Monday, September 13, 2010

A slide Show Plug-In

want to snaz up your slide shows all within LR ?
here is how

LightRoom SlideShow Tips from Adobe TV

click here


LR to Gmail......

Tim Armes has some nice handy plu-in tools
including direct use of LR to Gmail of files
check it out here
Very easy to use plugin for email of files for those of us that have a Gmail account

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creating a Photo Collage all within LightRoom !!!

click here for the great Tutorial I found on doing a collage just within LR !


Lucias Art Technique in LightRoom

awesome method to Lucias Art Technique in LR
presented on Scott kelby's Blog
click here


Ten killer U Tube Videos on LR3

I stumbled upon this article that has a link to Ten great videos on LightRoom 3
The first one will blow you away on how easy it is to do skin softening right inside LR
Here is the link


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Adobe PhotoShop LightRoom for Photographers Class

just a reminder that I will be teaching a 6 day class at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) next month.
Class will start at 6 pm Tuesday 7 September 2010
we will meet in room D118 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
I will cover all 5 LightRoom modules during the six nights we meet
The first class will be an overview of what we will cover.

Need more details or you need to sign-up
call BPCC at 678-6015


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some thing fun to do this week-end, bring ur camera !

Many of you know that while I have many passions
and Photography is but one of them
my longest running passion next to my wife
is that of Ham Radio

This week-end presents a great time for anyone that is curious about this hobby
to come see
as we are amogst thousands of amateur radio operators that will be playing in a national event known as Field Day

Most of the activity is Saturday
but I will be there from Friday after noon thru Sunday Noon
A catfish dinner will be offerd by an on sight caterer at 6 pm Saturday and the cost is only $13 per person

ARRL Field Day: “Hams” take it to the streets June 26-27

Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana - Amateur Radio activities are growing and many radio operators, often called “hams,” will be showing
off their capabilities June 26-27 at The Gazebo near the public boat launch on Arthur Teague Parkway on the Bossier City side of the Red River.
Thousands of Amateur Radio operators will be Erecting radio stations at community parks, campgrounds, schools and emergency centers around the country, they will hold a “Field Day” showing their emergency communications capabilities while having fun talking and texting to friends with their radios.

Far from fading in the age of cell phones and Internet,
Amateur Radio has been growing in the US and 2009 saw over 30,000 new
people became “hams.” Figures from the ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio, show consistent growth for the past five
years. The technical skills of hams also improved as almost 50% of
American Amateur Radio operators now go beyond the entry level FCC
licensing requirements and pass the more difficult testing to earn
higher class federal licenses. There are now more than 682,000 Amateur
Radio operators in the US, and 2.5 million around the world.

In past months, many reports of ham radio operators
providing critical communications in emergencies have been in the news.
From Haiti to California, during floods, fires, earthquakes, tornados
and other crises, Amateur Radio volunteers are providing emergency
communications for many rescue and recovery groups. Amateur Radio
operators are often the first to report critical information to
responders in the first hours of crisis situations. FEMA, DHS, the
National Weather Service, and emergency management offices include
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) operators in their
communications plans. On June 26-27, the public will be able to meet
and talk with the hams and see for themselves what Amateur Radio is all
about. Using everything from Morse code to modern digital and satellite
systems, voice communications and even Web-radio hybrid capabilities,
they prove “It’s not just your Grandfather’s radio anymore.”

Several of the local Shreveport/Bossier amateur radio operators have deployed in the past during times of disaster, when normal communications were disrupted.

The amateur operators will construct temporary, emergency
style radio stations around the country for the weekend and send
messages in many forms -without the use any other infrastructure that
can be compromised in a crisis. Over 35,000 Amateur Radio operators
across the country participated in last year's event. To learn what
modern Amateur Radio systems can do, go to
There you can find information about the locations the Amateur Radio
operators will set up in your home area. They can even help you get on
the air!

For more info
Steven Lott Smith
Shreveport Amateur Radio Association 2010 Field Day Chairman

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Adobe LightRoom by Steven Lott at BPCC this September

Adobe LightRoom will again be taught by me at BPCC

This year it is offered by the Non Academic side of the house, for students this means less cost !

Winows plateform will be used and class size is limited to Ten students,
so if you want this course sign-up NOW !

BPCC WorkForce number is 678-6119

We will be in room D118 (Windows Computer Lab)
6:00-9:00 PM dates Mon, Tues, Wed 9/13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 with 3 hours per night for a total of 18 hours.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Knowing your lens speed and other terms is important

esp if your going to be pulled in front of Judge Joe Bown
he knows a few things about photography

But more important is to know these terms and how they appy in our craft
so we provide quality products to our customers

A coleague of mine saw the meta tag and exif data for the files that this wedding images were from
The photographer shot the images at High ISO medium jpg file size, under exposed them
then tried to have a working professional recover the mistakes in PhotoShop, of course the damage had be done and they were not fixable !

Small file size compressed files are not suitable for enlargements
High ISO causes Noise (image degradation)
Under exposure increases artifacts in images esp if those files all ready have increased noise in the files
Slow glass, a lens that only allows us to open up to f 5.7 is not the right choice for available or candle lighted weddings where no flash is allowed

Here is the link to the Vid

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Marlaina by Steven Lott of Lott's Photography Studio

Marlaina and her Girls

Marlaina and her girls by Steven Lott of Lott's Photography

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A recent portrait with a bit of change in my lighting style

Annabell by Steve Lott of Lott's Photo
Normally I light children with very flat even light, I decided to do something a bit more dramatic for "B" now that she is 5 years old