My colleague Victoria Bampton reminded me that February 19th marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Lightroom 1.0. She has a wonderful post that takes a walk down the Lightroom memory lane highlighting some of the significant changes over the years. This got me thinking of what it was like working with Lightroom 1 back in 2007 ... so I downloaded and installed Lightroom 1.4.1, grabbed a photo taken in 2007 and gave it a run through Lightroom 1. I decided to grab a less than perfect photo (of which I have many to choose from), one where the … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Lightroom! Let’s Look Back on Lightroom Version 1
If you're a Mac user looking for a great deal on a desktop photo editor, be sure to check out this sale that's about to end. Luminar is an easy to use editor that also work as a Photos for Mac extension as well as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop. Here's our complete review. It also made our Photofocus products of the year list for 2016. What is Luminar If you're new to Luminar, here's a quick overview. The software is currently Mac only. https://vimeo.com/191486476 What's in the Deal You'll get Luminar + Bonuses for … [Read more...] about Less Than One Day to Save on Macphun Luminar
If you'd like to create the most professional black and white conversion, be sure to head over to Adobe Photoshop. True black and white image in film are heavily influenced by the colors present in the original image (and are not just a desaturated photo). The Black & White adjustment in Photoshop is easiest to use as an adjustment layer. The interactive controls and On Image tool make it much easier to create a custom black and white conversion. Open your photo file with Photoshop (File > Open). To get the maximum dynamic … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Advanced Black and White Conversion
Having a custom domain elevates your website to that next step in terms of professionalism. They're easier to remember, and it can help make you look legit to potential clients. With Adobe Portfolio, using a custom domain has never been easier. Purchase Your Domain Most dot-com domains range from $9.99 to $12.99 per year, depending where you buy from. The go-to place for domains is GoDaddy. While GoDaddy offers a plethora of other services like email hosting, website hosting, etc., they've always been known for their simple domain purchasing … [Read more...] about Using a Custom Domain with Adobe Portfolio
Guest Post by Trey Ratcliff - Republished here with permission You can find the original on Trey's site here. Switching From A Mac To Windows Pc I converted to Apple over 5 years ago when it was clear to me Apple made the best products for creative professionals. I loved Apple and became a hardcore fanboy. I was all-in. Now, I’m switching back to PCs. The new line of MacBook Pros are not-that-awesome. Apple has always been a company that makes beautiful, well-designed products (and still does), but they’ve started to put an emphasis on … [Read more...] about Apple Is Dead To Me… I’m Switching To Windows!
Digital capture technology is really awesome and has truly changed photography, improving it in a multitude of ways. But sometimes, digitally captured images have a certain exaggerated colorfulness, that just looks a little off, for those of us raised on the old fashioned film days! I have found that this has to do with the way color gets saturated as contrast increases. Even standard rendering presets increase contrast a bit through a global RGB composite curve, often indirectly. It seems that when contrast increases this way a … [Read more...] about How to Desaturate Shadows in Photoshop, for 3D Contrast
image by Kevin Ames Our friends are Athentech have brought back their donation ware campaign. Right now (until February 14) you can get their awesome Perfect Eyes plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. If you can, they ask you to make a donation to GuideDogs.org. This awesome nonprofit has a 97% rating on Charity Navigator and they help the blind and disabled veterans with Guide Dogs. Last time this fundraiser raised enough money to train a new guide dog. NOTE - if you do not want to make a donation feel free to continue without … [Read more...] about A Totally Free Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom That’s Awesome for Portraits
Lightroom is to photo processing as Microsoft Word is to word processing. You use MS Word to read or edit a word document. It doesn’t store your document files inside Word—it stores your documents in a folder you select. You can take a document file and open it on a different computer that has the same version of MS Word installed. Applying this Concept to Lightroom Here’s how the “concept” of Word and Lightroom are similar. Simply put, Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer program. It allows the viewing, organizing and … [Read more...] about Understanding Lightroom Basics
I've long been a believer in the need to showcase your work. Showing your work will make you better as a photographer, whether you’re a professional or not. But what makes this different from sharing on social media? When I started to get into photography as a hobbyist, I posted everything I could on Flickr. I didn't have a website, a business Facebook page or any other means to showcase my work. But I soon learned that, while Flickr was great for showing off your work to the photography community, it wasn't great at showing your images past … [Read more...] about Why Every Photographer Should Have an Online Portfolio
Adobe's decision to switch to the Cloud has been met with both cheers and jeers. I don't want to rehash old arguments. But I thought important to let you know that the change appears to be permanent. If you were hoping for an update to Adobe Creative Suite or to be able to buy a standalone version of Photoshop or Premiere Pro, you're out of luck. An official statement reads. "Adobe creative apps are available exclusively through Creative Cloud. Looking for Creative Suite 6? The latest versions of all your favorite apps like Photoshop … [Read more...] about Adobe Creative Suite Officially Retired… But What About Lightroom?
It's no surprise that over the past couple years, Flickr has had lots of ups and downs. Back in the day, Flickr was the social site to use to view and interact with photographs. But since its sale to Yahoo!, things have gone downhill. With its drastic relaunch in 2013, shutdown of the Flickr marketplace, it's CEO proclaiming there's no need for "pro" photographers and continuous tweaking interface and other features, lately Flickr seems to always have one step on the wrong side of death's door. With Yahoo!'s impending sale to Verizon, Flickr … [Read more...] about Good Riddance, Flickr
NOTE - if you do not want to make a donation feel free to continue without selecting a donation amount. You should not need a credit card but if you are asked for one it's strictly for address verification purposes. Nothing will be charged to your card. Thank you. image by Kevin Ames Perfect Eyes for Photoshop and Lightroom provides eight great presets and precise controls to help you automatically remove dark circles and red-eye, add catchlights, sharpen details, enhance and even enlarge the eyes. Spend less time editing and have … [Read more...] about Want a Free Plug-in? We’ve got Perfect Eyes for You
Editor's NOTE: Photofocus is proud to welcome master photo educator Lee Varis to our roster of authors! Subtle Adjustments Make all the Difference Every photo needs some amount of adjustment to enhance its presentation, even really good photos can benefit with the right adjustment. However, if you ask 5 different people what needs to be done, you'll get 5 different answers, or worse, no answers, simply, "it looks fine!" Things become really difficult when there is no obvious problem. There are simple things to check for, like making … [Read more...] about Color Correction for the Best Skin Tone
Lightroom has three different print layout styles and each is designed for a different type of use case. However it isn’t always clear to all users which layout style will best suit their needs for a given project. In the top right corner of the Print module you will find the Layout Style panel, and inside of it you can choose between Single Image/Contact Sheet, Picture Package, and Custom Package. As you select each Layout Style you will see the options in the panels on the right side, as well as the center content window, change to reflect … [Read more...] about Mastering the Print Layout Styles
More and more I hear from people who want to be able to use a single Lightroom catalog of the same photos on more than one computer (not surprising in 2016). While there isn’t a perfect solution (that I am aware of), there are some techniques worth investigating. Now, before I go further I have a caveat, which is that this is not a solution everyone needs, and Lightroom is still designed to work best for a single user with a single catalog on a single computer. That said, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, then let’s go … The most … [Read more...] about Using a Drobo 5N to Allow Access to a Lightroom Catalog on Multiple Computers
One of the main reasons we use Lightroom is that it makes our entire digital workflow so much more efficient than using a combination of other tools. A key to getting the most out of Lightroom is to gain mastery over all of the various types of templates that you can employ at different points in your workflow. A template (or preset) is essentially a glorified text file that allows you to save some set of information that you can call into use over and over again, which is much faster than re-creating or entering that information each time you … [Read more...] about Leveraging Lightroom Templates
Adobe has just released an update for Lightroom, version 2015.8/6.8. Amongst the bug fixes and changes is an additional develop mode, as well as macOS Sierra enhancements. Improvements to macOS Sierra Compatibility When macOS Sierra was released, there were a few minor bugs with Lightroom. The app would crash whenever you right-clicked in the Import dialog, grid numbers wouldn't appear, and other minor bugs would interrupt workflows. With today's update, these issues have been fixed. The grid numbers are back, and the app seems to be … [Read more...] about Lightroom 2015.8 Adds New Develop Mode, macOS Sierra Compatibility
Cropping is one of those fundamental tasks that everyone should know and is fairly intuitive, but I still get questions about it. I want to give you the essential skills to make your crop workflow as efficient and effective as possible. One of the most frequent questions I see in this regard is how to quickly set a new aspect ratio to a large group of photos. My preferred method is to make use of the underutilized Quick Develop panel in the Library module like this: STEP ONE: Select the folder or collection containing the photos you want to … [Read more...] about Be a Lightroom Crop Master
Have you struggled to make a great image when shooting into the sun? Our cameras can't see the dynamic range in a scene as well as our own eyes can, so we have to shoot a series of bracketed images and merge them into an HDR. In this tutorial, I walk you through exporting to HDR from Lightroom to create two sun-flared images with Photomatix Pro. https://youtu.be/WQXuPuE1-5c … [Read more...] about Creating Better Sun-Flared Images with Photomatix Pro
In the world of still photography that I live in, sometimes it's fun to see how new software can enhance my imagery. Plotagraph Pro is a great tool to do just that, allowing me to animate certain parts of my image and add movement. I recently went over to a neighbor's condo and checked out a new record player he purchased. I've always had a love for vintage-turned-new, and this was taking the old scratch records that my parents used to listen to, and allowing us to listen to them on a modernized device. As I took the photograph, I … [Read more...] about Rockin’ the Bass with Plotagraph Pro
Have you checked out Luminar yet? It's a cool new app from the folks at Macphun and it makes it very easy to create your own preset recipes. With more than 30 filters to choose from (plus blending modes) a preset can go a long way. Customizing Presets Remember, a preset in Luminar is merely a starting point. Different photographers will desire different looks. Plus a preset may work great on some photos, but need a little tweaking for others. Once you select a preset, you have the ability in Luminar's Side Panel to use Filters controls … [Read more...] about Creating Custom Presets with Macphun Luminar
There's a great shortcut in Premiere Pro CC that allows you to add and edit a Marker more quickly. Use this anytime you want to add a series of photos to your timeline. In the Timeline or Source monitor, just tap M M (that’s two M’s quickly in a row). A new marker is added and the Edit Marker dialog box opens. You can now add notes or comments to improve communication between those working on a project, or just leave a note so you remember important project details for yourself. … [Read more...] about Shortcut Adds Premiere Pro CC Markers
While the list of supported OS's for Macs extend from 10.10 to 10.12 for the latest version of Adobe's Lightroom, there have been various issues with Lightroom 2015.7-- panels disappearing, brush size glitches and of course, the one I personally have, erratic curve adjustment. I like to adjust the curves for basically all of my images. If I need to add a point in the middle of the curve, I can do so without any problem. Once I try to grab the points at in the corners, crazy things start happening. Sometimes, I'll drag straight up and … [Read more...] about Adobe Lightroom 2015.7 may not fully support macOS Sierra.
https://youtu.be/Pw_IqRbCpWU Photoshop CC's New In-App Search allows you to quickly search Photoshop tools, panels, menus, Adobe Stock assets, help content and tutorials from within Photoshop using a new search panel that’s right at your fingertips. You can either hold down CMD+F (or Ctrl+F on Windows) to launch it, or click on the new search symbol in the upper right corner of the application frame to enable this new feature. Here's an additional video from Adobe Evangelist (and friend of Photofocus) Julieanne Kost explaining how she … [Read more...] about Photoshop CC (November 2016) Adds New In-App Search Tool
One of the key functions of Adobe Bridge is renaming your digital media. This can come in handy with digital camera files because they are likely named with a combination of letters and a progressive numbering system.Eventually these names and numbers repeat themsleves. Fortunately, Bridge makes it easy to rename several files at one time: This process is called a batch. The Batch command is a useful way to improve the organization of your files: If it’s not running already, launch Adobe Bridge. Navigate to a folder containing … [Read more...] about Batch Renaming Photos and Videos in Adobe Bridge
https://youtu.be/yaMjHn-RJYA Adobe has announced a new member of the Photoshop family, Project Felix. Project Felix gives designers easy-to-use 3D tools to help them create high quality images with photo-realistic effects without time-consuming workflows or 3D expertise. In the video above you can see the very easy workflow. In a nutshell, Project Felix delivers in 3 key areas: Easy access to assets. Project Felix comes with a library of models, materials and lights to help you get started the moment you open it on your desktop. Its … [Read more...] about Adobe Announces Project Felix
I’ve spent the past 2 weeks using a brand new photo editing tool called Luminar from the folks at Macphun. It’s a brand new photo editing tool that approaches the task of editing in a new way. The application offers customizable Workspaces that help guide you through image editing. The tool is targeted at photographers of all levels, offering easy starting points for beginners but advanced features like layers, masking, blending modes, and brushes for the most demanding pros. Who Can Use It? Like all of Macphun’s software, this is a … [Read more...] about Luminar from Macphun | A Photofocus Hands-On Review
Just this week, I took on the tedious task of completely re-organizing my Lightroom catalog. Not to say that I was using Lightroom wrong, or even organizing my photos incorrectly...I knew I needed a new system that fit my workflow better. Defining the Problem Up until this point, I had used the default import options — copying my files to Lightroom and organizing by date. I would refer back to old emails if I needed to find a specific project (in order to find the date), or (if I was smart) I put the photos into different collections. But … [Read more...] about A Client-Centric Approach to Lightroom Folders
Adobe Portfolio, free with a Creative Cloud subscription, is a real gem. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your website, I recommend taking a look at it. For me, it’s a been a perfect tool to publish a broader selection of work while maintaining the narrow focus of my primary website—headshots. I’m of the opinion that you must be known for a specialization within photography. The website on your business card or in your Facebook Ads must make it very clear what you do. But marketing your speciality doesn’t mean you can’t publish other work … [Read more...] about Adobe Portfolio: Initial Impressions
The Library module is really the hub of your Lightroom experience as file management tasks, such as making selects, deleting rejects, batch processing, applying keywords, organizing into collections, renaming, applying metadata, and so on, take up a lot of our workflow. The Library module has four (not counting People, which is for another day) different views—Grid, Loupe, Compare and Survey—and each one is designed to make some aspect of that workflow a little easier. You can move very fluidly between each one using shortcuts (preferred), … [Read more...] about Lightroom’s Grid, Loupe, Compare, and Survey View: Which One to Use?