Little tiny hair

Has this ever happened to you? It’s a great session. The model is beautiful. The light is perfect. You have totally nailed it. Everything is just right… except on review there’s a tiny little hair running from her eyebrow down through across her lashes then through her eye. It has to be retouched away. There […]

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Adobe announced a simple update to their Camera Raw, which affects Photoshop and Lightroom! It’s a pretty light package that adds a slew of support for new lenses and a couple new cameras. Also, there’s a couple bugs that’ll be squished with the installation of this update. And here’s the meat and potatoes of the […]

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Every other word you hear about anything seems to be “mobile”, and Photography is no different. We’ve got the recent release of Lightroom Mobile, all kinds of other apps, and of course our favorite Mosaic Archive. But where’s it going? What do we do with it now? How does mobile really fit with our workflows? […]

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A powerful feature of Lightroom is its ability to save develop settings known as Presets so you can use them again later to edit other images. These presets will not only save you time but will also apply a consistent look to a set of images. There are several different types of presets. We are […]

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There are a few places where you can batch rename photos in Lightroom. The most common is during the import process via the File Renaming panel of the Import dialog, but you can also batch rename by selecting photos in Grid view of the Library module before going to Library > Rename Photos. A less […]

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Enhancing the Eyes

There are four parts of the eye; the pupil, iris, catch light and whites of the eye. We don’t always need to enhance all four. The goal is to make slight changes so the image doesn’t look fake or over process. Using Lightroom’s adjustment brush we will easily make local changes to these areas by “painting in” […]

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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 Robert Vanelli offers up one from his collection — a  Lightroom preset for summer and beach photos.   It’s totally free and you […]

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Lightroom 5.5 Update

Wednesday was a big day for Adobe, which made some huge announcements about the new features added to the Creative Cloud subscription. With a bit less fanfare Lightroom 5.5 was also released. You can get it here for Windows | Mac. Creative Cloud or Standalone? Lightroom is a funny animal in that it is available via […]

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I’m a big fan of Mosaic (and it’s not just because they partner with us on Photofocus).  I’ve been using their software and tools from the very beginning. Mosaic just made their service a must have for everyone who uses Lightroom (I’ve got a full review coming soon).  But I wanted to tell you about a great […]

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I recently had the opportunity to play with an infrared-converted camera, thanks to the folks over at LensRentals.com, and had a lot of fun photographing my dog at an expansive dog park just outside of Portland, Oregon. I ended up with some really great images, and wanted to share my start-to-finish processing steps with one of […]

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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 Mykii Liu offers up one from his collection — a beautiful black and white fashion preset called BWDrama Fashion.  It’s totally free […]

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Glyn Dewis will be joining Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim on Wednesday’s Lightroom Hangout to help us master local adjustments. Global adjustments in Lightroom are terrific, but learning the local tools will really take your photography to the next level, and give you the really polished look that master photographers have used for decades. If […]

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom.  This book is almost done and we’ll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic.  Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. When it comes to processing photos, I’m typically very […]

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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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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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(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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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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Looking to put a little color into your photos?  Photofocus contributor Levi Sim has a brand new Lightroom preset called Spring! You can download the preset here. This free Lightroom preset juices the colors gently without saturating skin tones, and adds a lightening contrast. This preset is made this with RAW image files in mind; you’ll see […]

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