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Note: We’ve got two hangouts next week — Lightroom is Thursday with Scott Kelby and Business with Justin and Mary Marantz on Wednesday.   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, as well […]

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Keeping your Lightroom catalog safe is essential to preserving your hard work.  After all, your catalog contains your organization (and possibly the bulk of your edits). The Quick Answer on Location So where should you store the catalog?  The answer is it depends. Single computer: create a folder on your local hard drive, name it […]

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Adobe just posted some information regarding the compatibility of the not-yet-released Lightroom 6, and operating systems for Mac and Windows. To read the update, go here. In summary, Lightroom 6 will require that your OS (Operating System) is up-to-date with a recent versions of Mac or Windows. Here’s what you will need in order to run Lightroom 6 (when it […]

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Lightroom Mobile has found it’s way onto the Android platform. SPOILER ALERT, you are going to love it!

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Lightroom Mobile was just released today for Android phones.  We’re working up our review shortly, but here’s some info for those of you who’ve been anxiously waiting.  The release is specifically for Android phones (and won’t work with all Android phones). You’ll need Android 4.1 or up. Key Features Here’s what you can expect to get. Access […]

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Building a Lightroom Export Preset will get your images to your client fast.

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Aperture Fades Away

Last July, Apple announced that development on Aperture would cease. Last October, Adobe announced an Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom. Both announcements garnered groans from me. The writing was on the wall. It was time for me to finally become a Adobe switcher. To explain, I have to share a bit of background. I come […]

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Adding New Volumes to Lightroom

When it’s time to replace a hard drive, RAID or Drobo with a newer, higher capacity one; how do it get integrated into Lightroom? There are three scenarios for this: 1.) Rename the new volume with the name of the old one, 2.) Add the new one to the volumes in the Folder tab or […]

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When I started digital photography, I thought Lightroom 2’s Vignette tool was the greatest thing. It allowed me to darken the edges of my images and draw attention toward my subject in the center. Trouble was, my subject wasn’t always in the center, and I wanted to be able to place the bright center of […]

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Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether you’re using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, it’s much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image […]

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Earlier this year, I visited a bunch of gorgeous locations throughout the southwest US. If you want to know what it’s like to have your jaw drop wide open, just head over to areas like White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs of Arizona. I honestly have never seen landscapes quite like the ones over there. […]

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One of Lightroom’s powerful features is an easy-to-use slideshow module. Slideshows are a great way to showcase your photos to friends, family and clients. Some wedding photographers even offer a same-day slideshow running on their laptop while at the reception. You can even save your favorite slideshow settings as a template, making it fast and […]

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Lightroom is an intelligent program. Common mistakes are made by almost everyone when first learning Lightroom’s logic. These 5 common mistakes will help you quickly fix a problem and get you back to a fast and easy workflow.

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Editor’s Note:  This week, we’re focussing on onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite.  We’ve asked several Photofocus writers to each make a tutorial.  We’ll also have a free preset pack at the end of the week for you. In this onOne “Perfect Inspiration” video, I show how I process one of my food photograph’s using Lightroom 5 and […]

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Dust Be Gone

Fuzzies are dark blurry looking spots that usually show in the skies of photographs. They are caused by dust resting on the camera sensor. No matter how conscientious you are about cleaning your sensor and avoiding dust, it’s going to get on to the sensor no matter what. It’s insidious and evil! Fortunately, there is […]

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You gotta join us live for today’s 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, as well as some incredible tools from onOne Software (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick today, Wednesday 12/17, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific.1:00 pm Eastern. […]

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Question: I just got a new camera, but Lightroom (or Photoshop) does not recognize or support the RAW files. How do I fix this? Answer: Many camera manufacturers use proprietary files for their RAW files, such as .CR2 (Canon), .NEF (Nikon), and so on. Lightroom and Photoshop are built to read these file types, but need to […]

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Before I start this article, let’s set the record straight.  I’m a long time Aperture user… I started with Aperture the first day it was released.  My Aperture library tracks my evolution with digital photography and it was one of my favorite tools for years. A while back I decided to switch from Aperture to […]

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Lightroom is liberating and fun. It gave me back the results I used to get finishing my pictures in the dark room, plus several techniques that I never learned. It’s a great tool. It’s just not enough. I still need photoshop to help me finish the visions I have for my imagery, and there are […]

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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, as well as some incredible tools from onOne Software (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Wednesday 12/17, […]

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Lightroom-Template

Adobe made a huge change when Lightroom 5 launched with Smart Previews. Smart Previews are a feature that I’ve been using since I installed Lightroom 5, but based off the majority of people I’ve talked to that use LR5, I’ve found that this remarkably simple and useful feature is under used. I encourage every budget minded person who hasn’t tried utilizing them to think about […]

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