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How to Replace a Portrait Background Easily with Adobe Stock
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Your First Phantom Drone: Part 3 – Settings and beginner drone photography
Your First Phantom Drone – Part 2: Unboxing and Preparation
Live Webinar: Get Up And Running With The New Perfectly Clear 3.5
Lightroom Live: Our Favorite Plugins
Travel Tip – Media Bag Tags
How to Talk to Models, Family & Friends to Make More Natural Photos
Fixing Problematic Colors with HSL
How Pixels Affect Print Size
Landscapes in Luminar – Tips, Techniques, and a Simple Workflow for Beautiful Results

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Lightroom Live: Our Favorite Plugins

You gotta join us live for our next Lightroom Live, 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

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Travel Tip – Media Bag Tags

I travel for work – a lot. One of the coolest travel tricks I use came from fellow Photofocus author Doug Daulton. Every time I’d check a bag, I’d fill out one of the paper tags that airlines give for

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Fixing problematic colors with HSL by Tim Gray

Fixing Problematic Colors with HSL

(Editor’s note: This is a guest post by photographer and educator, Tim Grey.) There are many situations where the color in our photographs can be particularly challenging to get right. When a scene features a variety of different light sources,

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How Pixels Affect Print Size

How Pixels Affect Print Size

Have you ever tried to print an image and was told the image isn’t large enough to produce a quality image? It can get frustrating. Here’s how to choose the right print size and how to fix a low-resolution image.

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Landscapes in Luminar – Tips, Techniques, and a Simple Workflow for Beautiful Results

Digging into Skylum’s newest version of Luminar, the first question I had to answer is, “what can it do that will save me time, make my images look better, and not take forever to learn?” Once you open the program up, you find a tremendous amount options for processing. But, it is an easy to learn program that I have found can help you make quick adjustments to get great results.  These tips and techniques will help you sift through the options and features, so you can develop (pun intended) your own workflow, not just for your landscapes, but any type of photography.

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How to Send Piles of Files – FTP Your Photos Directly From Lightroom Classic

I would say, without a doubt, that Lightroom is one of the most used programs on my computer, second maybe only to Chrome. However, even as a convert from the first version of Lightroom and having logged about a zillion hours using it since then, I am still always learning something new that I can do with it. Partly from the consistent upgrades and improvements over the years, but, also because there are many hidden features for those of us willing to do a little spelunking around the program.

One of these buried treasures is not in Lightroom itself, rather a repository that Adobe maintains called the Lightroom Developers SDK. Short for “Software Development Kit”, this is a library of information and “how to’s” for anyone who wishes to build their own plugins to extend Lightroom’s features. Inside this library is also a selection of sample plugins that you can use as a foundation for building your own. Each of these samples is a fully functioning plugin on its own, offering some feature or functionality not available in the regular program. One of my favorite, and most used, is the FTP sample plugin. This gives us a way to send batches of large images to a file server straight from Lightroom. Below is a tutorial on how to find, install, and use it, so you can get those beautiful images of yours to the people that want them as quickly and easily as possible!

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Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 2

For this composite, my goal was to produce a version of my galloping wild horses image that looks like it’s been drawn and woodburned onto an old board. Not sure why, I just thought it would look cool, the inspiration behind many my composites. Having an idea of what you want to make before you start usually produces the best results. But, don’t be so in love with your idea you can’t change as you create your composite.

At this point, I have my horse picture processed and saved as a high resolution TIF file, and have found a nice wood texture I want to use as the background texture. Ideally you want these texture files to be high-resolution also, so that you can print your finished piece later. Using a 400 pixel wide texture will result in a blurry grainy mess, it’s too small to print it big later.

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Lr Hangout 12-17-1

Lightroom Live: Our Favorite Plugins

You gotta join us live for our next Lightroom Live, 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

Read More
media-tags-featured

Travel Tip – Media Bag Tags

I travel for work – a lot. One of the coolest travel tricks I use came from fellow Photofocus author Doug Daulton. Every time I’d check a bag, I’d fill out one of the paper tags that airlines give for

Read More
Fixing problematic colors with HSL by Tim Gray

Fixing Problematic Colors with HSL

(Editor’s note: This is a guest post by photographer and educator, Tim Grey.) There are many situations where the color in our photographs can be particularly challenging to get right. When a scene features a variety of different light sources,

Read More
How Pixels Affect Print Size

How Pixels Affect Print Size

Have you ever tried to print an image and was told the image isn’t large enough to produce a quality image? It can get frustrating. Here’s how to choose the right print size and how to fix a low-resolution image.

Read More
FEATURED-jhahn-luminar-landscape

Landscapes in Luminar – Tips, Techniques, and a Simple Workflow for Beautiful Results

Digging into Skylum’s newest version of Luminar, the first question I had to answer is, “what can it do that will save me time, make my images look better, and not take forever to learn?” Once you open the program up, you find a tremendous amount options for processing. But, it is an easy to learn program that I have found can help you make quick adjustments to get great results.  These tips and techniques will help you sift through the options and features, so you can develop (pun intended) your own workflow, not just for your landscapes, but any type of photography.

Read More
FEATURED-jhahn-lightroom-ftp

How to Send Piles of Files – FTP Your Photos Directly From Lightroom Classic

I would say, without a doubt, that Lightroom is one of the most used programs on my computer, second maybe only to Chrome. However, even as a convert from the first version of Lightroom and having logged about a zillion hours using it since then, I am still always learning something new that I can do with it. Partly from the consistent upgrades and improvements over the years, but, also because there are many hidden features for those of us willing to do a little spelunking around the program.

One of these buried treasures is not in Lightroom itself, rather a repository that Adobe maintains called the Lightroom Developers SDK. Short for “Software Development Kit”, this is a library of information and “how to’s” for anyone who wishes to build their own plugins to extend Lightroom’s features. Inside this library is also a selection of sample plugins that you can use as a foundation for building your own. Each of these samples is a fully functioning plugin on its own, offering some feature or functionality not available in the regular program. One of my favorite, and most used, is the FTP sample plugin. This gives us a way to send batches of large images to a file server straight from Lightroom. Below is a tutorial on how to find, install, and use it, so you can get those beautiful images of yours to the people that want them as quickly and easily as possible!

Read More
Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 2

For this composite, my goal was to produce a version of my galloping wild horses image that looks like it’s been drawn and woodburned onto an old board. Not sure why, I just thought it would look cool, the inspiration behind many my composites. Having an idea of what you want to make before you start usually produces the best results. But, don’t be so in love with your idea you can’t change as you create your composite.

At this point, I have my horse picture processed and saved as a high resolution TIF file, and have found a nice wood texture I want to use as the background texture. Ideally you want these texture files to be high-resolution also, so that you can print your finished piece later. Using a 400 pixel wide texture will result in a blurry grainy mess, it’s too small to print it big later.

Read More
Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 1

In the digital darkroom, we can take two paths with our images. The first is to use your photo processing software to get your image looking as close to what you saw when you took it. This is your standard digital darkroom workflow, adjusting your exposure, getting rid of spots, cropping, etc., with more of a focus on realism.

The second path is to take that photo and transform it into something completely different. It may be combined with other photos as a composite, have various effects applied, and generally will look completely different from what you started with, but in a good way! Here the focus is on creating something new, using your original image only as the first ingredient. This is compositing, combining multiple images and effects to produce an original piece of art. In this article I’ll take you down the second path, introducing how to use Skylum’s new Luminar 2018 to start doing your own composites.  

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A Fast Way to Change a Background

Changing the color of a background or adding a backlight effect has always been a task for Photoshop. Here’s how to skip Photoshop and use Lightroom’s new Range Masking Tool to add bright colors to a dull image. Adding color

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