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Armed with a Canon EOS 7D, a tripod, and a Disney World annual pass, Jeff Krause enjoys creating HDR images from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom parks.
I use a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop HDR, and Photomatix. Photomatix is my favorite choice vs. Photoshop HDR wizard. Although with enough tweaking it can produce excellence results, too.
I also use a masking technique for some shots. Especially for fixing motion blur between HDR brackets and blown highlights on lamps at night.
Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures
If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, please send it to email@example.com and we’ll consider publishing it in next month’s issue.
Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures
Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.
Downloading All the Pictures at Once
Some browsers can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once.
Create a workflow in Automator with these three actions:
- Get Current Webpage from Safari.
- Get Image URLs from Webpage. Get URLs of images linked from these webpages.
- Download URLs.
Use the Download command to “Download all linked files in same folder” and configure the limits to download only the linked images.
Choose “Save Linked ‣ Images…” from the File menu.
Placing Desktop Pictures
Mac OS X 10.3.x Through 10.7.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu, click the “Desktop & Screen Saver” button, then choose the Desktop tab. In the left-side menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Select the Screen Saver tab which is also in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” System Preferences pane. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, click on the Pictures Folder in the list of screen savers. Otherwise, click Choose Folder to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.1.x and 10.2.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the pop-up menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the Screen Saver (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.0.x
Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your ~/Library/Desktop Pictures folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.