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You missed a great Lightroom hangout hosted by Nicole S. Young, Gerard Murphy, Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim.  This month’s was all about the power of plugins. Plugins are extra apps that work with Lightroom to enrich your workflow and add real polish to your pictures. While you can always watch after the fact, you can’t win prizes.  This […]

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You might have missed that the Photofocus team has been hard at work creating great presets for Lightroom.  It’s part of our partnership with Mosaic (be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center). Photofocus contributor Lisa Robinson offers up one from her wedding and portrait business.  It’s totally free and you can get it […]

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Photofocus contributor Nicolesy ran a great post about HDR lately where she asked, is it a fad? The debate in the comments pointed out to me that most folks think you have to shoot from a tripod.  While this is ideal, it’s not critical. The image below was shot handheld.  5 brackets two stops apart each to […]

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Nicole S. Young will be joining Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim on Wednesday’s Lightroom Hangout to help us learn the power of plugins. Plugins are extra apps that work with Lightroom to enrich your workflow and add real polish to your pictures. Nicole wrote the book on plugins, and is a wiz with these things; […]

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Did you miss Photoshop World in Atlanta?  Don’t worry, the Vegas version is just around the corner.  The folks over at Kelby One have an extremely time-limited deal, attend for only $399 (expires April 14th at 11:59pm ET). Photoshop World is back again September 3-5 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Convention Center. Get the […]

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Often as I work with an image (particularly when making detailed repairs with the Clone and Healing tools) I need to zoom in.  It’s very easy when working at 100% magnification to lose your perspective when working in Photoshop. Enter the very useful Navigator panel. When you zoom in to a pixel level for image touchup, […]

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A good crop in Photoshop can go a long way to improve the composition of a photo.  Selectively discarding pixels can really help focus the viewer’s attention and tell a story.  But what if you change your mind? If you crop correctly, you can bring those pixels back. Select the Crop tool (C). Choose a […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f.16, 1.3sec, ISO 100, 6 frame panorama stitched in Photoshop CC. I was fortunate enough to spend two days shooting at Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas recently. Unlike most days in Las Vegas, we had storms and rain, and it was spectacular. The clouds […]

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(Click to view larger) The final image with final touches from Lightroom and onOne Software's Perfect Effects.

I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR—High Dynamic Range photography—to make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without “nuking” or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, so in this […]

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The initial act of sifting through a bulky project can be a daunting task.  When a shoot is complete, thoughts are typically confined to the stack(s) of material awaiting our review.  One simple approach to initially reviewing a project is to take advantage of the filtering power of Lightroom to aid in the selection process. […]

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Clipping can really screw up a photo. As you make adjustments to a developed image, it’s possible to clip data (essentially create a loss of detail in the shadows or higlights).  Crush the whites or blacks in an image and you’ll lose important areas and range.  Sure, the problem shows up most when you print, but it […]

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As a commercial advertising photographer that specializes in composites, I am continually developing my skill set to allow for easy unlimited tweaking of the images I create.When developing complex visual ideas with many layers, that most of the time, need to fit into a variety of formats, non-destructive techniques are essential.   Composites offer a tremendous […]

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Color is all around us, but the color that your eyes see can actually be different than what your camera lens sees. White balancing adjusts for these differences in order to make your photo look more natural. Can’t see the video?  Click here. I’ve used an image of my son in the example above. As […]

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In order to show a HDR photo, you’ll need to map its tones.  This is largely due to the fact that you are converting from an image with 32 bits per channel to one that is 16 or even 8 bits per channel. Think of it this way, you’re going from an image with a dynamic […]

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If you’re a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 5.04). OS X Mavericks provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by […]

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Editors Note: We’re pleased to host this guest post from Matt Kloskowski. When Lightroom 5 released, Adobe made it so the Spot Removal tool was actually a brush. Before LR5, it was simply just a circle. All you could do was remove tiny spots (and maybe some larger spots if you were creative). But in LR5, […]

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For those of you who use Lightroom, you are probably familiar with Develop presets and how to use them. However, something that has baffled me for quite some time is how to batch-apply a preset to a large group of photographs. The most common answer is always to process one photograph (or apply a preset […]

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The Adobe Photoshop can get a little overwhelming with all of its panels to choose from.  Fortunately Photoshop let’s you choose a workspace for the task at hand to quickly adjust the layout.  In fact, you can even create your own workspaces to save time. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, […]

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Editors Note: We’re pleased to host this guest post from Matt Kloskowski. This video is all about folders. It’s probably one of the most-asked-about topics I hear from Lightroom users everywhere. The Folders panel in the Library module is where your photos are stored. So, before keywords, collections, stars, ratings, smart collections or anything else like that, […]

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Don’t forget…. join us for today’s  Google+ Hangout al about Lightroom and Photoshop. There and Back Again: Lightroom and Photoshop Round Trip Workflow Today, March 19 | 4PM Eastern | 1PM Pacific This event is produced in partnership with Mosaic Archive and Photoshop World. To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here — http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/. […]

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest Post by Gerard Murphy (one of the regular guests on our Lightroom Hangout). Follow Gerard and Mosaic on Twitter or Google+. When importing photos into Lightroom, you can apply development presets. In the video example above, I’ve chosen to apply my favorite preset, Import Lens Corrections Settings, which is available for free download […]

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