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Found in both Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW lies a module that you may skip over, but it actually holds a lot of power. ‘Mainly’ used as a calibration for your camera it can be a great creative tool. Lets take a look at Camera Calibration; Where To Find Camera Calibration In Lightroom you’ll find […]

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This week’s podcast will work both sides of your brain.  Take a deep dive into the new Lightroom update with Adobe product manager Sharad Mangalick.  Then we’ll catch up with photo educator Steve Saporito for some tips on understanding clients and connecting with your subject.
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In case you haven’t heard, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 is now available! As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can upgrade to Lightroom CC 2015 right away using the Creative Cloud application manager. With this new release comes features like HDR processing, Panorama stitching, advanced video slideshows, facial recognition, and easy photo sharing.  How do I […]

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You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 4/30, 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, Noon Mountain, and […]

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When there’s a shiny new program on the market, it’s often easy to install it right away and start using it. The Adobe team did a lot of work reengineering how Lightroom works to improve it’s speed and efficiency, so when you upgrade from Lightroom 5 to Lightroom CC you’ll need to update your catalog. […]

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This week’s podcast catches you up three different ways.  First get inspired by photographer Kevin Weinstein as he shares practical advice about being a working photographer.  Then get a quick update on the new Lightroom CC as well as discover what new lens was just released by Lensbaby.
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Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 this week much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the new Brush tools with the Graduated Filter, auto pano stitching, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked. If you have […]

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Slightly less controversial than HDR, panoramas are also possible in Lightroom CC. Panoramic images are a series of shots that are stitched together to appear as one large image, that couldn’t be captured with a single shot. Typically, a photographer will take one image, turn slightly, take another, and so on. Check out the video […]

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Whether you love it or hate it, HDR is here to stay, and now built directly into Lightroom CC. For those unfamiliar, HDR, which stands for “High Dynamic Range”, is the process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene to produce an image that is more ‘true’ to what the human eye sees. At […]

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This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so […]

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Vignettes are a two edged sword, and many of us fall to their siren song. Vignettes can really make your photographs look masterfully finished, but they can easily be applied too heavily and overshadow the real subject of the image. Right now I’ll show you my favorite way to control Post-Crop Vignettes in the Effects tab. […]

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If you’re a Lightroom user, and if you love using presets on your images, then you’re in for a treat! In the links below you will find literally hundreds of free presets you can use in your images. Contrastly Contrastly is an online magazine about photography, technology, visual arts, photography techniques, and other topics that fall in between. […]

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I gotta say, in my grumbling transition to Lightroom (read backstory here), I am discovering more and more tools that I enjoy using. Recently, the tool I’ve been having fun using is Lightroom’s Noise Reduction. In the past, I’ve often had to revert to third party plug ins to achieve effective noise reduction, however, I’ve […]

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I recently manned a ‘pod’ for Adobe at The Photography Show here in the UK. The questions were pretty diverse but there were a few Lightroom questions that came up a few times, so I thought I’d share them here just in case readers were experiencing the same; I’ve Been Using Aperture, What’s the Easiest […]

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You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 3/26, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific/ 1:00pm Eastern. RSVP […]

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One thing we all encounter (particularly with wider lenses) is distortion. All lenses do it, it’s just physics, but some lenses distort more than others and with others our shooting techniques can exacerbate it. One particularly pesky distortion is parallax error, which is easily seen in this image above. Tilting my 35mm lens upward accentuates […]

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When I travel, especially to parts of the world where I know I am creating photographs I don’t want to lose, I try to store my photos in two or three different locations. The more places they are stored, the less chance of anything happening to the images. I am usually traveling because of photography, either to […]

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Lightroom Mobile for Android and iOS makes working away from the desktop a great deal easier. There’s a great deal you can do with the software but, for me at least, the best feature is being able to rate your images from the comfort of your easy-chair, train, or on location. To use this feature […]

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Over the last few months I’ve been slowly mourning my loss of Apple’s support for Aperture and coming to grips with my inevitable move to Adobe Lightroom (you can read the beginning of my journey here). Today, I’m continuing my series on transitioning from Aperture to Lightroom from my non technical, Aperture perspective. I like […]

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I started photography by shooting film in high school just before the turn of the century, and I don’t miss film one bit. It’s so wonderful to see a photograph on the back of the camera and see how the composition and the highlights are working, and then make changes. I don’t know what I […]

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You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win a Creative Cloud subscription from Adobe. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Saturday 2/28, 11:00am Eastern, 8:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it’ll […]

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