or Folders pane, select one or more files or folders.
    - Click Edit | Copy or Cut.
    - In the Folders pane, browse to a new location.
    - Click Edit | Paste to place the files or folders into the new location.