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Editors Note: We’re pleased to host this guest post from Matt Kloskowski. Starting with Lightroom 5, Adobe released something called a Smart Preview. It’s basically a preview of your photo, that’s big enough to let you work on your photos even if the drive they’re on isn’t connected. Why Use Smart Previews Smart Previews are a […]

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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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I recently published an article showing some of my top 20 Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. In this post I would like to complement it by sharing my favorite Lightroom shortcuts! One of the best things about Lightroom is the ability to zip around quickly to organize and process photographs, and using keyboard keyboard shortcuts makes even […]

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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+. Today, I’d like to show you how to great tools get even better when used together inside Lightroom. I’m going to whiten teeth quickly, but you can use this tip lots of […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 28mm, f/11, 7 frame HDR, finished in Photomatix Pro. Chromatic aberration may show up as a colored halo in your images, usually surrounding a dark object placed against a bright background, like a mountain against the sky. In my experience, the color is usually pink or green or […]

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An often overlooked feature of the Library Module’s Grid view is the Painter Tool. Do you see that little spray paint icon in the Grid view Toolbar? If you don’t see it make sure you are in Grid view by pressing G, and if you still don’t see it then press T to make sure […]

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This week’s podcast features tips on how to organize and manipulate your images.  First up, Rich Harrington and Peter Krogh explore backup and organization workflows for all users.  Then Melissa Niu catches up with Wes Maggio from Wacom. Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post […]

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I’ve created a free Lightroom preset that you can download.  It might just be that I’ve been dealing with record amounts of snow on the East Coast, but I’m definitely feeling wintry. You can download the preset here from Mosaic (a partner of Photofocus). Once downloaded, follow these instructions. Launch Lightroom. Choose Edit > Preferences […]

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Editor’s Note: We are please to welcome Lisa Robinson to the Photofocus team.  She is a professional photographer from Washington, D.C. Whatever your discipline of photography, there’s one skill that is crucial to catapulting your success: culling. That boring, obnoxious task of sifting through all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 170mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200. As you’ll see in the video below, the finishing touches for a black and white image often makes the color version of the same image look terrific, too. Personally, I think removing the distraction of color helps me make tonal adjustments with better […]

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Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 D lens, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400. Great black and white images require more than simply removing the color, and Lightroom 5 is a really powerful tool for making memorable black and white photographs. Take a look at this video to see the seven steps I take to make a terrific B&W […]

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You might have noticed that we’ve started holding Google Hangouts each month (in fact we’re about to hold multiple ones).  It’s all a part of our campaign to make Photofocus a more important part of your photography education. In case you missed it (or couldn’t catch the whole thing). Here’s the recording.  A big thanks […]

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One very useful feature inside of Lightroom’s Library Module is the Survey mode. This is a fantastic tool to use when you have a photo-shoot filled with many similar images, and you need to edit them down to just a few keepers. I use this a lot with my food photography images, since I tend […]

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Adobe dropped a new update for Photoshop and Camera Raw today.  This will affect all Photoshop and Lightroom users. Here’s what shipped this morning. Automatic straightening of an image through one of the following three interactions: Double-click the Straighten tool () in the toolbar. With the Straighten tool selected, double-click anywhere in the preview image. […]

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One of my absolute favorite features inside of Lightroom is the Collections panel. Collections allow the user to “collect” photos from different folders all into one place to organize projects or ideas. Putting photos into a collection does not move the image; instead, it references the file and groups them however you like, similar to […]

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Not surprisingly, as Lightroom focuses on photography, adding text and graphic based watermarks to your images is a very simple, and customizable process. This video will show you how to add watermarks in Lightroom 5! Disclaimer: This is just one way to add watermarks For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. […]

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue - lilsamedia.com/blog Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/ThomasShue Many times in photography you have very little control of the distracting elements that just may end up in your frame. Combine that with the desire to deliver images that set you apart, you just might find the next five minutes to be pretty […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. This tutorial walks through a sample three-light photo shoot for a sports portrait, showing how to angle and position lights to create hard shadows and provide a sense […]

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Editor: Don’t miss Howard Pinsky and Bryan O’Neil Hughes in our Photoshop Hangout this Friday! Yellow teeth are one of the few things that can’t be covered up with makeup. If your models are suffering from dark, yellow teeth, both Lightroom and Photoshop contain many tools to help you solve this issue. This video will […]

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