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General information and details of shoots we have organised.

Adobe release CS2 Suite free for all.

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe have released the entire set of the CS2 Suite free of charge for all to use. They’ve provided the full license keys for these products and links to the installers for both PC and “Power PC” based Mac computers. This will be an excellent way of getting a copy of Photoshop onto your backup laptops and systems, perfect for use in an emergency. The release of this product appears to be down to the fact that Adobe are switching off their CS2 licensing servers. These links are to allow direct access to the files and fully valid product keys as an alternative for users still using this software. Whether they change their mind or not is yet to be seen. The CS2 software suite is now around 10 years old and fairly well out of date however it will still be useful for the times when you are stuck without your main edit system, or for those new users with fairly simple needs. The main “problem” you will have is the lack of RAW files support. CS2 will not support the majority of camera RAW data formats so you may wish to find a converter for your system. Saving the RAW files as a 16bit TIFF would be best when importing into CS2. If you’re into Audio editing Audition 3 is an excellent program that still functions perfectly for single and multi-track use, while Acrobat is perfect for those needing to create PDF files. Download Links can be found below:

Creative Suite 2
Mac
1130-0412-8377-1896-9751-5759
Win
1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551
Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
Win
1159-1414-7569-3493-5006-5653
Acrobat Standard 7.0
Mac
1016-0414-2428-7157-5404-6669
Win
1016-1415-6379-6184-1333-2468
Acrobat Pro 8.0
Mac
1118-0416-1130-3724-2927-7040
Win
1118-1414-1955-8737-8172-0350
Audition 3.0
Win
1137-1004-8571-6848-7845-8029
GoLive CS2
Mac
1033-0415-6162-2671-3431-0993
Win
1033-1418-1610-5696-5209-0095
Illustrator CS2
Mac
1034-0416-0740-0527-2887-2375
Win
1034-1415-6230-2341-2884-9398
InCopy CS2
Mac
1036-0414-4367-5110-5897-2432
Win
1036-1419-3531-6378-2148-9313
InDesign CS2
Mac
1037-0413-9961-4063-8457-1098
Win
1037-1412-5094-8316-6812-7982
Photoshop CS2
Mac
1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639
Win
1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431
Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
Mac
1057-0410-8218-6295-1699-9560
Win
1057-1414-3729-7573-7352-1206
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Win
1132-1280-4900-7476-5108-8019

Adobe’s original download link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads If you want something more up to date, I’d recommend this link: Adobe’s more recent version, CS6

Update!

Here’s some further information regarding this “free software.” It appears Adobe are giving that software out as they have actually disabled their CS2 activation servers, however they seem to be offering this to licensed users. I’ve no idea how they plan to police this activation-free software which appears to be in the wild now. There’s probably thousands of sites that now host the details of this offering. More information on the release is available here: forums.adobe.com If Adobe decide that the above table of details is breaking their terms/copyright/whatever I advise them to contact me via the contact form on my site. I will remove the data upon request and confirmation of this being a valid request by Adobe.

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Beer!

I recently repaired a PC for a friend and was paid in beer. Not only beer, but beer was included.

Having a fridge load of random beer bottles gave me an idea for a small project; namely shooting some “promotional shots” as may be used by the brewery or distributor. These were shot for my use, learning and experimentation only. Each one was shot on a separate day and processed on a one-by-one basis. This give an interesting variation in the shots as they were not considered “a set” during production. I also experimented with larger and shallowed depth of field while shooting these. The Golden Champion beer is an example of shallow depth of field as demonstrated by the softer “More artistically shot” image.

 

Spooks Ale

 

Trade Winds

Black Sheep Ale

Dark Island

Golden Champion

Guinness

The lighting was kept very simple for these as it had to be assembled and put away each day. I used a single off-camera flash, a yellow foam background, a white sheet diffuser and a reflector (for some.) This gave a set-up, shoot and tear down time of about 5 minutes per shot which was great as this was usually happening while I was cooking my evening meal!

 

My personal favourite beer from this selection is the Black Sheep Ale. It has a nice clean flavour that works well for me, it’s not too high in alcohol content so it’s a simple one to drink too. I can see myself buying a few more of these as time goes by!

 

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Portrait of a Marathon runner.

I was asked by the Edinburgh Journal (Student newspaper) to gather a few shots of someone who will be running the Meadows Marathon in March. It was a quick shoot, as I had to run off to another, but we got together around noon and spent about 15 minutes walking around getting a few shots.

The images were made available to the client around one hour later. I did the editing and upload via WIFI while waiting for the next client to prepare.

I wish Natasha all the best for the marathon when it arrives.

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Equipment failure, and having backups.

A couple of days ago I had a flash fail while at a photo shoot. I was half way through the shoot when a flash gave off a huge bang and puffs of smoke, this was fun to see, but not what I wanted! It was dead.

After looking at it in shock, disgust and general annoyance, I realised it needed replaced. Thankfully I had a spare flash of the exact same model so swapping out would be easy. A couple of minutes after the bang, we were back on the shoot. Continue reading

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The power of light.

I recently had a conversation with someone who just started photography. He saw I was using a flash on my camera (bounced off the ceiling) and was curious as to why I did this, rather than “just turn on the lights.” When told the answer, he dismissed it as a pointless exercise. I needed evidence!

So here we are, the evidence. I took out a single flash and some AA batteries along with a pair of 500w halogen security lights (normally used in the studio for video work) and did some comparisons. Continue reading

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